Hazy Grapefruit Mosaic IPA – Public Coast

One of the best perks of being a beer blogger is the amount of beer that gets dropped off at your doorstep. Even when you aren’t home and don’t get a pitch email about it. Thankfully, Charlotte was home to try some amazing new beer from Public Coast – the Hazy Grapefruit Mosaic IPA.

This American style IPA​, boasts a 5.8% ABV with three kinds of hops and 160 pounds of grapefruit puree give this Hazy IPA a full body mouthfeel with a refreshing kick of citrus. Hazy Grapefruit Mosaic IPA is the first release in Public Coast‘s SLACK TIDE IPA SERIES. They are brewing every style of IPA – West Coast, Sessionable, Hazy, and Imperial. Some straight forward and others are a bit twisted. Sit back and enjoy the evolution.

Charlotte was able to try the beer while heading outdoors and shared: the beer tastes refreshing and like summertime! I want to sit out in the sun at the coast or hang out in the forest by a fire and drink this beer. Two thumbs up!

Practicing social distancing: Public Coast offers Beer to Go! Kind of like Car2Go, but for beer. Bring your growler or purchase one of theirs. They’ll fill it with any of their beers on tap. Then go off and explore, have a picnic, do whatever you love to do over ice-cold beer; bring back the empty; repeat. They also have crowlers of any beer on tap and 4 & 6-packs of an assortment of their hand-crafted beers. And don’t forget about their 4-packs of Stephen’s Root Beer.

Huge thanks to the team at Public Coast for another great beer. Can’t wait to get back to the coast – rain or shine – and have another pint. Looking forward to the next SLACK TIDE IPA SERIES offering. Cheers!

Bright Eye Beer Company – Long Beach, NY

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit my old neighbors from Cambodia in their new home – Long Beach, New York. It was so great to see them in their new spot AND do something we used to do together – drink craft beer! We checked out Bright Eye Beer Company, a local brewery that opened up right before COVID hit the USA and has family ties to Cambodia. Can you believe it?

On my first night, we tried two crowlers from Bright Eye Beer Company. The first one was Sipulation, an American Pale Wheat Beer. The second beer, we tried was the Foam-O, (play of FOMO – fear of missing out) a hazy IPA. Of the two beers, I definitely liked Sipulation more, but that isn’t surprising since I’m not a huge fan on IPAs.

The next day, after enjoying a day of surfing, we went to the brewery to check it out. (We sat outside, socially distancing of course). I got the sampler and tried:

My beer sample and I.

Hazy Pants Creamsicle IPA – inspired by their original cream ale, the Crazy Pants, has a little twist, heavily dry-hopped this IPA is made with fresh orange zest, Madagascar vanilla beans, and a touch of milk sugar. This was hands down my favorite Bright Eye Beer Company’s beers. This is shocking because like I said before, I don’t typically enjoy IPAs, but I DO love fruit beers – and this beer definitely balanced out. I ended up ordering a second pint of this one!

Regular Slice Blonde Ale – a fresh batch of their blonde ale for all the regular beer drinkers out there. (Fun fact: beer used to be served with a slice a bread for farm workers in Egypt and Mesopetamia. They are also made out of almost the exact same ingredients).

Just a Splash – A grapefruit beer, that I thought I would like more than I ended up enjoying. Still good, just loved the Hazy Pants Creamsicle IPA so much more.

Babe’s Stout – This delicious stout is doused with some tender and sweet loving (coffee beans and cocoa nibs) from their friends over at Flux Coffee. I loved this beer and would definitely love it more on a dark and stormy day, rather than a hot and sunny one.

Sean and his beer (and my sampler).

I loved the brewery so much. Even their logo has a fish made out of a hop that I absolutely loved. I picked up a shirt so I can represent their brand all the way in Cambodia.

Next time you are in Long Beach, New York, stop by Bright Eye Beer Company, order a Hazy Pants Creamsicle IPA and pick up some cute Hop Fish looking swag. The owner has a passion for social justice work in Cambodia and is doing great things with the Long Beach community, even in the midst of a pandemic. Show up and show some support!

Have you ever been to Bright Eye Beer Company? What did you think of the beer? Been to Long Beach, New York? What was your favorite brewery there?

