My husband recently had to go up to Palo Alto for work and we turned it into a Bay Area road trip. These were the food and drink highlights.
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Lupulin River is my new favorite IPA! I still have many old favorites… but Lupulin River is perfectly balanced, tropical, hoppy, and delicious! I had tried a few Knee Deep beers before (they brew an impressive number of IPAs), and they were good, but they definitely didn’t blow me away.
I got married in Sonoma County in May of this year. I wanted to provide my guests quality beer and wine, but was also on a budget. It can be difficult to find a good Pinot Noir for under $20 per bottle!
I never met a Pizza Port IPA I didn’t like. Kook DIPA is no exception. It doesn’t quite seem like a double IPA, but it is nice and refreshing. It has a lemon-y taste and color. It is great choice for a hot summer day and cans are perfect for the pool/camping/etc!
This beer is decent, but not a favorite. It is an “old school” style Double IPA and pretty balanced with the malt. If you are tired of the big tropical IPA’s out there now, this is a good change of pace. This beer is a limited release – so if you are interested in trying it, get some soon!
The original Stone Ruination was one of my favorites… I would order it whenever I saw it on draft in restaurants/bars. The new Stone Ruination “2.0” is pretty good, but I still miss the old version. The updated version seems very similar to other double IPA’s out right now and only vaguely reminds me of the original recipe. The new Ruination is more tropical due to the new hop mix and about the same level of alcohol.
This doozy of a beer is very lovely to drink. I first had it on draft at Whole Foods then bought a bomber at a local market. It is very strong, so I usually switch to something else after just one, but it is definitely a beer I will buy again. I have only had this beer a few times ever, but it has definitely risen in my list of favorites.
This beer became infamous before it even showed up on my store shelves. First I heard a lawsuit was filed by Lagunitas because the IPA letters looked like their trademark bottle – they later dropped the suit. Then I read about the fancy new steam distillation method they used to extract oil from fresh hops. (more…)
This cider is like the champagne of ciders… no really, it almost tastes like champagne. If you are not into really apple-y or sweet ciders, this one is really nice. It tastes dry, crisp, and refreshing (I advise you drink it ice-cold). It is a really nice change of pace from beer (if for some reason you don’t feel like beer… not sure why you wouldn’t feel like beer, but anyhow).