Guest Post from Nimbus

29 Dec

Over the Thanksgiving holiday we had a couple close family friends visit us. You know, those family friends that date so far back and were so close that you call them family? Yeah, that kind. So, when Cousin Mike came to visit he asked what beer he could bring us from California (hell yeah), and if we had some spare time if we could take him to a Portland brewery or two (double hell yeah). Lucky for you, several posts are in the works on the cooler full of beer he brought us!!! And in that day in Portland we managed to introduce him to Lompoc, Hair of the Dog, Laurelwood, Belmont Station, and the Horse Brass, making sure that cooler of his was refilled before his return trip to California. Everyone had a great time. Cousin Mike seemed to lament not having a place like the Horse Brass at home. I told him no one does. There really is only one and he’d just have to come visit us in Portland more often. I’m pretty sure I convinced him, not that it took much arm twisting. Anyway, he recently sent me a text from a brewery in Tucson, so I invited him to guest post on our beer blog, since we love travel and love to highlight breweries from afar. Give Cousin Mike a warm welcome to taphandle, and if you have been to Nimbus share your thoughts on their other brews.


As with most Tucson buildings, Nimbus Brewing is low to the ground with desert pastels coloring the walls, and it has a rustic feel to it. The Old Monkeyshine Ale is the most popular pour at Nimbus. It’s dark, malty, and serious, with an 8.2% ABV. There is a good chocolate mouth feel at the beginning. Then I watched the creamy lace slide down the side of the pint glass. The finish is subtle fading off into the distance, and so it paired fairly well with the burger I was enjoying for lunch. A good beer, with a little kick at the front and pedestrian at the end…but drink a lot and you’d need to crawl home.

Looks like you fit right in Cousin Mike!

Looks like you fit right in Cousin Mike!

Today is Sunday and there are many different football games scattered about. Occassionally, there are yells and shouts from fans rooting for their teams. Sitting around for hours watching football, those men would probably want a lighter brew for their standard. So, it seemed fitting I try the Pale Ale. It is lighter than most I’ve had, more like a Blonde. The hops are there but it is not very full in flavor. Not big, more medium. Still good, and recflective of the area with its hot summers.

I would highly recommend visiting if in the area. Grab some chow and enjoy the fire pit outside or the boisterous enthusiasm inside.


5 Responses to “Guest Post from Nimbus”

  1. Brian December 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM #

    If cousin Mike ever needs me to taste his beers to tell him what he’s drinking…just let me know. I would be happy to help.

    • Mike January 6, 2013 at 10:35 AM #

      no way, no more backwash from you cuzin Brian..

  2. Sister Schoultz January 6, 2013 at 7:47 AM #

    Whoo Hoo! Still wish I could have been there with y’all and my favorite non-related relatives. Love the guest post.

    • Mike January 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM #

      and we missed you too…have a PBR on me.

  3. Mike January 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM #

    So, with the sorrow of not being in the BCS National Championship, and recognizing that my ND Fightin’ Irish need some work, I obtained a Double Mountain ‘Vaporizer’ (Hood River, OR) to drown those sorrows. A nice lite IPA, dry hopped, with a great floral opening, great middle body and smooth finish, unlike my Irish. It was so nice, I followed it up with a Pliny. Game was over before it started, but it was nice to piss off a few other teams that may be more deserving. 211 days til opening day.

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