Friday night. Official start of the weekend. Time to party? Not so much, considering New Years Eve was only a couple days ago. With that in mind, we were content to stay home and chill out for once. The Mrs. and I made dinner together, relaxed, and shared a few new beers. I made mahi mahi, so I picked a few different bottles to see how well they would pair with fish. Honestly, the fish didn't make it past the first beer, so I have nothing to report on that front, but whatever... it's bad enough I'm one of those dorky beer bloggers, it's not like I need to pretend I'm a pretentious Foodie as well.
The evening was kicked off with ALPINE WILLY - Beer #14, somewhere between a pale ale and a
wheat beer with mild maltiness. Low alcohol, easy to drink. The modest Alpine Beer Company is located in the remote small town of Alpine, CA, in the mountains east of San Diego. Their Duet and Nelson beers are legendary. This one is not a show
stopper, but it's a good unassuming brew.
LOST COAST INDICA IPA - Beer #15,
from the brewery that has been around for as long as I can remember. I
grew up in Northern California, so I used to see their beers around SF
quite often in the '90s. In spite of the embarrassingly outdated, '90s label art of
Lost Coast beers, they are damn consistent in their brewing. This IPA is a
thick one, deep in color, and mildly hoppy, especially when it warms
closer to room temp. Very tasty indeed.