Archive for the ‘Tasting’ Category

Tonight’s line up:

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Prost!Tonight’s line up: Magnolia’s “Landlady”, Thirsty Bear’s Farmhouse ale, and from Volker’s guest tap (if still there) a little something from New England, an American Saison by Pretty Things.

William’s Christmas Tasting!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Greetings friends, in place of our regular monthly meeting and to allow your livers to rest up for the early December DCB Beer Friday we will be celebrating winter beers at Williams pad. Details follow. I will be bringing the seasonal releases of Gulden Draak and Delirium Tremens if I can hold out that long. They sure look inviting in my fridge. =)

Wednesday, December 8, 6:30-10:00PM

2332 Harding Ave. Redwood City 94062 lost? call 650.868.7200

A half mile from Jefferson and Alameda De Las Polgas. I’ve got 6 or 8 beers stashed so far for this. I will have food, probably a pot of chili and bread, chips. The event is indoor/outdoor so dress appropriately.

Please bring something you like to share, even if its an opinion.

In the spirit of the Holiday season, respectful friends, family welcome. The more the merrier. cheers!


Williams 2009 Winter Beer Tasting

It’s international beer day! Who knew?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

I am not kidding! International Beer Day!

Next meeting will be the August 18th to not crowd the Haus Staudt beer tasting, meeting details to follow soon.

Due to a friends birthday celebrations I cannot make the Haus Staudt beer tasting, please let me know if you want my spot. It’s $39, includes 10 rare beers that you won’t find out here, appetizers and a tasting only outing at the beer garden. Email if interested.


Next meeting – July 21st 6:30pm @ Haus Staudt – outside!

Monday, July 19th, 2010

It’s that time again, our next meeting looms. I was thinking in honor of the world cup a Spanish versus Germany replay via head to head beer tasting. It’s proving harder than I expected due to the fact that Spain seems to lack a lot of Craft breweries but I think I’m on to a few quality beers from Spain. So it’s 6:30pm, July 21st, outside.

Volker mentioned he has a limited 20 person (10 seats still available) tasting of rare and innovative beers hosted by Chris (well known on the forums of Beer Advocate for his insight into the taste and styles of beer) at the Haus in August. Details and cost can be found at the Haus. If interested, stop on by the Haus to make your reservation. Think I mentioned Haus Staudt enough? Many thanks to Volker for allowing us to meet at his fine German beer garden.

K&L put a bunch of recently arrived beer on the shelves this weekend, expect an email with details from Bryan this week or just stop by and peruse the new cold locker. Their renovation is nearly complete.

A brewers among us should check out the South Bay’s brewing club – Worts of Wisdom. They had a great showing at the San Mateo Fair beer judging and are a wealth of information for virgins and veterans alike. They are also sponsored by More Beer, the peninsula’s best place to buy brewing supplies.

It’s also time to renew the dues, renewal is $50 for the year or you can pay as you go if you only attend a few meetings a year. For the dues you get to see me! Every month! How awesome is that? Oh and monthly tastings, a bbq, camaraderie and the 411 on the local craft beer scene. It’s a bargain!

Oh and Jerry is a grandfather! So if you want to congratulate him, send emails to Jerry AT =)



Next meeting January 20th 2010 – 6:30pm

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Quick update, we will be tasting extreme beers at a location to be determined. The RWC beer club is going to take on a more community wide mantle in the coming months. Details coming soon. Check back often. JT

News (from Greg):

Winter beer festival in Oakland – Linden brewery and the Brewing Network.

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SF Beer Week 2010 news and reminder for tonight’s even

Friday, December 18th, 2009

DCB Beer Friday tonight, if you are going they are taking donations for Second Harvest.  I’ll be there at 5:30pm then heading down to Angelica’s for the St Martin’s beer dinner at 7:30pm. Details one post below or check your email for yesterday’s list email.

Imperial Common: One Beer to Drool Them All

There’s no turning back now. You felt that disturbance in the Force, yesterday. It was the brewing of the SFBW10 official beer. The beer is a collaborative brew from the SF Brewers Guild. Yesterday morning, we mashed in at 6 AM at Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, and by the end of the day, 30 barrels of Imperial Common had been brewed. A lager fermented at SF’s ambient temperature, it’s going to be a beautiful, copper-colored, 10% abv beer aged in St. George Spirits whiskey barrels. A little juniper might sneak into the barrels, too. There’ll be a tapping ceremony at the SF Brewers Guild Opening Gala on February 5th, and the beer will be on tap during SF Beer Week at great beer bars and restaurants throughout the Bay Area. Get thirsty.  More info on their site. New events from the event calendar.

SF Beer Week planning is still rolling along. Here are a few exciting events being added to the calendar.

  • Beer dinners at Spruce, Scala’s Bistro, and Starbelly
  • Week-long beer pairing tasting menus at Starbelly and Delarosa
  • Pre-Superbowl Beerunch at Kelly’s Mission Rock with Mateveza, Dogfish Head, and others.
  • A beer and jazz event at CODA, the Mission jazz club.
  • Events at Beer Revolution, a brand-new beer bar in Oakland to open in time for SFBW10
  • Homebrewing demonstrations and “Environmentalism and Homebrewing” roundtable at Seven Bridges Organic Homebrew Supply Co-op in Santa Cruz

No beer club this month, but wait!!!

Monday, December 7th, 2009

With the holidays being so busy there will be no beer club in December. We will pick it up again in January. But you can still get your beer fix in.

