Review: Oskar Blues G’Knight
Oskar Blues has exploded onto the main-stage of craft beer as one of the early adopters of the “craft beer in a can” movement. With seemingly every brewery following suit with their own can releases, the trend does not seem to be going away anytime soon. 
G’Knight is an Imperial Red Ale, or as we like to call it, one of those made up styles that’s really hoppy AND malty. G’Knight places more emphasis on the former, with sticky pine resin notes dominating the mouthfeel. A little lingering caramel, toast, and honey round out a solid malt backbone. It’s an intense beer as to be expected from OB, but certainly a good one. 

Review: Oskar Blues G’Knight

Oskar Blues has exploded onto the main-stage of craft beer as one of the early adopters of the “craft beer in a can” movement. With seemingly every brewery following suit with their own can releases, the trend does not seem to be going away anytime soon. 

G’Knight is an Imperial Red Ale, or as we like to call it, one of those made up styles that’s really hoppy AND malty. G’Knight places more emphasis on the former, with sticky pine resin notes dominating the mouthfeel. A little lingering caramel, toast, and honey round out a solid malt backbone. It’s an intense beer as to be expected from OB, but certainly a good one. 

Cocktail 101: Mai Tai
Tahitian for “good” this Polynesian styled “Tiki” drink combines various rums and liqueurs to make a potent potable. Circa 1930s, Don The Beachcomber and Trader Vic’s both claim they were the first to make it; either way it’s the king of Tiki drinks.
Recipe: 
2 oz Aged Rum (Appleton, Barbancourt, Bacardi Anejo), .75 oz Orange Curacao, .75 oz Fresh Lime, .25 oz Orgeat Syrup. Shaken, strained over crushed ice. Garnish w/ mint sprig and lime wheel

Cocktail 101: Mai Tai

Tahitian for “good” this Polynesian styled “Tiki” drink combines various rums and liqueurs to make a potent potable. Circa 1930s, Don The Beachcomber and Trader Vic’s both claim they were the first to make it; either way it’s the king of Tiki drinks.

Recipe:

2 oz Aged Rum (Appleton, Barbancourt, Bacardi Anejo), .75 oz Orange Curacao, .75 oz Fresh Lime, .25 oz Orgeat Syrup. Shaken, strained over crushed ice. Garnish w/ mint sprig and lime wheel

Review: Firestone Walker Sucaba
Sucaba is one of the most critically acclaimed barrel aged beers in the world, and for good reason. The complex depth of fruit flavors combined with a dominant bourbon finish will coat your tongue with rich sweet goodness. Surprisingly, citrus and tropical fruit have a notable presence, with fig, raison, and caramel rounding out the full body. It’s a tough find, but worth the hunt. 

Review: Firestone Walker Sucaba


Sucaba is one of the most critically acclaimed barrel aged beers in the world, and for good reason. The complex depth of fruit flavors combined with a dominant bourbon finish will coat your tongue with rich sweet goodness. Surprisingly, citrus and tropical fruit have a notable presence, with fig, raison, and caramel rounding out the full body. It’s a tough find, but worth the hunt. 

Review: Ballast Point Victory at Sea
An unbelievable dessert beer, with huge notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, the beer tastes like chocolate covered coffee beans. At 10% this Imperial Porter isn’t messing around, and the lingering alcohol heat is a reminder of just that. Highly recommended. 

Review: Ballast Point Victory at Sea


An unbelievable dessert beer, with huge notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, the beer tastes like chocolate covered coffee beans. At 10% this Imperial Porter isn’t messing around, and the lingering alcohol heat is a reminder of just that. Highly recommended. 

Cocktail 101: The Sidecar
Named for the motorcycle sidecar used by an American military officer in Paris post WWI, this cocktail mixes cognac (or brandy, whiskey, rye, bourbon), Cointreau and lemon Juice. The neo-classic version uses a powdered sugar rim.
Recipe: 
2 oz Brandy, .75 oz Orange Curacao, .75 oz Fresh Lemon, .25 oz simple syrup. Shake. Garnish = cocktail glass rimmed with superfine sugar.

Cocktail 101: The Sidecar

Named for the motorcycle sidecar used by an American military officer in Paris post WWI, this cocktail mixes cognac (or brandy, whiskey, rye, bourbon), Cointreau and lemon Juice. The neo-classic version uses a powdered sugar rim.

Recipe: 

2 oz Brandy, .75 oz Orange Curacao, .75 oz Fresh Lemon, .25 oz simple syrup. Shake. Garnish = cocktail glass rimmed with superfine sugar.

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Review: Full Sail Black Gold
This is an astonishingly drinkable Imperial Stout considering the depth of flavors and 11% ABV. The bourbon is present but not in heat but flavor: rich, sweet, and buttery. There’s a notable amount of chocolate, banana, and vanilla, with some dark fruits and coffee lingering. The result is more of a complex beer than a pallet-bruiser, which is a nice accomplishment for an Imperial Stout. 

Review: Full Sail Black Gold


This is an astonishingly drinkable Imperial Stout considering the depth of flavors and 11% ABV. The bourbon is present but not in heat but flavor: rich, sweet, and buttery. There’s a notable amount of chocolate, banana, and vanilla, with some dark fruits and coffee lingering. The result is more of a complex beer than a pallet-bruiser, which is a nice accomplishment for an Imperial Stout. 

Review: Evil Twin Freudian Slip 
This 11% ABV Barleywine from one of our favorite brewers is simply awesome. Complex but intense flavors of dark fruit, citrus, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, with hints of banana sticky resin round out a full and boozy body of malty goodness. But don’t forget about the hops! They’re definitely present here too, making for a well balanced beer. 

Review: Evil Twin Freudian Slip 


This 11% ABV Barleywine from one of our favorite brewers is simply awesome. Complex but intense flavors of dark fruit, citrus, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, with hints of banana sticky resin round out a full and boozy body of malty goodness. But don’t forget about the hops! They’re definitely present here too, making for a well balanced beer. 

Review: Stone RuinTen IPA
RuinTen is this years release of last year’s 10th Anniversary of Ruinition IPA ( I guess it was so good they just had to make it again!). Ruinition was one of the biggest, hoppiest, and boldest IPAs out there when it was first released in 2002. Since then, the hop wars have escalated to produce countless Imperial IPAs that proved similarly ambitious in flavor intensity. Well, I guess Stone wasn’t having any of that so they decided to go even bigger with RuinTen. 
The result is a sticky, bitter bomb of hops with a large caramel malt backbone. There’s a ton of grapefruit and pine, while floral notes are forced to the background. It’s a great beer if you like really bitter, not so drinkable explosions of flavor. If you’re looking for balance, look else where (as Stone would say, you’re not worthy anyway:)) 

Review: Stone RuinTen IPA

RuinTen is this years release of last year’s 10th Anniversary of Ruinition IPA ( I guess it was so good they just had to make it again!). Ruinition was one of the biggest, hoppiest, and boldest IPAs out there when it was first released in 2002. Since then, the hop wars have escalated to produce countless Imperial IPAs that proved similarly ambitious in flavor intensity. Well, I guess Stone wasn’t having any of that so they decided to go even bigger with RuinTen. 

The result is a sticky, bitter bomb of hops with a large caramel malt backbone. There’s a ton of grapefruit and pine, while floral notes are forced to the background. It’s a great beer if you like really bitter, not so drinkable explosions of flavor. If you’re looking for balance, look else where (as Stone would say, you’re not worthy anyway:))