Monthly Archives: April 2008

CBC Week part 2

On Friday of the Craft Brewers Conference week I went to the San Diego Brewing Company, one of my favorite bars in town. The night before was SDBC’s IPA night celebration and luckily they still had a lot of great brews on tap.

When I saw they had Pliny the Younger on tap I had to start with it in case they ran out. I’d never had it before and was glad to have an opportunity. Pliny the Younger is a triple IPA made by Russian River, who also makes Pliny the Elder, a double IPA. You’d think that the Elder would be stronger than the Younger, but it isn’t. Maybe they didn’t plan on making a Younger when they created the Elder.

Anyway, the Pliny the Younger was excellent. Very strong, both in alcohol and in flavor.  They served it in a small glass, which was a good thing given that it is 11 percent alcohol.

Next I had a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. Dogfish Head hasn’t been available in Southern California for a while but it is back to stay as of Friday night, or so that’s the word. I liked the 90 Minute IPA but need to try it again. I’d just had the Pliny the Younger so my palate was a little cooked.

SDBC makes some excellent house brews — their Hopnotic is one of my favorite IPAs — and they had a new one called Peep Show. It’s an American Pale Ale made with Peeps, the Easter candy marshmallow things. It had a little bit of a pink hue to it. You couldn’t really taste marshmallows, but it did have a nice smooth taste to it. I’d be happy to drink it again.

For the record, here are some other beers they had on tap that night:

  • Russian River Pliny IPA
  • Alpine Pure Hoppiness (on cask)
  • Alpine Exponential Hoppiness
  • Alpine Duet
  • Sierra Nevada Chico IPA
  • Pizza Port El Camino IPA
  • Pizza Port Black Lie IPA
  • Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
  • Alesmith IPA

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CBC week brings good things to San Diego

To be honest I hadn’t heard of the Craft Brewers Conference until a few weeks ago. I don’t know much about it but the paper said it happens every two years and draws people from all over the world. What I do know is that many of the better beer bars in San Diego had a series of special brews available all week long (April 14-20) because of it.

I joined the celebration on Tuesday, April 15, by going to O’Brien’s pub. I was delighted to see they had Blind Pig IPA on tap. I’d heard that Blind Pig was one of the original West Coast-style IPAs and was eager to try it. I guess it originally was brewed by a brewery called Blind Pig, but now it’s made by Russian River. Anyway, it was very delicious, with a strong citrus aftertaste.

Next I had a Pipe’s IPA, made by Pizza Port Solana Beach and served on nitro. The nitro gave it a smooth creaminess similar to a Boddington’s or maybe a Guinness, but the taste was bitter like an IPA. An excellent combination, though I don’t know I’d want to drink a whole growler full of it.

After that, it was a Black Lie IPA, also from Pizza Port. It was black like a stout and bitter like an IPA. another winner, though I didn’t like it quite as much as the Blind Pig or the Pipe’s.

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