Tag Archives: Beer

Tap Folsom Craft Beer Fest

17 Aug

Tap Folsom Craft Beer Fest in Historic Old Town Folsom California

My home town threw a great beer festival this past week and I attended both the first day VIP Beer Brewing with the Brewer Sessions and the second day VIP Access to the Beer Tasting event showcasing 25 craft beer vendors from all over the country.

Tap Folsom

Tap Folsom

In addition to the great beers there were some really good food trucks representing, and some really good bands that played all night long.

Some of the breweries attending were 21st Amendment, Deschutes, Ballast Point, Ninkasi, Dogfish Head, Avery, Knee Deep, Mraz, Lockdown, Anchor, Anderson Valley and many more.  A good time was had by all.

Here’s a little film I made showcasing the brewers and their beers, some really good local bands, the local scenery and more.

Folsom Tap House

31 Jul

FolsomTapHouse

There’s a new beer place in Folsom.

Brought to you by a local restaurant owner who we already know knows how to build and run a great place – Jeff Back of Back Wine Bar & Bistro.

Folsom Tap House is located in the old Sports Bar building is in the same business area as Back Wine Bar & Bistro. The site of the new Tap House had also housed several other restaurants before including an old French Bistro run by a couple from England.

Needless to say, Jeff has done it again.  It took a few weeks to iron out the new opening bugs but the place is running very well and we have enjoyed visiting, dining and enjoy some very good beers at Folsom Tap House.

To summarize, Folsom Tap House is a very nice place. The ambiance was good, the service outstanding and the food and beer were excellent.

As soon as we walked in, we were immediately greeted and seated. Waters arrived right away and beers were ordered and served quickly. It took us a while to pick what we wanted to eat (great selections) and every few minutes someone would stop by and ask if we needed help or were ready to order – I could not ask for better service then that.

We tried a couple of the beer samplers which happened to be 50% off that day – nice! The beers were great, we enjoyed them all and it was nice how all the styles and brands were explained in detail.

The draft beer list AND the bottled beer list are fantastic! This place has a lot of great beers available.

For food we ordered the salmon sliders and chicken wings and wow they were good!
I’m not even a fan of chicken wings but theirs were great and I already looking forward to going back and having them again.

Through out our evening we were checked in on often by staff which was great. The beers we ordered never sat empty and overall we had a very enjoyable time at Folsom Tap House. We plan to be frequent flyers at this place – it’s that good! and well worth it.

Folsom Tap House
http://folsomtaphouse.com/
25005 Blue Ravine Rd #140
Folsom, CA  95630

Beer Flavors

17 Jun

When you drink a beer you do it mainly for taste. Nobody likes tasting a crappy beer, but each of us enjoy certain beer types with flavors that appeal to our taste buds the most while also quenching our thirsts.  Beer types can vary from IPA, Wheat, Pale Ale, Brown Ale and so on.

It’s often difficult to describe the flavors you are tasting, or know their origins and how it all fully impacts the taste and quality of the beer you are drinking.

Here’s something that should hopefully help you better determine the flavors of the beer(s) you are tasting.

This is a Beer Flavor Wheel taken from the book Craft Beer World by Mark Dredge

Beer Flavor Wheel

Beers and Pubs in Amsterdam

1 Aug

I recently traveled to Amsterdam for work during June and again in July and found the food and dining there to be absolutely outstanding!  So many choices of great food and beverages were to be found everywhere all within walking distance while staying at the city center in Amsterdam.

This is the beginning of a series of articles and photography of restaurants and pubs I visited during my travels to London and Amsterdam in June and July of 2013.

This first in a series of foodie related photos I’ll be posting. This first set are photos of various brew pubs and beers that I visited and tried while in Amsterdam.

FLB Entertainment Center and FLB Sports Bar & Casino

30 Jul

Folsom is fortunate to have a long time family owned and operated bowling alley that has been around for many years and over the past several, has evolved into a state of the art family entertainment bowling center.

Come check out the new FLB Entertainment Center, with comfy couches, and a remodeled bowling center & party room.  You can now reserve bowling lanes directly through their website!  www.FLB365.com

Located in the very same complex you will also find (for the adults) FLB Sports Bar & Casino which has a new 20 tower super cold draft system featuring many great local craft beers.  Did you know they have been voted Best Sports Bar 5 years in a row now.  (why haven’t you been there yet?)

Watch all your favorite sporting events & UFC fights on one of their 37 HD TV’s & their New GIANT 80″ LED HD TV for the best viewing experience in town!

FLB Casino has a very popular $1,000 guaranteed tournament every Saturday starting at 8:00pm only $15 to get in! (ask Floor person for details). They offer Texas Hold’em, Double Deck Black Jack & 3 Card Poker daily.

