This post is coming to you from the Best Beer Buddies HQ. With a cat on my lap. It happens. His furriness needs love and I need to not be cold.  We both win.


Here at BBB HQ (best beer buddies head quarters for those of you who are new or haven’t been paying attention) we have been expanding our beer horizons.  Joe and I were talking about beers we have and haven’t had. Turns out, all those beers we were slamming because they are corporate beer Screenshot (1)

are all beers we’ve never tried. So to be proper beer reviewers, we tried some.


We both tried Fosters. We both didn’t like it, but finished the can. Joe had a Heineken and didn’t hate it. I wouldn’t say he liked it, but he didn’t hate it. Then he tried a Corona, added a lime and salt. Again, didn’t hate it. But I’m not saying he liked it either. I thought someone was smoking pot as soon as he opened it, the skunk was that strong. I’m sure someone was smoking pot, but not close enough to HQ that it’s relevant to the story. I tried a Rainier on my onesie. Again, didn’t hate it, but I’ll be ok with never drinking it again. Ever.


We did this for knowledge. We wanted to get an idea of what not craft was before we bashed it. Knowledge is power or something to that affect.  Effect?  The more you know…  I think that’s all the old PSA references I have for now.  I feel we are better and more prepared to answer questions now having done this to ourselves and our taste buds.

In other news, we have been drinking good beer! Tonight we stopped by Wet Coast Brewery and picked up a lovely half growler of their Holiday Jeer winter ale. If you are local to the Gig Harbor, WA area, do yourself a favor and go. Do not hesitate. Go and do it now. It’s like drinking delicious gingerbread cookies but in a malty ginger kina way.  The milk stout is also very good. If you’re into that kind of thing.  Which, we are.  Well, I am. Ands I’m the one writing this post, so there you go.

The cat has decided he does not like holding the tablet, so I feel it is time to wrap this up. Please let us know what you’re drinking so we can give it a try. If there is anything you would like to hear our thoughts on, do let us know! Though we are multitalented, mind reading is not high on the list of abilities we posses. Except when it comes to phone calls. I’m pretty good at calling that one. Until next time, buddies, be safe and enjoy life responsibly!





Hoppy Holidays

It’s that time of year when stockings are hung by the fire with care, carols are sung, and everyone is jolly and bright.  Here at headquarters (I’m going to start calling my house headquarters, or HQ for short, now because why not?) we are in the full swing of merry making.  We are baking cookies, drinking beer and a-wassailing (it’s a thing.  I googled it) loudly and off key.  What else would you do after you’ve loaded your belly full of cookies and beer, amiright?  Of course I am.

This year is the first year two of the three buddies have REALLY gotten ourselves into the seasonal holiday beers.  Then again, two of the three of us have REALLY only been drinking and enjoying craft beer for about a year.  The buddies are taking the seasonal beers by the horns, so to speak, this season and giving it our all.  For you.  Because it’s the winter holiday season.  We celebrate Christmas and if this offends you, I am sorry.  Not sorry that I’ve offended you but sorry that you’re offended I have made a choice for myself and you have nothing better to do with your time then be upset by a choice that I’ve made that really makes no difference to anyone but me and my family.  I am truly sorry for that run on sentence though.

I digress.  Beer!  That’s why we’re all here together anyways.  Beer.  By now you should have seen the latest episode of Best Beer Buddies.  We talk about 3 different holiday beers and decorate Joe’s face.  You should watch it.  Like now.  Go ahead… I’ll wait.

Ok, good.  What did you think?  It’s good, right?  Of course it is.  I was lucky enough to find the Anderson Valley Brewing Winter Solstice on my way home one night after work in a 6 pack.  It was a good night in my house that evening, in spite of the two 15 year old boys that decided to stay up until 4am playing video games… If you can find it, get it.  That was one we all agreed was good.