Ecliptic Brewing Joins Black is Beautiful Campaign

Ecliptic Brewing is proud to stand with San Antonio’s Weathered Souls Brewing Company in supporting efforts to raise awareness for racial injustice through their Black is Beautiful initiative. These efforts include a special draft-only Black is Beautiful Stout beer release, with Ecliptic’s version coming July 31st.

Ecliptic will donate 100% of the beer’s proceeds to two local organizations: the Black Resilience Fund and Don’t Shoot PDX. Additionally, Ecliptic will donate 10% of their restaurant sales – split between both organizations- at the beer’s launch event on Friday, July 31st.

The base recipe for the campaign was created by Weathered Souls and allows each participating brewery to add their own twist to the beer. Ecliptic’s was brewed in the Export style and features full roast flavor, while still managing to hit the spot on a warm summer day with a 6% ABV.

“I am proud that we are joining breweries from all over the world to help raise funds for this great cause and the charities that support ending racial injustice”” says Ecliptic’s Owner and Brewmaster, John Harris.

Ecliptic Brewing’s Black is Beautiful Stout will be released on draft-only and in very limited distribution throughout Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA.

About Black is Beautiful Stout

Ecliptic Brewing’s Black is Beautiful Stout is brewed in the Export style with Dark Chocolate Malt and Roast Barley, boasting a full roast flavor, complimenting subtle notes of coffee and chocolate. Finishing clean and dry, this beer clocks in at 6%, making it an easy drinker, even in the heat of summer.                                                  

ABV: 6%

IBU: 25

About Don’t Shoot PDX

Don’t Shoot PDX’s organizational work and activism, including direct community education workshops, support the outreach of their continued advocacy as first respondents and have helped community members contribute through direct engagement and legislative value. For more info, and to sign up to volunteer, visit: www.dontshootpdx.org.  

About the Black Resilience Fund

The Black Resilience Fund is an emergency fund created to encourage healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders. It is an initiative of Brown Hope, a nonprofit and community solution for racial justice. For more info, visit: https://www.blackresiliencefund.com/

About Ecliptic Brewing

Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy. As such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Harris’ signature beers include Starburst IPA, Phaser Hazy IPA, Carina Peach Sour Ale and Capella Porter. For more information, visit: eclipticbrewing.com.

Hop Hands Update

Happy New Year! For those of you who don’t know. I’ve been working on re-launching an idea of mine from a few years ago, Hop Hands. A way to carry a growler of beer – classical glass, Hydroflasks, 50/50 growers, along with wine bottles and “bombers” (22 oz. beer bottles) – six different ways on a bicycle. As I gear up for 2019, I thought I would share a little update.

Hop Hands.

As one of my favorite 90s singers once said, “It is a growing process.  You can’t just like beer. You have to start somewhere and learn the different flavors.”  (If you are wondering who that singer was – it’s Isaac Hanson, of Mmmbop fame.)

Like learning to like beer, learning to run a business and navigate life is a growing process.  For those of you who don’t know, in the fall of 2017, I moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to work for a local non-government organization (NGO) working with victims who have been rescued from human trafficking.  At the same time, Emily was transitioning out of her role at Bridgetown Inc. Emily and her husband were looking for a new adventure. A few signatures later and I’ve become the sole owner of Hop Hands.

Most of 2018, was spent adjusting to a new culture, my new job and learning Khmer.  (Fun fact: the Khmer alphabet is the longest alphabet in the world, consisting of 74 letters.)  I was able to continue to ideate and network for relationships for Hop Hands here in Cambodia. In early 2018, I was connected to another local Cambodian NGO that works with polio victims and disadvantaged women to teach sewing skills.

VillageWorks creates more than just handicrafts.  They are really building the lives of the villagers they work with.  Behind each product they produce, you help support the whole person (or people) who helped create an amazing item.  You support their family and build up lives. This allows villagers to break free from their poverty cycle and find hope in life.

In case you were wondering, it is estimated that 26% of the adult population of Cambodia is illiterate.  18.6% of the population lives below the international poverty life of $1.25/day (USD). 31.4% of children in Cambodia received inadequate care and 36.1% of children are working in child labor.  Cambodia is also a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking.

