Stone’s Xocaveza Winter Spiced Mocha Stout

Stone Xocaveza Winter Spiced Stout

Give me winter, or give me…stout. Or give me a winter stout. Actually, yeah… just do that. Oh and throw some cocoa and cinnamon in there while you’re at it.

So if any of you are familiar with it’s 2014 debut, the Xocaveza Stout by Stone was one of the shortest-lived limited releases of a fantastically crafted, full-bodied milk stout that Stone had ever made up to that point (I’m not a big fan of the standard current Milk Stout).  It was a delicious, complex mocha stout at its finest.

Then the San Diego beer giant decided to make a Kentucky Bourbon barrel-aged variant in 2015 that, admittedly, was stellar (though the simultaneously released Anejo version that came out wasn’t). Now the original recipe (thanks to Homebrew Competition 2014 Winner Chris Banker and a WHOLE lot of demand) lives on as a permanent annual release as of 2016. Continue reading “Stone’s Xocaveza Winter Spiced Mocha Stout”

Stone’s Ripper Pale Ale

Stone Ripper Pale Ale

Stone taps into West Coast surfer culture to redefine what it means to “get ripped”–the tasty way, that is. 

Like the rest of Southern California’s coastal communities, San Diego has its fair share of surfer culture so it makes sense for Stone to pay homage to that, right? Coronado has the Surf Rider Summer Ale, Strand Brewing has Beach House Ale, The Dude’s Brewery Surfrider, and so on and so forth. So it’s totally natural for them to whip this one up

Let’s see if it has “A Ripping Swell of Juicy Hops” like the tagline implies. Continue reading “Stone’s Ripper Pale Ale”

Lagunitas’ Hop Stoopid Ale

Picture of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid AleDo you like smell of fresh flowers in the morning? What about the brisk alacrity of pine aerosols? Maybe you have dreams of consuming these things. Lucky for you, Lagunitas has you covered.

Enter the Hop Stoopid Ale–an 8% ABV, double IPA that invites you sensuously and rewards you tastefully. If you have a palate for botanical libations, this one is for you.

Don’t let the rather unassuming artwork fool you. This beer isn’t something to gloss over (in fact, I often go for the ones that aren’t garish looking). It’s like having a walled garden in your mouth, but lets be clear–that includes roses too. Thorns and all. Continue reading “Lagunitas’ Hop Stoopid Ale”

Ninkasi Total Domination IPA Review


Domination by all means. Well…maybe just by the palate.

What do you get when you mix grapefruit, oranges, floral hops and a lot of love? You get a totally estery beer that has a great flavor profile and shows just what those folks up in Oregon can do. This is Ninkasi’s Total Domination IPA.

The bottle depicts an early morning mountain range scene that I imagine is  what someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest looks at every time they open their back door patio. Simply gorgeous. Continue reading “Ninkasi Total Domination IPA Review”

Wait…What? Wal-Mart Sells Mainstream Beer at Craft Beer Prices


Looks like Wal-Mart is in the hot seat after a recent class-action lawsuit (initiated by Matthew Adams) was filed regarding the retail giant’s own Trouble Brewing Co., Wal-mart’s attempt to break ground in the craft beer world. Continue reading “Wait…What? Wal-Mart Sells Mainstream Beer at Craft Beer Prices”

The New Beer Frontier: California Brewers Look to Grey Water for Brews

The New Beer Frontier: California Brewers Look to Grey Water for Brewing

Grey Water

Recycled water could be the new way for beer production to go green…wait, what?

Last October, Maverick  Brewing Company (a Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. affiliate) released a version of its own Tunnel Vision IPA made entirely from grey water, or water runoff from washing machines, sinks, showers, etc. that is treated with the same advanced filtering technology astronauts use in outer space to convert urine into drinking water. Sounds pretty gross, I know.

Don’t let your psychological inhibitions hold you fast, though. This effort is actually more rewarding than you think.

Continue reading “The New Beer Frontier: California Brewers Look to Grey Water for Brews”