I recently found the New  Belgium Brewing/Ben & Jerry’s collaboration Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale.  It was ok.  Not what I wanted it to be, but it wasn’t bad.  It’s a brown ale… That’s about it.  It’s not remarkable, it doesn’t stand out as the best.  Not over the top at all, which is good I suppose.  I was expecting more than what it was.  Joe said he liked it.  The IPA guy liked a brown ale.

Speaking of the guys, both are currently taking the course to earn their cicerone which is totally exciting!  I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of doing even more school work on top of already going to school, working full time and being a mom.  They are really excited about this and so I’m fully supporting them.  Joe wants to get into home brewing, so this step seemed natural.  Rich likes beer and has lots and lots and would like to continue to do it in some sort of official manner.  Kudos to both of them.  I’ll be here drinking all the Winter Solstice.

Other winter beers we’ve been drinking, in no particular order:

Iron Horse Brewery Cozy Sweater and we’ve also (mostly (ok entirely) me) been drinking Mocha Death

Pyramid Breweries Snow Cap

Deschutes Brewery Jubelale

Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) Abominable Winter Ale

Fremont Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Abominable

10 Barrel Pray for Snow

Some we liked, some we didn’t, some need to be tasted again in front a fire with good friends and an endless tap.  Like the Mocha Death.  What?

Like always, let us know what you think!  Comments, questions, and concerns are all welcome.  We’re pretty good about getting back to you.  As always, please drink responsibly.  We want you to be around for a while.  You’re good people.  So cheers to you, buddies.  Make merry this fine holiday season and we’ll see you all next year!




In the beginning…

Hello, buddies!  Sara, aka #thebrunette, here.  How’s everyone doing?  We (the #bestbeerbuddies, the royal we, if you will) just finished filming a couple more awesome episodes for you guys.  I was thinking after wrapping the second episode that we haven’t really taken the time to properly explain to you how this all got started.  So pour yourself a beer, sit back and enjoy the story.

It all started with a local taproom in Tacoma.  The three of us all enjoy drinking there.  Richie and I were both regulars there and Joe was introduced to the place (and beer) by Richie.  The three of us have talked about it since then and decided that we have all been there at the same time lots of different times.  We never talked until late February.  One night at the taproom, there was an event that a local Vancouver brewery, Loowit, was being featured.  That’s when Joe and I met.  We got to talking, as people do in social places, and we discovered that we have entirely different tastes in beer.  He was drinking a cider/sour concoction and I was drinking a doppelbock that was made by Loowit.

A word (ok, more than one) on the types we go for.  Richie likes just about everything.  He’s had almost 400 different beers.  I think the official number is 372, but who’s counting?  He prefers sour beer and lagers.  Joe is the IPA guy.  Also sours.  And reds.  Let’s not forget about cider.  Then there’s me.  I like porters and stouts.  I also enjoy ales.  Pretty simple.  Between the three of us, we’ve got you covered.

One night in June, the three of us were talking about a hashtag on Instagram that I had used a couple of time.  #bestbeerbuddies had only been used by a few other people.  Richie, mastermind that he is, decided we should make this a thing.  Like a real thing.  On Instagram.  And twitter.  And Untappd.  And eventually Facebook.  Let’s drink beer and tell everyone what we think.

That’s the beginning.  We are friends.  We like beer and often drink it together.  We make each other laugh and tell stupid jokes.  We make Doctor Who references.  We eat things I’ve baked.  We do what friends do best, enjoy life and have a (responsibly) good time.  Ultimately, we hope to broaden and expand our knowledge of the vast beer world so we can share some of it with you.

Thank you, dear buddies, for reading all this.  Thank you for watching, looking and following.  If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.  We want to know what you’re drinking and what your thoughts are on our beers.  This is a two way street.  Help us help you.  Until next time, stay safe out there.

Cheers buddies!


Okctoberfest, Prost!

Hello there!


