The weekend, reviews, and growth

There's a fresh batch of the Golden State Ale into the tanks, and we've loaded the van loaded for tomorrow's Bay Area Craft Beer Festival up in Martinez.

The event runs from 1-5, with a noon entry for VIP tickets.

In other news, the shipping tracker shows that the first two pallets of Uncommon beer have reached Philadelphia. Including the stack that just hit New York, that's three pallets of our cans out on the East Coast. Two more will launch for Richmond, Virginia within the next week, along with a few kegs.

We're looking forward to seeing the response out East to cans of the Twin, Golden, and Porter. There's definitely room for improvement, eyeing the 03/09/11 Golden's carbonation; but even in that challenged beer the flavor is delightful.

Speaking of delightful, we enjoyed coming across a recent review of the Siamese Twin Ale this morning in Tasting Panel Magazine.

To quote, "It takes a while to get your mind and palate around this uncommon California-brewed, Belgian-style ale, flavored with Thai spices: coriander, lemongrass, and kaffir lime. The critter from Santa Cruz stages an intense entry onto the naive, unsuspecting tongue, with edgy, bitter love-'em-or-leave-'em flavors and the downright aggressive effervescence of a soft drink. My first reaction: WTF? Ten minutes later, I'm completely sold. Heady, strange, and wonderful."

Damn straight.