Octoberfest, Ahh…

Paul, Joan, and the once and future SCCBB in Munich, many Harvest moons ago... Memory Lane When I attended the University of Southern California's year-abroad program in Madrid, I found myself over winter break pounding steins at the world-famous Hofbrau Haus in Munich. The winter trip was a master-stroke of genius by friend and classmate … Continue reading Octoberfest, Ahh…

Hazy September-Part 4

The Haze Fades Into the Sunset by SCCB Blogger Welcome to our fourth and final Hazy September post. To recap, we started with BeachRock Bill's perspective and selections. He gave us his homebrewer's-eye-view of the key factors involved in producing the brew, including the pH or acidity level of your water (hazys have a lower … Continue reading Hazy September-Part 4

Hazy September-Part 3

Hoppin' for a Hazy by Contributing Editor Eleanor In May, a leak began on the Upper Feeder, a large pipeline that brings water from the Colorado River Aqueduct in Southern California. Repairs are scheduled from September 6-20. Water agencies have asked customers to avoid all outdoor watering during that period. When it's 100 degrees at … Continue reading Hazy September-Part 3

Sour Beer Genies

Jester King

The Education of the SCCBB Atrial Rubicite from Jester King Brewery in Austin, Texas I suppose it was inevitable that I would fall for sour beer. From a very early age, my palate craved sweet and sour things, whether they were Fanning's Bread and Butter pickles, or honest-to-god kosher dills from Carnegie Deli in New … Continue reading Sour Beer Genies

SCCBB Archives-Anacapa

by C. C. Hansen (aka the Ventura Craft Beer Examiner, back in the day) In 2010, I had a gig with the now-defunct online news site, Examiner.com, as the “Ventura Craft Beer Examiner.” Throughout 2010, 2011, and 2012, I had the privilege to interview brewers and brewpub managers and servers all over the Golden State of … Continue reading SCCBB Archives-Anacapa

MadeWest, Six Years Later

This past weekend (February 26, 2022), SCCBB and his partner in crime, Eleanor, visited MadeWest's newish Ventura Pier location for the first time. Other key members of their Covid Social Pod visit regularly, and the pictures they post to their Instagram feeds are always stunning. Santa Cruz Island is in the backdrop to this Pacific … Continue reading MadeWest, Six Years Later

SCCBB Archives-Ladyface Ales

Beer, Subjectivity, and Objectivity Cheesebro/Palo Comado Canyon, Photo courtesy of NPS Volunteer Photographer Connar L'Ecuyer Post originally published 9/21/2011 by C. C. Hansen Sometimes it's where you drink the beer, who you're with, and what the general mood of the day might be. Sometimes, the beer is good, no matter WHERE you drink it, who you're … Continue reading SCCBB Archives-Ladyface Ales