FLB Entertainment Center & FLB Sports Bar & Casino are located at:

511 E. Bidwell St.
Folsom, Ca 95630
T: 916.983.4411

www.FLB365.com

Worthy Brewing in Bend, Oregon

5 Apr

In case you were not aware, there are a lot of breweries in Bend, Oregon.

You’ve probably heard of Deschutes Brewery and maybe 10 Barrel, Good Life, Cascade Lakes Brewing, Boneyard, Solstice, Silver Moon or one of the other of the many breweries in Bend. There are a lot.  Personally, I’ve been to nearly all of them over the past year while traveling for work in the area, it’s been fun exploring the culinary scene there.

Sign

Well, I have to tell you that now, there’s a brand new brewery that just opened in Bend – called Worthy Brewing Company and I have to note that it is now #1 in my book for best  Brew Pub in Bend Oregon.

Worthy is located at 495 NE Bellevue Drive, Bend, Oregon http://www.worthybrewing.com/

This brewery and restaurant are a sight to see, it’s a large industrial modern building with an outdoor raised bed hop garden, hop green house, a full scale brewery and a very nice restaurant section.  The wood rafters and the bar top in the restaurant are all made from recovered wood from an old insane asylum in Oregon where the movie “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed.  So right from the start, this place already has built-in history, that’s pretty cool.  Needless to say the ambiance is outstanding.

Worthy Brewing Company

Hop Garden

They have a very good seasonal chalk board beer menu at Worthy. They not only serve their own beers, which are all very good, they also have guest taps with other beers and ciders from all over the west.

Beer List

The food is what really pushes this place to #1 from day 1. It is outstanding! They have a really nicely tiled wood fired pizza oven that they use to make great tasting pizza’s and entree’s.  I’ve been there 4x’s so far and every thing I’ve eaten has been excellent.  Some of their pizza’s have a wow factor with their creativity using a melding of delicious ingredients with a great tasting wood fired pizza crust.

Irish Pizza

To round it all out, service was impeccable.  I could not have asked for anything better.  My beer glass never ever sits empty, and my food is always served promptly.

Two big thumbs up for Worthy Brewing Company!

Beertopia

36 Handles Pub & Eatery, El Dorado Hills CA

28 Dec

36Handles

Richard Righton has done it again! The owner of the successful Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom, and Relish Burger Bar in El Dorado Hills has opened his 3rd restaurant (nearly next door to Relish) called 36 Handles Irish Pub & Eatery, and from our first visit I can tell you right now that Richard has done it again – this place is great!

36 Handles is an Irish Pub with an upscale decor that is noticeable as soon as you see the ornate wood red and black doors at the entrance. Upon stepping inside it’s like being transported to Ireland, this place truly has the look and feel of an authentic Irish Pub – it’s very nicely done with excellent quality furnishings and interesting wall hangings. The bar itself is a sight to behold, you don’t see really cool large wood bars like that very much anymore and this one is great, and very well equipped.

The staff and the service deserve special notice because we could not have wished for better service then we received at 36 Handles on our first visit today, simply put – the service was outstanding.

From the minute we sat down at our table in the bar area, we were handed menus and a minute or two later we had our drink orders in. Our waitress was very attentive and had a really great attitude. I’ll discuss the food later, for now I want to tell you more about the great service. My wife’s order of fish and chips came out wrong, she ordered panko crusted instead of traditional but that was no problem and did not end up being an issue, in fact it helped us experience another level of service that is sometimes awkward. Our waitress immediately took care of the mix up and promptly kept us informed on the status of the order every few minutes and she even brought over a plate of fries until the new order of fish and chips arrived. That mix up was easily forgotten when getting to experience this kind of top notch service.

The beer list is great with lots of excellent choices of beers of all types, and what’s really amazing is that for an Irish BEER Pub, they have a pretty good selection of good wines too! My wife enjoyed a nice Hess Chardonnay while I had a Kroenenbourg beer.

Photo from 36 Handles Website

The menu has a nice selection of traditional pub fare and more. For food I tried the Corn Beefed Reuben Sandwich made of marble rye, corned beef, white cheddar, braised cabbage, whole grain & served with pub fries. My wife had the fish and chips with Cod (there are 3 choices of fish) and she had it panko style (it’s also served traditional style).

My wife and I have had some pretty good fish and chips at another local restaurant lately, so that was what we used as a benchmark to measure how well 36 Handles makes their fish and chips. The results were immediately recognized, the fish and chips at 36 Handles BEAT the competition! The flavor was outstanding, the sauce amazing and the fish was cooked absolutely perfectly, very nice and flaky and tasty.

36 Handles, has it all – great ambiance, great service AND great food – two thumbs up here! We will be back – often!

36 Handles Pub & Eatery
1010 White Rock Rd.
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 941-3606

http://www.36handles.com/

https://www.facebook.com/36Handles

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