Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I swear to God, if I see one more penis....'ll be far too soon. I was at the gym today, with the intention of working out and finding some peace. Not today. No peace for me. On my way out from the back of the gym, I was almost assaulted by an old man's penis....

Now, I know this is a gym and there's a locker room, thus this is definitely a locker room environment, but there's no excuse or any logical reason to parade around carelessly so as to possibly hit someone with your dangling wrinkled meat.

There was a bunch of old men just flopping around and as I tried to keep blinders on and get the fuck out of there, one dude just gallivanted along and almost hit my hand with his old dilapidated sagging love sock.

SINCE WHEN IS THIS OKAY? He never even noticed this happened!!!

I understand these dudes have no practical uses for their penises any longer and they also have no shame, but that doesn't necessarily render these penises any less dangerous.

Do you know what would've happened if that dude hit me with his penis?


I'm not homophobic, nor is this the product of some strange happening of my youth. It's just that I was brought up to be ashamed of my body. (and let's face it, you would hate to have my body instead of your own)

The closest I get to such offensive behavior is when I used to walk around work and in public with an erection with the hopes of seeing women gasp at the glory before them. (my girlfriend never liked this embarrassing game) And mind you, I never got the erection on purpose to do this, but rather I wouldn't care if I just happened to have one in public or at work. But I'm older now, and I don't play this game I just annoy my girlfriend with my penis in private...

And that's why they are called "privates" not "how'd ya do's"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If I run into you at the gym, please don't slap me five with your penis!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Come and get it!!!!!!!!

Stone just released a new beer. Well, actually, a new version of an old beer.

This beer is Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous Ale- a black IPA.

That's right, a bold hoppy IPA brewed with roasted malts, giving the beer an opague black color.

It's on tap at Heroes' and if I have any input, it'll be at dba256 soon, as well.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


I've been handing out a beer with this label on it. This is a serious beer gift. It is a 2002 (that's right) Christmas Ale from Anchor Brewing in San Francisco.

"Our Special Ale," is a beautiful spicy, thick, christmas beer and I've selected only a handful of people to share it with.

The beer's carbonation has deteriorated a bit, but it maintains some molasses flavor along with licorice and an export stout-like dryness to it. It's bigger after aging and drinks heavy.

The rest of you can be green with envy at this gesture. You can always go out and buy Anchor Christmas Ale 2008. But that would be so "now."

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Yellow Snow

After rushing and shopping nothing beats a new beer...

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA isn't a huge robust IPA a la SoCal, but rather it has the sophistication we've come to expect from older Northwest style brewing

Pacman yeast, coastal waters and a moderate amount of Amarillo hops

Conservative IPA just in time to keep me from going crazy, but not quite enough IPA to sedate me like I usually prefer.

Friday, December 19, 2008

All I want for Christmas is.....

A night with America Ferrera...

but I'd settle for a couple of hours-

......or fifteen minutes with her mouth

or five minutes of a chance meeting with the palm of her hand in a broom closet...

please Santa- I've been good this year

Mark your calendars!!!

SUNDAY SCHOOL- 5PM at dba256

Come let Brother Tibbi anoint you in Holy Brew

Beer Tasting for the heathens in all of us



Come down to dba256 tonight!!! We're having come good deals to help with the holiday blues!!!!

4 dollar Pomona Queens and free appetizers!!! Plus, some other goodies!!!!

I'll be there getting sauced, so you should come by in case I say something funny!!!!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's cold man-

I need more winterbocks and doppelbocks...

Christmas Ale sounds good too...

Wassails, and Mead- it's beginning to look like Christmas...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Great Beer News

Beer Advocate- a great beer enthusiast resource has just named STONE BREWING the all time best brewery!!!!

I smell, Sunday School's tasting this Sunday at 5pm.

read it for yourself here:

Congratulations Stone!!! And let's get fucked up, now we have yet another reason to!!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


If anyone needs any assistance with beer related gifts, my expertise is always available.

Maybe a holiday beer tasting for friends and family is in order.

Are you wondering what beer would go well with duck?

email me-

At the gym

So I went to the gym with the missus yesterday and I kinda poked around. For a fat guy like me, the gym poses dozens and dozens of opportunities for self embarassment. I walked around looking for a fatter guy to work out next to in an attempt to appear smaller, but no dice.

I went to the sauna and sweat out all the bad stuff, when all of a sudden I was visually assaulted by an elderly Asian woman. It was a lesson in old age anatomy, and apparently I was being privately tutored this time. Needless to say, I left and went to find my love partner for comfort.

She was pounding out on the eliptical machine, which is also my most hated enemy. I then went to the bike and after a few minutes felt self conscious about my testicles, so I decided I needed to buy compression shorts to eliminate the chance of visible "pendulum sac."

So far, this gym trip wasn't very fruitful.

And there was no eye candy or anything, just an old Asian lady with a sagging----uh......gym bag. (wink*)

I jumped on the treadmill and power walked a mile then went back to the sauna to wait for the missus to finish up and meet me.

As I sat down, a I swore I heard the man already there say, "Hey, nice beard."

To which I replied, "How's that?"

And he answered, "Nice beer."

I was wearing one of my beer shirts and he noticed it.

I was at the gym with the intention to better myself and maybe garner some bedroom points with the missus for a time to be later named. And here I was talking beer with a stranger in the sauna. He was a cool guy though, we talked of Belgian ales, and I expressed my love for American Micro and Craft. He told me of a couple of dynamite pizza joints, and I felt pretty guilty. We were like a pair of troublemaker kids at a funeral reception- everybody was there for a reason and these two kids didn't understand so they just went around fucking shit up and putting frogs in the punch bowl, and so on....

Oh well, wherever I go beer will be with me- wish me luck on my effort to eliminate some of the evidence of its presence....

Sunday, December 7, 2008


5pm- tonight's theme- California


Yesterday was my birthday, and it was a bummer for me. I kinda felt weird and a little depressed because I've never been 25 before (laughing) and I pondered all the thoughts I usually grapple with, but differently this time- well...contextually different.

Birthdays have been a sore spot for me the past few years anyhow. For me, it's an anniversary of the moment I was given life and handed to my mother, only to be discarded. As an adoptee, I've had to rethink my policies and perspectives on a lot of things, since actually finding out I was adopted when I became an adult of age. Last year's birthday wasn't so bad because I made a conscientious effort to have a good time and drink enormously.

Well, I went to work at the bar in the morning and I cleaned for a while with the hopes it would keep me from breaking. It worked, but then the bossmen showed up and one of them was grateful for my morning's efforts while the other busted my balls a little, when all of a sudden, he actually told me I looked depressed.

What the hell???

I can't even get this guy to listen to anything I have to say, and all of a sudden he can read me like the side of a box of cereal!!!!

Well, that's when I knew I was wearing my sadness like a Halloween mask at a wedding.

My day dragged on and it turned around when my brother from another mother came to invite me to a bbq to be held in my honor...

I explained my emotional situation, but told him I'd go anyhow, because, I'm not a complete dick.

Well, later I did go to the bbq, and I realized that as this clock runs out the only thing I have to hold onto are the people and moments I love and live for.

