Sour Session 9


At first glance you may think this is some sort of cynics group but nothing could be father from the truth. Rather it is an event that The Church Key in DC holds every year to rejoice in sour beer from all over the world. Somehow this bar has it’s hands deep in the pockets of importers as they had a sixtel of Fou Foune on tap, the rare sour from Europe. And not only did they have that but also a decent smattering of sours from all over america as well. This included #mrsproperpour’s favorite sour, Sour In The Rye by The Bruery.

Not only was there a plethora of sour beer but, for us longing to partake of the experience, a scorecard so you could remember what beers you drank! Its like keeping score at a baseball game (yes, nerdy I know but I love baseball).


All in all there were too many beers to highlight but the Fou Foune was by far the most delicious and exciting that we had. Till next time!

Pour Proper my friends…

Plan a Trip to Plan 9 Alehouse


Going to San Diego? Going on a Beercation? Planning on drinking great craft beer and being around better people? Plan on going to Plan 9 Alehouse. This little jewel is tucked in the hills of North County Escondido and hiding in the shadow of Stone Brewing down the street from The Lost Abbey. They carry on the tradition of the great craft beer of San Diego.

The owners of this bar know their beer. For example one of the owners, my friend Chad who manages the front end, worked at Stone Brewing for numerous years before he was approached about opening a new bar in downtown Escondido in North County San Diego county. And thus was educated by the best in the business on how to serve and drink craft beer.

With a modern appeal get ready to have beers slid down their 25+ concrete bar and into your hand. Then, now that you are tulip glass equipped for bouncing your tongue off of multicolored ecstasy, get ready for the best of southern California’s beers. Plan 9 regularly have taps from the best of Stone, The Bruery, Alpine Brewing, and many other classics of our current craft beer renaissance. Then engorge and gorge yourself on their Cali style food. The bourbon Siracha (can you hear the mariachi band?) wings are not to be missed and make you dream of more Californication in your life.

My favorite thing, and yes I’m biased because Chad is a dear friend, is the attitude that the bar has. The locals congregate only to be given nicknames and have their beers poured as they walk in the door while visitors are greeted and shown to their seats by a kindly server.

And did I mention they have Monty Python playing all night in the background?

Visit this place and make it soon and you will get Beer To The People!

But until next time, pour proper my friends…




Hoarder’s Trustee


My friend has a Bruery Hoarder’s membership, and the guy who’s trusteeing for him was in town with a few of his friends. Since we were all too lazy to drive down to Eugene for Hellshire Day, we decided to do some drinking here in town.


A special beer from New Belgium that I am not supposed to talk about. It was the best beer I’ve had from them next to caged and corked La Folie though. A


Almanac Dogpatch Sour: Tasty, but not the best beer from Almanac, a little too acetic. B


Almanac Farmer’s Reserve #3: This is the best beer they make. It’s kind of old at this point, so the strawberries and nectarines have faded quite a bit, but this beer is still great. A-


Logsdon Peche ‘n Brett: Great beer, but every time I have this I just think about how much better I like…

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Upright Brewing Undercurrent Coming Feb. 21

Beer Served Rare

upright-sole-composition The first Upright Brewing Sole Composition release in a number of months is ready to debut, as the brewery will offer bottles of Undercurrent beginning on Friday, February 21 at 4:30pm. This barrel-aged, blended strong saison was aged in a combo of whiskey and wine barrels, finishing up at 8.9% ABV.

The details:

  • $15 per 750mL bottle
  • Limit 4 per person
  • 124 bottles produced

From the Upright info sheet:

Back in January 2013 we brewed a strong saison to age in several casks we had available – five local whiskey barrels and one wine barrel. The idea was to make a malty dark amber beer that would pickup some oak and spirit notes but drink somewhat balanced. The Undercurrent achieves this character with layered flavors including light stone fruit, cherry, and milk chocolate, while finishing soft, clean and dry. An excellent beer to enjoy as a back to your favorite…

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Review: Square Nail Pale Ale

Brew Brahs

Brewer : The Publican House
Brewed in : Peterborough, ON
Percentage : 5.6%
FoundThe Publican House

There are certain Canadian towns that I’ve always thought deserved a local brewery and have only recently begun to fill that gap in their communities. For instance Kitchener is drinking on the neighbours tab; Kingston is (finally) getting theirs; Sudbury has the new Stack Brewing and Peterborough has The Publican House. Little did I know, that this brewery has been there for years!