ObeerOneKinobi here, for our second episode of best beer buddies we had a short discussion about Oktoberfest and Oktoberfestbiers. During that tasting we were whipping through a lot of information about the time honored tradition and its beer counterpart at a fairly alarming rate. I thought I’d just take a moment to add this little blurb to sight where we got a lot of that information, and information we didn’t’ feature, in case you had additional questions or curiosities about the subject. So without further ado, here we go with my source list of websites used in the Oktoberfest episode of Best Beer Buddies.

Cheers Buddies:

“Everyone needs to believe in something, I believe I’ll have another beer”- W.C. Fields

The History Of Oktoberfest-  http://www.ofest.com/history.html





Pumpkin Beer Bread

Heya kids.  As promised, here is the recipe for Pumpkin Beer Bread.  It’s crazy easy to make.  I had a lot of fun making this for the first episode of Best Beer Buddies.  And not just because I got to drink while I was baking it.  I also got to take selfies while drinking.  That’s always fun.




Beer bread!

This all started as a happy accident.  I was making potato soup and wanted to have some homemade bread to go with it.  Beer bread!  It’s quick, easy and hey!  I get to drink while making it.  And baking it.  And eating it.  I like beer.


I wanted to have a beer with a strong flavor that wouldn’t be lost in all the flour.   Beginning of October in the Pacific Northwest means pumpkin beer is all over the place.  You can’t throw a bottle cap without hitting 3 different types of pumpkin beer that’s probably been made somewhere close by.  Trust me, I’ve tried.  Or don’t trust me and try it.  I’ll wait.


seattle brewery

See?  Nailed it.

Assuming you live in the greater Seattle area…

Right, bread.  I picked up a 6 pack of Red Hook Brewery’s Out of Your Gourd Porter.  I figured “I like porters.  Here’s hoping…”  I haven’t had much luck in the ways of pumpkin beers.  To be fair, I had only tried a few pumpkin ales.  They all tasted like pumpkin.  Go figure.  The thing is, I don’t really like drinking pumpkin.  It’s okay in baked goods or soup, but beer?  I was a skeptic.  I opened one shortly after I got the beer home and gave it a taste.  I was also on a time limit and had to get the bread going.  To my surprise, this one is pretty damn good.  It isn’t crazy-over-the-top-in-your-face pumpkin.  It’s more pumpkin pie spiced meets sweet porter than the typical pumpkin ale I’ve tried before. It’s easy to drink even if you don’t typically go for porters.  Just ask Joe.  This guy is the groups IPA guy.  He likes this one.  He drank 2 when I wasn’t looking.  And one more when I was.

On with the show…




Beer Bread

Yield: 1 loaf


3 cups sifted flour (either all-purpose or bread flour, both work well)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3 tablespoons sugar

12-oz of beer

6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

1 tablespoon of brown sugar**

2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice, divided equally



Open a beer. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F then lightly grease a standard loaf pan with the paper wrapper from the butter. Set aside.  Have a drink.







Sift flour into a large bowl and add the baking powder, salt, sugar and spice.  Give it a whisk.  Or don’t.  I do and I think it helps. Either way, you should have a drink.  Add your beer to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Scoop the dough into the bread pan.






Mix brown sugar, spices and melted butter and give it a stir.  Pour that delicious over the dough. Bake the bread 55-60 minutes, or 1 hour. This is plenty of time to have a drink.




Take the hot loaf pan out of the oven and put it on a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Have some more beer. Remove the bread from the pan and cut into that bad boy.  Now time to enjoy.  Maybe with some homemade honey butter or pumpkin pie spiced butter.  Or chocolate spread.  Or cheese. Whatever suits you; I’m not your mom.  Unless you’re one of my kids.  If that’s the case, get off the computer and take out the recycling.




Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoyed the show and the bread.  Stay tuned for more tasty beer inspired baked goods.  If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know in the comments, on twitter or Facebook.



**Be aware that the sugar mix may run off the top of your bread and fall to the bottom of your oven causing it to burn.  This doesn’t smell very good.  If you add the sugar to the butter, use a larger pan if you can.