Thursday, May 17, 2012

Special Stone Ruination IPA - 10th Anniversary Ale

Stone Brewing is releasing a special version of its Ruination double IPA on June 11, 2012.  Ruination, a year-round release, is one of my favorite double IPAs.  I view it similar to Pliny the Elder, in that it's a crisp, hop-forward beer, not a heavy, syrupy, alcohol bomb, which seems like the default for too many craft brewers and their double IPAs.  Ruination's best attribute is its drinkablity.   Stone, from the link above, says, "we'll be debuting the amped-up Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, which is jam-packed with an even healthier than usual dose of hop glory, utilizing a blend of Citra and Centennial in the dry hop!"   I am looking forward to this IPA.

Good Beer Article

Slate has an article on the communal beer rankings of sites like BeerAdvocateThe article states that the wide variety of reviews from regular beer drinkers are probably more accurate and drive brewers to make better beers than wine reviews.  I liked this quote:
Ordinary beer lovers actually believe that their opinions matter, and they’re pretty much right.
Heck yeah!  And pretentious ordinary beer lovers can write a beer blog, too.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Societe Brewing Opening

My blogging has been light due to a high volume of real work, but I do need to pass on some important information.  I have noted before that I am looking forward to the opening of Societe Brewing.  Societe announced on Twitter yesterday that its soft opening is today.  Brandon Hernandez has a post up on his San Diego Reader blog that Societe's opening is tomorrow.  Either way, the wait is over.  Societe's first two beers are a Belgian Extra ale and a big IPA.  I am trying to juggle my schedule so I can get to Societe sometime in the next few days.  Below is information on Societe's location and hours from Brandon Hernandez's blog:
Societe Brewing Company is located at 8262 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and their hours of operation will be Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursdays from 2 to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For those who prepare to sit, the company's full scale grand opening is set for June 30.