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Modern Times Beer

@ModernTimesBeer is a brewery in San Diego that you need to check out.  San Diego is famous for their breweries and this one is bound to go down in legend.

Here we are, all ready to have a whoop ass night before the official start of Comic Con.

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They have two locations, one in Point Loma and one in North Park.  We visited the Point Loma “Lomaland Fermentorium” on a Wednesday night around 8:30.  The brewery is in a warehouse in an industrial kind of district and there is construction on the street outside.  It’s easy to drive past it, but by the second time around, you’ll see the marquee lights of the Modern Times sign and wonder how you ever missed it in the first place.

When you first walk in, you notice how large it is on the inside.  The bar takes up a big portion of half of the front of the warehouse.  Behind the bar is a selection of brewing vats and kettles.  At the far end of the brewery is where they sell their merchandise like t-shirts, coffee beans to go, beer to go, and stickers.

I ended up buying one of their logo shirts in black but I was a little disappointed that only a couple of their shirts said they were from San Diego.  I mean, #drinklocal and be proud of where you’re from.

One wall is an entire art piece made of different colored post-it notes glued to the wall.  They make the image of a woman with a monkey and it is super cool.

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There are a shit ton of beers to choose from.  I tried the Orderville IPA to start off with and Sean picked the Pale Ale.  Both beers were tasty and flavorful.  Although Sean got a Pale Ale, it was very light in color.  We are used to darker Pale Ales like Stones and Sierra Nevadas.

They even have coffee available for a quick sober-me-up that is among some of the finest you can buy.

There are spools and barrels for tables so we took one off to the side.

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It was near the big wide open door in the front and right in the direct path of the breeze that was rushing through.  It can be humid during the summer in San Diego so the natural cooling was appreciated.

We sat next to a wall that featured lovely black velvet paintings of no one you’ve ever heard of.  It was brilliant.

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Then one whole warehouse wall was slathered in single comic book pages with a big MT logo up at the top.

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Modern Times Beer even offers growlers and so I got a picture of their vintage lighted menu sign.  Hey, high fives are free!  I didn’t get one though.  I guess they’re saving up.

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Among all the other breweries you can go to in San Diego, this one should be on your rotation.  It’s close to the airport and Sea World and Old Town…great location.  My favorite part was seeing the live nude club called Les Girls on the drive there.  I can’t wait to check that joint out sometime!

So if you find yourself in Southern California for the weekend or even just a day, make a stop in at Modern Times Beer and you won’t regret it.

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Lag-A-Lots: The Losers Extraordinare

The night was full of promise.  We were the reigning champions from last week’s trivia slaughter at BackStreet Brewery.  We thought we had it in the bag.  Well, I guess there was a hole in the bottom of the bag because we fell through it and landed painfully on our asses.

Backstreet was full on this last Wednesday, teeming with eager young hipsters ready to snatch up that 2 growler prize at the end of the night.  And then there was us: The Lagalots.  A group that fluctuates in numbers and varies wildly in trivial knowledge.

Tonight there were four of us in the group; me, the old man, Paul, & Heather.  We were missing Ck & Carie, down 2 good men.

We started out with beers and I got the usual, Jagged Little Pilsner, which is so tasty I can’t help but keep coming back to it.  Sean had the Set Sail IPA, which is also another tasty and strong selection from Backstreet’s menu.  They just got the Vienna Lager on Nitro in and I forgot that I wanted to try that.  I didn’t remember until the end of the night as Sean was closing up his tab.  I guess I’ll have to remember next week!

Heather tried something new, which came in a 10 ounce glass because it is more than 10% ABV.  It was called the Shizz Imperial Red Ale or something similar.  She liked it a lot and had two rounds through out the night.  Paul had a Nut Brown Ale, he likes that one a lot and has it almost everytime we do trivia night.  It’s got a nice brown color to it and is not that strong so you can drink several.

The Taco Truck that is usually there and that has such delicious soyrizo & potato tacos was gone and won’t be back.  The Pop Quiz moderator told us he would be actively seeking a replacement food truck.  Heather suggested they get the In & Out truck…sounds fine to me!

So in the first round, we came out strong.  Despite the fact that we got 2 wrong, we were tied for second place.  I mean, who knew the invention of auto-pilot would be the catalyst that started the mile-high club?  Some dorks might know that…and they did.  But we knew the sports question thanks to Paul and no one else got that one right.  Well, they didn’t cheer obnoxiously like we do when we get one.

Round two was a balls question and I immediately handed the answer sheet over to Paul.  The question had to do with the top cities that got the most money from sports like Super Bowls and Championships and what-not.  How could I know the answers when I barely understood the question?  Luckily, Paul came to the rescue again and filled out all ten answers and got all ten right.  At the end of round 2, we had 14 points and we were tied with 3 other teams for first place.

Then shit started going downhill.  In round three, we got most of them right but then a ton of other teams did too.  Ususally we use round three to secure our place as first but it wasn’t working out that way.  Then some asshole from a team that got the bonus question right got to roll the dice and his roll enabled him to steal a point from one team and give it to another.  So the jerk-off choses to steal the point from us.  What a cunt face, I curse him to hell!  If only I knew his name!

Round four was the picture round and there were ten pictures of different reptiles that you had to identify.  It took a while, but we got six out of ten correct.  But i was upset that we wrote down turtle for one instead of tortoise, which was the right answer.  I should’ve known better.  My Myrtle Turtle would be pissed at me if she knew.  We were in 3rd place by the end of that round.

