Monday is a day much maligned in our working-class culture. But if you think about it, Monday’s not that bad. I mean, you’ve got Preacher (spoiler alert) on AMC. And then, to prep for Preacher, you’ve got $3 pints at @BackStreetBrew. Those two things alone are like the silver lining of Monday’s grey cloud.
I noticed a few things had changed right off the bat. They have a giant new BSB sign on the front. There was a note on the front door that welcomed and invited you to use the entrance on the left side. Oh yeah, and to remind you to #drinklocal.
In the front window, on the floor, was also a wooden sign. Maybe they don’t know it’s on the floor. Someone should hang it back up. It’s cool.
It was very crowded when we showed up around 8:00. Almost all the street parking was taken. Which can also be said about all the outside seating. There was one left for me & the Old Man in both instances. The city has painted blocked out parking spots on Santa Cruz St.. I’m sure it’s in preparation for the shit-ton of crowds that are going to be coming here once all the condo’s go up in the vicinity. You can see the gigantic eyesore of a parking structure in the background. Yay. Crowds.
I love how consistent Backstreet is with their menu but how they also always have something new to try.
This time, I noticed the Los Angeles IPA of Anaheim and I giggled to myself at the play on words for the Angels baseball team. But…I ended up going with the Set Sail IPA. It was stronger and I needed that. Set Sail is a 7% with 70 IBU’s. It’s a beautiful golden color and tastes so refreshing and with a hoppyness to last for days. It’s delicious so I could not resist. Neither could Sean, we both ended up drinking the same brews the whole night. Once we killed our first round, we decided to hit hard and go for the Tomahawk Double IPA. Tomahawk is a whopping 9.2% ABV with a score of 105 on the IBU scale. I love it because it is so strong. It’s bitter as hell at first but your palette adjusts accordingly and it goes down smooth after that.
There was a food truck there last Monday. It was called Bobup and people seemed to really like it. I have friends who would be interested in bringing their food truck, HeadHunter, to Backstreet so it is good to know that they are having trucks come on a regular basis.
Bobup featured Korean food and put their menu’s on the tables. I thought that was a brilliant move to show the folks what you have to offer without them having to awkwardly go up to the truck to look at the menu and think about what they want and then kinda slink off back to their seat to stew over which kind of protein they want. Unfortunately there was nothing of substance that was vegetarian. And they spelled steak wrong.
The Old Man and I caught up on trivia with the pages I totally missed from my trivia calendar. The pages started on June 1st. and we got all the way to June 23rd. We thought it was appropriate considering we used to come here for trivia on Wednesdays. But they don’t have trivia anymore.
They’ve got bingo on Wednesday nights now but other than that, their Daily Specials are still the same as they were since the last time I was at BSB. Again, I love the consistency. Here’s a pic of their specials:
So that’s about it. I’m getting back to Backstreet. Tonight, I’m stopping by for a game of bingo and a Los Angeles IPA of Anaheim. If you find that Monday has given you the blues, turn your frown upside down and get drunk with $3 pints at BackStreet Brewing.
Drink up & always remember to tip your brewtender!