SAN DIEGO: Modern Times Beer

During my Thanksgiving visit to San Diego county I was able to visit Modern Times Beer. What a treat!

The ambiance is amazing:

  • A comic book wall
  • Wall art of Michael Jackson and Bubbles made out of Post-It Notes
  • Beer selections on repurposed pallets
  • A granite bar with a base made of books
  • So cool!

    Even better…the beer was great.

    I tried the core four. Lomaland, a saison, and Black House, an oatmeal stout, were great. But I was knocked out by a couple hoppy surprises — Fortunate Islands, a wheat ale, and Blazing World, an amber.

    I’ve never had a wheat or an amber so hoppy!

    20131202-104045.jpgFrom left to right: Lomaland, Fortunate Islands, Black House and Blazing World.

    20131202-221113.jpgRepurposed pallets.

    20131202-221121.jpgPost-It Note art — Michael Jackson and Bubbles.

    20131202-221128.jpgThe comic book wall.

    20131202-221136.jpgAn awesome hangout.

    Modern Times Beer, located at 3725 Greenwood St., San Diego (across from the Sports Arena) is open daily Noon to 9 p.m.

    (Full disclosure: I donated to Modern Times Kickstarter campaign, but I guarantee I would have been equally impressed regardless!)


    NORTH COAST: Moylan’s releases new collaboration

    Moylan’s Brewery in Novato is releasing an American version of “Our Dark Secret Double Black IPA,” a collaboration between the Moylan’s, Norway’s Nøgne Ø’ and Australia’s Hargreaves Hill.

    The Black IPA starts with specially selected barley malts like Cara Pilsen, Weyerman Munich and Black malt, but finishes with the finest hops from downunder. The star of this hop show is a new crop of “Victoria Secret” hop flowers from Australia, along with Stella, Galaxy, and Summer hops from the fields of Tazmania.

    8.0% ABV, 92 IBU, 1.072 Original Gravity.

    “Our Dark Secret Double Black IPA” will be available on draft, in growlers or bottles to go at the pub, and on draft at select locations.

    Dark Secret '13-2

    Great time at 6th annual Raley Field Brewfest

    Okay, here’s my first real attempt at blogging.

    I was able to attend the 6th annual Raley Field Brewfest in West Sacramento last night with my friend John. This was my first time at this brewfest and I was impressed.

    This was the first time the event was held on the field. It was held on the concourse in past years. All the breweries were lined up along the outfield wall with the music stage at second base. I really enjoyed this setup as I had a clear view of all the beer choices plus the outfield provided ample room to mingle, eat and relax to the music.

    This event, a partnership between Raley Field and the Northern California Brewer’s Guild, showcase 50+ Northern California Breweries, the best the BAY AREA, GOLD COUNTRY and NORTH COAST regions have to offer.

    I went into this brewfest with a strategy. I would only taste beers not readily available to me (so no Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, or Anderson Valley) and I would keep a log of my tastes (I kept the log, but neglected to make tasting notes!).

    I wanted to branch out tasting different styles other than my favorite India Pale Ale, but when I looked at my list I still had six IPAs on the list.

    Last night’s tastes were:

    Auburn Alehouse PU240 Imperial IPA
    Mad River Jamaica Red Ale
    Eel River Organic IPA (I was hoping Mad River, Eel River or Lost coast would have some Saison du Humboldt!!!)
    High Water Hop Riot IPA
    Heretic Evil Cousin IPA (very hoppy)
    Berryessa Double Tap IPA (this one blew me away, not what I was expecting, but amazing)
    Ol’ Republic Biere de Garde
    Track 7 Soulman Stout
    Riley’s Wildcat IPA
    American River Coloma Brown

    A couple of notes on the festival:

    1. Don’t buy your ticket online. My $30 ticket cost more than $44 once Ticketmaster added it’s fees!
    2. The outfield location has one disadvantage — it’s a bit of a hike to the bathrooms on the concourse.
    3. Food was lacking. The only option (other than a cheese booth) was the stadium food. Choices were hot dogs, burgers, black bean burger, and chips. Add some local food vendors!!
    4. Music provided by The Remedies was good, but I would add a band or two.

    Overall, a good festival. I plan to return for the 7th annual event next year.

    Lagunitas tweets about Chicago location

    From @LagunitasT on Twitter
    May 15, 2012

    LagChi will b in the 28th ward. The ward’s Alderman invited me to talk to the community meeting last week.The ward’s mostly Hispanic & Black
    I was vry much the outsider, but I met vry kind people there. Brwry’s in the south ward, d north ward’s harder place though- street dealing.
    It’s the rougher version of the real world… It’s not Petaluma…But it’s a neighborhood that’s being reclaimed by its inhabitants. That…
    …that will include us.It will be a new sort of responsibility. We’ll have a role there…smtimes theres more to brewing than just brewing.
    Truth is..I have no idea what that role will be, but the community meeting was a vry human thing…a moving thing. It was a strange feeling.
    Thanks for the kind encouragement! It will be something new for us to learn about..DouglasPk doesnt need saving, it just needs more friends.

