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 »

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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 51: Merry Christmas!

25 12 2011

Before I get into this week’s beer, I feel like I need to first comment on the fact that this will be the second-to-last beer for this project. I can’t believe we’re almost at the end. With that said, I want you all to know that this isn’t the end of this blog. I don’t want to get into too many details just yet, just know that I have plans for Fifty-Two Bottles in 2012.

But before we look too far into the future, let’s take a moment to relish in the present. Or should I say, presents? It is, after all, Christmas! When it came to presents this year, I played the role as one of “Santa’s” elves. For playing my role as an elf this year, I rewarded myself on Christmas Eve with beer number 51, Santa’s Little Helper by Port Brewing. 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 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 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 »