We laughed, we hugged, we drank, and yes...someone brought herb...
We ate and I wondered when the last time was when we were all together like this...

It was a band-aid on the was comforting, and I honestly felt strange about my friends coming in waves, paying tribute, and then I drank a little more and relaxed at the sight of my own real family that had come together, not just for a bbq, but in general- for life.

This family of handpicked people all with integral positions toward me and the collective group. For a rare moment in my entire life up until now, I was in fact home-

And I'd give anything to keep it from ever being any different

SO, my day had a happy ending after all...

Thanks guys....


I've never seen someone else that looked like me, until I saw this guy- I bet he's not fat like me though-


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Oh yeah....I forgot

Marin Brewing

White Knuckle Double IPA

notes= good malt base, with nice stinging hop bitterness, smells of marijuana and lemonade

That makes 100 IPAs!!!!!

Hooray for India Pale Ales!!!!!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Sunday School!!!!


come over to dba256, and let Brother Tibbi anoint you with the spirit of good brew!

Beer, love, and beer tasting

This Sunday

Friday, November 21, 2008

By the way...

Thanks to Stone and Lucky Baldwin's I have reached 99 different IPAs, the 99th being Stone 7th anniversary IPA (for the record they are on year 12).

Man, I need more beer....I have to break 200 IPAs...

Lots of news

Well, the city's favorite bartender has four new beers at dba for you all to enjoy.

Maui Brewing Big Swell IPA- beautiful citrusy moderately bitter ale- it's 7 bucks but it's canned (that's right, canned) in Hawaii, and that dictates higher costs, but it's worth it.

Deschutes Jubelale- this is a great spiced holiday beer- it's not too heavy and syrupy, it has some dark fig flavors and the signature water taste you'd expect from a brewery that uses river water for their brew.

Anchor Steam Beer- this is a truly California Common beer...the only beer style invented and indigenous to us here on the left coast.

Anchor Christmas Ale- this brew is all black berries and raisins with hints of anise- Merry Christmas, guys!


My beer tasting is finally happening (officially)!

A week from this sunday, I will be hosting my own beer tasting and providing education to those wishing to know more about beer.

It's gonna be great and I hope to see you all there.

We will be going over everything from glassware to history to how much head a particular beer requires.

Tonight's Outing-

The missus and I will be seeing Sarah Silverman perform at Nokia Club. It's gonna be so awesome, i'm gonna wear a diaper so I don't have to get up and go to the restroom and risk missing out on something...I hope Sarah makes fun of my girlfriend, that would be great!!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Keep an eye out!

Down at dba, we will be moving our "by the glass" whites to a wine cooler, leaving our third fridge (under the back counter) available- and guess what's going into that firdge?

MORE BEER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Be on the lookout for some Christmas beers and special releases.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I needed this-

Lately, I've been down in the dumps for a number of reasons, but I completely forgot about it all and I have The Back Abbey to thank.

Last night, the missus and I went to a Chimay sponsored dinner in celebration of their 25th anniversary of export to the U.S.

Tickets cost us 25 smackers each, how could we not go?

When we arrived, we found each table adorned with booklets, pens, bottle wrenches, and special edition commemorative Chimay goblets (instant collector items worth the price of the ticket alone).

Needless to say, I was giddy and, admittedly, partially aroused by the sight and anticipation of what was to come.

Upon the start of the event, we were addressed by the owner, John, and the Chimay representative. They went over a little bit of history of Chimay and John expressed his excitement for his ties to Chimay, being that he owns a Belgian beer pub and also that he has a deep passion for Belgian beer.

The first course was a cheese plate paired with Chimay White (a Belgian trippel).
Good presentation, the missus enjoyed the cheese and apples. (I don't eat cheese)

Here's the beer in said special goblet;


The following course was especially delicious and also paired well with the trippel;
it was a delicious semi-spicy crab cake accompanied by some pickled garnish.

Now, keep in mind- we were being thrown free stuff left and right. The tickets were only 25 dollars and the food up until this point had already exceeded expectations- how were they able to pull this off? Well, it's part of Chimay's campaign to celebrate it's existence in the States and continued growth in the premium beer market. And it was wonderfully timed with John's unveiling of new food items to his already delicious "Gastropub" menu. This was an unbelievable spread, but there's more.

The second beer was the Chimay "Red." this is a delightful "dubbel" with a warm taste yet delicate mouthfeel, almost impossible for such an abbey ale.

This beer was expertly paired with a roasted pear and hazelnut salad with a light vinegarette and feta cheese. (mine was sans fromage- thanks BA)

I should also inform you that the crowd here on this night varied from a man with, I could not make this up, cheetah spotted dyed hair, to a table of cosmopolitan gay men, to an old man with a cheap looking date who knew nothing of beer and was annoying me, to yours truly ( a fat brown dude that can outdrink the entire room of weekend booze warriors). Now, I'll be the first to tell you, I do not fancy Chimay completely, but this was indeed something I, as a beer lover, could not pass up. I specialize in American craft.microbrew beer, and I love, especially, the beers we make here that emulate Belgian styles. Every once in a while, though, it's nice to get back in touch with the roots and I couldn't be happier about the Back Abbey's existence and seeming success.

Now, back to the dinner-

The last pairing was the most amazing feat of the night. I had starved myself all day and I was greatly rewarded with Chimay "Blue" and an 8 oz. filet mignon with mushroom gravy and steak fries.

This was the point where I ejaculated all over the table and the missus fainted. (well, practically)


Here's the "blue" a strong dark ale that helped the lacy mushroom gravy blend into the deliciously buttery steak

It was a great success and "Cheers" to John, the great Back Abbey staff, and of course to Chimay.

Happy birthday Chimay, you'll always be America's "Belgian."

And to you nay sayers- Fathers Office could never have pulled this off, nor would ever be in a position to make me happy by not putting cheese on something- this is the last word on the debate.

Rothman vindicated?


Rothman's partial tests are back. His BAC was 0.4- as opposed to the the limit which is 0.8.

Rothman was technically not drunk, although it was said not all subtance tests were completed.

He still failed a sobriety test and I think this news is "too little, too late." (when it comes to his campaign and political future)

Blood alcohol level has a correlation here, but believe me when I say that I have been able to consume upwards of seventeen (17) beers during a shift of work lasting about nine hours.I was completely coherent and no one was even privy to my consumption because I gave no tell tale signs of intoxication. This is an isolated incident, because sometimes it's very apparent I've been tipping the elbow. My point is that every person is different and although the law may not designate a level as being dangerous, consider that there is no excuse for unsafe driving and putting innocent people in harm's way, whether the reason is due to intoxication, lethargy or emotional instability.

I'm gonna step off of the soapbox.

And if anyone ever wants to challenge me to a drink off, I am definitely game.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Make that... even 1,200 now- I need to get out this week, so I can "blog" it up some more.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

1,183 hits

As of today, this blog is at 1,183 hits. Not bad, seeing as my blog is the least conventional by local blogging standards. It's been 36 days since my first entry, and I'm so glad to have found a place where like and unlike minds can meet and share ideas, gain insight, and have some laughs.

