Binder full of beer

Yes I'm that guy, the one who sits at the bar, notebook in hand, waxing somewhat poetically about the beer he's drinking. In fact, this blog was inspired by my little black book. Overall last year was a fantastic year for craft beer and I had the pleasure of tasting at several breweries and festivals including the Firestone Walker Invitational and the Orange County Brew Ha Ha.  Below is a list of beers from my notebook that I tasted, drank and enjoyed in 2012. The list is a long one and this year is shaping up to be much the same. Stay tuned for more beer adventures. 

Domestic Craft Breweries visited or tasted at festivals

Alcatraz Brewing (U.S. Chain restaurant with Brewery)

  • Steam Beer

AleSmith (San Diego, CA)

  • IPA
  • Bourbon Aged "Speedway Stout"
  • Nut Brown Ale
  • Nut Brown Ale on cask

Anderson Valley Brewing (Boonville, CA)

  • Wee Geech
  • Barkley's Sour Horn

Avery Brewing (Boulder, CO)

  • White Rascal
  • India Pale Ale

Backstreet Brewing (Southern, CA)

  • E.R. IPA

Ballast Point (San Diego, CA)

  • Even Keel
  • Victory at Sea

Bayhawk Ales (Orange County, CA)

  • Octoberfest
  • Brown

Beachwood BBQ (Long Beach, CA) My local brewery!

  • Rubia (Belgian style blonde)
  • Melrose IPA
  • Equalizer IPA
  • Tart Simpson
  • Knucklehead Red
  • Thrillseeker IPA
  • Hop Ninja IPA
  • Foam Top Cream Ale

Bear Republic (Healdsburg, CA)

  • Altered Beast Imp. IPA
  • Double Aught
  • Hop Rod Rye
  • Racer 5
  • Big Bear Black Stout

Bells Brewery (Galesburg, MI)

  • Oarsman
  • Wild One

The Big Cheese Pizza Co. (Southern, CA)

  • Imperial Java Porter
  • Scottish Heavy

Boneyard Beer (Bend, OR)

  • Pale Ale
  • Rasberry Brown

Bridgeport (Portland, OR)

  • King Pin Double Red

The Bruery (One of my favorits Southern CA breweries. I've been a big fan since their opening)

  • Saison de Lent
  • Trade Winds Triple
  • Nottenroth
  • Sterling Humulus
  • Nottenroth German
  • Hottenroth
  • Old Richland
  • Saison Rue
  • Oude Tart
  • Mischief
  • Steins Throw
  • Autumn Maple

Chimay (Belgium)

  • Chimay Blanche

Craft Brewing Company (Lake Elsinore, CA)

  • Fallen Angel Blonde
  • Friar Bob's Raspberry Wheat 
  • Warlock IPA
  • Raven Stout

Craftsman Brewing (Pasadena, CA)

  • Edgar's Ale

Creekside Brewing (San Luis Obispo, CA)

  • Creekside ESB
  • Creekside Brown
  • IRA India Red Ale

Dale Brothers Brewery (Southern CA)

  • Pomona Queen
  • Barrel IPA

Dogfish Head Brewery

  • Two Blind Myces
  • Peche
  • 90 Minute IPA
  • Pumpkin Pie

Drake's Brewing (San Leandro, CA)

  • DIPA

Eaglerock Brewing (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Manifesto

Fifty-Fifty Brewing (Truckee, CA)

  • Charlie Brown
  • Eclipse

Figueroa Mountain Brewing (Central, CA)

  • First Anniversary Ale Dark IPA

Firestone Walker (I'm a big fan of their beer. Well balanced and well crafted beer)

  • Double Jack
  • Velvet Merkin
  • 805
  • XVI Anniversary Ale
  • Wookey Jack (My favorite beer of the year)
  • UDBA (Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale on tap at the Brewery)
  • 2012 Reginald Brett (Wild Ale)
  • 2012 Velvet Merkin on cask
  • Velvet Merlin
  • 2012 Parabola
  • Pale 31
  • Pivo Pils
  • Walker Reserve Porter

Golden Road Brewing (A new favorite in L.A.)

  • Berliner Wiess
  • Imperial Porter
  • Brown

Goose Island (Chicago, IL) still good despite AB's ownership

  • Sofie Saison
  • Pere Jacques Double

Grand Teton Brewing (Victor, ID)

  • Bitch Creek ESB
  • Sweetgrass APA

Green Flash (San Diego, CA)

  • Saison Diego

Hanger 24 (Redlands, CA)

  • DIPA
  • Helles
  • Octoberfest
  • Orange Wheat
  • Alt Bier
  • Chocolate Porter

Hollister Brewing (Goleta, CA)

  • Hippie Kicker
  • Tiny Bubbles

Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, Or)

  • Abominable Winter Ale
  • Velvet ESB

I & I Brewing (Chino, CA)

  • Session IPA
  • Imperial Stout

Inland Empire Brewing (Riverside, CA)

  • Habsburg Hefeweizen
  • Victoria (American Strong Ale)

Iron Fire Brewing (Temecula, CA)

  • Gunslinger Gold
  • Six Killer Stout
  • 51/50 IPA

Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA)

  • IPA
  • Waldo's Special Ale
  • Little Sumpin'
  • Censored
  • Hop Stoopid
  • Pils
  • Little Sumpin' Wild
  • WTF
  • Sucks

Laurelwood Brewing (Portland, OR)

