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Hallie Braune and Christina Perozzi, Authors of The Naked Pint, An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer

“There’s a beer out there for everyone!” said the Beer Chicks, Christina Perozzi and Hallie Braune as they opened the fun-filled “Beer School: A Crash Course in Craft Beer” class yesterday in Santa Monica, California.

The Beer Chicks are the authors of the wonderful book, The Naked Pint, An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer.  We joined about 30 other craft beer fans—both experienced and newbies—to learn from the best.

Christina and Hallie are just as delightful and knowledgeable in person as they are in The Naked Pint.  We learned lots about the four main ingredients in beer:
malt, water, hops, and yeast.   We learned about the differences in the two basic kinds of beer, Ales and Lagers and the how to approach the hundreds of different styles of Ales and Lagers.

Pabst Blue Ribbon, Who Knew?

But mostly we tasted about 14 amazing beers.  Well, 13, we did start out with “PBR” (Pabst Blue Ribbon), honestly.  When we all said, “Are you kidding?”,  Christina assured us we had to start somewhere in order to appreciate really good beer.  They guided us on how to smell the aromas before drinking a beer and taste the rich varieties of flavors.  Finding grapefruit, coffee, grass, chocolate and other aromas is half the fun of drinking the tons of wonderful craft beers available to you!

A good time was had by all.  If you’re in Southern California, sign up at the Beer Chicks site click here for their next beer event.   Also, buy a copy of The Naked Pint (now in its second printing) and enjoy!  You can read their blog here .

Santa Monica-Envy
Here’s a shout out to the Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen, 1119 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica.  Rustic Canyon was the venue for the Beer Class, a trendy green eatery with a menu that foodies love to love.  We’ll be going back soon to Santa Monica to have dinner.  Lucky Santa Monica residents!  They have the Rustic Canyon Wine Bar, the legendary Father’s Office restaurant and the Beer Chicks!

Just two of the great beers from our tastings at the Beer Chicks Beer School.  More to follow in a few days.

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Frannziskaner Hefe-weisse
A Hefeweizen from Germany that is a delicious wheat beer.   Wheat beer? Honestly, you’ll love wheat beers after tasting this puppy from Munich.  If you’re a newbie beer fan and want to try different craft beer styles, Frannziskaner 
Hefe-weisse is a must-try.

Type: Lager

Style: Hefeweizen

5% ABV

Aromas:  banana, clove

Taste: Wonderful.  Hefeweizen beers are often suggested for new craft beer fans because they are lighter.  This is the best Hefeweizen I’ve ever tasted.  Can’t wait to find this one in San Diego to score some bottles for our beer and wine beer cooler.

The BeerList.org has a cool pic of this beer and a detailed description of Frannziskaner Hefe-weisse here.

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Foret Saison is another wheat beer brewed in Belgium in the farmhouse style.   Delicious.  This is a rustic Belgian ale with a bit more alcohol that the first one, 7.5 ABV.

Type: Ale, Belgian

Style: Saison (means ‘season’), farmhouse, rustic

5% ABV (Alcohol by volume)

Aromas:  grass, citrus (light), not lemonade-y

Taste: Great from first taste sip to last.  To pair with a soft cheese like Humboldt Fog.  This was a real crowd-pleaser.

Bonus:  Certified USDA Organic

Stop by BeerAnswers blog in a couple of days–we’ve got many more delicious beers to share from the Beer Chicks, Beer School!

Cheers!

Cynthia & Jim

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The Naked Pint and the Bucket List of Beers

by Beer Answers on April 24, 2010

naked pintThe Naked Pint, An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer by Christina Perozzi and Hallie Braune (the Beerchick.com) is the most fun book on craft beer ever.

This book will be your guide to the exploding world of delicious craft brews, beer and food pairings and just good fun with great history lessons on the development of beer.

Bucket List of Beers
One of our fave sections of this entertaining and informative book starts on page 132, “Beers to Drink Before You Die”.  It lists about 50 to-die-for (pun intended) craft beers.

We’ve actually had a few delicious craft brews from the Naked Pint’s bucket list.

