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BREWDOG Pub Hopping - BEER FOR PUNKS

My first BrewDog brew was the Punk IPA years ago, like 2007 or 2008.  I was not a fan at the time.  Don't think I drank BrewDog for a while after that.  Roughly two years ago I discoverd Fussa Base Liquor in Japan and they had just started selling a nice selection of American craft beer as well as from other countries.  They had several BrewDog (brewed in Scotland) beer's to choose from so I gave it another shot.  Very pleasantly surprised with their brews.  It also had to do with my craft beer palate being much more advanced and into tasting a much larger variety.  Jackhammer (which I have posted about before) became one of our "go-to" IPA's.  Hardcore IPA was another we would grab just to have on hand at the house.  A couple of mine and Louis's other faves they had were Mix Tape 8 and for a short time, the collaboration brew with Oskar Blues, Shipwrecker Circus. That was an awesome barley wine at a nice 10.5%!!!  Wish they would make that treat again!  

Anyway, we have since then watched every episode of Brew Dogs and really seek out their brews.  They aren't afraid to try new things and they do get crazy with it, it's greatness!  Now that we are living in the UK we have gone to a few of the BrewDog bars...London locations were, Shepherd's Bush, Camden and Shoreditch.  In Scotland we popped in the Edinburgh bar and recently stopped in the bar in Nottingham.  They are such fun bars to go to!  Oh and little did we know there was a damn BrewDog bar in Roppongi, Japan.  Only found out after we got to England.  Shit!

Shepherd's Bush was our first try while in London for the weekend.  We had to go seeing as we love their beer, they have guest beer and their menu said Texas Style BBQ.  Not sure if it was the fact we had been walking around all day or that we had downed a couple not so light brews but the damn bbq was outstanding.  We got a plate with all the meats and a couple of sides and screw the utensils, we ate animal style and it was so damn good.  Some of the best BBQ I have ever had.  This location seemed to be a popular spot, it got very packed.  We went back a couple months later and same thing, get their early and grab your seat for the night!  Good times! 

Shepherd's Bush

Shepherd's Bush

Tasters

Tasters

 Shoreditch and Camden were the next locations we hit up between those two trips.  Not as packed but we did go during the day.  Day pints are the best!  

In October we drove up to Scotland for a few days.  I really wanted to get us up to Aberdeen to see the brewery but couldn't on this trip.  It will happen ;) Scotland is AMAZING by the way.  Would love to go back and see more.  Our first night there we walked over to the Edinburgh BrewDog bar.  It was great fun!  Tried some of the Russian doll brews, ended up buying the pack of them with a glass before we left Scotland.  Met some brothers from Norway and introduced them to several craft brews.  Needless to say it was a little slow start the next morning.  Loved it!

Most recently popped into the Nottingham bar when we drove up for the day just to see what the town was all about.  Another great place, lots of shopping and very tasty sounding restaurants.  Seemed to have quite the variety about town for food.  The BrewDog bar was kind of tucked away in what seems to be an up and coming area.  They have gaming consoles set up on the side wall with old school box TVs to play and all kinds of board games and what not to shoot the shit with friends and really just enjoy your time hanging.  Love that!  Would definitely like to go back for a day of shopping and day pints!

I rather enjoy hitting up the BrewDog bars.  Great atmosphere at all of them, friendly and knowledgeable staff, good food, games and of course AWESOME BREWS!  If you are ever around the areas look them up and see if you can find one nearby.  They are growing so chances are good you will find one.

Cheers!

Monday! Celebrate with a brew!

No reason to be grim on a Monday when you can come home and relax with a tasty brew-ha!  Sitting outside on a cool, crisp evening with a Sherlenkerla Urbock at 6.5%.  This is a German Smoked, dark in color, smooth and amazing flavors kind of beer.

Tasted this one at our beer store while filling a growler of Stone IPA and well, we grabbed a growler of it as well.  I loved the smokiness of it!  I still can't put my finger on what food it tastes like but it's great!  Ok it doesn't taste exactly like a food but that smoky flavor and taste on the end really reminds me of something I've eaten or smelled on the pit.  Some people shy away from beers that might have a foodie flavor like jalapeño or hatch chili but man oh man, my experiences with those have been awesome!!!  Caldera Brewing makes and amazing roasted hatch chili beer that is to die for!  No Label in Katy, TX has or had a jalapeño beer I tried this summer that was ever so good.  Just have to try them.  This one today though is great and perfect for the season.  