Maybe, more blogs will endorse me, although I doubt it seeing as my blog has "different" content, but just the same I am glad to see how the other half lives nonetheless.

Thanks to everyone that keeps track of my blog, and I always welcome questions, comments, and crtiticisms. Anyone with beer questions, are especially important to me.

Thanks again, and if anyone sees David Allen, tell him i'm still waiting on his notes on my blog!

Cheers, Pomona!!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


If you guys go by dba, don't be surprised if you don't see me. Apparently, the other bossman is trying to be fair and spread out the hours a little more evenly among everyone and since I have the most shifts, I have been cut down. Now I have to work from the bottom up, again.

It makes me angry. I've worked hard to make people happy and serve them to the best of my ability. I've taken marginal shifts and turned them into days people look forward to. Now, the familiarity has been wiped away, unfairly.

C'est la vie- I'm looking for a new job anyhow, but I wish I had already secured one before this depressing news. If anyone wants to know my schedule, please feel free to email me.

I know some people only go to the bar when I am there, so please come by and see me either this Saturday morning or Sunday night and I'll do my best to serve you well.

If anyone would like to contact the bossman and perhaps throw in some good words for me-

I appreciate all who have supported the bar and myself, let's hope this situation doesn't get any uglier.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Vote for me, next time!!!!!!!!!!!

The missus and I watched "W" Sunday morning. I thought it was a great movie. Brolin does an awesome job. At first, I thought the movie was going to romp Bush the entire way- it didn't. It was a very humanistic portrayal and I think it gave some insight, but in no way offers up excuses.

Anyhow, after the movie, the missus turns to me and says, "I really think you should run for mayor."

-I've made a couple of jokes about it, obviously, but she was dead serious. I dismissed it and laughed, but I'm thinking about a grass roots campaign for NEXT election. Well, of course only on the condition the Aztec calendar allows for such an endeavor. (insert additional superstitious hogwash here)

I would love to be mayor- in the sense that I would love to be the head Pomonan. My heritage runs deep in Pomona, plus I would love to wear a top hat. I would definitely wear a top hat if elected, and that would be a major part of my platform. A top hat and monocle; it would be like photos and pictures of early savages turned "civilized."

I know what you're thinking, "Isn't 'Tibbi' an Urdu word? And aren't Pakistanis terrorists? Is that why you have a beard?"

Well, to you pundits- yes. It means "medical" in Urdu. And I have a beard because it's a sign of virility (no enzyte here ladies- don't need it). But, let's face it, "Tibbi" is just a cute name that softens my image and makes me approachable.

Enough of the little details though. Let's go over my philosophy and plan for the betterment of my city- Pomona.

This, of course will be done in my favorite- the question and answer format.

What qualifies you for mayoral candidacy?

Good question- I am a lifelong resident of Pomona. I work in Pomona. And I have my roots in Pomona. If anyone had been witness to Pomona's growth or lack thereof, it has been people like myself. I feel I have a unique perspective to this city which will undoubtedly help me serve this city.

How does being a bartender correlate to being a good candidate for mayor, you jackass?

As a bartender, you have to know when to cut people off and kick people out. Enough said. (Watch out Carrizosa, you'll be the first to get the boot- medium style)

Aren't you a drunk?

That's really none of your damn business- yet.

We don't need another spic trying to run our city, what makes you different?

Technically, I am not a spic. I am indigenous to Pomona by way of several generations. The key to Pomona's recovery and overall growth is to make the general population comfortable with and proud of Pomona. All too often Pomona has been used as a midway point from those fleeing the big city (Los Angeles) to more destitute grounds (San Bernadino). People don't care about her (Pomona)- we're just a civic halfway house. I want to change that by using code enforcement to crack down on our neighborhoods and help raise property values for our homeowners. A huge section of our population rents, so eliminating neglected properties will help instill pride among our caring citizens.

With this we can expect to see safer streets, paving the way for better execution of community projects and events. People won't buy into the concept of community if they can't leave their homes for fear of violence and conflict.

Yes, it's true. Many of our citizens are not legal citizens of this country. The fact remains they make up a large portion of California's consumer driven power. I don't want to cater to this demographic completely to the point where donkey shows are prevalent and mobile taco stands are everywhere, but I do want to grab hold of that sales tax revenue. To do so, we'd have to dedicate our support to more local businesses and to more demographically specific businesses provided they comply with the laws (employment related and tax related...etc.).

Mexicans took our jobs!!!

Well sir, what is your industry?

Uh, I'm a marketing analyst...

Oh, so you never picked oranges or washed dishes?

No, went to Cal Poly...

Anyhow, we can maintain a safe city, reap the benefits of commerce, and still have a strong community if we stop compartmentalizing they way the city works. Everyone has to know our objectives straight out. Everyone has to be in on it. No personal agendas.
What happened to the idea of Fourth of July block parties? What happened to neighborhood barbers? What ever happened to Otis from the Andy Griffith show? I loved that guy.

What have you done in the private sector that gives you confidence in your ability to run the city?

Look, I have no private sector experience. Pomona is not a business. The efficiency of the private sector doesn't mix with the red tape of sleepy civic government. All you get is road rage on tricycles. (remember I coined that guys) I think we need a shot of common sense and a bottle of perspective.

I've been mugged in the city! Yes, it's true. I once walked down to the store at night to get a pack of cigarettes and a dude tried to take my money. A big black dude grabbed my pocket and I punched him.

Did you knock him out?

No- it didn't faze him at all, he was high. He then threw me into the street. He came at me again, so I punched him and ran for my life. Do you think I wanted to leave Pomona? Hell no! I stopped smoking cigarettes, and the next time I saw that dude, before he could say a word to me I whipped out my knife plain as day.

Why are you telling me this?

It's for two reasons

A: So, you know I'm tough and I will cut you.
B: So, you know I have faith in this community and I've seen it from all sides. Businessmen, educated men, and political men have good ideas but sometimes they don't translate to the everyday Joe just trying to get to the store for a pack of cigarettes without getting mugged or running into a girl everybody already has fucked, who by the way is pregnant and a school dropout at 14.

I love my city, let's share it with the world. Vote for me and I will turn this city around.

My name is Tibbi, and I keep it fresh like ziploc, son. Vote strong, vote for your neighbor-me.

By the way, the city has too much property remaining unused profitably, but that's another blog.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Beer Nationalism

I had a dream last night that I was on my way to the moon as part of a NASA program to figure out the affects of beer on man in space and the affects of space on beer.


Now, this would've been a great dream, had it not been for the beer choices. I had to drink different beers from different countries, but alot of it was bad, then I must've pushed myself to wake up in order to keep myself from having to drink "Sol," and "Corona."

Don't remember much else though, but it brings up a good subject- Beer and Nationalism!!!!

Everybody knows a guy that's a foreigner. This foreigner usually drinks his nation's beer often and makes remarks about how "Guatemala has the best beer in the world."

Guatemala? Beer is produced in Guatemala?

Maybe the guy you know isn't from Guatemala, but it happens. The dude doesn't really even have to be a foreigner though. I know guys that are 1/30 Irish, and can't keep their traps shut about Guinness.

