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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 20:43

Beer Pick of the Week


Tuesday, 25 July 2017 17:23

Beer Pick of the Week

Pizza Port Grandview Picmonkey



Pizza Port

San Diego

Style: Blonde Ale

Alcohol: 5.2%

Serving Style: Cans and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Good distribution in California, limited beyond

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 06:55

Beer Pick of the Week

Dust Bowl California Line bottle Picmonkey

California Line


Dust Bowl Brewery

Turlock, CA

Style: Vanilla Blonde Ale

Alcohol: 4.5%

IBUs: 10

Serving Style: 12-ounce bottles and kegs

Availability: Year-round in Central and Northern California

Sunday, 26 July 2015 19:45

July 24, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

Summer Love bottle Picmonkey

Summer Love


Victory Brewing Co.

Downington, PA

Style: American Blond Ale

Alcohol: 5.2%

IBUs: unknown

Serving Style: Bottles, cans and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Pennsylvania brewery gets some national distribution. We found it on draft on the West Coast.


Appearance:   “Clear and bright yellow color. Good white head that does fade.”

Aroma:   “Some hoppiness and floral notes. A bit of malt appears eventually.”

Taste:   “At first this might seem like a simple beer in a lighter style, but if you’re paying attention you can tell the taste gives you some subtle citrus followed by malt and some real hoppiness on the finish.”

Food Affinity: “I bet it would go well with foods from Philadelphia, but the only ones I can think of are scrapple, which is kind of a breakfast food, and cheese steaks. While I think it would be fine with these, I’ll say it would also go with many California dishes. How about fish tacos? Chicken and avocado salad? Grilled swordfish that has been marinated in Tequila, lime and garlic?”

  --Reviewer Marion Cespak is a softwear engineer in Santa Cruz, California

Friday, 26 June 2015 17:49

June 26, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

PIKE NAUGHTY NELLIE in glass Picmonkey

Naughty Nellie


The Pike Brewing Company

Seattle, Washington

Style: Blond, session-ale

Alcohol: 5.5%

IBUs: 24

Serving Style: 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Widely distributed in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest


Appearance:   “Dark golden color tending toward copper or amber hue. Fluffy white head that dissipates fairly quickly.”

Aroma:   “Mildly hoppy with maybe just a bit of pear and lemon zest.”

Taste:   “Opens with inviting malt notes, followed closely by a full mouth of carbonation and hops (Centennial and Cascade). Finishes cleanly and crisply. A lighter summertime brew, but not insufficient at all. Just the right amount of hops elevates this ‘sessionable’ beer.”

Food Affinity:   “Clean and crisp, Naughty Nellie would be a good companion with many foods. We'd suggest enjoying it with a Crab Louis.”

DanClarke Good Mug Shot Picmonkey



Reviewer Dan Clarke enjoyed this beer while checking out Washington Wine Country.

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