Have you tried it? If so, thoughts?!

Cheers!





Ok so I think I figured out sorta what the flavor or smell of this beer reminds me of.  It is those damn bacon crackers I had when I was a kid.  Anyone remember these?!


A little Jackhammer to start off the work week!

I am probably going to jump around a tad in the start of this new craft beer blog of mine.  I want to talk about some things I had in the past and places I had them and continue on with my weekly tastes!

Tonight I'm having one of my "go to" beers as of lately.  BrewDog's Jackhammer.  Nice and hoppy!  If you are new at tasting IPA's this one might not tickle your fancy right away, I would say it is more for the advanced palette ;)  A bitter beer with an up-front aroma of grapefruit.  With a 7.2% ABV it gets you right where you need to be with only 1 beer.  But who has just one? Goodness it is greatness!



I love BrewDog!  They do some awesome creative things with their beers, you will probably read many-a-blog's by me about their beers as I taste new ones but will probably do a few for the many I have already tried.

Cheers!

Wednesday night does not have to be boring

The morning started with a plan to watch a movie and I would cook up something delicious.  At lunch time L decided we should go for an evening bike ride and grill up some burgers.  By 4 pm I was heading home because he decided we should go somewhere so we planned to hop the train and find some craft beer!  Happened to be right up my alley with that idea seeing as how all day yesterday I was on beer sites, rating beers and downloading beer apps!  So hurried home, changed, fed our cute ass little puppies and got on the train.  Decided to head to Shibuya to hit up Goodbeer Faucets and Craftheads.  I had been to both places and wanted to show him, plus Goodbeer was having happy hour, 200 yen off all pints!  Grabbed some Sbarro pizza and walked to the first stop.
On the left I had the Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA and on the right L had the Stone Cali-Belgique.  Ratebeer gave mine a 96 and his a 98.  I would agree.  After that we both had a Racer 5, always a good “go to” choice!

Next and final stop was Craftheads.  Here I tried the Black Racer 5 from Bear Republic with a rating of 97.  L had the Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale with a rating of 98 and ABV of 9.75%, yowza!




Bought a couple pint glasses, poured the remainder of our 2nd beers in them and hit the road.  After all it was a “school” night.  Fun times as always!
~Cheers,


Back in Japan

Starting this off with a couple older blogs I did while living in Japan.  From there I will bring us current.  :)

Sometime in September of 2013....

If you know us, you know we like to indulge in a nice craft beer from time to time.  Okay more than time to time but you get the point.  Japan is an awesome place to live but the craft beer available for purchase is scarce, however we have found a couple spots that have a few quality brews pretty regularly available.  The only downside is they are much more expensive here than in the states.  Gotta do what you gotta do though, can’t be drinking that yellow fizzy stuff they call “beer.”

To give you folks back home an idea, you will pay anywhere from like 600-1350 yen for a good quality beer.  That is $6+ for 12oz and $6 is pushing it for the lowest price.  We tend to pay more.

One most recent find that we have been to a couple times is Craft Beer & Whisky Bar Stone.  They have some brews on tap but also have a little beer fridge that you can help yourself to and they will pour.  Quiet place, good brews.  Hidden gem.

Weekend before vacation our friends Andrea and Luke invited us to a place called

BeerSAURUS

in Ikeburkuro.  They too are avid craft beer drinkers :)  This was another gem and definitely a repeat place.  Hit a couple other beer spots with them prior to that.  Always a good time.

Another cool spot is

Devil Craft

.  They just opened a second location and they have an awesome beer selection as well as awesome Chicago style pizza!  We have only been to the first location which is like 4 stories high but each floor is tiny!  The last night we went it was packed and people were drinking on the sidewalk outside.  Sucks when you have a place so packed and then you have these folks taking up two seats at the bar….

Then there is

our patio

spot on the river.  We have been to this place way too many times to even count.  Such an awesome spot and they have 2 of their own beers brewed right across the street.  This place will truly be missed once we leave.  Great beer, great atmosphere, good food, just the best place.

And it seems a popular place to take a nap during the day with the sunshine.  ;)

These are just some of the spots.  There are several more we still have to venture to.  The last several we have hit have ended up being in such cool towns.  You could just walk all the little roads and there are so many cool bars and eateries.  It is nights like those and just being out in Japan that make me want to live here much longer.  There will be more craft beer posts to come in the near future.

~Cheers