^Sierra Nevada makes some great brews. I can't get them here, but when I go back to the eastern USA, they're easy to get. I love their variety packs.
Some good news and bad news...
Good - I'm done with the school year teaching, and I'm pretty strict about not drinking during the school year unless it's a major holiday or a very special occasion. Now it's summer and I'm free from that.
Bad news is that I'm really pissed and sad about losing this job (wife and I were laid off) and we both already miss the kids we worked for a lot. We got better jobs after crazy job hunting, but we've become quite attached to the kids here, and I'm guessing that kidnapping the kids here to bring with us would be frowned upon...
Anyway, I've been taking on some beers that I've been watching sit in my refrigerator for a while, and it's pretty good stuff.
This stuff I had a couple nights ago, and I was with company, so I didn't get to do as much in terms of thinking about what I was drinking (at least not enough to type out a decent review). I remember liking it a lot, and despite it's high cost, I would definitely buy this again.
Rogue "Double Dead Guy Ale", which is a high-alcohol content version of a maibock style beer.
9% alcohol by volume, so I'll be nursing this tonight - already about halfway through. It's not bad for what it is, but I can't help but wish it were a heaver beer. It goes down very easy and is light in taste despite it's very red color. It's medium-bodied at best. Had I been doing blue collar work outside in blazing hot sun all day, it would hit the spot perfectly, but all I did today was pack boxes and clean for the move coming up - not enough for an easy-to-go-down beer.
I've always liked the Rogue brewery for their large, painted bottles (no sticker or glued-on labels). It adds to the novelty. Some of the bottles are resealable ceramic bottles, but this one is just painted glass.
I'm a bad product photographer - perhaps some day I'll put together a white sheet box for that purpose, with flashes outside the sheets. I sell a lot of stuff online, so it might be worth it. The problem worsens when I'm looking at a beer that I just want to drink instead of taking pictures...
edits are done now, this is the final post - had to edit a couple times to add stuff because I hit submit instead of preview, but I'm done now, so if there are errors or missing information, deal with it; I want to focus on my beer instead of this post now.