Posts Tagged ‘craft beer

Bay Area Beer Bars

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You can always find me in one of these places. Apologies to those who can’t piece these words together. If you’re truly lost, I’m really sorry because these places offer very good beer selections on tap.

The above image was provided by Wordle. You can see the original here.

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November 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

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Victory At Sea: Know the Difference

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I am a fan of sailing. I am a fan of really good beer. I am also a fan of history… Below is a blog entry that shows an example of this while providing some helpful information for those who may or may not like all three or any of the aforementioned three…yet. I won’t pressure you into caring.

For instance in the picture above, this old Victory (at sea) battleship is called Red Oak Victory. It is being restored and probably turned into a museum so people can see the inner workings of this awesome metal floating thing. This Victory is located in the Richmond Inner Harbor, CA.

The image above is of a crazy man with a mask of a stormtrooper (if you don’t know by now where this comes from, I’m sorry) and what appears to be a Victory At Sea by Ballast Point. This beer is a coffee vanilla imperial porter. Yeah, I know how awesome this is…this Victory is located in San Diego, CA.

And finally, there’s yet another Victory At Sea (image courtesy of Wikipedia)…which is a documentary series on WWII. I haven’t watched this yet, but I’m sure it’s worth watching even if you’re not a history buff. This Victory is located at a video rental store near you.

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Kezar Park Area = HELLA food & fun

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While I jest at making good use of “hella”, I’m proud to say that as a citizen of this country (USA to clarify), we took the opportunity on the 4th of July to participate in a favorite past time: stuff face with food (3 grills), play park games, and relax on-in a folding chair whilst sipping on beverage of choice (craft beer for me).

In this beautiful location right next to Kezar Stadium, we found time to become Awesomer and lived life to the fullest.   See image below.

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New Beer and Collaboration

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Here it is, out in the wild…new collaboration between City Beer Store and The Bruery. Made with love, and lots of blueberries and cherries…this 8% sour brew will keep you wanting more sun and fun…and immediate desires for a bbq and picnic.

Here’s a better picture of this wild brew in a much more tame environment…away from the concrete jungles of Folsom street. Click on the picture for a better view of the label.

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May 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm


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Last week a coworker asked me if photographing a silhouette is easy. My response: “As fast as you can knit a scarf, you can take a picture, edit it and make a silhouette image.” I believe she understood that analogy…but then again, it takes her just a couple of hours to make a nice 3 foot scarf. So I hoped she didn’t walk away thinking it was literally going to take her that long.

The image above is of my friend Stephanie, fellow photog. She happened to be in the cool, crisp Pacific Ocean water when this happened. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect silhouette to represent her. Most of the image was backlit to perfection with a little help in post-production to complete the transformation.

Here are some examples of how backlighting can be extremely affective.

I had a day at the beach, Mirada Surf, last Sunday which provided some great times in the water, good times with friends, and good times with beer. A friend of mine is a relative to the owner of Auburn Alehouse. This friend was given a growler of the Aubrn Gold Digger IPA. We firmly grasped this growler on Sunday and made the Sabbath our friend. Thanks, Sunday!

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My Fridge

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Without further ado…my current refrigerator full of craft beers (apologies on the fuzziness).

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January 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Checking In!

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The phrases “checked-in” and “checking-in” have never been more ubiquitous than they are now in today’s social media sharing. People ask:  Have you “checked-in” yet? or I’m “checking-in” right now.
People who belong to Facebook, YELP or Foursquare will understand the meaning of these phrases better than anyone else…on the face of the planet. 100% sure of this statement.

In 2010, a guy named Tim Mather created something for folks to “check-in” to…and share with the masses. It’s called Untappd. It’s similar to Foursquare, but instead of going to places like a restaurant, bar, theater, store, or landmark to share with people, Untappd shares the type of beer you are having with friends and strangers.

Untappd says,

We provide a new way to socially share a brew you’re currently enjoying, as well as where you’re enjoying it, with your friends! Curious what your friends are drinking or where they’re hanging out? Just check out their Untappd profile and comment on their share and find out! It’s a great way to spread your favorite brews and hang outs with your friends.

This is a neat concept for beer lovers…and more specifically for craft brew fans. With Untappd, this platform of sharing allows you to peek into strangers’ homes (no, not like stalking) to see what type of beer they are having at that moment. Craft brew fans get a glimpse into the world of interesting beers that they might not normally see or have even heard about.

Although the app is completely web-based (meaning it doesn’t have an unique iphone or android app), the menu is very user friendly and easy to use.

I guess you can say, “checking in” here will serve you well…but not a cold one in your virtual hands. Try it and provide others with smarts on craft brews!

Here’s a video from the guys at New Brew Thursday with Tim explaining Untappd. Click here.

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January 11, 2011 at 12:28 am