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The Summer of Beer & BBQs Has Begun!

Although the weather hasn’t been notified, summer is upon us.

Friday I brought home a grill I bought and told Tim, “If we can put it together fast, we can grill tonight.” Two hours and only five “that’s what she said” comments later, we were grilling in the dark. Fortunately I have some good flood lights in the backyard.

Looks like a pretty standard burger.

Wrong! Inside the patty lurks a burst of melted, cheesy goodness.

After having a bite to eat at another BBQ, Saturday evening found me at Beer Belly once more. Food and beers were excellent like the first time, but this time Michelle and I were convinced to try to Deep Fried Twinkie. I don’t think these appear on the standard list of food pairings, but it goes well with beer. I’d even suggest trying it with their root beer flight.

I hold in my hand, a glass of Black Tuesday. The reality of this beer is every bit as awesome as the speculation that surrounds it. It is incredible. Each sip goes from the very beginning all the way to the very end, full flavor enduring the entire time. Cherries, chocolate…you’d never guess this beer is near 20% ABV. Big tip of the hat to The Bruery for making their event run so smoothly.

So summer has begun for me, but not the type of summer that will have me sporting the banana hammock anytime soon. I’m fat and happy.

More Beer Labels

The worst part about making beer? Bottling. The best part (other than drinking it of course)? Coming up with cool names and designing labels.

This is the last beer I made with my buddy Raaj in Culver City before I moved. It won’t be the last time we brew together, but it’ll be tougher now.

I brewed this batch of red ale with Tim, a guy I’ve known since the 6th grade. Since it’s a red ale we decided to play off the episode of South Park that made fun of red-headed kids.

I’ve got one more name and label to come up with still. Stay tuned.

Beer Belly: The Good Kind

I’ve put myself back onto a diet starting today. For the wedding and for a fun competition at work, I lost about thirty pounds last year. Since the wedding I’ve gained about fifteen of that back already. I can feel my body being sluggish.

I only have one rule about my diets. Never cut out beer or whiskey. That way if I drink a little too much one night and expel my dinner, it’s a drinking problem and not an eating disorder. Much more socially acceptable.

Knowing I would soon be on my low-calorie intake plan, I decided to check out Beer Belly, a craft beer bar. It’s a welcome addition to Koreatown where Hite is the standard beer and the cohesiveness of the community means everyone else follows suit. Not here though.

The beer selection is great from breweries all over Southern California, and I even found there is a brewery fifteen minutes from my home.

Since there were four of us visiting the place, we decided to go nuts and order lots of stuff from the menu.

Duck fat fries with rasberry aioli dipping sauce.

Artichoke chips with rosemary aioli.

Meatballs. Nothing mind-blowing about this particular dish, but it’s a good meatball. Sprinkling some cheese into the meatball mix might work out for this dish.

Beer Belly Grilled Cheese. This is the McGriddle v2.0.

Asparagus. I’m not a fan of vegetables in general, but I enjoyed this with the lightly sprinkled Parmesan cheese and vinaigrette.

Filet Mignon Steak Tartare. This was my favorite dish, nice subtle flavors

Smoked White Fish Mousse. My second favorite dish I tried. Whoever is in the kitchen is just matching up to my palette very well.

The menu will probably be evolving a little bit as Beer Belly finds its sweet spot, but they’re headed in the right direction. There are some light flavors that won’t over power the beer flavors, and then there are some greasy items that speak of comfort as much as beer does itself.

Not everything is on tap. Don’t forget to try some of the other beers they have in bottles. They’ve got some great selections in bottle form.

I was fortunate enough to get to try this beer at The Bruery when they had their release party. It’s definitely an acquired taste.

I liked this beer a lot. Hopped up Belgian.

After a night of beer, we decided to head out to King Taco, followed by this taco stand.

This is how you know it’s legit. There is a television showing the news in Spanish, and a box labeled “OUR BEST LARD.”

Diet is so on today.