Hoppy Valentine’s Day

Need a last minute gift idea for your beer-loving Valentine?

Valentine’s Day, today, happens to be the release date for Stone’s 2011 Old Guardian Barley Wine an über malty, super-hoppy mega beer that clocks in at 12% AVB. If your sweetie is the type to cellar age their beer then you’ll want to pick up at least two bottles because this one will continue to evolve with age.

Lost Abbey’s barrel-aged beers are works of art worth collecting in their own right. Pick up a bottle of the brand new 2011 Red Poppy that was just released on Feb. 12. The sour cherry tinged Flanders-style red ale is 5% AVB and has been aged for a full year in French oak barrels. It was one of only a few beers to be rated 99 out of 100 by the expert tasters at DRAFT Magazine.

In honor of the holiday, AleSmith has released a special seasonal brew they’re calling My Bloody Valentine. At 6.66% ABV (alcohol by volume), it is less intimidating than it sounds with a deep mahogany red color and caramel malt flavor delicately balanced by floral American hops. Pick up a growler at the brewery or take your sweetheart into the tasting room and toast to your love of great San Diego beer.

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About Kate

I own, and use, a library card, a record player, a sewing machine and a meat smoker.  Ride my bicycle every day and will, sometimes, wear my roller skates in the house. Have a wealth of useless knowledge – for which you will be thankful when we’re teamed up in Trivial Pursuit.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?

Hike through the spring wildflowers in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Watch the July 4th fireworks over San Diego Bay. Eat Julian Apple Pie a la mode and check out the autumn leaves. Ice skate and enjoy the twinkling holiday decorations at the Hotel del Coronado. All in the same day.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I’ve always wanted to be able to stop and restart time like that Twilight Zone episode back in the 80’s, “A Little Peace And Quiet,” but, you know, without the a-bomb at the end. Basically, I just want to avoid waiting in lines.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Brunch, without a doubt. Also, cocktails by the pool, outdoor movies in Balboa Park, scouring the swap meet for vintage finds, hanging out on the patio at the Casbah between sets, lawn games and backyard barbecues.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Give me uni plucked from the sea by local divers, a warm, crusty loaf from Bread & Cie, luscious Carlsbad strawberries, sweet local lobster in season and creamy Fallbrook avocados. And, most definitely, a grass-fed beef burger with Winchester gouda and a cold San Diego craft brew.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…

Honestly, I buy my records at the thrift store and depend on my husband to download new music. Lately he's been stacking the deck pretty heavy with 90's indie rock, bluegrass covers and drone metal.  Go figure.

For more San Diego dining dish, follow Kate on Twitter @katebuska.

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