Square Nail Pale Ale is named for the old style square-cut nail that still hold many of the heritage buildings together in the city. My initial Google search also indicated that it is a popular style of ladies’ manicure; probably unrelated. The brew, pours clear and golden with a white head that surges and fades quickly. A caramel-malt nose finishes with a crisp and…

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Who owns Little Creatures?

Drunken Speculation

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Few things seem to raise hackles about the Local Taphouse’s Hottest 100 as much as the ownership of Little Creatures and it’s inclusion in a nominally Australian craft beer only countdown. One of the more frequent suggestions is for the countdown to exclude Little Creatures, James Squire and Matilda Bay because of their foreign and/or corporate ownership.

To me, this is silly. Like Vegemite, Aeroplane Jelly, R.M. Williams or any number of iconically Australian brands, foreign ownership is nothing new. It rarely raises as much ire in the general public as Lion’s ownership by Kirin does among beer nerds.

So how did Little Creatures end up in nominally Japanese hands?

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Mendocino Brewing Company Peregrine Pilsner

The Homebody

I like Pilsners. While IPAs and pale ales are always great for drinking on nice warm days (or in my case any day), Pilsners are usually the go-to refreshing style of beers. Originating in the Czech town of Plzen, this very European style is not often seen in your average craft brewery. The style has been imitated by every American adjunct lager so it makes sense that a craft brewer would want to avoid making something that might taste like Miller or Stella. The thing is though making a good and consistent lager like a Pilsner is rather difficult and requires very specific ingredients and brewing.

Mendocino Brewing Company (the Red Tail Ale guys) have their own Pilsner I received as part of a mix pack. I normally do not jump for lighter brews in the winter months but hey- San Diego decided to skip winter so I felt to…

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Amaze-balls Opener


Got a chance to break in my new bottle opener, and it works like a charm! It’s a sweet bonus that it also doesn’t bend the bottle caps at all when you use it!


Yeah, BCBS is pretty tasty too.

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Crave Chocolatier Shares Valentine’s Beer Pairings

Bitch Beer

-1 Krystal Craig Founded Crave Artisan Chocolate in 2012

It’s T minus 24 hours ’til Valentine’s Day, and if you’re like the authors of this blog, we’re guessing whether you’re single or paired off, beer is going to be on your Friday agenda. Luckily, you don’t have to formally observe this holiday to share in the fun of pairing craft beer with Valentine’s most ubiquitous treat–chocolate.

To get an expert opinion on the subject, we asked our friend, Crave Artisan Chocolate Owner/Chocolatier Krystal Craig to share some pairings that are sure to please sweet tooths and hop heads alike.

“I always liked beer, but I was never “into” beer until I started participating in chocolate and beer pairings,” Craig said. “After the challenge of getting to try a wide array of different brands, types, and flavors and having to pair them with chocolates to suit each one, I really…

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Vieille Artisanal Saison – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project


4.2% ABV
Purchased at Capitol Beer and Tap Room (12.7 oz. bottle) and poured into tulip glasses.

This “artisanal saison aged in oak barrels” pours a clear, pale grapefruit juice yellow with a slight, bright white head.  It lovingly socks you with major farmhouse and tropical fruit aromas in front, and those are backed up in the nose by sour apple, hay, and earthy hops.  Well-rounded citrus dominates the first swallow, ending with a juicy finish of wet grass, mango, and lemon peel.  There is not much sourness here, just some citrus-y tartness, along with green apple, pineapple juice, dry crackers, and hops.  Vieille is one of the best beers I’ve had from Crooked Stave, a delicious and refreshing saison with a delicate touch on the palette.

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