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Travel Pictures from around the world, fun food, sights and adventures....and of course...beer!

Eggslut, Los Angeles

eataku:

Like eggs?

Then Eggslut is the place for you!

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A small breakfast & lunch counter located at the entrance of Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, Eggslut specializes in all things whites and yolks.

I went for breakfast and rejoiced in the runny revelation that is their sausage, egg…

stormyskiesahead:

Wild Beer / Good George / Burning Sky Shnoodlepip, 6.5% abv. 
There are good breweries and there are good breweries. Some will cause an involuntary nod of respect as they produce quality beer after quality beer, consistently nailing established styles, “go-to" kinda breweries. There’s also the nut jobs. The wild haired mad scientists never satisfied with established styles when there’s so many possibilities out there. The "am I feelin’ lucky" breweries. The Wild Beer Co. are one of these. Nestled in a hay strewn barn in deepest Somerset, they tease and charm their motley collection of ingredients into some of the most progressive, exciting beers seen on this crumpet loving island. And they have allies. 
Shnoodlepip is a collaboration of three brewers of three nationalities from three breweries. Kelly Ryan from Good George in New Zealand, Brett Ellis (from the US) of the Wild Beer Co, and Englishman, Mark Tranter, from Burning Sky. An exercise in experimentation, they came up with a beer brewed with local Sharpham Park Spelt, with pink peppercorns, saison and brettanomyces yeast strains, aged in French red wine barrels, and infused with passion fruit and hibiscus flowers. They then put it in a pink labeled bottle. There are nowhere near enough pink beer labels. There was no way I was missing this. 
I waited for the sun to come out before cracking this one open, it seemed only right. The colour is a lovely pink tinged orange, almost like the beer’s blushing. The fluffy white head does a grand job of covering its modesty. The nose is spectacular. I inhale again and again, trying to wrap my head around its bewildering bouquet. Flowery perfume, champagne, a hint of vinegar, spice, caramel drizzled biscuits, and definite passion fruit. I gotta admit, I’m struggling to isolate the aromas, I may not be up to this.
Only one way to find out. A sip. FUCKSTICKS!!! I may be in love. There’s a sweetness at first, but gentle, a mere caress. A summer picnic erupts into existence on my tongue. There’s a mountain of berries, wooden platters of dripping passion fruit, lychee, and papaya, candied wild flower petals, lemon drizzle cake, and bottles of scrumpy cider. All trampled underfoot by a gang of playful rabbits having a fight with white wine vinegar filled filled water balloons. A peppery spice and lingering dry tartness wrap up this smooth, medium bodied beer. That was fairly epic, I wanna go again!
So yeah, it’s fair to say I’m a fan of Shnoodlepip. A tart, crisp, refreshing, stunningly complex yet flawlessly balanced and dazzlingly characterful brew. it’s like drinking a funky kaleidoscope. My utmost respect goes out to these three dashing international beer heroes, and while I have no doubt there’ll be plenty of people who simply won’t like or “get” this beer, I adore it. Cheers!

stormyskiesahead:

Wild Beer / Good George / Burning Sky Shnoodlepip, 6.5% abv. 

There are good breweries and there are good breweries. Some will cause an involuntary nod of respect as they produce quality beer after quality beer, consistently nailing established styles, “go-to" kinda breweries. There’s also the nut jobs. The wild haired mad scientists never satisfied with established styles when there’s so many possibilities out there. The "am I feelin’ lucky" breweries. The Wild Beer Co. are one of these. Nestled in a hay strewn barn in deepest Somerset, they tease and charm their motley collection of ingredients into some of the most progressive, exciting beers seen on this crumpet loving island. And they have allies. 

Shnoodlepip is a collaboration of three brewers of three nationalities from three breweries. Kelly Ryan from Good George in New Zealand, Brett Ellis (from the US) of the Wild Beer Co, and Englishman, Mark Tranter, from Burning Sky. An exercise in experimentation, they came up with a beer brewed with local Sharpham Park Spelt, with pink peppercorns, saison and brettanomyces yeast strains, aged in French red wine barrels, and infused with passion fruit and hibiscus flowers. They then put it in a pink labeled bottle. There are nowhere near enough pink beer labels. There was no way I was missing this. 

I waited for the sun to come out before cracking this one open, it seemed only right. The colour is a lovely pink tinged orange, almost like the beer’s blushing. The fluffy white head does a grand job of covering its modesty. The nose is spectacular. I inhale again and again, trying to wrap my head around its bewildering bouquet. Flowery perfume, champagne, a hint of vinegar, spice, caramel drizzled biscuits, and definite passion fruit. I gotta admit, I’m struggling to isolate the aromas, I may not be up to this.

Only one way to find out. A sip. FUCKSTICKS!!! I may be in love. There’s a sweetness at first, but gentle, a mere caress. A summer picnic erupts into existence on my tongue. There’s a mountain of berries, wooden platters of dripping passion fruit, lychee, and papaya, candied wild flower petals, lemon drizzle cake, and bottles of scrumpy cider. All trampled underfoot by a gang of playful rabbits having a fight with white wine vinegar filled filled water balloons. A peppery spice and lingering dry tartness wrap up this smooth, medium bodied beer. That was fairly epic, I wanna go again!

