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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Ah, One Of My Favorite Things

PBS is looking at beer, and even better giving a boost to the many micro breweries around. They gave a good spot to Sierra Nevada, not my favorite but a good friend did all their artwork for them, its very good though. I prefer Mendocino Brewery's offerings especially their IPA but they are famous for their Red Hawk red ale, a rich hearty ale for sure.
There are several in Sacramento that are very, very good that service just their restaurants with very local distribution. I can say that they are always packed with happy people, hey good food, good beer, and good atmosphere, a winning proposition if you ask me.
There are also several great pubs stuck here and there in the Sacramento landscape that offer up a wide selection from abroad and I am eager taster. Maybe its because I am Scots-Irish that I prefer the beer styles of that side of the Channel but I rarely buy foreign beer anymore when I splurge on the good stuff with all the local made brands available to sample and most of them tilt to the Irish/British style. California stomped France in wine a while back, are we ready to take on the Isles for beer title now?
One of the fun aspects of micro brews is the naming creativity, Arrogant Bastard Ale and Moose Drool stand out, both very good, ABA being a robust IPA style ale and MD being a smooth nutty brown ale like Newcastle.


Trader Rick said...

For people who REALLY like the TASTE OF BEER, the Redneck favorite for over a hundred years, and America's largest domestically owned brewer, ice-cold Pabst Blue Ribbon can't be beat!!

RightWingRocker said...

Arrogant Bastard is an EXCELLENT brew.

However, those guys down at Stone Brewing Company (San Diego, I believe), REALLY kick ass with their simple IPA, and if you're REALLY pissed and want the hops all out, they have another IPA called RUINATION that will just make your taste buds beg for more.

California brews are some of the best around, but all over the country there are more great breweries putting out more great brews all the time.

Yummy. Now let's repeal the beer tax!


Goat said...

Rick I have had plenty of PBR in my time.
RWR, I knew you would show up here, LOL. I have had Ruination before and it is very good, I would prefer to taste it at the tap than in the bottle though.