New English Brewing has been around for a while and has won several awards. They used to run under the name La Jolla Brewery and then around 2007-2008 changed their name to New English. This is the first time I have seen and had one of their bottled beers, not sure if this is because they just started bottling or if I have just not been in the right shops...
Stone was one of the first San Diego microbreweries I tried back in the late 90's. I loved it back then, and that still holds true today. Stone is renowned for coming up with great collaboration beers, as well as beers with interesting combinations of ingredients. Every year their Anniversary ales push the limits in one or both of these categories. This year is no different.
The Double IPA they brewed was made with a little bit of rye malt, Amarillo and Calypso hops, as well as lemon verbena and lemon oil....How's that for a "combination" beer?
OK...so I took a few months off from doing beer reviews, obviously. Sometimes you just want to drink beers without having to think about appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel... ;) I plan to get back on track today ,with at least one review a week going forward.
Lucky for me I just had a SUPERB new San Diego beer yesterday and will kick off the new round of reviews with it.