Beer on Tap. Oh, How I’ve Missed You

27 01 2012

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The other night the wife and I headed out for an early dinner and some drinks. We drove down PCH to one of our favorite restaurants here in Laguna Beach, La Sirena Grill. If you aren’t familiar with La Sirena, you need to introduce yourself to this great, as they call themselves, MexECO restaurant. Kelli and I absolutely love this place and are so grateful to live smack dab in the middle of two locations.

What’s even better, is one of those two locations was recently remodeled from a pick-up counter with a few tables, to a much larger pick-up counter with several tables and a bar. But not just any bar. A beer snob’s type of bar. Unfortunately for me, and subsequently my wife, this transformation took place while I was still finishing up the Fifty-Two Bottles project. So, we were doomed to pick up food while drooling over the impressive selection they had on tap. Read the rest of this entry »





Beer Number 52: BEER NUMBER FIFTY-TWO!

1 01 2012

And just like that, surrounded by family and friends, I opened beer 52.

Thankfully there was no stress in choosing this week’s beer. There was no standing in the beer aisle scanning the shelves for the perfect beer for this special occasion. None of that happened this week because it all happened back in the first week of the year.

I took a trip to BevMo to pick up beer number one and decided that I should try to find the perfect beer for number 52. Even better, by buying it back in week one it allowed me to cellar and age the beer, making it even more special for the end of my new year’s resolution. Without further ado, I present to you beer number 52, La Fin du Monde from Unibroue. Read the rest of this entry »





Beer Number 49: Happy Birthday…TO ME!

10 12 2011

Two years ago, Brandon started a semi-tradition when he bought me a bottle of North Coast’s 14th Anniversary Old Rasputin for my birthday. I put that bottle in the back of my pantry and opened it a year later, on my birthday. It was amazing. And, I fell in love with the idea of getting a bottle of beer one year, and drinking it the next.

Which brings us to my birthday this year (December 6, in case you needed to know). I didn’t have a bottle waiting in my pantry and I was adamant on finding a special beer not only for my birthday, but for these pages as well. Cue an email I received from Brandon describing a special Christmas beer from Austria. I quickly hit the interwebs trying to track it down and found it at BevMo. So let’s go ahead and start describing the awesome-ness of beer number 49, Samichlaus from Schloss Eggenberg. Read the rest of this entry »





Beer Number 47: Giving Thanks

26 11 2011

And all of the sudden it’s that time of the year: the holidays. As Thanksgiving came and went we now wait for my birthday (it’s a holiday to me), Christmas and finally, New Year’s Eve. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s go back a few days to the oh-so-gluttonous holiday that is Thanksgiving. As I sat at the table I found myself thankful for the people around me, the food on my plate and beer number 47, Four Ale by Allagash Brewing Co. Read the rest of this entry »





Beer Number 46: Like a Glove

20 11 2011

When life hits you the way it hit my family a few weeks ago, it really puts things into perspective. And the thing is, that perspective applies to everything. Even things that don’t seem to matter like the one bottle of beer one drinks for their blog. And it seems to be those minute details that make you realize some of the things you take for granted. To further delve into this thought, let me first introduce beer number 46, Velvet Glove by Iron Fist Brewing. Read the rest of this entry »





Beer Number 45: It’s Kinda Sorta Fantastic

13 11 2011

After the week we all just experienced, we are now trying to “return to normal.” Problem is, “normal” doesn’t have the same meaning it used to. While there isn’t much we can do about that, we can, however, do our best to learn how to cope with our new “normal,”

The first attempt I had at that was my usual weekly beer. As days blurred into each other this week, I found myself sitting there yesterday before exclaiming, “Hey! Its Saturday! I need a beer.” And just like that we found ourselves heading back to AJs, my favorite gourmet grocery store in Arizona. Once there, it didn’t take long for my eyes to settle on beer number 45, Namaste by Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales. Read the rest of this entry »





Beer Number 44: This One’s for Jim

6 11 2011

The first time I met my father-in-law Jim, he put a chair in the middle of the room just for me. I was meeting Kelli’s family for the first time and he thought it would be funny to put me on the “hot seat.” That was Jim. That’s what he did. With Kelli’s entire family on the couches surrounding the room, I fielded several questions and, as it would turn out, passed with flying colors.

The last time I saw my father-in-law Jim, was early Saturday morning. He was surrounded by his amazing family in a room full of love. After a 15-month battle with cancer, he went on to his next journey in life. He was taken from us far too soon, but he will never be forgotten and that love will never disappear. Before he was diagnosed with cancer, Jim had a taste for fine wines and one type of beer. Which brings us to beer number 44, Miller Lite from MillerCoors, Jim’s favorite. Read the rest of this entry »