Random Openings 004


Random Openings 004

Firestone Walker – Barrelworks
2015 La Piccola Virtuosa Dark Wild Saison
Bottled 3/5/15
6.2 ABV

Color – Deep ruby with brown highlights.
Aroma – Fruity sweet with some cherry, orange, oak, and funk.
Flavor – Tart with some stonefruit & cherry, lots of oak and as it warmed a bit of orange started to come in.

More Random Thoughts – Had this beer upon completion of my final homebrew for 2016. First off, the head dissipated really quite fast, but there was still a good amount of carbonation. I started drinking it right out of the fridge, which I liked the best.  Very refreshing at that temp. I also let the last few ounces come to room temperature. When warmed a bit, the fruit character was gone, the flavors were a bit muddled and it was not as enjoyable for me. The bottle description states cinnamon, clove, tangerine, and vanilla on the aroma. I got none of those, but the bottle is almost two years old.

All in all, this beer was very good. I think I should have drunk it a little sooner to enjoy more of the aromas, but no complaints.

Side Note – This beer was a collaboration with Agostino Arioli, owner/brewer of Birrificio Italiano and was released at the Firestone Walker Invitational in 2015.


Random Openings 003


Random Openings 003

Firestone Walker
2013 Sucaba Barley Wine
12.5 ABV

Color – Ruby/Brown
Aroma – Big chocolate with bourbon sweetness
Flavor – Bourbon infused chocolate. Vanilla and caramel.

More random thoughts – Yes, I’m a Firestone Walker fanboy, but for good reason. This beer was phenomenal. One of the best examples of a beer that ages perfectly, with flavors staying in proportion.  I didn’t check the drinking temperature, but I shared it with two other people over about 30-minutes. When cooler the chocolate was huge. The bourbon and vanilla came in as the beer warmed.

I’m Bringing It Back (until I get lazy). My blog about all things that interest me, and hopefully you.

Why you ask? Because I have many interests and I don’t just want to write about homebrewing.

So what are you going to write about? A little of everything, but beer, wine, spirits, food and travel.  But a lot about beer.

How often are you going to post? That’s a good question. I guess we will see how it goes.

What makes you the expert? I’m not the expert, and I’m not pretending to be. But, I tend to get around and I want to be able to share my experiences.

So what about the name? It dates back to the beginning of my social media life, and it kinda of stuck. Just know that it represents my family and friends (which I consider family), so you just have to deal with it.

So I hope to take the time to read and hopefully enjoy.



2011 Homebrew – Year in Review

First up, 2011 was the first year of brewing 100% All Grain homebrew. Every brew may not have come out exactly as I planned, I do have to say every batch came out very drinkable and a few way better than I expected.



  1. Drop of a Dime – DIPA
  2. SMaSH  – Pale Ale Bootlegger’s version. Brewed on their pilot system and served to paying customers.
  3. Brown Eyed Squirrel – Nut Brown Ale
  4. Beliner Weisse
  5. But the Kitchen Sink – IPA
  6. American Wheat
  7. Iron Brewer” Red Cardamom Sweater
  8. Organic Red – Bison Brewing/New Brew Thursday homebrew competition
  9. Some People Call Me Maurice – Bourbon Cherry Chocolate Stout
  10. Ray’s American Wheat
  11. Funkified – Beliner Weisse
  12. Tipsy Melons – Watermelon Wheat
  13. Saison batch #1
  14. Shake Your Tree – Saison batch #2
  15. Yam-Tacu-Ale 2.0 – Belgian Porter
  16. Disorder in the House IPA – Soon to be brewed at Newport Beach Brewing Company.
  17. Scotch Ale
  18. One Tart Blond – Pomegranate Belgian Blond
  19. South of the Porter – Mexican Themed Porter
  20. Newport Beach Pale Ale – Newport Beach Brewing Company homebrew competition


The real highlights of 2011 were all the great people I met, new friends and spending time with some very cool “beer” people.

Homebrew 2012 "The New System"

I have started to accumulate home brew gear for my “new” yet to be built system. My goal is to have the new system fully functional by the end of 2012. Twelve months does give my a long time to assemble, test and brew, but the real factor is money. The system will be a single tier system, with the brewing capacity of 10 to 12 gallon batches. 

The first purchase I made was a hop filter from Brewers Hardware.


The fittings for this and the entire system will be Tri Clover Fittings. They are sanitary connections that are simple to clean and easy to use (once you get the hang of them) plus they Don’t Leak!!! It was also give the brew house a clean look.