Tag Archives: beer and food

An invitation to Kells Brewery

31 Oct


On Monday, Miranda and I were invited to the media event at Kells Irish Pub and Brewery inside their NW 21st location.  What first caught my attention about the invitation was Dave Fleming had found himself and new brewing gig and I wanted to see what he was up to since leaving Lompoc.  Then there was the chance to try new beers from a brewery I didn’t know existed.  With 40+ breweries in town, eventually one or two will pop up under our radar. Continue reading


In public with Cameltoe

14 Apr

When we travel, Miranda and I rarely rent a car, so we explore all the place we can walk to or we make a quick study of the transit system. Tonight was an exception, Miranda’s friend Damir lives in Chicago and together we drove out to A Piece, brewery and pizzeria. A Piece is still very much in Chicago but a little beyond walking.

First the pizza was very tasty but continuing the theme from last night there was an hour and a half wait for a table. But hey, there was standing room, a nice beer list (both their own and guest taps) and for such a hip part of town barkeeps with hustle.

My first ale of the night was the Disfuctionale. The beer started the night off right. A medium to full bodied pale that stood well with hops that came on strong and crisp finishing with a hint of citrus grapefruitiness. I liked this beer and thought I would have a few but there were more beers to try and an hour and fifteen wait left.

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Dispatches from Chicago, a 50 dollar beer

14 Apr


I have an admission, I love to travel but hate to fly. Really, I hate fucking turbulence. Miranda is wonderfully kind to me as I gripped her leg as the plane bounced around while it circled O’Hare but the plane finally landed safe and once I came down from all the endorphins dumped into my bloodstream, I was hungry!

Off we went to the Girl and the Goat. Yes, there is a whole section of the menu with goat meat. I got the goat empanadas and all I can say is hell this is good! As we’re the green beans in fish sauce, scallops with brown buttered kimchee, and the pig face (yes face) with a fried egg. Hungry yet? Food is always part of the conversation when talking about beer, but let’s get to my first beer.

Stone’s 16th Anniversary IPA

20 Sep

I cracked open a bomber of Stone 16th Anniversary IPA while camping recently. Clocking in at 10% this is a big IPA. I apologize now that this is not the most complete beer review but I was cooking while enjoying it and you know how cooking while camping is, managing food over the fire as well as on the camp stove. Anyway, the beer poured a nice bright copper color. Then there was the nose, the bottle doesn’t say whether or not the beer is dry hopped but the nose was awesome. It had a strong citrusy, sweet resinous hop smell that I just love. The taste started as wonderfully as one would expect form a beer with such fine hop bouquet but finished with an odd perfume like quality. This was not an awful perfumey quality like someone dumped Chanel in my beer. More like the way a citrus blossom smells. Looking closer to bottle again, this IPA was brewed with lemon verbena, an herb with a lemony flavor. I think it is a bit odd that I could not smell this herb but yet found it to be such a strong component of the taste of the beer.

I was drinking out of a very small mason jar and while I liked the first two glass fills, the strength of the lemon verbena was a bit too much. If I stopped there I don’t think I would recommend this beer to my friends, but I poured another glass as I sat down for dinner. With a spicy bowl of chili in front of me, the beer shined. The heat of the chili overwhelmed the lemon verbena while the strong hop flavor stood out. Alone this beer is ok but with food it is a very good beer. I really enjoyed the rest of the bottle with dinner.

Oregon summer series: beer #6

16 Sep

Cheap and tasty. Who could ask for anything more?

I had the pleasure of attending a 3 year old’s birthday party yesterday.  Pleasure because I was hanging with one of my best friends and our kids are pretty much inseparable when they get together.  Works the insanity and energy right out of both of them.  He even bought one of those inflatable bouncy castle-things for the kids.  Needless to say, mine passed out the minute we got home last night. Continue reading

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