Beer Is Good – Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2016

P1060699Yes, October is six weeks away, close enough for me. This years Oktoberfest from Sierra Nevada was brewed in collaboration with German brewer Mahrs Brau. Pours a brilliant clear gold with light head. Beer is grains, malt and grain aroma. Balanced bitter that does not linger. Crisp easy drinking. Sneaky, at 6% ABV it’s got a bit more but not enough to initially notice. Perhaps because of it being post ride, but I’m feeling quite jolly.

Don’t know if its the alcohol talking, but I’m about ready to give this 4 out 4 Oktober monkeys! I might be overly enthusiastic having a good honest beer. No overloading of flowery hops, no guava/pineapple/grapefruit/cucumber. But I’m really enjoying this!

Most Advantageous

Ran to 7-11 to grab some snacky bits to go with lunch sandwich, Lay’s is doing a bunch of ethnic flavor chips. Tikka masala flavored potato chips. Tastes quite tikka masalaey! Only downside was burping up the flavor after finishing lunch.

3 out 4 Physics TA monkeys

Beer Is Good – Full Sail Blood Orange Wheat Ale

P1060589It seems they are casting about for the next “hip” beer, and if it’s wheats I won’t complain much. A seasonal from Full Sail, pours cloudy bright yellow, small head. Definite citrus aroma, orange flavor, followed by balanced bitter and finish with the wheat/grain.  Medium mouthfeel lightened by crisp carbonation.

Nice easy drinker. The orange is strong, but it still keeps its wheat ale character. 3 out 4 blood orangy monkeys.

Happy Cow Day – Doyo no ushi no hi

P1060579Sorry, a week late. July 30 this year was unagi day. Wait, I thought you said cow day? Well, doyo, despite the day being a Saturday, actually is the 18 day period before the changing of the season. The days are assigned signs of the Zodiac, thus the ushi/ox/cow day. The ushi no hi is supposed to be the hottest day of the year. It may not actually be, but it’s close enough. Oh, the zodiac only has 12 signs, so yes, there actually can be two ushi no hi’s.

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Beer Is Good – Fullsail Session IPA

P1060587Yes, IPA. Every variety pack now wouldn’t be complete without an IPA, yay. Pours clear amber, small head. The moment the cap was popped could smell the hops. Hop aroma accompanied by its bitter. There is a little bit of grain flavor that shows up and there is no hint of skunk. Fairly light mouthfeel.

As IPA’s go, I can actually tolerate this and drink it.

2.5 out of 4 IPA disliking monkeys

Beer Is Good – Fullsail Session Lager

P1060586Next in the Fullsale “mashup” is a lager. Pours a clear bright yellow with small head. Balanced hop, touch of funk in initial aroma but does not offend, bit of bitter carries through middle and tapers, a bit of nut in the finish. Clean. Another easy drinking “session” beer.

Not terribly complex, but I give it a 3 out 4 cruising monkeys.

Beer Is Good – Fullsail Session Cream Ale

P1060584Showing up at Foodland are beers from Oregon brewey Fullsail. Picked up the session “mashup” pack. 11 ounce bottles, the cream ale pours a clear medium amber, very light head. Bitter hop aroma but not strong. A bit of grain in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. True to the session idea, it’s easy to drink, nothing to forward, but there’s enough to keep it enjoyable.

3 session monkeys out 4,

Beer Is Good – Blue Moon Belgian White

P1060578I’ve been starting to gripe about breweries coming out with new beers for the sake of new beers, that we need good classic beers. Nothing was really jumping out at me so I decided to grab something I haven’t had in a long while, the Blue Moon Belgian White. This is their claim to fame. Pours a cloudy bright light amber with small head. Definite citrus aroma, balanced bitter comes in but subside pretty quickly. Nice grain in the finish. Medium mouthfeel.

Solid 3 of 4 don’t forget your roots monkeys.


 was at client call and discovered this, Omusubi GABA, in this tucked away shopping complex on the edge of Waikiki called Eaton Square. I’ve always noticed the entryway and the BBQ place visible from Hobron Lane. Never went in until now. You go into a pretty nice inner courtyard with interesting water features and koi pond.

This shop specializes in musubi made with GABA rice. Rice that has been germinated which causes enzymes to activate and increases levels of nutrients and softens the texture. It’s a small, bright space that might remind one of a Bakery with product lines up carefully on shelves for you to select. They are also carefully labeled detailing ingredients and even country of origin. Continue reading ‘Gaba ‘

J Fish

P1060570P1060571Don Quixote lately has been bringing in some different fresh fish from Japan. I wanted to buy a budai (uhu) but they were all a bit too large for just myself and my dad. This Itoyori looked good and sounded like a good candidate for steamed black bean Chinese style. It’s a neat pink with bright yellow stripes and a thread that extends off its tail. Happy to report it came out well.