    Awards announced for this weekend’s West Coast Brew Fest

    Winners have been announced in the competition part of the Annual West Coast Bew Fest. Beers were judged in 16 different categories. Multiple award winners include Lost Coast Brewery (5), Old Hangtown Brewing (4), River City Brewing (4), Sequoia Brewing (4), Tioga-Sequoia Brewing (4), Feather Falls Casino Brewery (3), Firestone Walker (3), Uncommon Brewers (3), and 21st Amendment (2). The beer festival portion of the event will be held next Saturday, May 19th at Miller Park in Sacramento.

    By region, the California award-winning beers were:

    1st Place, Belgian Ales – 21st Amendment Brewing Monk’s Blood
    3rd Place, Other – 21st Amendment Brewing Back in Black

    1st Place, English Ales – Firestone Walker Double Barrel
    1st Place, Porter – Uncommon Brewers Baltic Porter
    2nd Place, Belgian Ales – Uncommon Brewers Siamese Twin
    3rd Place, American Pale Ales – Firestone Walker Pale 31
    3rd Place, India Pale Ale –  Firestone Walker Union Jack
    3rd Place, Belgian Ales – Uncommon Brewers Golden State Ale

    1st Place, Light Lagers – River City Brewery Helles Maibock
    1st Place, Amber Ale – River City Brewery Wooden Head
    1st Place, India Pale Ale – Knee Deep Brewing Simtra IPA
    1st Place, Brown Ale – Loomis Basin Brewing St. Paddy’s
    1st Place, Stout – Feather Falls Casino Brewery Black Jack
    1st Place, Wheat Beers – River City Brewing Hefeweizen
    1st Place, Fruit & Vegetabe Beers – Old Hangtown Brewery Mtn. Meadow
    2nd Place, Light Lagers – Old Hangtown Brewery Hangtown Helles
    2nd Place, Dark Lagers – Feather Falls Casino Brewery Wild Bill’s Winter
    2nd Place, Stout – Old Hangtown Brewery Mineshaft
    2nd Place, Wheat Beers – Feather Falls Casino Brewery Dancing Trees
    3rd Place, Dark Lagers – Old Hangtown Brewery Schwarzgeld Black
    3rd Place, Light Ale – Track 7 Brewing Company Riot Act Rye
    3rd Place, English Ale – American River Brewing Sunrise IPA
    3rd Place, Fruit & Vegetable Beers – River City Brewing Bergamot IPA

    2nd Place, Light Ale – Lost Coast Brewery Sac Blonde
    2nd Place, India Pale Ale – Lost Coast Brewery Indicia
    2nd Place, Brown Ale – Lost Coast Brewery Downtown Brown
    3rd Place, Amber Ale – Lost Coast Brewery Alley Cat
    3rd Place, Stout – Lost Coast Brewery Eight Ball

    1st Place, Dark Lagers – Tioga-Sequoia Brewery Tamarack Amber
    1st Place, Light Ale – Sequoia Brewing Company Blossom Trail
    1st Place, American Pale Ales – Sequoia Brewing Company Sequoia Pale Ale
    2nd Place, American Pale Ales – Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Mt. Whitney
    2nd Place, Strong Ale – Tioga-Sequoia Brewery General Grant
    3rd Place, Light Lagers – Tioga-Sequoia Brewery Bohemian Pilsner
    3rd Place, Porter – Sequoia Brewing Company Black Oak
    3rd Place, Strong Ale – Sequoia Brewing Company Sasquatch

    CA Beers take 56 Awards at World Beer Cup 2012

    The World Beer Cup 2012 awards were announced last night at the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference.

    California beers walked away with 55 awards (19% of the winners from around the world!). Firestone Walker in Paso Robles also walked away with the award for Mid-Size Champion Brewery and Brewer (Matthew Brynildson). Of the 55 awards, 20 were Gold, 13 were Silver and 22 were Bronze.

    California Beer Region award count:

    • San Diego: 5 Gold | 3 Silver | 8 Bronze
    • Orange: 3 Gold | 3 Silver | 5 Bronze
    • North Coast: 4 Gold | 1 Silver | 3 Bronze
    • Central Coast: 4 Gold | 1 Silver | 1 Bronze
    • Gold Country: 1 Gold | 2 Silver | 3 Bronze
    • SoCal: 2 Gold | 1 Silver | 1 Bronze
    • Los Angeles: 1 Gold | 1 Silver
    • Bay Area: 0 Gold |1 Silver | 1 Bronze

    Brewers from around the world received awards from an elite international panel of judges in the 2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup. The ninth bi-annual competition boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories. A 17.7 percent increase over 2010, the entries were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards in their respective categories. Judges presented a total of 284 awards.

    “It’s called ‘The Olympics of Beer Competition’ for good reason,” said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association, the U.S.-based trade association that has put on the competition every two years since 1996. “The event brings together great brewers from all corners of the globe. Plus, the awards are highly regarded. A brewer who wins a World Beer Cup gold award knows that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 World Beer Cup. The Brewers Association and the proud sponsors of our event thank all participating brewers for their involvement.”