"Ha- you know, I'm Irish- so I have to drink Guinness. I drink it in the morning with my cereal, and when I break out I use Guinness as an acne treatment...etc"

-Horrible. Simply horrible. These examples of beer nationalism are killing the beer market. This is what keeps the beer market from broadening faster and wider than it already is- and it's really annoying me.

I don't see any point in being excited about my nation's mass produced beer. I am excited about good beer in general, and that's the hallmark of any beer drinker worth the alcohol in his blood stream. The truth is, mass produced beer in any other country is no better than our crappy mass produced beer. There are exceptions to this and these are some of the international treasures that foreigners can really be proud of.


This a beer from Morocco. It's is a lager and is moderately smooth. Most beer that you will encounter from abroad tends to be variations of lagers and pilsners because of German immigrants and such influences on brewing.


This is an Ethiopian beer, and again- a lager. The mainstay of beer drinkers in Africa is, however, Guinness Export, which is drier than extra stout. It has a tan label.


From Israel comes this medium bodied lager, Goldstar- it's good for many flavorful dishes found in Arab/Jewish cuisine.


Efes Pilsner does similarly well, and it's from Turkey.


Let's not forget about ALMAZA from Lebanon-one of the very few beers from green glass bottles that I, myself, will drink. Nothing goes better with lamb, falafel, and harrisa better. The best Pilsner outside of German and Czech breweries.


Argentina is proud of it's own lager and they should be. Pretty thin but nice mouthfeel- surprisingly astringent, but necessary when paired with beef (good beef).


It's a running joke that Russia has been notorious for sub par products. Baltika Beers are the exception. The beers are numbered for each style, which makes ordering easy. "I'll have a number three." - The wheat bear is surprisingly good, and they have a well rounded collection that makes you forget how bad Borscht can be if not done right.


Germany has too many beers for one country, with regional differences being apparent in every glass. This is the crown jewel for me. Germany has many light bodied, light colored beers, but this one is unlike all of them (except in the now extinct dortmunder style). Rauchbier tastes so smoky, like bacon. It stands up to pork sausage and braised cabbage as I'm sure it stood up to many foreigners complaining about it's bacon taste. It will continue to stand up to time. Bravo Germany, you got one right.


India, for some reason took to brewing German lagers, despite the British occupation which would've logically prompted more ales being brewed. Despite this strange affect, they did take the best water and spin out some great lagers. Old Monk 10,000 isn't just a lager, it's a strong lager- of which a category doesn't exist. Lagers are crisp and light. Medium alcohol, but this one packs a punch very slyly. Damn you India. You're too good at what you do.


Japan, in recent years, lifted a ban on microbrewing, and I couldn't be happier. Hitachino makes some of the tastiest, rarest brews. this classic ale isn't just another Japanese copy of American innovation. It's a rework of something we, as Americans, can only wish we could have come up with in the first place. This is a genuine Japanese beer, without having to be so Japanese. They can be proud of this beer. Normally, it would take maybe ten pitchers of Sapporro to get me a little high. this one makes me happy, and it has alcohol to keep me happy.

Cheers to international beer done well!!! These are beers people can be proud of.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

This is my provocative blog/ The GAY blog

I was reminded this morning of the ongoing debate of gay marriage. While I am normally moderate, I'm pretty liberal on this subject for many reasons. I am going to use some of the statements I've encountered and respond accordingly;

-Marriage is between a man and woman; the bible says so.

Now, this is a fundamentalist statement. It's a conservative statement, but I don't consider this to be an educated fundamentalist statement, nor an educated conservative statement. I hate this statement because I've always wondered why fundamentalists cite the bible in this argument. The bible says God created man and woman. So, does this mean gays were "factory seconds," or "defective?" Are they not products of God in God's own image?- I'm looking for some consistency here- this argument is not very "Christian."

-I don't want my children to think it's alright to be gay or that it is an option.

Whoa man, whoa- this is a ridiculous fear, but somewhat understandable. No one wants to interrupt the status quo. But what exactly is the status quo for children, in regards to homosexuality?

(has flashbacks from private school)

.....I remember calling my friends "fags," alot. I also called other guys "fags" alot. I remember making alot of jokes about people being "gay."

Not much has changed, and as I grew older I kept calling my friends "fags," and I still make jokes about people being "gay."

But this is wrong- not for moral reasons, so much, but because I've been using words completely out of context. The entire time I was using "gay," and "fag' when I should've been using "retard," or "loser."

And for that I am sorry.....

In fact, I had a gay coworker. I would get angry with managers and I used to call them "f*$#ing faggots," then I would have to turn around and say, "sorry Eddie, I didn't mean to offend you." It was a bad habit. I am a working man, and I don't swear a whole lot, but I do love my racial epithets and sexual slurs. In this case, I would use the word "faggot," to emasculate men, because for many insecure men, this is the worst thing one can be called. For me, the worst thing I can be called is, "wetback." (for the record- I am not)

What I am getting at is this, establishing tolerance of homosexuality and lifting the taboo connotations with it, can only benefit us as a society striving for utopia.
Maybe it starts with children. (not sure myself though) It won't make children want to become gay, it would only help reiterate equality for all and possibly open dialogue so as to avoid family problems and such, associated with "coming out."

-Gay marriage makes a mockery of marriage between a man and woman.

So, if you don't try to stop gay marriage- the terrorists win. If you support gay marriage, you must be French- and French ain't 'merican!!!!!

You see where I am going?

Men and women are making a mockery of marriage in the US. Marriage by way of pregnancy is making a mockery of marriage. The divorce rate in America is making a mockery of marriage. Superficial relationships are making a mockery of marriage.

I thought people were more progressive than these arguments. History shows man progressing up to this point and despite our advances in technology and medicine, we've seemed to regress philosophically. It's as if we have no time to be conscientious anymore.

There's no room for common sense, where will people put their blackberries?

Now I am not a proponent for homosexual lifestyle. I am a proponent for equality and common sense for the betterment of society as a whole- not for sociological sections apart.

Okay, despite any argument I can make, these might be unrealized opportunities with this issue.

Gay marriage will stimulate the economy.

Think about it. More weddings mean more flowers, photographers, venue rentals, dj services, live band services, and a host of other related costs. Gays are notorious for having more money as discretionary income due to the fact they gays have less family expenditures.

Gay marriage will help curb AIDs.

It's no secret, gays tend to be more expressive, especially sexually. There are huge campaigns to help curb AIDs and many of these are targeted at gays. Promiscuity is a huge inadvertent result of the gay lifestyle due in part to a lack of discipline as prescribed by marriage or at least the opportunity for such monogamy. Marriage is a symbol of loyalty, dedication and monogamy. I am not saying gays are wild and full of AIDS, but there is an inherent sociological effect because of the absence of marriage as an equalizer acclimating themselves to the general population which would then in turn establish health and moral concerns that everyone else would normally be subject to.

(this is a generalization, please take it in context)

Anyhow, that's it for this one. Homosexuality isn't going anywhere, and no one has the right to limit anyone else's potential to lead a life equivalent or greater to that of anyone else.

