For a pizza parlor, Patxi's tap is pretty well stocked, but at Palomino Labs our thirst for interesting beer
cannot easily be quenched by any single taproom (though
the The Monk's Kettle certainly tries). That's why we love tasting
new breweries and frequent the local beer gardens as much as we can. When the local fare starts to feel a
little monotonous, we ask the brilliant British sommelier James DeSmet-Bacon to broaden our palettes with a
beer tasting. James has taken us through the history of the 14 classic styles of lagers and 34 major types of
ale (not to mention introducing us to some delicious Ports, Bourbons, Malbecs and Scotches). Through these
group experiences (and a considerable amount of extra-curricular research) we have developed our own opinions
about the ideal beer.
Tyler loves rich porters and malty stouts, though he's been known to branch out. Unfortunately, after a
crippling hop-tasting incident while on a tour at Stone Brewery, he was rendered unable to enjoy IPA's the way
he used to.
Andrew is an Arrogant Bastard, man. He's also
an Arrogant Bastard man. He loves most things
Stone produces and is a big fan of well-placed hops, but won't say no to a light, crisp lager on a hot day.
Manuel is a lager man, and though he will experiment with brown ales when coerced, he is most comfortable when
he's sipping PBR out of a pint glass with a straw (true story).
Ryan is a wine lover trapped in a man's body. He'll happily drink a DBA at Patxi's every week, but in an ideal
world he'd never have the same beer twice. Exploration and experimentation drive his beer choices, and he's
never met a novel sounding barrel aged beer he could refuse.
Marshall is an extremely correct person. In all matters he prefers to be well informed before passing
judgement. The world of malted beverages is no exception. While he might list a few beers he finds to be
exceptional, he will not label his beer preference until he has conducted enough delicious research to be
sure. Fear not, his ruling is imminent.
Drew and Andrew have a complicated relationship around beer:
Mongol General: Hao! Dai ye! We won again! This is good, but what is best in life?
Andrew: Arrogant Bastard. That which comes from Stone, perhaps a crisp lager on a hot day.
Mongol General: Wrong! Drew! What is best in life?
Drew: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and drink their SkullSplitter.
Mongol General: That is good! That is good.