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Beer of the Day: Old Guardian

Old Guardian

Stone Brewing Company

San Diego, CA

American Barley Wine


This is Stone’s Old Guardian. I first had this brew on tap at Three Penny. I can’t really remember what it was like then as it was over a year ago but I do remember that I liked it. This particular bottle that I will be reviewing was drank by Liz and I when we went to her family’s cabin up north Michigan. According to their website Stone states that this beer is “Delicious”. Hmm, thanks Stone. In part of their Odd Years release Stone has introduced us to Old Guardian Belgo, which is nothing more than Old Guardian fermented with a strain of Belgian yeast. I have a bottle of the Belgo put away that I can’t wait to taste.

Appearance – Amber/Red, big foamy cream head that goes away after a little bit. Beautiful lacing.

Aroma – Piney hops, caramel malts, slight chocolate, the aroma gets stronger as it warms.

Taste – Very hoppy, spicy, caramel, chocolate. Just as the aromas, the taste gets stronger as it warms.

Mouthfeel – Medium, stings. A nice bite from the hops. Creamy and coats palate.

Drinkability – Third time to have this beer in a year and I don’t think it should be drank too many times in that length. This is a VERY powerful beer. I would love to get another bottle and put it away and see how the hops calm down and give the malts a chance to shine. Great beer



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Flaky Biscuits and Beer of the Day: Old Stock Ale

Who doesn’t love that brand new blue can of Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layer biscuits sitting in you fridge? Imagine, opening the refrigerator and feeling that nice cool breeze as you reach down to grab the cylinder full of deliciousness. Pinch the tab at the top of the can and pull until you hear that oh so familiar pop as the can splits, revealing your future meal in is pre-baked form. Set your oven at 425 and slide them in. after about 15 minutes you gaze upon the most beautiful sight you have seen thus far this morning. Break apart that first ball of baked dough to reveal layers upon layers of steamy soft golden flakes. Slather them in butter and grape jelly and enjoy with a nice cup of joe.

Okay stop drooling and grab a pen and paper and write down what I am about to tell you. A fellow culinary student and good friend of mine Adam Trombly was nice enough to share this flaky delicious biscuit recipe with me as I desperately sought his help with a flaky biscuit craving.

  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 6 TBLS  Softened Butter or Shortening or a combination of both
  • 3/4c Milk
  • 1/4 Cup melted butter for brushing

Mix your flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. Cut in your butter or shortening until it is incorporated completely and there are no lumps of butter in your flour mixture. Gently mix in your milk taking care not to over work your dough so not to over develop the gluten and make the biscuits tough. Once your dough has come together roll out to 1/4″  in a rectangular shape with the short end pointed towards you. Paint the top two thirds of the sheet with your butter and then do a tri-fold starting with the unbuttered 1/3 at your belly.







Repeat this process three more times and then roll out to 1/2″ and with a cookie cutter punch out your biscuits. Bake in a 400*F oven for 15 minutes and enjoy!














Old Stock Ale

North Coast Brewing

Fort Bragg, CA

Old Ale


This is another beauty from North Coast. The Old Stock Ale is a traditional Old Ale. It is aged a few months before it is distributed and is recommended that it be laid down. Old Ales generally can go for 5+ years. I used this beer as my desert beer in a beer dinner I once did and saved two of the bottles at my parents house.

In 2009 North Coast released their Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve. They took a batch or two of Old Stock Ale and aged it for 18 months in oak bourbon barrels and then bottled in some fancy looking setup. I’ve yet to try it but I hope to soon.

Appearance –Dark copper with a creamy tan 2 finger head with minimal lacing.

Aroma – Chocolate, caramel, sweet malts, raisins, currants, delicious.

Taste – Alcohol, Tastes as it smells.

Mouthfeel –Coasts the palate. Not too thick but just right. Stings from the alcohol.

Drinkability – Great brew. Makes me happy to know that I have drank this beer and still have two more to drink in the future. I love this brew.


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Beer Of The Day: A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale

A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale

The Lagunitas Brewing Company

Petaluma, CA

American Ale


I got this beer after hearing people at work talk about it. It was pretty darn good actually. On their website Lagunitas describes this ale as wheatly-esque-ish-ness. I’m assuming that means there is a little wheat in this beer?


Appearance – Golden with a white one – finger head that leaves a slight lacing.

Smell – Moderately and florally hopped. When the head went away I could smell some citrus coming out.

Taste – The hops are present but not overwhelming. The citrus comes out just a little. When I burp I get the hops a lot more. That wheatynessy or whatever they said is starting to pitch itself in there too. nice malts.

Mouth Feel – Medium bodied, not hard to gulp, but who really wants to?

Drinkability – Good ale, not too expensive to I would buy again. I would recommend to a friend or two.

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Beer Of The Day: Old Rasputin XII

Old Rasputin XII

North Coast Brewing Company

Fort Bragg, CA

Russian Imperial Stout (bourbon barrel aged)


Old Rasputin is a Russian Imperial Stout aged in oak whiskey barrels. It was only available at the brewery retail shop until many request were sent in to distribute. For North Coast’s 12th anniversary they released Old Rasputin XII to select areas. I had it once before at Three Penny on draft but only once in the bottle. It was given as a gift from my girlfriend. Here was my review of the bottled version. (I forgot to take a picture so i took that from the internet)

Appearance – Very black. Brown foamy head with good lacing.

Smell – Very chocolatey malts, dark roasted coffee. The oak from the barrel gives it a vanilla aroma.

Taste – You can taste the alcohol.  It tastes like all the aromas combined. Almost like a spiked chocolate milkshake.

Mouth Feel – Thick. 7/10 on carbonation. Very creamy and coats the palate. A definite booze sting.

Drinkability – Not a gulper. Should be patiently sipped over a period of 10 or 15 minutes. Allow to warm in your palm to bring out more flavors and you will be highly rewarded.

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