He’Brew Rejewvenator (2013 Release) by Shmaltz Brewing Company

We picked up a bottle of the Rejewvenator, a Belgian Style Dubble Ale, at a local grocery outlet. We weren’t expecting much due to the purchasing location and low price, but Ray was enamored by the bottle.

Rejewvenator bottle

It has a malty aroma, and is a deep golden brown. It’s a dopple (double) bock at 8% ABV. It had a malty, pruney, almost salty taste. I really liked it, but I do like Belgian ales.

Rejewvenator glass belgian style dubble ale

I can see enjoying this brew at Oktoberfest in the beer tents sitting at a picnic table, listening to the brass bands playing. (Or, of course, drinking a glass of this while watching “The Simpsons”…either/or.)

Ray’s Views: I’ve never been a big fan of Belgian beers, so even though I was intrigued by this one, my expectations were not high. This was one of those beers that smelled great, but just did not smell like something I wanted to drink.

Reluctantly, I took my first sip. It wasn’t “bad”, but I was struck by how strong it tasted. Malty, sweet…figgy? I’m not sure what I was tasting, but it was not appealing to me at all. Again, it clearly is not a badly-made beer; it just is not a style I enjoy.

Janette and I usually have similar tastes, but this was one of those beers that was very polarizing for us. Eh, better luck next time, right?

The Bruery, Placentia, CA

One of the breweries we visited on our January trip to California was completely unknown and new to us. We only knew of The Bruery as the place we might be able to try a brew named “Chocolate Rain”, an 18+% ABV beast of an Imperial/Double Stout that I spotted on Untappd a couple days earlier. Despite our ignorance of it, The Bruery is apparently a Really Big Deal in some beer circles.

We had spent the whole day driving south from Weed, OR, when we pulled up to their location in Placentia, CA. I’m not sure if it was some kind of omen, or if all of Southern California looks like this at dusk, but pulling up to The Bruery felt like we would soon be livin’ it up at the Hotel California.

The Bruery Hotel California comparison

Coincidence? Perhaps…

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Day Hike American Pale Ale – Two Beers Brewing Co.

My main goal of the day was to secure a membership on Two Beers Brewing’s mug club for us, so I wasn’t really planning on doing any beer reviews today. Once the membership was secured, however, the first beer to grace the new mug was a brew they have named “Day Hike”. It is an exclusive for mug club members at the moment, but they will surely open it up for everyone’s enjoyment soon.

Two Beers Day Hike Mug Club
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Machine House Brewery – Seattle, WA

Machine House Brewery is located in historic Georgetown, right off of Airport Way, in Seattle. They’re located in the former home of the Seattle Brewing & Malting Company. The brick building, a Seattle landmark, was built in 1901 and formerly housed Rainier in the first part of the 20th century.

There’s a bit of construction in the neighborhood at the moment, but the signs out front should show you the way. They’re currently open Wednesday – Sunday. Kids are welcome.

Machine House Brewery

Sign at the tasting room door, looking towards Airport Way

Inside, it’s a large open space with a plenty of seating. There’s a couch and some small tables on one side, and a few big tables and a giant chalkboard (great for proclaiming your love for beer!) on the other. Art decorates all of the walls. It’s a cool place to hang out and drink beer and visit with friends and strangers (and maybe even a puppy!)
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Two Experiments at Two Beers Brewing Co.

Janette and I recently stopped by Two Beers Brewing Co.‘s tasting room The Woods after work. It is on our way home, and we find an excuse to stop there at least once every other week. On this visit I spotted two experimental brews on their chalkboard that I hadn’t tried before, so I ordered a sample of Experimental Pale and a pint of IPA X2. Scientists assert that the only failed experiment is one where no data points are collected, so I sat down with my beers to collect a few data points.

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Base Camp Brewing Company – Portland, OR

On our recent trip to Portland, Oregon, we looked up local breweries and picked a few to visit. Luckily, Base Camp Brewing Company was one of them.

We took a cab to southeast Portland and pulled up to the tap room. We stepped inside and felt like we were transported to a base camp up on a mountain (albeit one with lots of delicious beers!) It was evening, and the ceiling was lit up with stars in constellations – very cool. Hanging lanterns added to the base camp feel. Rustic tables filled the room. Behind the bar was a wall full of outdoor action shot photos framed in squares. The tap handles were the aluminum cans they bottle their beers in for sale. Sweet!

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