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Enjoying Good Beer with Family

With the exception of Green Flash Brewing Co.’s Imperial IPA (American Double/Imperial IPA, 9.4% ABV), wifey and I had already tried the rest of the beers in the pictures below. It is always great to be able to share good beer with others.

As was the case during this past Thanksgiving with my parents and bro’.


And with my cousin who visited from the East Coast.

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As much as I’m enjoying all the beer tasting and the ensuing learning aspects of the various beer styles and such, I’m beginning to realize that for me, these days, I enjoy the social aspect even more. Consequently, I suspect that in the near future, there’ll be an increasing number of pictures of people on this blog and not just beer and food photos.

Always Grateful,


Studying Craft Beer Part 1 of 2

Having worked in a quarter-system college now for over 6 years, my usual time markers throughout the year are Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. With the busy beginning of the Winter quarter, plus several family projects and activities to participate in, it’s been a while since I’ve posted.

I still have a number of posts to catch up on, but for now, here’s a little of what I personally studied the first part of Fall 2011.

Wifey particularly enjoys these 21st Amendment Brewery beers, and I can see why. They’re very tasty.

Back in Black (American Black Ale, 6.8% ABV) and Hop Crisis (American Double/Imperial IPA, 9.7% ABV).


We also enjoyed the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale (American Double/Imperial IPA, 8% ABV).

We also tried some pumpkin beers. We tried some last year and enjoyed them.

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (Pumpkin Ale, 7% ABV) and Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pumpkin Ale, 9% ABV).

But this time around, we enjoyed them less, which got us talking about the continuing changes in our beer tastes.

We liked these two beers from Pyramid Brewing.

Thunderhead IPA (American IPA, 6.7% ABV) and Snow Cap (Winter Warmer, 7% ABV).


We also liked the Hefeweizen (American Pale Wheat Ale, 5.2% ABV). But we were split on the Apricot Ale (Fruit/Vegetable Beer, 5.1% ABV) – wifey did not like the sweetness and the fruitiness, but I did.


We enjoyed Rogue’s Chocolate Stout (American Stout, 6% ABV) and Firestone Walker’s Velvet Merlin (Oatmeal Stout, 5.5% ABV).

And the following beers we also liked a lot.

Green Flash West Coast IPA (American IPA, 7.3% ABV), Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA (American Double/Imperial IPA, 9% ABV), and Russian River Pliny the Elder (American Double/Imperial IPA, 8% ABV).


Yes. All this studying is, indeed, a lot of hard work. Winking smile

Always Grateful,


First Visit to Yard House

A Yard House had opened close to us earlier this year in April.

… upscale-casual American fusion restaurant already has 29 locations open throughout the country and seven more locations opening within the next year. One of those seven locations will be… right here in Santana Row! This new addition to the Santana Row family will be opening on April 17, 2011 and will occupy nearly 10,000 square feet of the ground floor in the newest building here… Yard House will have over 130 beers on tap, over 100 items on their menu…

We’d been unable to check out the Yard House due to our schedules and the restaurant’s popularity.

And then we lucked out on a particular Sunday a little over a month ago, when we decided to stop by right after a morning trip to the gym. There was no 3-hour wait for a table. In fact, we got a table right away.

Go Niners!

That day, they did not have bratwurst. But they did have beers. I went for the traditional six pack sampler.

#1. Fire rock pale ale from Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company (American pale ale/APA, 5.8% ABV).

#2. Longboard island lager from Kona (American pale lager, 4.6% ABV).

#3. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Germany (Hefeweizen, 5.4% ABV).

#4. Peroni pale lager, AKA Peroni Nastro Azzurro (Euro pale lager, 5.1% ABV).

#5. Boont Amber Ale from Boonville, CA’s Anderson Valley Brewing Company (American amber/red ale, 5.8% ABV).

#6. Back in Black IPA from San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery (American black ale, 6.8% ABV).

We enjoyed all the beers, but a couple stood out in particular that day, the Hefeweissbier and the Back in Black IPA.

My order of cheeseburger and sweet potato fries. Delicious.

Seared ahi tuna salad for wifey. Lunch-sized portion, which we also liked a lot.

Switching gears a bit, on the drive home after lunch we drove by a Verizon store to see if we could catch a glimpse of any of the ISA folks, as they were doing a meet-and-greet there while in town for a concert. Unfortunately, we did not, but we did see the long line that had formed.

Thanks to YouTube, these clips give a feel for both the meet-and-greet and the ISA concert:

Pretty amazing to be able to make a living out of making YouTube videos. I’m sure it’s much more difficult than it initially seems.

Anyway, back to the main point of this post: Yard House equals awesome!

Always Grateful,


21st Amendment Brewing Brewmasters Dinner at California Cafe

This post highlights the last of the three dinner dates that wifey and I were fortunate enough to go on last month, and let me just get this out of the way right now – this evening was amazing!

California Café in Palo Alto hosted a beer and food pairing dinner, partnering up with San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery.

Our menu.

First course:

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer.

Chili poached prawns with watermelon-radish salad.

I loved everything about this gorgeous and tasty dish.

Second course:

With Executive Chef Mark Pettyjohn standing right next to our table to introduce the course.

And 21st Amendment Brewery co-founder and brewmaster Shaun O’Sullivan on hand to introduce the beer.

Brew Free or Die India Pale Ale.

Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with bacon-tomato hash and sweet corn puree.

I loved every molecule of this dish.

Third course:

Back in Black IPA.

“Peking” quail with coffee-hoisin glaze and baby bok choy. Very well executed.

Shaun O’Sullivan chatting with our table.

Fourth course:

Monk’s Blood Belgian Dark Ale.

Vanilla veal sweetbreads with cippolini onion & mission fig jam and cinnamon-shiitake polenta cake.

Well, at least wifey and I can officially say that we’ve tried sweetbreads now. Smile

Chef Mark answering our question of, “What exactly are sweetbreads?”

And Peter from the BetterBeerBlog realizing that wifey hasn’t touched her sweetbreads.

Speaking of Peter, if it weren’t for his blog, then wifey and I wouldn’t have known about these dinner events at California Café. So thanks again, Peter, for sharing so much about our South Bay beer scene!

On to the final dessert course:

Hop crisis imperial IPA.

Hop crisis creamsicle with citrus-hop crisis ice cream.

Perfect dessert! I could eat this every day. I wouldn’t be surprised if everybody who tried this course agreed.

Chef Mark introducing his sous chefs, Madison and Ben.

Bravo, chefs!

I liked each of the 21st Amendment beers when I tasted them individually, and the folks at our table especially loved the Hop Crisis Imperial IPA. We also agreed wholeheartedly that the beer and food pairings all worked incredibly well.

So this was the first beer and food paring dinner that wifey and I ever attended, and it was awesomely memorable. I already know that as far as such dinners are concerned, that this one will be tough to beat. We lucked out with our table mates and just felt like VIPs throughout the dinner. Even the general manager, Andre’, after introducing himself and the restaurant at the start of the evening, checked in on us to ask if there was anything he could do for us.

I’m so glad to have been able to attend this sold-out dinner. And of course, nothing is better than the fact that I was able to share this wonderful experience with wifey.

Always Grateful,