It's bad enough the powers that be dictate many aspects of our lives without having to define the word "happiness," and a list of those whom "happiness" may be afforded to.

No one should be forced to marry and no one should be prevented from marrying.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Job Hunting

I'm looking for a job- no luck yet. I applied with the city of Pomona for a job at the library, but the posting doesn't close until the end of the month and I doubt I am the ideal candidate, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'd like to work there and help people out. Anyhow, if anyone has any good leads on employment, let me know. I'm not planning on leaving the bar, but I need to put some money in my savings.

I have strong customer service experiensce, sales experience, and lots of supervisory experience- and experience.

Friday, October 10, 2008

New Friends

Last night some fellow bloggers met up at the bar (dba). It was great to put faces to names.

Ed, Meg, K, Calwatch, and Andrew...are my new friends and eveyone seemed to enjoy getting a chance to talk face to face, which is easier than exchanging post comments and volleying back and forth between blogs, posts, and people.

I must say, it was gratifying. I didn't get to participate as much as I wanted to, because I was, in fact, working the bar, but there was a good vibe.

I hope it becomes habitual, as habitual as casual meetings can get when life goes along its normal course, with its regular irregualrities and serendipity.

Good people, good writing, good city. They do say the pen is mightier than the sword.
-We'll let you know.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My new quote!!!!

This is my quote of the day- I said it myself

"Let beer be the liquid in our veins and let our genitals be our moral compasses!!!!!!!!"

What do you guys say?

My originally intended post

Rothman was the word tuesday, but I originally had a heartwarming story to tell before Rothman was spewing from my lips like vomit after three liters of beer. (trust me on the three liters-*wink)

So, it was tuesday night and the bar was a little slow. I was a little upset because the Presidential debate was on and I was against screening it so outrightly at the bar.

My ethics kinda prevent me from displaying politics in the bar on the grounds that people go to bars to enjoy the bar and, at times, escape the outside.

The debate screened anyhow since no one contested it (which was only fair). A mock vote took place, which I abstained from. If you really want to know, Obama won by 84% of those polled.

Now to the nitty gritty;

A couple came in and wanted to drink a flight of red wine. I obliged and they sat in dba's lounge area. I recognized them from the previous week, of which I had good impressions of them. Time passed as the slow bar continued to move toward the dark side of the clock, when the couple approached me.

"Do you have Peroni," the lady of the couple said.

'No, I actually don't- I'm trying to get rid of that beer," I replied.

"Why?," she said.

"It's not good beer and it's in green glass which allows the beer to become skunked," I informed her."How about I give you a better beer."

"Sure," she said.

I handed the couple Sessions Lager from Full Sail brewing (Oregon). I then described it as a Lager/Pilsner in the style of beer that was brewed prior to prohibition, which explains the medicine style brown glass bottle.

They loved it- of course.

Moments later the gentleman was on his knee, to which I figured he might just be playing around. They were later embracing each other and making out.

The couple then came up to the bar and requested to closeout, but not before the lady of the couple announced to everyone that she had just become engaged.

My heart surged and I instructed them to sit at the bar, as I poured them a congratulatory glass of Sparkling Zin.

After drinking, they paid their tab and left.

Nothing made me happier than to witness such an act at dba. Especially since they did so during the city's favorite bartender's shift.

I'm glad for them and look forward to serving them on their future anniversaries!!!


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The beer's on me today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


here's the copy of the text in case the link goes dead

Pomona city councilman arrested
By Lori Consalvo on October 8, 2008 10:14 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)
POMONA - City councilman Elliott Rothman was arrested for drunken driving Tuesday night, officials said.

The city has not released any more information on the incident.

Rothman was elected to the City Council in 1996 and re-elected in 2002, and 2006, according to his biography on the city's Web site. He has served as council member for the past 12 years in District Five.- end-

Councilman Rothman, geez man...maybe you shouldn't have played dumb when it came to owning up to Police Chief's Romero's inclusion to that propaganda rag!!!!! (of course the one which you knew nothing about)

Well guys, if anyone wants to celebrate- I'll buy the beer....

If there is anything I hate more than pretentious bastards- it's Elliot Rothman!!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Just for laughs ( a long time ago)




the chops, the awesome hat, ricardo, hookah- oh how i miss those days

Monday, October 6, 2008


I really wish Ommegang Hennepin was still at Heroes in Claremont.

Now, they have about 5 Oktoberfest biers; who cares about Oktoberfest bier?
What about pumpkin ales? What about nice fall porters? What about Christmas beer? Jubelale is out; we should all be drinking that!!!!!

C'est la vie. They have Union Jack- what more could I ask for?

I await the cold of winter for it brings some of the most delicious beers.

Keep an eye out for Anchor Christmas Ale, Deschutes Jubelale, and various other winter warmers...

It's gonna be a delicious season.

Friday, October 3, 2008

For Leon

I met a craft beer drinker yesterday, and he was a black dude. This is news to me because for some reason minorities only have shit beer marketed to them.

Think about it, Mexicans and the assorted latin community only have Budweiser for a beer heritage. (domestically speaking of course)

Asians have no domestic beer marketed to them, which is why they stick to their home beer imported and distributed through big brewers.

Blacks, have really never been marketed to- ever. At least as far as beer is concerned. And we're all familiar with the overall minorty marketing of high gravity malt liquor. Everytime I am in a bar, or brewpub, or brewery and I do see black people drinking beer I always make a point to figure out what they are drinking because I am very curious on drinking trends and I like to size people up based on what they drink. (Snakebites are for douchebags)

I told Leon (my new beer friend) that I was really happy to meet a real black craft beer drinker because twenty-something minorities aren't exactly the demographic of the craft beer world. The real demographic is that of older (middle aged) white collar, white men.

That means, we obviously know what we like and have good taste, we just happen to be from the other side of the tracks.

It won't be long before Leon and I start stealing fat bottomed white girls (whether they be said white demographics' wives or daughters) with the allure of both being colored yet refined and discerning in taste. (that being very attractive to white girls wanting to rebel a little, but not wanting to make out with a guy that tastes like Keystone light) The plus side is that these girls will be at breweries and brewpubs, making this theft very easy. It won't be long before Lil' John trades in his crunk cup for a beer flute!!! (yeahhhhh!!!!- OKAYYYYY!!!!)

Leon and I, and those like us are in a pivotal position to change the beer market, and thusly change the world.

Cheers to you Leon. Cheers to me. Cheers to fat bottomed white girls!!!!!

And to settle our argument

Firestone brewery has been changing their labels and their Pale Ale is officially known are Pale 31 (yellow label). It does, however, have California Pale Ale on the bottom with "Pale 31" in the center of the label. There is no such style as a California Pale Ale according to the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) style guide for beer (which is the last say). Firestone is just trying to start a trend, but it's too late- Bayhawk brewing from Irvine has a beer actually called CPA (Califronia Pale Ale)- not just a description.

So- that means, you're half correct, and so am I. That means, it's a draw.


This is the old label. The new label isn't really even on the net, no one has caught up with their changes in label, but maybe that's because that Pale Ale in particular isn't worth updating on!!!!



