Ünnecessary Ümlaut


A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Beer: El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale

Finally got a chance to try this elusive ale while at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, who had limited stock left. It’s a collaboration between Stone Brewing x Firestone Walker x 21st Amendment. And it’s delicious.

El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale is brewed with fennel seed, chia seed, and pink peppercorns—with mission figs added.”

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Grab: Upcycled Beer Bottle Tumblers

Is Upcycling the new Reclaiming? Or Repurposing? Whatever. Drink your way to a recycled liver with BottleHood beer tumblers.

Made from recycled bottles, there’s eight different tumblers from Stone Brewing and a couple randoms, including the classic Dad’s Root Beer bottle. Love that logo.

Grab BottleHoods at Neatorama or their official site »

Beer: Wild Hops in Abandoned Miner Cabin
Rock: Guitar Spatula and 45 Trivets From Gama-Go
Yum: Moustache Salt and Pepper Shakers
Live: Rockin’ Home Furnishings from Bughouse


Beer: Top 50 Craft Breweries List Released

The Brewers Association released their list of top craft brewing companies (based on ’08 sales). Go, Lagunitas! See the full list.

2    Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.    Chico    CA
15    Anchor Brewing Co.    San Francisco    CA
18    Stone Brewing Co.    Escondido    CA
24    Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.    San Jose    CA
27    The Lagunitas Brewing Co.    Petaluma    CA
28    Firestone Walker Brewing Co.    Paso Robles    CA
31    BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery    Huntington Beach    CA
39    Karl Strauss Brewing Co.    San Diego    CA
41    Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe    Eureka    CA
44    North Coast Brewing Co.    Fort Bragg    CA
49    Anderson Valley Brewing Co.    Boonville    CA

While 11 of the 50  top-selling craft brewers are from California, it’s Vermont that has the most breweries per capita. I think we’re too busy enjoying local brews to brew our own. That’s my excuse, anyway.