#BeerSaturday 254 - California Dreamin'!

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#BeerSaturday 254 means west coast drinkin'!

Source: https://www.pinterest.pt/goldensaintbeer/ with a little Zeke design on top.

I became a beer blogger naturally due to years I have spent brewing for myself, working with breweries on their technology and marketing, and the decades spent imbibing. Hence, the self-decreed title of the #Blockchain #Beerologist and I am cranking up my Beerology game this year.

For week 254, I am like Everclear: (Thirsty) and dreaming of the west coast.


Shorty O' the Week

With Covid behind me, it was time to head out for a social pint which are among the best kind. One of my favourite places to consume a social beer is at https://mercerhall.ca https://www.mercerhall.ca/ which has become a world class beer hall in the last few years. This exotic beauty is Stone Hazy IPA from Stone Brewing https://www.stonebrewing.com/beer/year-round-releases/stone-hazy-ipa from California.

Not many California beers up in these parts so it was a treat to discover a new brewery and a beer that was a deliciously refreshing citrus bomb.

Pacific Dreams

I have been on a kick the last couple months with Stockyards Brewing https://www.stockyardsbeverage.co who are just hipster enough to have to call themselves a beverage company to be cooler than the rest. Still, the IPAs I have had over the past while, that seem to be making it regularly onto the shelves here an hour and a half away, have been good! So, another West Coast IPA to try from them fits the bill perfectly.
Pacific Dreams https://www.stockyardsbeverage.co/product/pacific-dreams-west-coast-ipa/3992?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false continues the west coast though it is not from California like the pint o the week. It is a west coast IPA in style but Toronto in origin. The description on their website reads "A West Coast-style wonder that’s double dry hopped with Centennial and Citra, lending flavours of lemon, grapefruit, and resinous pine. Trust us when we say this is definitely what dreams are made of." They might have had me at Citra as I love that hop but double dry hopping resulting in those dry yet fruity flavours really made for a solid and fantastic beer.



Lake of Bays Brewing Company https://lakeofbaysbrewing.ca/ really has done a good job from humble beginnings in the IPA game. From mediocre brews that whimpered Me Too! to a recent barrage of great IPAs and bold design, I was happy to see yet another new pale ale on the shelf from them. Especially one that matches with our California Dreamin' theme this week.

Day Dreamin' https://lakeofbaysbrewing.ca/beer/day-dreamin/makes excellent use of the back panel with more eye-catching art, and ingredient chart, and a nice story that sums up the last couple years of little travel and how this beer fits into that story. I am not sure about tasting the great outdoors but the standard mention of bullshit fruit (wtf is a dragon fruit, passionfruit and field berry to a Canadian?!?) and a little flaked wheat for a smooth texture is promising.

Turns out to be another tasty beer with under 5% alcohol (ABV) and modest Magnum hop taste. These lighter beers (relatively) are perfect for summer when there are thirsty activities to enjoy and you don't want to get all smashed up on 7% IPAs while your buddies are chugging their piss light ultra.


Lake of Bays gets the seal of approval for yet again fooling me into believing I was purchasing an IPA and not being let down by a lighter beer as this has plenty of taste. As I prepare my tactics to convert @davedickeyyall from newspaper beer into a craft beer lover, this may play a part. Smokem if ya gottem!




Here's to the return of Beer Festivals!

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This week of #BeerSaturday, I like to invite my new friend @samsmith1971 who might tell us a tall tale over a few beers. Write a post about beer with min. 3 pics in any language.

Cheers to our global family of beer-drinkers!!


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Any West Coast beers where you are?


Lake of Bays looks like good beer. The design is what I like when buying beers. The logo brand is outstanding. As I'm not that familiar with the type of hops, barley used to brew. So I go for the logos !

Yah for sure.

There are dozens of craft breweries all vying for our attention and beer really is beer. So, it is the marketing that makes the biggest retail difference and the branding/design is what catches my eye in a very busy shelf.

Discovered some of the best beers that way!

I got em...


I just popped a gummy and will be joining you in about 45 minutes. Then it is Beer time and a catch up session with you and the bowl.

Great post Zeke! So much to digest... literally !LOLZ That's a long-running record of beer drinking Saturdays 😂 Gosh... now... how.on.earth.do.I.break.this.to.you??? I don't drink beer 🤣😱👀
BUT my husband does... occasionally... so... how about I grab him a couple of ales this week at the shop, he can give me the low down, and I'll do a post next weekend? Deal?😂😂😂 !PIZZA !ALIVE !LOLZ !LUV

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