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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 09:35

Beer Pick of the Week

No Indigo Pale Ale Picmonkey

Indigo Pale Ale


101 North Brewing Co.

Petaluma, CA

Style: Pale Ale

Alcohol: 6%

IBUs: 49

Serving Style: kegs

Availability: Northern California

Sunday, 25 March 2018 15:04

Lamb for Easter and Passover

By Dan Clarke

It’s the opinion of Taste California Travel and its sister publication, Taste Washington Travel, that lamb is appropriate fare any time of the year.

Saturday, 13 May 2017 17:26

Beer Pick of the Week

Firestone Walker Nitro DBA Picmonkey

Nitro DBA


Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Paso Robles, California

Style: English-style pale ale

Alcohol: 5%

IBUs: 30

Serving style: Kegs only

Availability: Most of USA West Coast

Monday, 03 April 2017 17:52

Karl Strauss Teams With Sierra Nevada

NxS Road Show poster Picmonkey

TASTE News Service, April 4, 2017 - Karl Strauss Brewing Company is releasing a collaboration brew with Sierra Nevada.

Friday, 23 September 2016 16:19

September 23, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Robs Red Blend Non Vintage web Picmonkey


2014 Rob’s Red Blend


Barnard Griffin

Washington State

Alcohol: 13.6%

Suggested Retail: $14

Friday, 12 August 2016 08:05

August 12, 2016 Beer Pick of the Week

Melvin Brewing MPA pintglass Picmonkey

Hubert MPA


Melvin Brewing

Alpine, Wyoming

Style: pale ale

ABV: 6%

IBUs: 66

Serving style: 12-oz.cans and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: WY, CO and the Pacific NW

Saturday, 16 April 2016 22:15

April 15, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

Deschutes Armory Picmonkey

Armory XPA


Deschutes Brewery

Bend, Oregon

Style: Experimental pale ale

Alcohol: 5.9%

IBUs: 55

Serving style: 12-ounce bottes

Availability: Year-around in the West and much of the U.S.

Friday, 09 October 2015 07:24

October 9, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

Karl Strauss Pintail Ale Picmonkey

Pintail Pale Ale


Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

San Diego

Style: American Pale Ale

Alcohol: 5.3%

IBUs: 47

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

Availability: Year around in most of California


Appearance:   “I’d say amber or maybe copper-colored.”

Aroma:   “There seems a good balance of hops and malt in the nose. I get a good whiff of citrus—grapefruit and maybe orange peel.”

Taste:   “Has more carbonation than an English-style Pale Ale, but isn't fizzy. Good body with some roasted malt in the background. Hoppy in the American style, but not overly so.”

Food Affinity:   “Scotch egg, but they're hard to find over here. Would also be good with a rye bread sandwich of sliced cheddar cheese and bell pepper with some stone-ground mustard. ”

  --Guest reviewer Phil Robertson is a waiter in San Diego

Sunday, 30 August 2015 11:04

August 28, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

Stone Pale Ale 2.0 PicmonkeyPale Ale 2.0


Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido, California

Style: Pale Ale

Alcohol: 6%

IBUs: Unknown

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

Availability: Good year around national distribution


Appearance:   “Deep amber color, almost copper-hued. Nearly inch high head, but it dissipates fairly quickly. Nice lacing.”

Aroma:   “There’s a hoppiness, but it comes across as almost fruity—citrussy maybe or even apricot and peach scents.” (Editor’s note:  After 19 years, Stone has changed the recipe for its Pale Ale, hence the 2.0 designation. The new version makes use of Mandarina Bavaria hops from Germany, which may be the source of the aromatic profile.)

Taste:   “I like this one. In a world that now seems to be dominated by hugely-hopped beers, the Pale Ale 2.0 seems balanced and restrained. Easy to drink and each sips seems to invite the next one.”

Food Affinity:   “Fish tacos. Pickled onion and Scotch egg. Even A grilled Caerphilly cheese, bacon and tomato sandwich on rye bread.”


--Guest reviewer Nigel Davies tends bar on the Central Coast of California

Saturday, 08 August 2015 09:45

August 7, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

Port Brewing Summer Pale Ale Picmonkey

Summer Pale Ale/SPA


Port Brewing

San Marcos, California

Style: American Pale Ale

Alcohol: 6%

IBUs: Unknown

Serving style: Bottles and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Seasonal, but widely distributed on the West Coast, less so nationally


Appearance:   “I’d say it was a deep gold or maybe copper color. Medium depth white head. Good lacing.”

Aroma:   “Quite fruity. Big hop presence here (brewery website says Amarillo, Cacade, Chinook, Columbus and Simcoe are the hops), evidenced by pine and citrus notes.”

Taste:   “Nice balance of malt, followed by the hops. Crisp and refreshing, rather than heavy. Nothing cloying here. First pint might invite the second.”

Food Affinity:   “Something with personality. I imagine drinking this sitting on a deck close to the sea. Smoked salmon chunks with home-made tartar sauce. Garlic sausages with whole-grain mustard.”


  --Reviewer Dawn Thurston teaches music when she’s not enjoying a beer.

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