For Manuel

This is a new blog based on a previous blog...this will be a listing and semi-rating of each of the 88 IPAs i have partaken of.

One thing to consider when rating IPAs here in California is that we are up to our knees in choices....but California, specifically San Diego IPAs, brews are a variation from other IPAs and the traditional IPAs which are english. the double IPAs are close to traditional in the fact of weight and alcohol content.

The IPA is the biggest and widest brew category in craft and microbrewing- it's strange that IPAs don't dominate the taps in the bars, but i think maybe it's because there aren't alot of people drinking IPA- it's just a lot of IPA being drunk by a bold few.

here it is....

Pliny the Younger (Russian River)-awesome beer, it's very complex yet crisp and easy to go down, but you'll only want to sip it to make it last longer.

Hop 15 (Port Brewing)-very awesome layered hoppy flavors, moderate alcohol traces, good APV

Stone IPA- there are better IPAs, but then again there are not. great bouquet. great consistent taste and always welcome strong APV without tasting sour.

ACME IPA (North Coast Brewing)- good session IPA, not too strong, but not subtle...this is what you dirnk when you wake up in the morning with some toast and jam

Indica IPA (Lost Coast Brewing)- not too big a fan of this one. lost coast is awesome, but they use unconventional hop choices for this beer- even for california style IPA. it's okay. i prefer sunny delight and this is minute maid- nothing wrong with it, just not my preference.

Green Flash Imperial IPA- one of the best double IPAs- strong APV and good flavor, pretty robust.

Deschutes Inversion IPA-good session IPA

Bison Organic IPA-decently priced session 22oz IPA

Avery IPA-awesome citrusy IPA, one of the best regular IPAs

Maharaja Imperial IPA (Avery)-super awesome, top five IPAs, good APV

Sleighor Reaper Ale Double IPA- decent daily drinker, good price for a double-4 dollars

Medocino White Hawk IPA- eh, not tasty enough....

Pyramid Thunderhead IPA-weaksauce

Widmer Borken Halo IPA-weaksauce

Red Hook Longhammer IPA-weaksauce

Snake Dog IPA (Flying Dog)-it's alright, but i wouldn't take it to the moon with me

Hop Ottin' IPA (Anderson Valley)- dog's so highly recommended, but it's not that great

Hop Devil (Victory Brewing)-good, but in a different context, it's deeper like a cognac almost....

Hop Rod Rye (Bear Republic Brewing)- it's a good companion for sandwiches

Racer 5 IPA (Bear Republic Brewing)- always a good choice, crisp hoppy flavor

Sierra Nevada IPA- more tradional, severe alcohol trace with moderate APV

Alesmith IPA-very tasty, but has an almost menthalating alcohol footprint

Big Daddy IPA (Speakeasy)- very good basic IPA, pretty complex for a small beer

Double Daddy Double IPA (Speakeasy)- builds on basic IPA and blossoms nicely in the mouth

Full Sail IPA-eh, it sucks, even for a traditonal IPA

Wipeout IPA (Port Brewing)- ports IPAs are always good, but you can only drink one 22 oz. -you want to drink multiple port beers despite this- for some reason they just are consistently drinkable brews...

Nectar Ales IPA (Humboldt)- good session IPA california/tradional hybrid

Union Jack IPA (Firestone)- fucking aweseom IPA it's my plan B, next to Stone IPA- i recommend it highly

Rubicon IPA- decent session IPA

IPA (Blue Frog Brewing), eh...jumbled flavor, tastes like soda, not very balanced...

Hoptown IPA- session IPA...pretty good

Stone Ruination- do i have to tell you?

Sierra Nevada Celebration- good seasonal, this should be their year round offering...

Steelhead Double IPA (Mad River)- good session double....if that's possible

Ballast Point IPA- fuckin awesome. 7% very citrusy but also moderately malty simultaneously without being too brash like a rye IPA...good

Lagnitas IPA-pretty good. not as consistent as i'd like, but tastes good overall...

Coastal Fog IPA- great session IPA, very close in flavor to union jack...highly recommend it.....

Meantime IPA- expensive, but it gives you an idea of the basis for our modern socal IPAs...bitter without backup flavor, but good for it's raw nature...

Moylan's Hopsickle Triple Hoppy Ale- the name says's pretty good...close to Russian River...not as complex, but full throttle...

Moylan's IPA- english style...very good if you can get your hands on it...

Lagunias Maximus- awesome 2.99 double IPA- LAGUNITAS IS CHANGING MY EXPECTATIONS

Shipyard- fuggles IPA- fuggles...are a good bittering hop, but it lacks complexity and bouquet...

Greenflash West Coast IPA- lots of sediment, but it keeps the dick hard

Butte Creek Organic IPA- don't remember too much, changed labels...

Samuel Smith IPA- weak, but tasty, not enough hop bouquet nor bitterness...session IPA..

Left Coast Hop Juice- hop infused vagina flavor- awesomely sour!

Mission Brewing IPA- benchmark quality

Stone Belgian Style IPA- i must give it time to grow on me, yeasty hoppiness....

BJs Owen's IPA-pretty tasty, i underestimated it at first, but it's good....grab a growler of one at your local BJs....

Maui Brewing Company Big Swell IPA- it was in a can and it was delicious. aftertaste of pineapple and tasty hop traces.

Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale-session IPA....easy going down but obvious foot print...rides the line between APA and IPA in a good way....

Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA-maltiness clouds any hop flavor- drinkable, but too drinkable for an imperial IPA

Grand Teton Brewing Sweetgrass IPA-too sweet and malty- good session, but shouldn't be mistaken for a hoppy beer....

Santa Cruz Ale Works IPA-awesome find- 2.99........close to Stone IPA in Bouquet and flavor....awesome

Brasseirie D'Achouffe Double Belgian IPA Trippel- yeasty flavor overiddes hoppiness...but delicous . just the same...

Port Brewing- 2nd Anniversary Ale- awesome...the best eight bucks you can spend on a bomber of tasty, complex hop juice...get it- it's rare around here and obviously a seasonal...

Drakes IPA- awesome...i can see how it won at the gabf

Victory Hop Wallop- good sweet, hoppy seasonal, very effervescent

Urthel Hop IT- it was good, better than other beligan IPAs. heres the twist. it's a dutch beer in the belgian style that tries to copy IPAs, but it's good.

Bear Republic Racer "X"- never seen this before, hasn't been bottles in five years, but is occasionally available for draft. not my favorite- racer 5 is better

Avery/Russian River Collaboration, not litigation IPA- kinda good, not what i expected from these two breweries. maybe their brewing styles were working against each other instead of being complementary

Coronado Brewing Islander IPA- pretty decent ten easy...

Coronado Hoppy Beer Belgian IPA- the best Belgian IPA i've had...

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing IPA- not good. organics almost never have enough hops

He'brew Lenny's RIPA- double IPA with too much rye malt to be able to define itself as bittersweet or an IPA. not good. too thick

Stone 11th Anniversary Ale- the best RYE IPA....hops shine straight through with malty accents- the way it should be

Piraat Ale- it's a good trippel, but i don't taste enough hops, maybe it's the variety, but it oculd just be that danm belgian yeast

Dogfishhead 90 mintue IPA- very smooth and refined, deep like brandy, but hoppy. this is a beer i would move to the east coast for

Full Sail Prodigal Sun IPA- i never cared much for this brewery, but this was in fact a decent offereing. the only thing i would change would be the crappy finish, but it's a decent drinker other than that.