So yeah, it’s fair to say I’m a fan of Shnoodlepip. A tart, crisp, refreshing, stunningly complex yet flawlessly balanced and dazzlingly characterful brew. it’s like drinking a funky kaleidoscope. My utmost respect goes out to these three dashing international beer heroes, and while I have no doubt there’ll be plenty of people who simply won’t like or “get” this beer, I adore it. Cheers!

allthingseurope:

Clovelley, Devon,UK (by Parleycoot)

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Clovelley, Devon,UK (by Parleycoot)

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Sorrento, Italy (by Ray creation)

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Sorrento, Italy (by Ray creation)

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Trakai, Lithuania (by sandrine77)

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Trakai, Lithuania (by sandrine77)

The Italian Food Mecca You Should Know About

(Source: condenasttraveler)

mypubliclands:

Check Out What Happened Last Week at the BLM: August 18-22, 2014

Social Media Highlights

Last week on social media, the BLM shared information about Burning Man,  the popular arts festival on BLM public lands in Northwest Nevada.  Each year, tens of thousands of people travel to the Black Rock Desert Playa to participate in this unique community event. Burning Man takes place on approximately 4,400 acres of public land for a nine-day period – making “Black Rock City” one of the largest cities in Nevada. This year, Burning Man will take place from August 24 through September 1, marking its 14th year on “the playa” and the largest leave-no-trace event in the world. Read the My Public Lands Tumblr posts about the BLM’s Special Recreation Permit that authorizes and guides these activities, and the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area, a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands and the location of the Burning Man event.

The BLM last week on social media featured the article Don’t Bug Montana about the destructive small mountain pine beetle that has killed up to 90 percent of the lodgepole pines in Montana and the BLM’s efforts to counter these effects.  Read Don’t Bug Montana - a feature article in the BLM’s My Public Lands Magazine, Summer 2014.

Last week, the BLM celebrated Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area’s birthday.  Yaquina Head extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873.  Read the My Public Lands Tumblr post.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 as well as the Colorado Wilderness Act, which was signed into law in August 1993, the BLM Colorado released a video last week showcasing the beauty of the state’s wilderness areas. The video highlights Colorado’s five wilderness areas on BLM lands as well as some of the passages from the Wilderness Act that most vividly describe what a wilderness area must be. Watch the video on BLM Colorado’s YouTube Channel.

Internal News Features

Last week, the BLM California shared an internal news story about a primary school teacher who has been inspired by the beauty of the public lands to develop a “place-based” curriculum to expose her pupils to the wonders of the great outdoors. Stephanie Strasser, a third grade teacher at Trinidad School,  has been named a BLM “Teacher on the Public Land,” and is developing a curriculum based on the natural and cultural resources of the California Coastal National Monument offshore from her community.  The BLM’s Teachers on the Public Land program was developed by the agency’s “Hands on the Land” program and the University of Colorado, Denver. It provides teachers with professional development experiences by placing them as teacher interns at BLM Hands on the Land sites, such as the California Coastal National Monument at Trinidad. Teachers spend parts of their summers working at the sites and then develop lesson plans that can be used by students, community volunteers, other teachers and BLM employees. Read the internal article republished on the BLM California’s website.   

Follow www.blm.gov/socialmedia

allthingseurope:

Den Bosch, Netherlands (by kelsk)

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Den Bosch, Netherlands (by kelsk)

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Germany (by claude05)

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Germany (by claude05)

beeritual:

Bear Republic “Big Bear Black”

91 A-

This Double Stout is an old favorite of mine. Before I begin, I have to mention this awful label art. They seriously need to redesign their identity! It’s goofy, amateur look diminishes the inherent concept of quality. Anyhow…the nose is weighed down by heavy aromas of roasted malt that come across like unsweetened dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and maybe a touch of vanilla. Like sour milk, hops add a faint hint of citrus with musty overtones.


As the palate opens, roasted malts unfold a nice, thick layer of dark chocolate. Sweetness develops a sort of caramel, brown sugar character as malts suddenly turn roasted with flavors of burnt coffee beans. Chocolate continues to run background as the dominant factor. As the bitter roast builds, chocolate makes a deeper transition into cocoa powder where malts give bready qualities. The finish is delineated by a sharp splash of hops that down traces of orange peel and pine. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, almost milky, then departs dry and thirsty. Alcohol keeps to a modest 8.1%, which has minimal flavor interference, and helps maintain considerably good drinkability.


Overall, I think this is fairly hoppy in terms of style, so I consider it a West Coast interpretation. The roasted bitterness looms over sweetness with a modest 55 IBU’s. This really isn’t much, but carries just enough weight to dominate. Looking back at my review from one year ago, it’s clear my palate has shifted, because it’s clear I don’t find the hoppy aspect as appealing. Perhaps the concept of balance is purely subjective? There is certainly something to be said for its direct approach, further complexity prevents me from rating this higher. I recommend it to those who like their doubles with a little more hops.


Hops: Centennial, Cascade


8.1%

55 IBU

Healdsburg, California