Thursday, March 29, 2012


Have you noticed how it's all 'craft beer this' and 'craft beer that,' lately? I never seem to hear the word 'micro brew' anymore. But no matter, I like them no matter what you call them, and today I will let you in on the very best of craft beers. The craftiest of the crafty.

I've been conducting my own March Madness, although I'm not going to crown just one winner. Nope, I've got a top five for you people.

Stone Brewery Pale Ale*
This was hard for me, because I love their IPA as well. But I'm going with the pale. Both are excellent. And brewed here in San Diego.

Lagunitas Little Sumpin'
Again, a hard choice because I also love Lagunitas IPA and Lagunitas Pale Ale, all are excellent, but, as the Lagunitas Brewing Company marketing slogan goes, Everyone needs A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Sometimes. These guys are north of San Francisco, in Petaluma, California. (Although you can find the pale on tap at The Fargo in Aurora, New York, of all places, so keep your eyes out for it!)

Kona Brewing  Koko Brown Ale
This beer is DE-licious. It has toasted coconut,** and is a good alternative to dessert. You're not going to want to drink a whole six pack, but one, or possibly two, of these Koko Browns hits both your sweet tooth and your beer jones.

Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing
This is one tasty, citrusy IPA. And I'm not the only one who thinks so. This beer won the gold medal at the World Beer Cup in 2010 in the International Pale Ale category. Yum. It's brewed right here in San Diego as well.
Pliny the Elder - Russian River Brewing Company
Finally, let me introduce you to Pliny the Elder. This beer is excellent! Truly delicious. You can't find this brew in every liquor store. No you can't. There is actually a waiting list for stores to get on. Luckily my local store does carry it, but the bottles are tightly controlled. You cannot buy more than one a day! Isn't that crazy? Just goes to show you how yummy, this beer, this winner of my very own malty March Madness, is.

Yep, Pliny the Elder is the craftiest of the crafty. And Pliny the Younger is amazing as well.

So that's it folks, the results are in, the tournament is over. All that is left for you to do is toast the winners.


* There was one of these in the house last night, and it was my sincere intention to photograph it in the kitchen like I did all the others. But it's disappeared, been drunk, and thrown out I suppose. I spot checked  the recycling bin to see, but you know, not too deeply. I hope the stock photo will do.

** Which means that Jacquie will not be agreeing with the ranking of #3 here. She is not a coconut fan. Or is that Bill?


Pat said...

Just give me canned Bud light on ice and I am happy. ..the lowest of the low, I know
Love, Mom

Me, You, or Ellie said...

This is such great Madness! I love it, Beth.

I know you love those Craft Beers -- microbrewed and drunk with two hands, ideally -- and I just love seeing all of them in your midst.

I *love* the Pliny the Elder label. Plus I also love the Russian River. Although Mr. Hawaii is pretty bitchin' rowing on his surfboard (What do you call that? Surf Rowing? Row Surfing?) and the spiny fish on the Ballast IPA is cool. And who *couldn't* use a Little Sumpin' Sumpin' sometimes?

Hey, my cousin Meghan fills in her bracket based on school colors, jerseys, mascots, and if anyone she's ever know has gone to that school. I'm therefore filling in my Craft Beer Bracket based on their labels.



Me, You, or Ellie said...

Ellie, you have been in New London entirely too long, those are *paddle boards.* They are all the rage out here on the west coast ;-) Come try them!!


Me, You, or Ellie said...

Paddle Boards! Of course.

They paddle those boards out here on the Least Coast, too, but I was *way* to lazy -- I mean busy -- to look up what they were called.

Whaddaya drinking?