6 Beer Tattoos That Prove These People Like Beer

#6.  A permanent reminder for potential dates

They can be found on the Beer Repeat Offender list (Photo: Pinterest.com)
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#5. A permanent reminder for your current significant other

(Photo: reddit.com)
(Photo: reddit.com)

#4. When the turn-up gets too real

(Photo: tattoofunny.com)
(Photo: tattoofunny.com)

#3. Just in case you forget…or the bartender forgets…

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(Photo: Pinterest.com)

#2. Not sure if he’s a fan of Coors Light, or he’s demonstrating Coors = piss

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(Photo: foodbeast.com)

#1. Beer and canned pizza? Pizza beer? Yellow jalapenos and beer?

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(Photo: awfulink.com)

10 Signs You May Be a Hop Head

10.  Your cellar, basement, kitchen, and/or garage smells like hops

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Photo: http://smokingbottle.wordpress.com

 

9.  You have upgraded your bath and/or beauty regime to include only the finest organic hop products

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Photo: Etsy.com

 

8. While others are out on Haunted Hollywood tours, you prefer to know the ins and outs of hop fields

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7.  After a night of too many double IPA’s, this happened:

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Photo: http://itsnotjustthealcoholtalking.wordpress.com

 

6.  If you had an emoji, it would be “Wrecked Palate Face”

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Photo: http://faceriot.wordpress.com/page/3/

 

5.  Your home décor involves fresh Humulus Lupulus

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Photo: Etsy.com

 

4.  You know Nelson Sauvin, and it’s not your neighbor’s cousin

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Photo: http://www.quickmeme.com

 

3. You keep a Hop Chart handy

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Photo: https://byo.com/resources/hops

 

2.  Pliny The Younger

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1.  You’ll down right, straight up, literally eat hop pellets

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Cheers!

-Nutty

 

A Redhead, Brunette, and Blonde Walk into a Bar…

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That bar is 38 Degrees Ale House in Alhambra, CA.  Their names from left to right: Wee Smokey Amber Ale, Saison Noir, and Ohana Blonde.  Ohana Brewing Company presented these gorgeous winter seasonals with yummy food pairings provided by 38 Degrees on Sunday, January 19.  The event was a great way to introduce Ohana’s soon-to-be tasting room, located just around the corner from 38 Degrees, with a tour and a brief history about their brews, their goals, and hopes for this new venture.

Other speakers included 38 Degrees co-owner Clay Harding, a self-proclaimed “Hop Head” from the age of 16, and members of The Full Pint, a resourceful blog with news, reviews, and interviews.

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Featured above:  Clay Harding speaking about being influenced by his step-father, who co-owned Crown City Brewing since the 80’s, and the future of 38 Degrees.  Look out for a “1st annual festival” being planned for March of this year.

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Featured above: Members of The Full Pint speaking about the early days of the blog:  “We presented ourselves as big shots to breweries that didn’t know any better.”

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Featured above: members of Ohana Brewing speaking about the tastings offered and their upcoming tasting room in Alhambra.  They are still deciding whether to use can or bottles, and although the space is currently empty with only lines of tape signaling where the bar will be, you can expect a great experience.  They hope to make more barrels than last year, which was between 400-500 in 2013, but still less than 1,000.  The Ohana tasting room is expected to open March 2014.

Can we talk about this guy’s awesome shirt now?!

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Cheers!

-Nutty

Award-Winning “Best Beer in Mexico” Comes to California

There are only three things that will make me drive 40+ miles from my mountainous seclusion that is “the valley:” a re-release of Duck Duck Gooze, the resurgence of Mother Funker, and a beer tasting by Mexico’s award-winning Ensenada Brewing Co.

All I heard was horchata, piloncillo, and red agave…small, but essential components of my childhood growing up Mexican, now in beer!!  Was this true?  Could it be?  I had to taste! 

On November 10, Colonia Taco Lounge, located in La Puente, CA and LA Beer Bloggers hosted a sampling, The Rise of Craft Beer in Mexico.  Ensenada Brew Co. and Cucapá Brewing Co., two of the best from Baja California, provided samples that were paired with smoked porter tacos.  And to think I was going to spend my Saturday color-coding my dish towels and alphabetizing my VHS collection…

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I had the pleasure of meeting Ensenada Brew Co. husband-and-wife team Paul and Karla Woronicz, owners of the Old Mission Brewery and Woodfire Pizza Restaurant in downtown Ensenada, BC.  Having grown up with these ingredients herself and having direct access to fresh product, Karla knew they would have a unique-tasting selection of beer that would also implement a sense of community from the consumer.

As Karla explained, more important than hitting as many store shelves as possible, is the ability to provide freshly brewed beer in their restaurant for their customers and creating a sense of interaction, like that of family, with people.

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 That day, I tasted three beers:

Horchata Obscura (made with brown rice, chocolate malt, roasted barley, and accents of cinnamon and locally-grown vanilla, 6%)

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Smoked Piloncillo Porter (made with roasted malts and piloncillo, which is unrefined sugar, 6%)

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 Red Agave IPA (made with two-row barley, crystal malts, and agave nectar, 6.8%)

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It was an exhilarating explosion of flavors and scents unlike any other I have experienced to date; smooth and easy on the palette with plenty of flavor.  The kind of beer that makes you want to order one after the other, after the other.  Distribution to California is set for mid-December to early January 2014.

