Hey! What happened to February?

3 03 2012

The thing I feared most happened. I no longer had deadlines to meet and I dropped the ball on writing posts. I won’t make any excuses. I failed my readers. Hopefully, I can get my act together and win back your love!

With that said, I’m hoping a little change in procedure will help me stay on top of keeping this little beauty updated. You see, the problem hasn’t been me not drinking beers. Oh, I’ve been drinking a lot of beers! Almost too many! Especially since I finished my half marathon and stopped training. I’m hoping that changes as well since I am back in training mode. But I’ll get back to that at another time.

Back to this whole “change of procedure” deal. I was lamenting to my beautiful wife one night about how I’ve stopped updating my blog and she suggested that I do shorter posts that are only about the beer. In other words, no more diatribes about my life and just get straight to the beer. Sure, I’ll try and sneak in a long-winded post about my life, because who are we kidding? That’s how I roll!

Another move I’m hoping to make is, unless it is a truly worthy beer that deserves top treatment, I’m going to start taking my pictures with my phone for faster uploads. You may never even notice considering the fact that my phone has an eight megapixel camera on it. I mean, it’s not the best in the world. But it ain’t half bad either!

So, I’m hoping you will all accept my deepest apologies and sit tight with me as I attempt to revive this fun little website. Hopefully we don’t miss an entire month again!





Fifty-Two Bottles, the Year that Was and the Year that Will Be

7 01 2012

What started as a simple New Year’s resolution turned into a year-long journey that evolved into more than just beer. I wasn’t sure which direction this project would take at the beginning, but I’m quite pleased with the outcome. Over the course of 52 weeks, 52 beers, I not only experienced some great beers but I also indirectly told the story of my life in 2011.

Let’s talk about the beer first. The 52 beers ranged several different types and, for the most part, were all quite enjoyable. I also varied my selections from some seasoned favorites to several that were completely unknown. The biggest development that occurred was my new-found love for IPAs. I entered this project with complete disdain for IPAs only to find myself now craving them. Read the rest of this entry »





A Very Fun Day at the OC Brew Ha Ha

14 09 2011

When you limit yourself to just one bottle of beer a week, the chance to go to a beer festival is like being a kid in a candy store. A candy store that you can get drunk in! Ok, so I didn’t get drunk but I did have an amazing time at the Orange County Brew Ha Ha held at the Hidden Valley Private Park in Irvine, California.

Before we get into my experience at the Brew Ha Ha, let’s take care of some of the details. The OC Brew Ha Ha is an annual beer festival that features over 60 different craft and import breweries with over 150 different beers flowing on the premises. Read the rest of this entry »





In Maui

2 08 2011

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Ok, so I started writing about beer number 30 but then we had to leave for Maui. That pic up there is the view from our room. Eventually, I’ll get around to finishing that post. I also plan on finding (SPOILER ALERT) a local beer for beer 31. Until then, aloha!





The Half-Year in Review

9 07 2011

I had a feeling I would lag on getting this post together. But at least I’m doing it before I get to beer number 27 (I’m looking forward to drinking that beer later today). But right now, let’s talk about beers 1-26 and the overall journey.

I had the chance to explain this project to a handful of colleagues this week and the timing couldn’t have been better. As I described the premise of my goal I was also able to reflect on what the first half of the year was like. They were all intrigued on why I was doing it but the question that was asked the most has been whether or not it has been easy. Read the rest of this entry »





Too busy to write, not too busy to drink!

12 06 2011

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As I mentioned last week, Khaos and I are moving so I haven’t had a chance to write anything. But I did find time to drink beer number 23! It was good and I will tell you all about it when I get a chance. Thanks all!





Big News or Just Progress?

28 03 2011

There was a big announcement today that rocked the craft beer world; Goose Island announced it was being purchased by Anheuser Busch. I caught wind of it this morning on the Twitter and took my time processing the information. If you need, get caught up real quick here.

Before we get into my thoughts on this topic, let’s do a quick back grounder on me and Goose Island beers. Since I live in Orange County, California, I have had limited experience with the Chicago-based brewery. My first interaction came in Chicago when I tried their 312 and Summertime Ale. I fell in love with this brewery when a friend ordered a bottle of Pere Jacques (which went on to become beer number eight). Read the rest of this entry »