Shame on you, Mommy

The “guess who” round is always the most difficult and we learned an important lesson last night.  It’s ironic because we seem to need to learn this lesson every time we play.  No matter how fucking sure any of us are about who the mystery person is, we need to wait until the 3rd clue to be absolutely sure.  We only get six points that way but it’s a lot better than no points; which is what we got last night because we jumped the gun and answered wrong.  Fuck you, Tom Selleck.

 

The sixth and last round was pointless for us.  We doubled down because we had nothing to lose but even if we had gotten all the points for being right, we still wouldn’t have been close to winning.  All the other teams knew Tom Selleck in the previous round so they were way ahead of us.  We only got one out of six questions wrong but since we did double or nothing, we got nothing.  Our final trivia score was 25.  Sean and I have done better than that on our own.  Very disappointing.

It looks like the Lagalots have some serious competition from here on out.  But they can all go to hell because we are putting on our A game from now on.  Of course, we can’t go to redeem ourselves next week because we’ll be at the San Diego Comic Con.  Maybe Heather & Paul, and Ck & Carie can pull off a win….we deserve it! So get ready, mother fuckers!

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A Bottle Logic-ical Birthday

First off, a big “#HappyBirthday” is in order for the old man.

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Phrasing, people!

 

I mean, he made it all the way to 47.  He’s practically got one foot in the grave and here he is, at @BottleLogicBrew, for his surprise party without even knowing what is about to hit him.  Which is a wonderful welcome of friends….if only they showed up on time!

We got there at 7:00 and Ck and Carie had already secured a table for us.  Ck was busy outside being a social butterfly because

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he had been drinking since a little past noon and was now considered “shit-faced” by his wife, Carie.  We ordered a round, I got the #714Blonde, which came in at a decent 5% ABV, and Sean tried the Recursion IPA

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Recursion IPA

 

which was a dark ale measuring a whopping 6.5% on the scale.

The menu board had definitely changed since the last time we were there.  Which was probably for the 2nd Year Anniversary when we got our passports stamped daily to get the free bottle openers and the free commemorative glass.  That had been months.

We were used to drinking She Shot First and Tattered Prince which were nice mellow tasting brews with a somewhat decent alcohol content.

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Bottle Logic Standards

But this time, we were challenged to try the new, and experiment with the different.  Besides, what other choice did we have?

 

So it was Sean and I and Ck and Carie for the longest time.  Then, from out of nowhere, I spot Sean’s friend from college, Nick, who had just got there.  He ordered a Double Acuator IPA

at a hefty 9% ABV, plus a flight which was smart to get the max tastings going on.

Right after Nick arrived, Larry and Susan come waltzing in around 9:00.  Larry had been texting me to let me know he was coming but that work had kept him late so all was forgiven when they showed up.

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Forgiveness, Please!

 

They both tried the Cobaltic Porter.  It was dark and came in at 8%.  By now, Sean and I had several different beers in our belly’s and so he was drinking a 714Blonde while I sipped on a 4.8% Lagerithm.

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It is a dark lager and it is so mouth-wateringly tasty and light for a dark beer.  It was a contradiction of terms.

I was happy because everyone got along so well and it looks like Nick might be joining the #lagalots for BSB Trivia Night and Munchkin Thursday’s.  It was an awesome time.

Carie & Ck bought a cupcake-cake for everyone to enjoy and hardly anyone did, so the old man and I ended up with a shit load of cupcakes.  At least they’re chocolate!  A drunk time was had by all and I consider it a successful birthday for my old man!  Drink up, y’all!

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Queen of Game Night, twice in a row

I don’t brag often.  I think it’s bad form to brag.  But when you win at Munchkin game night twice in a row, it’s really something to brag about.

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You like me cause I won, right?

 

The first night I won was on Sean’s birthday, June 30th, which was a Thursday.

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Happy, happy, joy, joy!

 

It was our usual game night and we played a mish-mashed version with several expansion packs being played.  Sean won the first game.  And it wasn’t just because it was his birthday either, he won fair and square.  Fair is Fair, right, Billie Jean?

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He won because he kicks ass at Munchkin and everyone is constantly fighting him and throwing curses and traps his way.  But he still prevailed and won the first game.  But his victory was not to last long; as we played the second game, a second winner emerged.

I was stuck behind everyone for a little while but then I found myself on level 3.  Not too shabby, eh?  And then I drew a monster worth 2 levels and no one seemed aware of that.  So I wasn’t going to go preaching it around and then I whined my way out of anyone trying to defeat me.

Well, the levels and the treasures paid off in abundance.  I got two “Go up a level” cards so I found myself on level 9 after selling a shit load of items to go up an extra two more levels.  I was reigning supreme!

So needless to say, I won handsomely.  I kicked their mother-fucking asses to the curb!

The second night of #winning came during a Munchkin Marvel edition war.

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I ended up being super powerful and I maintained the winning level throughout most of the game.  I was able to have two ally’s so I had the Hulk for a +5 and a lesser +1 bonus for Falcon.

I mean, I had a +3 Captain America’s Shield, a +4 Mejilnor, and I could carry two extra cards in my hand in addition to the +5 in Powers that I had.  How could I go wrong?

When it came my turn to go from level 9 to the winning level 10, my old man seriously cock-blocked me.

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He played a trap card that enabled him to switch hands with me so I had to give him my all powerful cards in exchange for his shitty cards.

But shitty cards don’t matter when you pull a level 2 villain.  I had him beat by so many points and then I played my duplicate card and I could not be conquered!

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I came, I saw, I conquered…fuck yeah!

No matter what they threw at me, I was the winner.  I could not stop winning!  I won…again!  I didn’t get too excited because, remember, bragging is bad form, but in my blog, which no one reads, I can brag all I fucking want to and you can’t do shit about it.  So fuck off, bitches.  I won at Munchkin and that’s that.

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