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 50: ‘Tis the Season

20 12 2011

Editor’s Note: I forgot my flash drive that had my pictures on it. So this will have to do. Sorry.

I always had a rule growing up that my family wasn’t allowed to start decorating for Christmas until after my birthday passed. It was my attempt of keeping my birthday separate from Christmas to keep it special. Any one else that has a December birthday completely understands what I’m talking about.

As I’ve gotten older (and moved out of the house) I haven’t been able to monitor my families’ decorating schedule and now it seems we celebrate my birthday and Christmas together. Which is fine by me. But here on the blog, I’m trying to hold tradition. Since beer number 49 was for my birthday we can now move on to Christmas. Which brings us to beer number 50, 4 Calling Birds from The Bruery. Read the rest of this entry »

Beer Number 48: A Great Beer from a Great Friend

8 12 2011

After perusing the local BevMo and Hi-Times as many times as I have, I found myself starting to wonder about the final weeks of this project. And I found myself drawing a blank on a beer to get for the week. On top of that, I hadn’t even thought about going to either BevMo or Hi-Times, or anywhere else for that matter, to secure this weeks beer. I guess I had just planned on showing up somewhere and grabbing whichever beer grabbed my attention.

Thankfully for me, I have awesome friends who encourage my drinking look out for my blog. So, while friend Claudia was visiting family in Portland she picked up a bottle of beer for me from the local brewery up there. Which brings us to beer number 48, Cap’n Sig’s Northwestern Ale from Rogue Ales. Ok, sure, it’s not like I can’t get Rogue here but this was one of their regional beers. Which is awesome. Like Claudia. 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 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 43: It’s the Final Countdown!

2 11 2011

Here we are, the final 10. Or as I’m going to call it…The Final Countdown! It’s hard to believe that A) we’re at the final 10 beers of the year and 2) we’re coming up on the end of the year. I refuse to start breaking down the year because, well, there is still a good chunk of it to get through. But still, we’re a lot closer to beer number 52 than we are to beer number one.

So let’s get right to it. Number 10 on The Final Countdown comes to us from where this blog was created, Scottsdale, Arizona. And that means one thing, I returned to AJ’s. My favorite Arizona-based grocery store that has one amazing beer selection. We hit up AJ’s after an adventure at a pumpkin patch (hence, pumpkins in the pictures) and I soon found myself overwhelmed. My only goal was to try and grab something I couldn’t find at home in Orange County and quickly locked into beer number 43, Saboteur from Odell Brewing Company. Read the rest of this entry »

Beer Number 38: A Change of Seasons

25 09 2011

Friday marked the end of summer and the beginning of fall which also marks a change on this blog. Sure, I live in Southern California where the leaves don’t change colors and it usually gets hotter after the September equinox then before. But that isn’t stopping me from recognizing the change of the seasons with beer number 38, Autumn Maple by The Bruery. Read the rest of this entry »