they were the weeks that were…

sometimes I sit, try to write a blog  post with Eddie’s jesting in my ears “learn to spell, before you try to write”, about something interesting about beer, at least, but it just never happens.    Sitting writing, even writing a diary, has never come easy.  Over the last few weeks, I have been away in California, hanging with many good friends and drinking good beers –  I have been racking my brains as to write something interesting, telling a tale of amazing beers from far afield like a spice merchant from way back when, but for me it’s the people.  The beers out there are great, events like the SF beer week really does present a show case of amazing beer that is unusually good.   The efforts that those like, Rodger Davis with his Sour and Barrels Festivals need applause… bringing such amazing beers together.

But now I am home.  back to work.   but, my work is fun.  but, I have been working 7 days a week for the last couple of years.  Why 7 days a week?  Continue reading


Brew Day@ Triple Rock

Considering the crash of my beloved Canon 20D, probably much to the relief of many of my friends who regularly have a lens jammed in their face, but I found I could remove the card just now, actually looking for all the wrong reasons…

As for the brew, it was an all English Hopped Big IPA, hopped with Bramling Cross, Styrians and Goldings.  Rodger will probably call it an English Double IPA or something – me, I call it an English Export Pale Ale.

I expect tasting notes to start appearing on sometime soon…. yikes…  if’you’re local, please go taste it and let me know…

Triple Rock Barrel Fest and more interesting people.

Just a quick review note to post something of a review of the event.
So good that I actually forgot to take pictures.

Highlights – Drakes Merlot Barrel Stout, Bruery Mellange #3, and one other that I will have to check back to see what it was.

A veryyyyyyyyyyy good selection, in a cool atmosphere, and sich good people.

I even met Brian Yeager – who wrote this excellent book, Red White and Brews – I bought the book before meeting him, and it’s one very very good read. you can keep in touch with his travels here at and buy his book, it’s really good.

Triple Rock Sour fest and Brewing Network

Tom Daldorf of the Celebrator

Sunday, 1pm – Berkeley – Triple Rock Brewery, the very same place that I brewed.  A Sour Fest, hosted by brewer extraordinaire Rodger Davis.  A great selection of Belgian and US sour Ales.  Sourced from contacts in the brewing world, pulling strings, to get the Beltheham beers!  A top fest that I can see getting very very big!  especially seeing the size that the Double IPA fest has become in a few years.

I kinda forgot to take some more pics, but memorable brews – Belthleham Framboise, EffinGreat,  and the Green Flash beer Sour Wench.

I did steer away from the Belgians seemed stupid to take the opportunity away from the locals…

Great to hang out with friends too, Steve (AgentSteve) and Steve Altamari – from Valley Brew.

Some how I made it to the Brewing Network show that night too!  despite my taxi driver getting completely lost.

Casa De La Meurte!

The BN Studio


It was great to hang out with these guys, but completely unexpectedly the grabbed me to come sit in as a guest on the show!?!  WTF!   I am a big fan of their humor I will admit, so I was buzzed to hang out with these guys.

Listen Here

Brewing in california!

Something of a letter from America, i am just sitting in a coffee shop in berkeley, California, waiting to get into the brewery. Surrounded by students, it’s seven am here, three pm in England!

Coffee and cinamon bun fired breakfast, following the superbowl party yesterday. This is still early.

So sat here, waiting to get into the brewery. Triple Rock. It’s on shattuck, the main road through Berkeley, but it’s a brewpub, serving food and beers brewed on site since, I dunno… It’s been here since…

The skies are getting paler, a few more people are coming in, and the tramps are shuffling away from their now stinking door ways.

I expect to mash in around eight am, all being well.

Will take lots of photos and get them up for your breakfast tomorrow!

Enjoy the snow!!


Yesterdays arrivals and musings…

… yes, lambic…. and things of a sour note.

The arrivals gave me the incentive to go rummaging in the “beer store” – my garage – and see what gems I had forgotten about.

I stumbled upon a couple of boxes marked Cantillon, from when I was their in March, 08.  Seems like years ago – hanging out with Shane, Claudia, Rodger;  Great fun…   I will always know when, never be able to forget, as recently a book has been published showing the front of the Cantillon brewery – with my little blue van in the picture.   Anyhoo, back to the story….  Apricot Lambic…. yummy me thinks.

Recently I made a trip to the US with one beer as my target,  “Erics Ale, of the Lips of Faith” from New Belgium.  I, say we, stumbled upon it on a fantastic day spent with two very good people, Mr David Hopwood of Stone Brewing, and Rodger Davis of Triple Rock/Drakes fame.     My god did the Erics ale live up to expectations.  A peach sour ale, with lovely fresh clean sour notes; I say fresh and clean meaning with out extra chaotic notes from completely uncontrolled wild ferment.     Where as the Cantillon was great too, I loved what I was drinking – the apricot notes subtly coming through -where as with the Erics the peach notes can be found if you look hard enough.      I will admit that, on the day in question, a great many ales of note were consumed – from Russian River, through Lost Abbey, Hair of the Dog, et al… but the two glasses of Erics Ale, and the Wilden Zuid Train from Flossmoor were outstanding memories of that trip.

(travel pics here)

The Fou’Foune – verdict:  I will need to get some more of this.  I like it.  A summer apperatif, Cantillon house flavours carry the understated apricot – unsweetened, no syrups realllllll fruit – perfectly.   Is this an under the radar effort from Cantillon, missed with bigger beers in mind…?