Stone Brewery’s Got Some Major Stones

I know, I’ve been missing in action of late, and for that I’m sorry.  Between the holidays, my day job, traveling, and yeh drinking, I’ve been slacking.   I have about 10 posts written, well in my head at least.  Since most of you don’t yet have access to those files, I thought I’d write one up for you..

beerSo, I love Wine and Wine is Good.  So does that mean I can’t dable in other liquid refreshments every now and then??  My love for scotch has been well documented and I know I’ve written about beer before.  But when beer is good, beer rocks!  Now I’m not talking about that crap you pick up cheap – you know, the yellow stuff that your friend shows up with to your place (you need new friends by the way).  I’m talking, big, bold, complex beer.  The kind you can’t see through.  The kind that brings you to a complex place layered with flavors.

One of these amazing breweries is Stone Brewing Company.  They are down in the San Diego area and make some big time kick ass beers.  In fact, the first time I tried it I went based on bartender referral and name – Stone Arrogant Bastard.  This beer is awesome, but its clearly not for everyone.  It’s an aggressive ale that’s dark, rich, and has a great bite to it.  YUM.

But then the other day I was out with the wife lady, testing out a new burger and beer joint when I stumbled across Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.

Now this, I fell instantly in love with.  This complex beer comes out of the bottle black, with a huge frothy head on it.  Its hoppy and rich, yet has some tropical fruit notes (in a good way!).  I think I found my new go to beer when out doing the tavern thing. 

One of the things I love about this Brewery, is their extreme attitude that I feel is totally deserved.  They don’t claim to be the best or the biggest or even the smartest.  They just claim to make a kick ass beer, for those people that want something to kick their ass on the flavor front.  

I must say that if your a ‘big red’ wine drinker and think beer is just a one note BBQ beverage, give Stone a try and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

The First Post – Why?

OK ok, why even start a blog.  Excellent question and one that I really don’t have a good answer for.  Over the last year, I’ve been the behind the scenes guy for my wife’s blog, RomyRaves, which is a beauty and lifestyle blog.  I enjoy the tech side, usually, but have no interest in the topic in all honesty.  I do get products to try for her now and then but I really just do it to help her.  Over this time, I’ve helped her build a huge twitter following (12k+) and an active blog following.

I’ve been very into wine, spirits, cooking, and entertaining for well over a decade now, purely on the amateur side though.  For years now, I’ve been asked questions or for referrals from friends for wines to match with foods, restaurants to check out, recipes I like, or what scotch to bring to a friends house as a gift.  While I am no expert, I am a highly experienced amateur.  I know scotch, food, wine, beer, all very well.  I love hitting the local tavern or pub and trying something new and different.  Now and then, I actually find something I love.  Others, well not so much.

I’m not a writer by any means.  I plan on using the blog to share ideas, new products I run across, tips, tricks, recipes, new restaurants (or old ones I just found again), and almost anything else I can think of in this space of food, wine, and booze..  I know I’ll be reviewing wines and spirits, testing out restaurants, and sharing recipes now and then.  If you have something on your mind, tell me.  Want me to check out your stuff, tell me.  Think I’ve lost my mind for liking that $6 bottle of Syrah for a casual Tuesday, tell me.

I always have an opinion and so far in my 40+ years haven’t exactly been shy in expressing it.  Tell me what you think.  If you agree, excellent.  If not, well, I guess I’m open to hearing that too.

For now, Cheers, Salute, or see ya.