Mega Black House – Modern Times Beer

From Modern Times Beer in San Diego California comes their “Mega Black House” an Imperial Stout.  The beer pours a deep opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted malts, oatmeal and coffee.  The flavour is of coffee, toffee, caramel, chocolate, oatmeal, ash, cream, mild bitterness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 45.  This is my first every try of a beer from Modern Times Beer.  I have to say that this beer is amazingly tasty and I would pick up a bottle or two more in a heartbeat.

Commercial Discretion:  An imperialized version of Black House loaded with our house-roasted coffee.  Thick, chewy, and bursting with coffee aroma & flavor.  Mega Black House is a complex sipper that showcases the brilliant interaction of dark roasted malt and light roasted coffee.

Are you a home brewer?  Here is the recipe from the brewery!


Bomber Brewing and Stone Brewing Collaboration Beer

Unless you have had your head in the sand you know that Stone Brewing out of Escondido California is currently launching its beers in BC and Alberta.  One thing that was not made public though was that Stone Brewing would be doing a collaboration with local Vancouver brewery Bomber Brewing.

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I was lucky enough to get invited over to Bomber on October 21st, 2014 to take in the brew day.  Steve Gonzalez small batch manager from Stone Brewing brewed with Blair Calibaba head brewer at Bomber Brewing with help from the Bomber Brewing Crew.  The beer that they created is a Red Rye IPA and the beer looked amazing!  There was a truck load of malt in this brew especially with the added Rye.

Once the beer has fermented and is ready it will be available in both Bombers and on tap at the tasting room and select pubs.  I saw a sample of the label for this collaboration and it looks fantastic!  It brings together Stone Brewing and Bomber Brewing’s styles perfectly.  Keep your eyes peeled for the release date in the not to distant future. From what I understand the beer will be called “Blood From A Stone” but that could change.

On top of the brewing collaboration Bomber brought out their hockey sticks and net.  Bomber brewing was born out of a beer league hockey team and all.  It was time for a few Americans to take their very first shot at hockey.  It was quite humorous.

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Parallel 49 and Bomber Brewing – Vancouver BC (Guest Repost)

This Post has been re-blogged by request by the author of the San Diego California blogger San Diego Hop Addict also known as Paul McGuire.  Paul came to Vancouver from San Diego to check out the craft beer scene in Vancouver in a very whirlwind tour.  I showed him and his husband around to a bunch of breweries in Vancouver.  This was the first of a bunch of posts he wrote.  Please enjoy the post and check out his blog!

Thanks to a helpful fellow blogger, I got to visit five breweries in a row. One of the smaller ones was missing any of the regular IPAs so I only had a few small tasters there and will pass on reviewing it. This post will review Parallel 49 and Bomber Brewing.

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The first Vancouver brewery I hit was Parallel 49. It was a small brewery with a small selection and I tried only a small number of the beers because we were planning on hitting multiple breweries. I tried the Ruby Ale, IPL, and German style IPA while I was there.

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The Ruby Ale was actually my favorite of the bunch. At 6% it had a surprisingly strong hop flavor with good pine and citrus flavors. Bread flavors of malts came through at the end to give it a nice finish. I think this had more hop flavors than the IPA. The IPL was a solid beer with good tropical fruit flavors and not overly bitter. It didn’t really grab me though.

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Finally, the IPA was all Munich malts. The malts pretty much dominated the beer as I tasted it, leaving hops to die in the background. Out of the three I much preferred the Ruby Ale and I can see why it is one of their top sellers.

Another small brewery, I stopped by Bomber quickly for a few tasters. Here I only tried the ESB and the IPA before moving on to the next stop. The ESB was medium bitter and had a decent bite but didn’t really grab me. The IPA was nice as well with some good citrus flavor at the front and a sweet finish. Neither one inspired me to order a pint.

Hop Therapy Double IPA – Rough Draft Brewing Company

From Rough Draft Brewing Company out of San Diego California comes their “Hop Therapy Double IPA”.  The double India Pale Ale pours a deep copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, pine, sweet malts and citrus.  The flavour is of pine, resin, caramel malts, citrus and a big hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% with a big bitterness of 94 IBU.  This may not be the most balanced double IPA but it is very tasty and well worth a pickup if you can find a bomber of it!



Palate Wrecker (Imperial IPA) – Green Flash Brewing Co

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From San Diego California’s Green Flash Brewing Co comes their “Palate Wrecker” Imperial India Pale Ale.  If you want a beer with enough hops to trash your palate this is your beer!  The IPA pours a deep copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of malty and fruit with lots and lots of floral hops and pine.  The flavour is of huge hops bitterness and pine with a malty semi fruity finish.  The alcohol content of this brew is 9.5% and the IBU is a tested 149.  This is an amazing double IPA for crazy hop heads like me.  This beer will not be everyone but it is amazing none the less!

Commercial Description:  Palate Wrecker was originally brewed for the Hamilton’s Tavern 2nd Anniversary celebration. It’s the most complicated West Coast–inspired IPA we have ever brewed—mashing and sparging with hopped wort, in addition to our hop layering regimen for IPA. We use almost 6 lbs/bbl of Columbus and Centennial hops to create this very bitter hop monster (tested at 149 IBU and no extracts in case you were wondering). By popular demand, it is now released for the world to enjoy (even though this beer isn’t for everyone, only the real hop heads!!!). Cheers! – Chuck Silva – Brewmaster – Green Flash Brewing