Partnering with an organization like VillageWorks makes sense, not only for the amazing professionalism they encompass here in Cambodia but how encouraging they are to their teams to create amazing products and support one another.

On top of that in 2016, VillageWorks secured guaranteed membership from the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).  WFTO is a global network of over 400 organizations and individuals in over 70 countries across the world.  They represent millions of artisans and farmers, most of whom are indigenous people, physically-challenged persons and women.  WFTO prescribes 10 Principles that all Fair Trade Organizations must follow in their day-to-day work and carries out monitoring to ensure these principles are upheld:

  1. Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
  2. Transparency and Accountability
  3. Fair Trading Practices
  4. Payment of a Fair Price
  5. Ensuring no Child Labor and Forced Labor
  6. Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equality and Freedom of Association
  7. Ensuring Good Working Conditions
  8. Providing Capacity Building
  9. Promoting Fair Trade
  10. Respect for the Environment

When it comes to respecting the environment, the newest version of Hop Hands does not disappoint.  Made from 85% recycled and upcycled products (basically everything but the buckles is recycled). It features the classic southeast Asian recycled fish food or cement bags that offer a little homage from the place of its creation.  Just like before the outside is made of a durable black canvas, although this canvas is sourced from scrap materials left over from larger factories in the area.

Hop Hands raw materials – ethically sourced in Cambodia.
Hop Hands prototype – ethically made and WFTO certified in Cambodia.

Examples of products used in the newest version of the Hop Hands.  Sample version of the Hop Hands, ethically sourced and made in Cambodia.

2019 is shaping up to be a good year for Hop Hands, but I need your help!

  1. Sign up here to be a beta tester.  Since growlers are in (expensive) limited supply here in Cambodia and hardly no one rides bikes in the city of Phnom Penh.  I need some amazing beta testers to help me with the next round of product testing. This means you’ll get access to the latest Hop Hands available in early 2019.
  2. Invite friends to like our Facebook and Instagram channels.  As we get ready to roll out our newest launch.  We need your help getting more beer and bike enthusiast interested in learning more about Hop Hands.
  3. Got questions?  Email me directly.  I’d love to chat about Cambodia, Hop Hands, ethical sourcing and more with you.

Once again, thank you for following the Hop Hands journey.  I hope you had an amazing holiday season and hope 2019 is just as exciting for you as it is for Hop Hands.  



Jenna Forstrom

Hop Hands Founder


Rumblefish’s Ginger Beer – Kampot, Cambodia

What does coffee and beer have in common? There are some great beers with coffee in them for one. But what about a coffee roaster who also moonlights as a ginger beer brewer? I managed to cross paths with one such man while on vacation in Kampot, Cambodia.

On a mission to pick up good coffee for a friend back in Phnom Penh. I came across, Rumble Fish Roasters. This roaster aims to showcase the best of South East Asian coffee. They believe that every step in the coffee process from the ‘farm to the cup’ is important to ensure an outstanding final product. By placing emphasis on locally and regionally produced coffee their endeavour has helped grow the local specialty coffee market and supports the farmers and families involved. To achieve this they direct source their beans and carefully roast them at their custom roastery located in Kampot. Utilising invaluable years of experience and time honoured artisan techniques.

Rumblefish's Ginger Beer at their roastery.
Rumblefish’s Ginger Beer at their roastery.

Rumblefish’s Ginger Beer is brewed in house. Always served with a lime. It is strong and refreshing on a hot Cambodian day. I personally found it a little bitter and mixed in a spoonful of sugar from the coffee bar to make it a little sweeter and more enjoyable. It is the same recipe the owner of the coffee shop has been using for over 13 years.

On top of supporting local farmers and families. Rumblefish works with a strong team of young Khmer who all came to work for them with no prior experience and little to no English skills. With a fresh slate and a desire to learn the trade, these young Khmer are given the opportunity to experiment, grow and move up the chain at the roastery.

Kampot, Cambodia is becoming a micro hub for southeast Asian beers, with a local brewery and imported beers from just across the border of Vietnam. It is getting easier and easier to find great beer in Cambodia.

What is your favorite international beer?