Anchor Steam Beer, Anchor Brewing Company

Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Stone Brewing Company.  Of course, we live about 10 miles from Stone Brewing so, this one’s a given.  We love it.
Temptation, Russian River Brewing Company.  This one we sampled at the 2009 San Diego Strong Ale Festival.  Temptation is flavorful and well, wonderful with 7.25% ABV.

Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing Company.  We tasted Pliny also at the San Diego Strong Ale event.  This is one to sip if you’re a newbie.  On page 162, the Naked Pint authors describe Pliny the Elder Double IPA as a cult-favorite that is well balanced between a large dose of hop and fruity malt.  9% ABV (alcohol by volume).  It’s a big award winner. pliny.

My personal note: Pliny the Elder is one of the few hoppy craft beers that I love.

We’d have to count a close second on Black Orchid from The Bruery. We love The Bruery’s White Orchid and scored a few bottles of it on a recent visit to their tasting room, just north of us in Placentia in Southern CA.

Grab yourself a copy of The Naked Pint, devour its contents, and make your own list of “Beers to Drink Before You Die”.  The recipes from great chefs are wonderful.  Check out “Belgian Beer-Braised Short Ribs with Wild Mushrooms and Soft Polenta” on page 200.  Yum!

Get a sample of the fun at the Naked Pint blog, click here.

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New to Craft Beer? Start with The Naked Pint

April 23, 2010

If you are just starting out with Craft Beer as many of us are, we highly recommend getting hold of The Naked Pint by Christina Perozzi & Hallie Beaune. Why? Well there are thousands of choices many with names that you probably can’t even pronounce. So just where do you start? What’s a Dunkelweizen or […]

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Beer and Running, Relay Race in Portland Too Much Fun

March 29, 2010

Pics courtesy Hood to Coast movie If you love running and beer, and not in exactly in that order, check out Tim Cigelske’s blog at DraftMagazine.com   Especially his post on the Hood to Coast Race, here.  He interviewed one of the relay race runners.  It’s not your typical post-race interview.  Very cool. It seems that […]

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Pre-Workout Meal Confessions of a Craft Beer Fan

March 28, 2010

How to:  Drink Wonderful Craft Beers, Eat and Still Fit Into (Most of) Your Clothes My experience with diets is that the food choices are limited boring.  I don’t buy into the “you can lose weight and still enjoy your favorite foods” philosophy.  Just hasn’t worked for me.  Maybe you’ve had better luck? Must Love […]

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Karl Strauss Celebrates 21st Anniversary

February 5, 2010

It was fortunate that I exchanged about couple of email with Chris Kramer, Karl Strauss CEO, a couple days ago. He sent me an invitation to their 21st Anniversary event at their downtown Brew Pub. I always enjoy seeing Chris. He is always upbeat and seems to energize those around him. Their special event including […]

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Bark4Beer Solves the Where-is-the-opener Problem

February 2, 2010

We love dogs, beer and entrepreneurs. San Diego-based Bark4Beer combines the best of all three. The innovative folks at Bark4Beer (and their dogs) have made it possible for you to never again have to search for your bottle opener to enjoy your favorite craft brew. This video from the Inside the Doghouse blog says it […]

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Barleywine Ice Cream from San Diego Beer Week 09

January 3, 2010

During the final event of San Diego Beer Week 09, this recipe for Barleywine Ice Cream was shared by Amy DiBiase,  Executive Chef at Roseville in San Diego.  Roseville is a popular and highly-rated eatery. Barleywine is a beer that has a very high ABV (Alcohol By Volume) usually 8 to 12% ABV.  It’s called […]

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Brews and Burgers at Rock Bottom Brew Pub in La Jolla

January 2, 2010

Rock Bottom La Jolla Photo Courtesy of parislemon Flickr A few days ago we were out running errands and found ourselves in the University Town Center area in La Jolla today around lunch time. While driving and discussing possibilities, we came upon Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery. Now we’ve eaten at Rock Bottom for business […]

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2009 Reflections of a Craft Beer Newbie

January 1, 2010

This post is created for Beer for Chicks’s roundup of blog posts for the 35th installment of The Session. Which is a group writing project where beer writers and bloggers from around the globe write on a single beer-related topic on the same day. 2009 was my first year as a Spanish/California red-wine-lover turned beer-o-phile.  […]

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