Russian River IPA- very drinkable, just the right amount of citrus flavor and balanced with hops.

Oskar Blues Gordon- really good, but uber expensive. it's a hybrid of an amber an a double's very malty and sweet, it's similar to a rye IPA but better

21st amendment brewery Brew Free or Die IPA- very well balanced, but still has hopped up edge. six pack of cans is 9 bucks- a steal compared to Maui breiwing big swell and oskar blues gordon

Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA- classic english beer. like a bitter but without the creaminess malt flavor...good show....

Left Coast Brewing Torrey Pines IPA- delicious pine laced citrusy IPA with good hop balance and clean finish

Hitachino Classic Ale- creamy session IPA in a good japanese way- domo arogatu!!!

Pliny the Elder double IPA by Russian River- delicious double IPA- quite possibly the best, so hoppy yet balanced, perfect hop choices and crisp aftertaste

Stone 10th Anniversary IPA- deliciously thick and complex with caramel, toffee and rye accents...too much almost

Hair of the Dog Blue Dot Double IPA- tastes like a san diego ipa, gloriously hopped up and full of IBUs, but tasty

St Peter's IPA- skunked, but still tasted smooth and mildly bitter, but not creamy like an esb

Burton India Empire Ale- this is where it all started- delicious lightly hopped pale, but with rocky taste (just like it's brother BASS)

Craftsman IPA- too creamy, but a good session

Craftsman Point 5 IPA- better, with more citrus peel accents

Big Sky IPA- delicious roasty malt flavors with awesome piercing bitterness shining through

Alaskan IPA- very bubbly, and soap sudsy type of head...but lacking in bitterness and complexity

Odell Brewing IPA- delicious tart bit right at the end...nice creamy head- decent balance with good bittering hop choice

Boulevard Double Wide IPA- great, no citrus here, more acidity but from an apple perspective- delightful

Alesmith Yulesmith- Christmas came early this year and it was delicious

Coronado Idiot IPA- signature coronado flavor...great

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

And now, back to your reguarly scheduled programming


This past sunday I was pouring wonderful craft, microbrew beer at the beer tavern (hosted by the California Fermentation Society). I had a lot of fun. I worked hard and helped people decide on beers to include in his/her respective tasting and I answered questions on beer. I also kept throwing out dba's name out there for obvious reasons.

I was happy to walk away from the tasting with some good tips, new beers, and a free beer to venture out of the facility with.

Here are some of my pics

The beer board with medal winners annotated

Me arranging beer for a tasting

Taking a little money off the top

Letting people know what's good and how the tasting works

Me responding to the word "Heffeweizer!!!"

Me and my free beer and my new Stone shirt

I can't wait to do it again next year....good people, good beer, and a free t-shirt via mail for participating (not that it will fit me...

Some friendly encouragement

Yesterday I was kinda in some hot water at work, but it's not completely my fault. The actions of a couple of other people helped facilitate a goof-up, but I took the brunt of it because afterall, I am the brown, uneducated beer drinker.

(laughing it off....kinda)

So anyhow, the boss man and I finish up business and clear up the situation as we air out some other differences, when all of a sudden I am hit with this conversation.

: "So, how much beer do you really drink, man?"

Brown, uneducated beer drinker: "Uh..." (attempting to think back, but the hamsters lain dead in the wheel)

: "Like a six pack a day- about?"

Brown, uneducated beer drinker: "Yeah, give or take a couple. Some days I drink one or two, other days....(unintelligible)"

Bossman: "Would you say you're an alcoholic?"

Brown, uneducated beer drinker: "I'm a functioning alcoholic." (gleaming with pride)

Bossman: "I care about you man, but you have to think about it. My dad was an alcoholic, and it just fucks things up. Think of all the money you'd have if you didn't spend it on booze."

Brown, uneducated beer drinker: (trying to retain integrity because I don't care about money- I care about happiness which isn't correlated to money for me at all)

Brown, uneducated beer drinker: "Well, it's different because I don't just drink the same things, I drink all kinds of stuff and I learn...etc..."

Bossman: "You really think that's different?"

Brown, uneducated beer drinker: "I guess not, it's just..."

Bossman: "Fifteen more years, you'll have cirrhosis or cancer, you gotta be careful, I'm just saying man. I care."

Brown, uneducated beer drinker: "Yeah, I know...I think about it from time to time. I'm just making due and enjoying the time I have."


Hmmm....the conversation turned out to be a bummer, but I still drank a six pack last night. I didn't feel the alcohol. I didn't feel my soul.

My reasons for drinking have drastically changed over the years. I finally turn my vice into my livelihood, and I educate others in the process- only to be chastised.

It used to be I'd drink because I was sad. I used to drink because I was worn out emotionally and just didn't care.

Now I drink because I am happy- not to be happy. And it is still wrong?

only time will tell. I'm glad someone does care- but where the hell is my raise?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The past three days

Here's the past three days (in beer):

Saturday- The guys (Alex, Adrian, Manuel, Kevork) and I went to Stone brewing for dinner. It was delicious as ever. I even got to knock off a few more IPAs off of my to-do list.

Boulevard Double Wide IPA- the Missouri based brewery put out this gem as a special series beer (meaning, not a year round offering). The label was reminiscent of those vintage style art deco-ish posters. On said label was a double wide mobile home- label art rarely gets quirkier than this. Now the contents of this cocksucker were grand- most IPAs (west coast, especially) have deep floral scents with varied citrus accents. Not this bad boy, though. It reeked of apples and acidity (like a cider almost) and along with that apple scent was a taste like apples with slight hints of laundry detergent rose. Decent beer at 8.5% ABV

Coronado Idiot IPA- this is a San Diego IPA if one ever existed. Coronado puts out great beers, such as their Mermaid Red and the Belgian Style IPA. It's very bitter, but with a frothy texture almost. It's as yellow as the sun on a third grader's drawing of heaven. Good beer to round out my experience with Coronado brewing.

Alesmith Yulesmith- this is a special release. It is an IPA that shows up around Christmas, (hence the name) but it is so good they release it in summer as well, so we can all have Christmas in July. Alesmith couldn't make a bad beer if they used urine instead of water....enough said. Bold, Hoppy, Alesmith- hooray for Jesus' Birthday!!!

Sunday- I showed up to the fair for my Beer Tavern shift. Calferm was generous enough to give me two tickets for free (one for me, and one for Melissa) and a parking pass. the best part of all was getting to try some new beers.