    Here are the California winners by region:


    • SILVER Indigenous Beer: Hqt, 21st-Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA
    • BRONZE American-Style Amber/Red Ale: Mavericks Amber Ale, Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., Princeton-by-the-Sea, CA


    • GOLD Experimental Beer: Petit Obscura, Telegraph Brewing Co., Santa Barbara, CA
    • GOLD Australasian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style Pale Ale: 805 IPA, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
    • GOLD Foreign-Style Stout: Starry Night Stout, Island Brewing Co., Carpinteria, CA
    • GOLD American-Style Pale Ale: Pale 31, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
    • SILVER American-Style Pale Ale: Mission Street Pale, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
    • BRONZE Other Belgian-Style Ale: Rhinoceros, Telegraph Brewing Co., Santa Barbara, CA


    • GOLD Rye Beer: Ruthless Rye IPA, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
    • SILVER Session Beer: Kellerweis, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
    • SILVER Imperial Red Ale: Bigfoot, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
    • BRONZE Specialty Beer: Bronze: Donner Party Porter, FiftyFifty Brewing Co., Truckee, CA
    • BRONZE Belgian-Style Dubbel: Ovila Dubbel, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
    • BRONZE Sweet Stout: Blackjack Stout, Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., Oroville, CA


    • GOLD Golden or Blonde Ale: Foam Top, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA
    • SILVER German-Style Märzen: Rocktoberfest, Rock Bottom Long Beach, Long Beach, CA


    • GOLD Other Strong Beer: Star Brew, Marin Brewing Co., Larkspur, CA
    • GOLD Classic English-Style Pale Ale: Annadel Pale Ale, Third Street Aleworks, Santa Rosa, CA
    • GOLD Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout: Blarney Sisters Dry Irish Stout, Third Street Aleworks, Santa Rosa, CA
    • GOLD American-Style Black Ale: Black Racer, Bear Republic Brewing Co., Cloverdale, CA
    • SILVER Rye Beer: 3 Flowers IPA, Marin Brewing Co., Larkspur, CA
    • BRONZE American-Style Sour Ale: Supplication, Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA
    • BRONZE Golden or Blonde Ale: Steelhead Extra Pale, Mad River Brewing Co., Blue Lake, CA
    • BRONZE American-Style Amber Lager: Cali Common, Lucky Hand Beer, Novato, CA


    • GOLD Indigenous Beer: Got Beer, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Tacoma, Huntington Beach, CA
    • GOLD Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale: Oude Tart, The Bruery, Anaheim, CA
    • GOLD Robust Porter: Pier Rat Porter, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA
    • SILVER English-Style Mild Ale: Alyssa’s Attitude, Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co., San Clemente, CA Bronze: Nerf Herder, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA
    • SILVER German-Style Sour Ale: Hottenroth Berliner Weisse, The Bruery, Anaheim, CA
    • SILVER Scotch Ale: Way Heavy, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA
    • BRONZE Foreign-Style Stout: Voo Doo, Left Coast Brewing Co., San Clemente, CA
    • BRONZE Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer: Melange #1, The Bruery, Anaheim, CA
    • BRONZE Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale: Oud Jeremiah, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Brea, Huntington Beach, CA
    • BRONZE English-Style Mild Ale: Nerf Herder, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA
    • BRONZE Brown Porter: Chocolate Porter, Bayhawk Ales, Irvine, CA


    • GOLD Coffee Beer: Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Coffee Imperial Porter, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA
    • GOLD French- & Belgian-Style Saison: Carnevale, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA
    • GOLD Irish-Style Red Ale: Red Trolley Ale, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
    • GOLD Imperial India Pale Ale: Poor Man’s IPA, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA
    • GOLD English-Style Brown Ale: Longboard Brown Ale, Rock Bottom La Jolla, La Jolla, CA
    • SILVER Old Ale or Strong Ale: AleSmith Decadence 2010 Old Ale, AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
    • SILVER American-Style Black Ale: Tarantulas 2.0, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA
    • SILVER Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale: Two Tortugas Belgian Quad, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
    • BRONZE Chocolate Beer: Odin’s Raven, Alpine Beer Co., Alpine, CA
    • BRONZE Experimental Beer: Where There’s Smoke…, Manzanita Brewing Co., Santee, CA
    • BRONZE American-Belgo-Style Ale: Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
    • BRONZE Belgian- and French-Style Ale: Gift of the Magi, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA
    • BRONZE Barley Wine-Style Ale: AleSmith Old Numbskull, AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
    • BRONZE Imperial India Pale Ale: Palate Wrecker, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
    • BRONZE American-Style Brown Ale: Great American Brown, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA
    • BRONZE American-Style Stout: Achievement Beyond Life’s Experiences American Stout Brit Antrim Benefit Beer, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA


    • GOLD Specialty Beer: Hangar 24 Winter Warmer, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Redlands, CA
    • GOLD Brown Porter: Double Nut Brown, Mammoth Brewing Co., Mammoth Lakes, CA
    • SILVER American-Style Premium Lager or Specialty Lager: Evans Original, Cervecería Mexicana, Corona, CA
    • BRONZE German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier: Real McCoy Amber, Mammoth Brewing Co., Mammoth Lakes, CA