Mraz Pineapple American Sour

This is the only beer I’ve had from Mraz Brewing and I was intrigued. A nearby (El Dorado Hills is about a 2 hour drive) brewery specializing and exceeding at sour beers? Sounded too good to be true. Mraz has been making their Pineapple American Sour for more than a year but I just recently…

New Direction: Going Local

We’re planning a slight course change for Grubulub, both here and on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), for 2018. The plan is to refocus on craft beer that is local(ish) to us here in Chico, California. With the proliferation of craft beer, breweries have become increasingly regional. For every new Sierra Nevada there will be…

2017 Top 15 Beers

I managed to write five “best beers of the month/week” posts this year. Now I’m going to select the best of the best including some beers from the months/weeks I didn’t previously mention. There are over 9,000 breweries in the US now, so obviously this isn’t anywhere close to an exhaustive “best of” list. It’s…

Best Beers of October

Toppling Goliath Double Dry Hop Pseudo Sue – This DDH version of Pseudo Sue isn’t necessarily better than the fantastic original, but it’s noticeably different. I found it to be fuller bodied with a bit more complexity to the hop flavors. It seems to be a little less crisp and clean than the original. Both are…

2017 Northern Hemisphere Wet Hop IPA

Sierra Nevada wants you to know there is a difference between fresh hops and wet hops. Wet Hops are un-dried hops, picked and shipped from the growing fields within 24 hours. Fresh Hops are the freshest dried hops to come from the fields, typically within seven days of harvest. They lay claim to the first wet hop…

Brew Day with Waganupa

I recently had the pleasure of tagging along for a brew day at Waganupa Brewing in Chester, California. Founder/Owner/Brewmaster Alex had an interesting brew planned, with a three barrel batch being split into seven different beers: his NorCal Common, a Strawberry Common, and five versions of an experimental kettle sour using yogurt. All three barrels…

Best Beers of September

New Glory Gummy Worms – Big fruity hop flavor with a really lovely mouth feel. I could drink this fantastic beer every day. This beer lives up to the eye catching can and fun name. Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse – This California brewery is making some world class sour beer, and Bretta Weisse is a…

Owl’s Brew Radlers

Owl’s Brew Radlers are a blend of my two favorite beverages: beer and tea. Each of these four brews is a different combo of beer, tea, and other flavors. Watermelon is a really nice addition in Wicked Watermelon. All of the fruit and spice flavors are natural and clean tasting. Wheat beer is the original…

Pink Pants

Best Beers of July

Tahoe Mountain Pink Pants – Tahoe Mountain Brewing is the hidden gem of the area, if not all of California. They have very limited distribution and they seem to get overshadowed by nearby Fifty Fifty Brewing (which is excellent, but kind of a one trick pony w/ Eclipse). I’m consistently blown away by Tahoe Mountain’s…