Odell Brewing IPA- I was very happy to see this beer. Odell is a Colorado based brewery and doesn't distribute to the West Coast at all...the best part about the beer tastings at the fair is that Calferm requires all participants to provide beer (kegs and cases) for each entry involved. This means if they want to be judged, they have to put out. And we get to not only try new beer, but we get to try beer that we can't get a hold of under normal circumstances. Fuck imports, getting beer from Colorado can be a hassle, but thankfully, this IPA found its home in my belly. The flavor was great- Colorado beers can be just as bold as California beers. This IPA had an amazing bite to it, but had an inviting aroma, mouthfeel and begins with a fluffy, creamy hello. Bravo!!!!Photobucket

Belmont Brewing Long Beach Crude- nice chocolaty lacing makes this stout delicious. It's malty, and rides the line between sweet and export style stout. Not sweet, and not dry, but perfectly drinkable.

Belmont Top Sail Ale- eh, I'm not a huge fan of amber ales, but this one reminds me of an amber ale you might find in England because it's creamy like an ESB, but a little watery like an Amber, so I'd say it's an involuntary hybrid- not sure of that's what the folks at Belmont were going for.

Moylan's Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale- Oh, how mother loved her Scotch- and I, my Scotch Ales. I love Scotch Ales...this one had a perfect balance of malts and kept a nice full body the entire time, it finished off like a gent in a hurry though. Good beer, and nicely alcoholic.

Monday- The missus and I had dinner at the Buffalo Inn (finally). Good buffalo burgers, and an okay selection of beers. (6 out of 10 for effort). I realized I can have half a pitcher of Stone Pale Ale and two 22 oz. bottles of Stone Arrogant Bastard and still enjoy myself instead of wishing there was IPA somewhere in the facility.

I will follow this post with my actual post on my shift at the stay tuned

Friday, September 26, 2008


Here is my list of ultimate super beers that have the ability to change the world with their great complexity and flavor. enjoy! (the format is, Brewery, Beer, Description)

Dogfish Head- Midas Touch- The recipe is derived from the oldest known fermented beverage. It is brewed with Muscat (yes, that muscat) grapes and flavored with honey and saffron. It is unlike anything and tastes similar to a Chardonnay, but more effervescent like Sauternes Champagne.

Stone Brewing- Vertical Epic Ale '07 aged in red wine barrels- This is a beer from a series, the sixth to be exact, that is intended to culminate in a "vertical tasting" in the year 2012. It is a delicious Belgian style saison hybrid with a strong pale ale. It has a delicious yeasty backbone without being overpowering, yet retaining a clear alcoholic footprint. Notes of spicy coriander and pastry-like bread all in one, but somehow imagine this bread lightly drizzled with sugary reduction made with figs, raisins, and gorgeous ripe red fruit.

Russian River- Temptation- This is a beautiful Golden Ale aged in oak chardonnay barrels. The color leaves a definite imprint on the mind and it's scent is undoubtedly the scent of the clouds in heaven. This is a beer that you'll regret drinking only because once it's gone you won't be able to drink it again. (unless you purchased two bottles, which will run you 18 bucks a pop for the small bottles)

Cucapa- Chupacabras Pale Ale- This is one of the most complex pale ales I have encountered thus far. It has an uncanny creamy beginning texture, yet clean mouthfeel that ends in a peppery kiss on your lips. OLE!!!!

Ommegang- Grand Cru Rouge- Delicious wine like body that opens up in your mouth with a heavy, dry, fruity bouquet of alcoholic heft. This beer simply drinks like a wine with dark fruit notes, no sign of caramel, but definite wood flavors abound.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Inaugural Blog

Howdy out there in blogger land- This is obviously my first entry and I will use it to get everyone acquainted with me, and what I do.

I'm the neighborhood friendly bartender at dba256. I used to work at the Pomona Home Depot, LaVerne Target, and Aladdin Jr. (Pomona). I'm kinda a jack of all trades, yet the master of none. My heart lies with the fermented art of beer. I love it, and if there were a stronger word to describe that love I would use it now.

Now, I know what many of you are thinking, 'sure, I love beer too. I'm a beer drinker. I drink (fill in the blank with generic mass produced fizzy yellow beer).'

No, I am a man that has paid 45 dollars for a single bottle of beer, which was breathtakingly delicious. In fact, a buddy of mine just procured a 70 dollar bottle of beer that had been bottle aged for two years. And since I love beer, I shared it with my best friends, instead of allowing the beer to possibly decline with further aging.

What I mean to say is that, I love great artisanal, beautiful, beer that you can't find at 7 eleven. I don't drink just to consume, but I drink to enjoy, and I enjoy it quite often (very often).

Right now, I currently have 84 different IPA variations under my belt and I always drink new beers in various styles, but I do concentrate on IPAs currently.

However, there is more to my life- in the following blogs you will see exactly what else lies inside this skull besides dirty jokes and beer suds.

Now, here's the real Q&A to get rid of the akwardness of having to type every single thought that comes to mind while blogging-

Q: Tibbi, is your name short for something?
A: It's a long story, come to the bar one day when I've had a couple of beers and I'll tell you.

Q:Turtleneck, or V neck?
A: I am uncircumcized (it's like having a ribbed condom on all the time-*wink)

Q: So, why don't you speak spanish? You're brown aren't you?
A: A long time ago, people existed in California. My ancestors were those people and they predated what we now know to be as illegal immigration- ergo, your kids will one day be jaded bastardos that only speak english like me (but this will take a generation or two)

Q:Why do you always look at breasts so much?
A: That's what's above the bar.

Q:Are you single?
A: If you are America Ferrera- then yes. If you're not, but you look like her, maybe- other than that- NO.

Q:You look Asian
A:Fuck you.

Q:Do you have any nicknames?
A:Dutch Chocolate, Mr. T., T-Money....etc.

Q:What's you favorite food?
A: My favorite cuisine is Morrocan, but I also love Chili- I make my own and it's quite damn delicious

Q:Are you a democrat?
A: My ideology is moderate- enough said

Q:Do you have any special skills?
A: I once passed out drunk in a pool. I floated asleep in water- that's pretty skillful.

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A tall archaeologist. (man life fucks with you, eh?)

Q:Do you have family?
A: Why? Do you need some? I got some spares ( a later blog)

Q:Okay, you like beer and you're a bartender; what's next?
A: Hopefully, I can get some brewery experience under my belt somehow, then I want to maybe, open up my own brewpub, or work at Stone.

Q:Blondes or Brunettes?
A: Brunettes- but I do fancy Irish red locks....

Q:What's you favorite beer?
A:Impossible question. I have a favorite beer for every style and occasion. I'd be a fool to stick to just one, as would anyone else. But I do drink a lot of Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and Stone IPA

Q:If you could take only one thing to the moon with you, would you take beer?
A: Good one, uh....I'd take a fleshlight full of beer. When I landed on the moon, I would drink the beer then pleasure myself with the fleshlight until I die. I'm not going out without beer and sex, nor am I gonna die with my hand on my penis.

Q:Do you like your job?
A:I love it. My boss is good to me, I get to be around beer, talk about beer, drink beer...what's not to love?

Q:How do you feel about a woman's right to choose?
A:That's none of my damn business, so I'll leave the choice up to them which I believe they have a right to.

Q:Should we kill old people?
A: No, but we should kill old people that voted for bush.

Q:Why do you have a beard?
A:Because Captain Ahab is a hero of mine.

no, more questions please

Well folks, that's all for now. But there will definately be more to come, so stay tuned