Saturday, May 8, 2010

Odonata Beer Co. and the Saison Ale

Normally, I'm not one to wax philosophical on the qualit├ęs of beer. However Odonata Beer, a relatively new company in Sacramento, looks to put the city on the map. Sacramento breweries, while they remain locally celebrated , don't reach outside the city in terms of availability and exposure. I firmly believe that Odonata can make it happen, as the gentlemen behind the company have the tools: experience, connections, and desire. Most importantly their product is tops.

The first word that comes to mind when drinking Odonata's Saison Ale is balance. I won't get into the flavor hints or spice varieties or blah blah that I could pretend to have noticed. So, what did I notice? The color stood even and it wasn't murky, too thick, or too watery. The carbonation was also perfect; no where near flat but not bubbling like champagne. It's citrusy but not stringent, it's drinkable in simple sips and not a gulping drink. The Saison Ale is a drink to be savored, optimal for the summer.

For now Sacramento can count themselves lucky, being the only place in which to enjoy Saison Ale. Yet, with a little luck and plenty of good brews Odonata should be able to reach out of California's Capital.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is absolutely amazing. Cristina and I killed 5 hours there, seeing all the exhibits and some special shows. We got our aquatic photo skills on and snapped some real winners. Zissou & Cousteau inspired:

Leafy Sea Dragons - Phycodurus eques

Sea Otter - Enhydra lutris

You guess!

C&P - Awesomus Maximus