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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!

Mix Tape 8 & Centennial IPA

Mix Tape 8 from Brewdog is one of my favorite beers!  It is such a complex brew, or in the words of the head brewer Stewart Bowman, "fucking complex!"  You can definitely tell it was aged in whisky barrels.  Outstanding to say the least!  Ratebeer agrees rating it an overall 99 at an ABV of 14.5%.  I don't know what a 12oz bottle of this costs in the states but living in Japan and now England I pay around $15 a bottle, worth every penny!  Please pic one up and try if you see it.  For a full description click here.

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The next one I had tonight was Founder's Centennial IPA.  Tried this one on tap at the local pub/restaurant in town and was delighted.  Had a nice hoppy but citrus flavor.  Great floral aroma.  This IPA rated a 99 as well on Ratebeer.com with an ABV of 7.2%.  Another good IPA to have on hand for a relaxing pint after a long day on the job.

Wanna give a shout out to no label brewing in Katy, TX.  Awesome place to go sample some of their brews.  Picnic tables, food trucks, cigar stand, live music etc.  Great set up and you will absolutely have a great time hanging with friends, shootin' the shit.  FYI, their Don Jalapeno Ale is so damn tasty!  Wow!  Wow!

Definitely relaxed after having both, although we shared the Mix Tape 8.  I highly recommend both of these great beers!  

Cheers!

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.