Slater’s 50/50 Backyard Brewfest

Hot on the heels of their strong beer event at the end of February, Slater’s 50/50 in Lake Forest is offering up an even bigger event this Saturday with their 2nd Annual Backyard Brewfest. Having experienced my first taste of Slater’s “excesstacy” during the strong beer event (think fried bacon, pizza poutine, and barrel-aged barley … Continue reading

Strong Beer Event at Slater’s 50/50

OC Restaurant Week 2014 runs from February 23 to March 1, and Slater’s 50/50 is kicking things off with “excesstasy” in the form of strong beers (starting at 11% ABV), delicious grub, and the promise of a fun evening. This strong beer event centers around their procurement of rare, hard-to-find, high-alcohol brews… as well as a sampling of … Continue reading

New Karl Strauss Tasting Room

In honor of the grand opening of Karl Strauss’ new tasting room at main brewery in Pacific Beach last night, I wanted to share a bit about our ‘sneak peek’ experience hanging out there a couple weeks ago. Here’s a little background: for the first time in its 20-plus year history, Karl is opening up … Continue reading

Extract vs. All Grain Brewing

We tried an all grain (no malt extract) recipe for the first time last week and learned some things. We still have yet to finish fermenting the summer wheat brew so we aren’t sure how it will turn out yet but I think our noble attempt could be improved, albeit our equipment was not really … Continue reading

Why We Keg Our Homebrews

By now we have had our home brewed ales going primarily into kegs for the past 6 months. It seems everyone starts with bottles and if they brew enough eventually finds the value in kegging and pouring home brews from a tap. Well there are some advantages that made the decision the right one for … Continue reading

Fun at Karl Strauss 4S Ranch

Looking back at some pictures recently, I realized I never wrote about my tasty trip down to the newest Karl Strauss brewery in 4S Ranch (master planned community in north inland San Diego). Even with some rush-hour traffic, it took just over an hour to get there, and it was totally worth the drive. Karl’s … Continue reading