What’s in a name?

On a recent visit to Brouwerij West in San Pedro, I overheard some fellow beer drinkers discussing beer names. Yes, I was totally dipping, but that’s just my nature…I like to talk to people. My fellow drinkers were discussing the name of “Dig My Earth” a delicious Hazy DIPA that is a one of BW’s core offerings. Hendrix’s All Along the Watchtower was playing over the speakers and the girl goes: “Dig My Earth! That’s where that name is from…This Song!” She called over the beertender who confirmed the fact and was like: “I just found out too!” The 4 of us just sat there in amazement and I quickly started perusing their taplist for other Lyric inspired beer names. I quickly found one, Rabid Tooth, an Unfiltered West Coast IPA. “Meat Puppets!” I exclaimed. You might know “Lake of Fire” as a Nirvana song, but they covered it…”I knew a lady, lived in Duluth, bit my dog with a Rabid Tooth…” While all of their beers are not inspired by song lyrics, it’s pretty cool that some are. I for one am not a fan of play on word beer names…enough already! Come up with something more original or thought out…I’m particularly fond of beer names that most people cannot pronounce.

While at Unsung Brewing recently, I got a laugh out of their Nitro Stout called The Shenaniganizer. So many people couldn’t pronounce it that they labeled it “The Shen”…

Unsung’s The Shenaniganizer! An Irish Stout ☘️ on Nitro

Do you have a favorite beer name or brewery with great beer names?

Do you believe in naming a beer before it’s brewed or after it’s taste tested?

I personally think naming after the fact is the best way to do a beer justice…


And, the world is full of energy…

Some of my most favorite brewery detours seem to materialize out of thin air… I wake up with a clean slate and think to myself, how can I make today Awesome?!

As my summer of phun draws to an end, I’ve been digging deep and trying to squeeze every last drop out of my recent salvation from a life I despised. And this morning, was no different. While scrolling through my IG feed post-workout, I double tapped yet another pic featuring Electric Brewing Company’s Ohno Kenzo Hazy DIPA.

To date, my only experience has been with Electric’s Uber Everywhere Hazy IPA, a collaboration with Track 7 Brewing, that was easily one of my favorite beers of 2017…

While Electric has released a slew of highly sought after hazies since then, i’ve struck out every time I’ve tried to acquire cans within the confines of Orange County…

With that thought in mind, this morning I consulted the Oracle at Waze and, after discovering I could be at the tasting room in under an hour, I set out post haste for Murrieta…Where? Trust me, if you’ve never been and love beer, you should just make the trip…If you’ve heard of Temecula, it’s basically, no literally across the street…

Upon arriving at the brewery I was greeted with the most magnificent smell of breakfast cereal…my favorite smell… (these guys are working on a Sunday = Dedication = +). I quickly checked out the To Go Fridge and realized I’d struck out on cans again…but, guess what? These guys offer crowlers of even their newest release!

With a new found enthusiasm I asked the Beertender for Tasters of all their IPAs, of course…When he pulled out the awesomely customized flight holder, I realized I had two more options, so I opted for a Pale Ale and Stout…little did I realize the “beertender” serving me was the Brewer 😱

The first beer of my flight, a Pale Ale was extremely delicious, it gave me high hopes for the rest of the beers…Upon sampling the 5 beers, I calculated Electric’s average beer score as 4.45 (Out of 5).

Always a good sign when a brewery is working on a Sunday…My delicious flight!


Conclusion, this is a MUST STOP brewery for any true Craft Beer Lover. Not for Juice Bros. or Pastry Hoes, but beer connoisseurs…

The Devil is in the details…Awesome Flight Boards, ⚡️


So glad that once again, I woke up and just decided to go wherever the universe led me. It’s no coincidence that the world is full of energy and the world is electricity and Electric Brewing Co. is killing it…

Hard-work, dedication and humbleness prevails every time!

(I sat near the exit and listened and watched as every patron was thanked by Justin, the Owner/Head Brewer as they left…classy.)


If you sit at the bar on a Sunday afternoon, aside from being able to talk with the lovely beertenders Sally & Roxanne, you may get a lap petting Session from Pig the Dachshund…her dad works at the brewery and she’s super friendly if she likes you…

Time is not on my side…

The perfect beer blog should inform people of…blah, blah, blah.

People often refer to me as a Jack-of-all-trades, I know just a enough on a multitude of subjects to be dangerous…While I don’t know everything there is to know about beer or brewing, I have an awful lot of experience with smelling, sampling, repeating and discovering what tastes good to me.

(so much good beer! such little time…)

Whether in my adopted state of Wisconsin (Madison, Madtown–I miss you, go Badgers!)[Blasphemy when considering I’m an Illinois native and alum…]or my third state to call “home” California, I’ve sought out beer that I like and sought it out often.

Unfortunately for me, I tend to be a bit of a “collector” when I find something that peaks my attention.  And so I’ve been around the brewery block more than a few times as they say…

I’ve mildly dabbled in trading or the infamous “beer mail”, And I must confess I’m guilty of using a suitcase much larger than I needed so that I could transport some East Coast Craft across the entire country to my West Coast home.  My wife just looked at me in disbelief when she saw me packing bubble wrap, then semi-amazement as she watched me unpack a sixer of Jai Alai IPA and a bomber of Southern Tier Unearthly IPA.

(Baggage Fee? It was a business trip, the company paid that…)

While I can opine with the best of the them on what new beer a brewery just released or what last year’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Pugachev’s Cobra tasted like or what some website or app said is the perfect/best beer;  I question whether most casual beer drinkers care about that?