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 For a full list of their beer and to find out more, visit ensenadabrewing.com

Cheers!

-Nutty

 

 

A Small Taste of Ratchet Brews

He doesn’t ride with Nina, Keisha, or Molly.  He doesn’t wear chains around his neck while brewing nor does he produce “brews-a-make-her-dance.”  His name is Jason Carpenter, known to friends as “Ratchet” for the last 18 years, and no relation to Juicy J or 2 Chainz.  By day, he is the office manager for a small law firm in Knoxville, TN where they can help “Turn Your Ex into Some Checks!” and a home brewer in his spare time.
Ratchet Brews was founded sometime between 1995 and 1996 after Jason learned to brew along with some friends from a homebrew kit.  It wasn’t until 2009 that he decided to delve into it full force.  Since then, Ratchet has continued to dedicate his time to perfecting his work and developing his brand in order to meet his ultimate goal: to open his own nano-brewery.
“My basic brew day is usually 6-8 hours, but this doesn’t include all the stuff leading up to it, like getting water, starting the yeast, and cleaning equipment.”  Not only is home brewing time intensive, but it can also grow quickly from just a hobby to a full-time job.  “It can easily become an obsession.  I’ve spent more on brewing equipment than I did on my first couple of cars.  Often, I will forgo grocery shopping to buy brewing ingredients.”
A Florida native, Ratchet now calls Knoxville home.  He can often be found in Downtown Knoxville enjoying a brew when he is not working on his own, which he describes as, “Clean, chaotic, and party!”  He is also a member of the Knoxville Beer Crew.
So what advice does Ratchet have for those looking to cook up their own batch?   “Buy and read every beer and brewing-related book you can get your hands on.  Join online homebrew forums like HomeBrewTalk  If you want to pursue the hobby, get the good equipment up front.  Also, anyone can make beer.  Don’t half-ass it; if you are not going to do your best to make a great brew, stick with the store bought stuff.”
Keep up with Ratchet Brews news on his website, or check him out on Facebook and Twitter @RatchetBrews.
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Getting Shipwrecked Leads to a Hop Stoopid Friday Night

I have to confess: Flying Dog Raging Bitch really knocked my teeth out.  After trying it, I did not want to go near an IPA.  But, like everything else in life, we can’t let one bitch ruin it for everyone else, right? So, this weekend, I decided to give IPA’s another chance.  Not only that, but I went for the first Double IPA label I saw: Mission Brewery’s Shipwrecked.

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This was definitely out of my beer comfort zone since, up until 4 months ago, I stuck to only blonde beers and an occasional “Dos Equis.”  It was wild.  But now…it was Friday night – post Pay Day – I was feeling daring at the grocery store, so instead of the usual Red Box-wine-sushi, I opted for two IPA’s, Friday’s Mozzarella Sticks and a trashy drama from Hulu.

The second choice, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, I had already tried but I wanted to see how it compared or if I could even tell at all (I almost never can.)  And the beer battle began:

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Shipwrecked was actually better than I expected.  It didn’t have that crazy bitter aftertaste like Raging Bitch did.  It kind of sneaks up on you like tequila though because I didn’t feel anything right away, so I downed the 2nd beer right after.  Well, let’s just say I got real Hop Stoopid and Shipwrecked that night but it’s nice to know I can love IPA’s again.

Beer Tees: the Bad, the Ugly and the Douchebag

Over the weekend, while savoring a Moo Cluck Oink! Burger at Hennessey’s Tavern, I spotted this gentleman at the bar whose T-shirt caught my attention.  D.E.A. Drink Every Afternoon. But is he letting the rest of us know that he does, or is he reminding himself to do so? I mean, I set alarms on my phone to remind me to shave my legs the next time I shower, not forget my lunch in the fridge, or reply to someone on LinkedIn, etc. so I wouldn’t judge the fellow for using a T-shirt instead.

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Either way, I was inspired to look up what other kinds of beer T-shirts Google sprung up…..and the following I will place in a category called:

Douchebag Beer T-shirts:

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Photo: http://www.threadrock.com

Okay, obviously “thinking out loud” is now appropriate for Tees. I can bet though, if someone wore this in front of their GF, they wouldn’t have anyone to call “Babe” afterward. Because you know what, our stories are really actually interesting, you guys just have the attention span of a Republican during an Obama speech. But, if a girl wore this…..

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Photo: http://www.ebay.com

 

If you have to wear this shirt, you most likely NEVER do. Surprisingly, 73 of these have sold on ebay!!

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Just FYI, we can see your beer gut whether you publicize it on a white tee or not. The only time this sort of tee with an arrow should be allowed is if you’re pregnant.

Now, sadly but not surprising, when I Googled “girl’s beer T-shirt” the variety is non-existent and we are left with two choices:

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and…

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The Spanish version!

 

Beer Soup for the Coffee Lover’s Soul

Coffee lovers hold on to your toilet seat: a roasty flavored stout made with Chipotle peppers and Arabica coffee is upon us: The Black Phoenix! This Californian brew (6.7%)  has that mocha-latte scent, rich dark color, and ultra smooth taste, without the overwhelming menu and slew of “Hipsters” yapping about Kanye’s new album, that you might find at a coffee shop. Enjoy this in the privacy of your own home for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Note: If you get heartburn easily, you might want to have Tums nearby just in case…the pepper flavor starts to kick in after a few minutes.

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Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton, CA, 1 Pint