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CAPT California Blk IPA

Trying the CAPT California Blk IPA tonight from Ruhstaller in San Jose, California.  I picked this one up soley on the look of the label.  Hadn't heard of this brewery yet but it rated well on Ratebeer.  My first sip and it instantly tasted familiar.  Darker in color but I definitely got a Green Flash West Coast IPA taste to it with a darker finish.  Started looking into the brewery for some more background since this was the first I heard of them.  Here is a little history from the Ruhstaller website or you can follow the link by clicking here...

Brewing beer is what we were made to do…it’s what we were born to do…it’s what we did best until the government came and killed the best thing we had and replaced it with itself!

The leading brewer of this era was Captain Frank Ruhstaller. A Swiss marksman who emigrated to Sacramento as a young man, helped found the largest brewery west of the Mississippi, and at the age of 35, in 1881, opened his third Sacramento brewery, his crown jewel: The Ruhstaller Brewery.

It was Sacramento’s, and arguably California’s, first premium craft brewery – producing Steam beer 15 years before Anchor Steam was founded.

Captain Frank Ruhstaller embodied the Spirit of California.

I thought that was pretty interesting.  Reading about CRAFT BEER breweries and how they began or how they produce is much more facinating that reading about ANHEUSER BUSCH.  I am enjoying the journey of learning more about brewing and craft beer and definitely love tasting!  

Hedgie wanted to be photographed with a great brew.

Beers of Europe and a few tastings...

Took a little drive to the Beers of Europe store in Norfolk today.  Nice little drive, big store.  I pretty much walked straight to the American craft beer section.  I have found a few European beers I like but nothing compares to the diversity of the American craft beer movement.  Here is the outside of the store and just one of several isles.

Spent a while in there checking out the selection and rating beers on the ratebeer app.  Have to choose wisely as the exchange rate is ridiculous.  I don't spend my money on shoes or handbags I spend it on good beer.  So here is what we came out with...

20 Beers...

These were my picks...

Can't wait to crack this one open.  Had it once before at the actual brewery and I know it is worth the money I spent on it.

And here is what 20 good beers cost with the 'ole exchange rate...

Here are the few we tried tonight...  

Dominon Oak Barrel Stout.  This one is brewed in Dover, Dele Delaware believe this is my first brew by Old Dominion.  I was very pleased with the first try.  Very  nice stout, not too potent, very smooth and sweet!  Ratebeer gave this gem a 95 with a mild ABV of 6.1%.  I would definitely purchase this one again and I would like to try some of their others given the chance.  This was the only one available at the store.  

I really have nothing to say for taste #2 of the evening.  It was super cheap so we thought "what the hell" and threw it in the basket.  The aroma itself made me nauseous.  One sip and this "Buddy" was poured down the drain.  There is a reason Ratebeer gave it a 2.  

I have been hearing good things about Odell's from other beer connoisseur friends back in the states.  The beer store I frequent has had a couple options lately and Beers of Europe had a couple as well.  I had not seen this one before so I tossed her in!  I have not tried an Odell brew that I did not like yet, this one included.  Ratebeer gave Cut Throat Porter a 95 at an ABV of 5%.  I have not had too many porters yet but was delighted with this one.  I had thought it to be pretty similar to a stout, not quite but still good.  Very smooth, rich flavors but on the light side.

2 out of 3 was not bad.  Rarely do I find a beer I will just pour out but sometimes it happens.  Got to at least give them a shot.  

Do you have any recommendations for me? Hard to get my hands on just anything living overseas but I do what I can.  Rather scoop up some delicious beers than buy a new pair of shoes or a handbag.  I throughly enjoy trying new beers.  I just need to develop my palette a little further and get a acquainted with how each spice or different ingredient tastes on its own.  

Cheers!