How is information on the nuance and minutia of beer and brewing useful to them, especially if they are just beginning to dabble in the world of craft?

One of the things I love about beer is that it offers different things to different people.  Whether you are interested in drinking it, collecting it, brewing it or whatever, there is a realm of knowledge available on the subject.

For me, beer opens a whole new world of knowledge to acquire, conquer and then help disperse.  Sharing information with people who are interested is something I have always loved to do, regardless of the subject.

So, here at craft beer confessions, all that you will get is honest to goodness opinions from a “beer snob” who believes that while beer may mean different things to different people, all beer is not created equal, but good beer is irrefutable.

Lately I’ve made an effort to get my “collecting” under a bit of control and that’s lucky for you, as this post is intended to share some “Regular Release” brews that are waiting on local stores’ shelves for you to come and blow 10 bones on a World-Class American Craft Beer drinking experience.

Drinking the latest Double IPA from Stone or enjoying a bottle of Bottle Logic’s Wine Barrel Aged Wheat Ale is fantastic, but lesbihonest, it can get costly.  And when there are so many affordable alternatives there’s no reason to break the bank every weekend.  The trouble is that in a realm of so many possibilities people often get overwhelmed and stick with what they know…

Nevertheless, fear not craft beer drinking brethren for I am with thee and will always point you down the path of the righteous ale or lager.  I’ve been trying to find the time to finish this post for almost three months, but just like brewing great beer, so it is with writing about beer; it may not be there when you want it, but it’s always on time.  While time may not be on my side, the time to enjoy good beer is upon you; and with that thought in mind, here are some of my recent pick ups that I am sure you will enjoy. Prost!

Karl Strauss Brewing Red Trolley Ale

The term Award Winning never really does much for me, but in this case I must admit it is warranted to read too much into this. Red’s aren’t a typical beer for me.  There was a time perhaps 15 year ago (pre hop-head days) when I lived for Ambers and Reds.  But after having my taste buds assaulted by the West Coast, low IBU beers just don’t cut it for me most days…

RTA is a beer I drank an awful lot of when I first moved to SoCal and as I was feeling a bit nostalgic, I recently decided to revisit this SoCal Classic. If you’re looking for a straight-forward, easy drinking beer to expose new friends to craft or just to enjoy with Monday Night Football, then look no further as Karl knows good beer.

Barley Forge Brewing The Patsy

If you like Coconuts, then I’m suggesting Coconuts migrate into your bloodstream via the liquid goodness that is Barley Forge’s The Patsy Coconut Rye Stout.  BFB burst onto the OC Craft Beer Scene last year and with the help of The Patsy has springboarded to the forefront of the scene. I guarantee you that anyone who has an open mind about beer and new things will LOVE this beer.  This is one of the only beers I’ve ever bought a T-shirt to represent… The fact that you can get a six pack for around $10 is ridiculous, so find it and drink it, often…

Modern Times Beer Blazing World

Ok, so this beer isn’t technically under $10, it’s $12 and it’s only a 4-pack, but it’s pints and it’s 64 ounces of confused GLORY!  This beer was my “Beer of the Year” 2 years ago and if the words HOPPY, DANK, AMBER excite you as much as they do me, then you want to try this <cough>IPA…

Seriously, I don’t care what you label it, nothing quite hits the spot for me like a world or in this case your taste buds set afire…this is not for the “casual” drinker, you must like Hops, I mean love Hops to enjoy this beer.

On a side note, all their flagship beers are available in 4-packs and right around $10 (this being the exception and it’s worth it.) and all of them are Fantastic, just depends on what you are in the mood for.  I certainly wouldn’t pass on the Black House Stout if coffee is your thing.

New Belgium Brewing Ranger IPA

NBB was one of the Craft Pioneers responsible for bringing flavorful, delicious beers to market and to the masses and Ranger is no exception. Through the use of Cascade, Chinook and Simcoe NBB is able to craft a highly drinkable and flavorful IPA than can hold its own with the West Coast.  Always respect the classics.

These are just a few of my recent pick-ups that are definitely worth a try. Give em a whirl and let me know if I’ve steered you wrong…

Until next time, happy hunting and remember Drink Good Beer! Craft Beer!

Photo Credit: BrewFiend


Bottoms Up!

Wait, I know what you are thinking: “great, just what the world needs another “craft beer” review blog…”

But Craft Beer Confessions has nothing to do with reviewing beer.

As we all know, all beer was not created equal, that being said, we should also know that all beer taste is relative.  If you are a craft beer drinker and you are drinking beers because Beer Advocate or Untappd told you to, then you are doing it wrong.  To learn to love and and appreciate beer is just like anything else, it’s all about trial and error.  Enjoying craft beer is really about the journey from treating beer as a means to an end , to appreciating it for the truly remarkable work of craftsmanship it can be.

So to that end, I bring you Craft Beer Confessions, a brash, bold and haughty proclamation for my love of all things craft beer.  From self-reflections to observations to conversations with kindred spirits in the craft community, CBC is sure to be a beer filled journey for me and you.  While the main focus will be on my own path down the road of craft, CBC is really about what the world of craft beer means to you, the craft beer drinker.  I will however be testifying about any and every brewery that this BrewFiend™ thinks will bless you…

Until the next post I say: Drink Good Beer, Craft Beer!

Phot Credit: BrewFiend