Stone Tangerine Express IPA Review

Stone Tangerine Express IPAJust when you think Stone couldn’t get any better with its experimental IPA kick, it leaves you with a pleasant surprise.

If nothing else, Stone is known for its high profile collaborations with fellow breweries and celebrities. And their experimentation. Like, a LOT of experimentation. And they keep improving.

In the case of the Tangerine Express IPA, this ride on the citrus express train is one to remember. Continue reading “Stone Tangerine Express IPA Review”


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”

Mortal Kombat X: Sub-Zero Imperial IPA Review


Big beer, big malt, big chill.

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. commissioned the beer masters over at Sound Brewery in Polusbo, Washington to create three limited release, special edition brews to celebrate the commercial success of Mortal Kombat X/XL (PS4, Xbox One and PC). This is the second of a three-part series review.

If you were a kid in the early 1990s, you will most likely recognize the blue-garbed ninja Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat. He is, after all, only the second-most ubiquitous character in the game next to Scorpion (aside from them being bitter “mortal” enemies…pun intended). Continue reading “Mortal Kombat X: Sub-Zero Imperial IPA Review”

Stone Brewing Co.’s Pataskala Red X IPA


Stone’s seasonal red IPA packs a hefty, hoppy punch that still maintains a leisurely mellow profile.

Stone has a newly added seasonal red IPA that surely strikes a sentimental chord with co-founder Greg Koch–the beer’s namesake is identical to his hometown, after all.

This particular beer was crafted last September in an effort to support the local musical and arts programs in Pataskala, Ohio. Pastakala Red X IPA made the cut on pure taste merit, and Stone released it on Feb. 1, 2016. It is currently available as a six-pack and on draft at select locations.

Enough about the background. Let’s delve into the specifics.

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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”