  • Gearhead IPA

Left Coast (San Clemente, CA)

  • Hop Juice DIPA
  • Pilsner

Lost Abbey (San Diego, CA)

  • More Betta
  • Lost and Found

Lucky Lab (Portland, Or) Hawthorne location is my personal favorite

  • Amarillo IPA
  • Moonlight Ale
  • Black Lab Stout

Marin Brewing (Bay Area, CA)

  • Point Reyes Porter

Mikkeller (Denmark)

  • It's Alive
  • Big Worse Barley Wine

Monkish Brewing (South Bay, CA) *Another favorite new brewery

  • Crux
  • Red Table
  • False Prophet
  • Sueño de Los Angeles
  • Anomaly
  • Feminist

Moonlight Brewing (Santa Rosa, CA)

  • Death and Taxes
  • Moonlight Special

Moylans Brewing (Novato, CA)

  • Dry Irish Stout

New Belgium Brewing

  • Lips of Faith
  • Sommersalt
  • Biere de Mars

Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene, OR)

  • Sleighr Dark Double Alt
  • Believer Double Red Ale
  • Imperiale Stout
  • Total Domination IPA

North Coast (Fort Bragg, CA)

  • Pranqster
  • Old Brother Thelonious

Oakshire Brewing (Eugene, OR)

  • Overcast Stout

Odell Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, CO)

  • IPA
  • Sour (I don't know which one I only wrote "sour" in my notes)

Old Orange Brewing (Orange, CA)

  • Imperial IPA (10% monster)
  • Thumb Master IPA
  • Statesman Porter
  • Red Ale
  • Old Dummy American Strong Ale
  • Cannonball DIPA
  • Smudge Pot Stout
  • Backseat Blonde
  • Street Fair (Summer Ale)

Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY)

  • Witte
  • BPA
  • Hennepin

Packing House Brewery (Riverside, CA)

  • Summer Seasonal (no name in my notes) 

pFriem Family Brewers (Hood River, Or)

  • IPA

Pizzaport Brewing (San Diego, CA)

  • Middleman IPA
  • Scotch Wee Heavy
  • Chronic
  • Happy Trails Pale Ale
  • Oatmeal Stout

Ritual Brewing (Redlands, CA)

  • Wit's End
  • Extra Red Ale (red ale malt bill with IPA hopping schedule)

Rouge (Portland, OR)

  • Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale

Russian River (Central Coast, CA)

  • Saison Blonde
  • Supplication
  • Pliny the Elder
  • Damnation

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing (Santa Cruz, CA)

  • Dread Brown Ale
  • IPA
  • Devout Stout

Sierra Nevada (Chico, CA)

  • Tumbler Autumn Brown
  • Ruthless Rye
  • Torpedo Extra IPA

Smog City (Tustin/Torrance, CA) *My favorite new local brewery of last year

  • Quercus Circus (one of my favorites at the OC Brew Ha Ha)
  • LA Saison
  • Coffee Porter

Southern Tier

  • Pale Ale

Speakeasy Brewing (San Francisco, CA)

  • Big Daddy IPA

Stadium Brewery (Orange County, CA)

  • Blueberry Ale

Stone Brewing

  • Le Variation
  • Runiation 10th Anniv.
  • Smoked Porter
  • Arrogant Bastard
  • Ruination
  • Cali-Belgique

Tap's (Orange County, CA)

  • Balinese Imp. Stout
  • White Ale
  • Kölsch

Ten Barrel Brewing (Bend, Or)

  • Pray For Snow Winter Ale

Triple Rock Brewing (Berkeley, CA)

  • SHE Meridian Pale Ale
  • Barrel Aged Kayser Soze

Tustin Brewing (Tustin, CA)

  • Tustin IPA

Trumer Pils (Berkeley, CA)

  • Trumer Pils

Upright Brewing (Portland, Or) New favorite in Portland super creative beers.

  • Pear Wood Smoked Lager

YOHO Brewing (Tokyo)

  • IPA
  • Tokyo Black

Beers drank on trip to Belgium and France

Brouwerij Huyghe (Belgium)

  • Floris Pomme
  • Floris Cactus
  • Delirium Tremens

Brasserie d'Achouffe (Belgium)

  • Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA

Orval Abbey (Belgium)

  • Brune

Brouwerij Mort Subite (Belgium)

  • Mort Subite Blanche
  • Mort Subite Gueze

Brasserie Belle-Vue (Belgium)

  • Belle Vue Kriek
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem (Belgium)
  • Affligem Dubbel

Cantillon (Brussels Belgium)

  • Gueuze 
  • Lambic Rosé de Gambrinus
  • Kriek 100% Lambic
Brasserie Dupont (Belgium)
  • Monk Stout

Brouwerij Kerkom (Belgium)

  • Adelardus Brune

La Brasserie de la Grand Place (Belgium) Nothing fancy all good and brewed on premise.

  • Blonde
  • Amber
  • Dark
  • Triple

ToØl (Denmark)

  • Black Ball Porter
Brouwerij Oud Beersel (Belgium)
  • Kriek

Brasserie Galibier (Valloire, France)

  • Matchut Ambrée
  • Avalanche Biere Blanche Artisanale

Pleine Lune (Chabeuil, France)

  • Aubeloun IPA

Biére Brassée á Blainville (France)

  • La P'tite Sylvie Blonde
Brouwerij Roman N.V. (Belgium)
  • Rince Cochon Blonde