December Beer & Food PairingIf you hadn’t heard, Angelica’s Bistro is hosting a beer and food pairing gourmet dinner on December 18th at 7:30pm. A night out like this usually requires a drive into San Francisco or down to Los Gatos but we are getting one right here in the heart of the Redwood City. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to try the upcoming menu and it was fantastic. No really it was. I am working on a book on beer and food pairing and I’m barrel deep into reading up on the history of wine and food pairing. This pairing of St. Martin’s Belgian beers and food hits all the traditional wow factors you hear about well paired foods and wine.

First up was the cream of Belgian endive soup and the St. Martins Blond (a golden ale). The soup was light yet hearty in texture, perfect for a winter night. When enjoyed alongside the Blond, its sweetness and carbonation take the soup to new heights. It pops in the mouth and each spoonful is as good as the last. Here we see how a beer, like wine can compliment and elevate a food.

For the entrée, we are being treated to Braised Beef Short Ribs in St. Martin Brune (a dubble). First, this beer won first place for Worlds Best (Abbey) dark beer at the 2009 World Beer Awards (London). The Brune has a sweet aroma of raisins, brown sugar and citrus with a thick slow-drinking taste. Not overly sweet despite the aroma with a hint of the carbonation that made the golden ale so memorable; it complements the ribs perfectly, adding to the lusciousness of the slow cook beef without competing. Used in the dish, it reduces to a ridiculously sinful sauce that will tempt you to lick the plate.

For desert the march of gourmet dishes continues with caramelized pears, vanilla bean gelato served with the St. Martin Tripple. The higher alcohol of the triple singes away that first caramel layer of the bite and then submits to the continuous flood of vanilla, caramel and pear. This beer has a light mouth feel and lets the gelato and fruit tastes keep to the front. It is a perfect accompaniment to help close out a fantastic dinner. Fine to sip even after the pear and gelato are long gone.

There are few chances to enjoy this kind of dinner here on the peninsula, so even during the busy Christmas season it is a must go for anyone who loves beer or fine food. Call Peter for reservations: 650-365-3226.

Redwood City K&L fall beer tasting – Saturday 10/24 1 – 4pm

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Just received word that K&L will be doing a beer tasting this Saturday, (10/24) from 1 to 4 pm. I’ll likely be headed down a little after 1 pm for anyone that wants to meet up at the event. You pay the tasting fee at the register where they will give you a glass and point you in the direction of the tasting room.

Hi JT,

You can always find info on our tastings on the “Local Events” page on our website. But there is today’s lineup:

Allagash “Fluxus” Saison With Sweet Potato & Black Pepper, Maine 750ml $17.99
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer “Kubelbier” Zwickel Bier, Austria 16.9oz $4.99
Dogfish Head “Punkin” Pumpkin Ale, Delaware 12oz $2.49
Port Brewing Company “High Tide” Fresh Hop IPA, California 22oz $5.99
Weihenstephaner “Festbier” Märzen, Germany 500ml $2.99
Avery Brewing “The Kaiser” Imperial Octoberfest Lager, Colorado 22oz $7.49
Deschutes Brewery “Jubelale” Winter Warmer, Oregon 12oz
The Bruery “Autumn Maple” Brown Ale With Spices, California 750ml $10.99
Stone Brewing “Vertical Epic 09.09.09” Imperial Porter, California 22oz $5.99
Beer Here “Mørke” Pumpernickel Porter, Norway 500ml $8.99
Oy Sinebrychoff Ab “Sinebrychoff” Baltic Porter, Finland 11.2 oz $3.99

The cost of the tasting is $10 and is held in the tasting bar at our Redwood City location from 1-4pm.

Hope to meet you there.
Bryan Brick


Lucky beer:

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Lucky beerI’ve seen a lot of less than positive reviews for this beer and I would hazard to guess that it might suffer from an inconsistent brewing process or travel troubles (warming on a shipping dock too long or stuck on a slow boat to America). The bottle I picked up lacked any nose twitching aromas, tasted fresh and similar to other beers I have imbibed while traveling and here at home.

Alcohol content is 4.8%. and reportedly this Chinese lager is brewed (and well loved) by Australia Independent Brewers in Smeaton Grange, New South Wales. The one I drank last night though was brewed in China and imported by Alta Marketing Co of Redlands, CA. It is a fusion of rice, malted barley, Czech hops and cold brewed.Lucky beer in the glass

It pours a bright crisp golden color with a clean white head. I could smell little to no aroma. A little crisper, lighter and with a lack of malt sweetness that I found quite refreshing when compared to better known Asian beers (Tsing Tao for example).

Fantastic bottle. Who doesn’t love a laughing Buddha? Well suited to accompany Asian styled recipes for its crisp/light taste that will compliment spiciness yet not draw away from the more subtle food flavors.

NPR: Food podcast discussing beer in a can, et al.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

For your listening enjoyment:

Craft Beer in A Can? A Gutsy Move Is Paying Off

September 5, 2009
Putting good beer in a can used to be considered something close to blasphemy, but that’s how several brave craft breweries across the country have recently started offering their beer. And despite the stigma, sales are booming — especially in Anchorage, Alaska.

“For decades, bad beer — cheap beer, I should say; no beer is bad — cheap beer has been in a can,” says John Burket with a laugh…

Older NPR podcasts on beer:

The Science of Making Great Beer

Christmas Beer Yields Christmas Cheer

A Beer for Hanukkah

Beer Tasting: The World’s best, And Priciest

Looking at the World Through Beer Glasses

The Benedictines’ Daily Bread

Stout and Szechuan? Marrying Beer and Food

Cheers to Cooking with Beer

Beer Culture in ‘Travels with Barley’