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Temblor Brewing Company

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The Temblor Brewing Company in Bakersfield is less than a year old and they are already making into the BrewBroadBlog!  TBC is a fantastic new brewery that happens to be right off #BuckOwensBlvd.  On the drive there, I saw the famous “Bakersfield” sign.  It was dark of course, so I didn’t see all those oldsters under the sign though!

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The brewery is in a big, modern style warehouse but the décor is inviting and friendly.  Lots of chairs, tables, couches, and stools to choose from.  There is an outside patio but who wants to put up with Bakersfield heat on an August night?  I guess smokers will put up with that, but they’re the only crazy ones.

When you walk in, you get one of two views:

The left is the bar area with the brewing vats in the background and on the right is the seating area.

There are games available to play at your table while you get drunk.

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The foursome of gals at the table next to us was enjoying a lively game of Guess Who?  They thought they were so funny and clever but really, they were drunk and slurry.  Not fair, I wanted to be that way!

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Behind the bar was the merchandise they sold, at least just a few examples of it.  They offer shirts, hoodies, hats, and more.  The old man wanted to buy a shirt but the shitty $5 extra for his size made him say no.  He has his principles.

Temblor was the last part in a two-part pub crawl of Bakersfield, just passing through edition.  We were hungry and needed food.

There are two separate places to order beer and to order food.  We first got in the beer line if that tells you where our priorities are.  A quick once-over of the menu revealed a veggie burger to be had.  In Bakersfield?  Wait, where was I again?

Sean got the veggie burger and I got an order of pretzel bites.  We drank our beers as we waited for our food to be bought out to our table.

I had the Streets of Bakersfield IPA because it was the strongest available and the name is a nod to the late, great Buck Owens.  Sean had a Rhapsody in Red which measured in at 6% ABV.

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The veggie burger and pretzel bites were delicious.  It just might be the best veggie burger in Bakersfield because it could very well be the only!

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Here I am, enjoying my Streets of Bakersfield with the brew vats behind me.  It was pretty packed and we were there on a Saturday night.

Temblor Brewing Co. is a welcome addition to Bakersfield’s growing #craftbeer scene.  The fact that they offer a veggie burger on the menu makes this the best god-damned place to eat and drink in Bakersfield.  Vive el Temblor!

 

 

 

 

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Bakersfield’s Craft Tap House

The 99 freeway is my main evacuation route when I retreat to the serenity of pine trees that is #Oakhurst, California.  I take it through towns like Bakersfield and Delano and Traver all the way to Fresno, where I promptly merge onto the 41 freeway and head north.

But on the way up, I almost always stop in #Bakersfield.  A quick stop to gas up and eat or just to stretch your legs after the Tejon Pass.  Either way, people come and go through here all the time.

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I have been a fan of the Bakersfield #craftbeer scene for a couple of years but I mostly had just heard of Lenghtwise Brewing Co.  I only get to town here about 3 times a year but we always try to check out a brewery.  This time, when I searched, I found a shit ton of newer places that have opened up in the last couple of years or so.  The Craft Tap House was one I had to check out, preferably first.

The Craft Tap House is unique.  I’ve heard of places with similar concepts but this was my first time going to one.  The idea is simple….

When you walk in, you exchange your ID for a swipe card.  You get a chilled glass from the cooler and you get to choose what beer you want and how much to pour.  It took me five or ten minutes to walk around and read all the taps.  If I wasn’t so bedazzled by the sheer amount of taps, I could’ve looked up and read the tap menu that runs on a screen above everyone’s heads.

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You are charged per ounce and the prices are related to the ABV.  Now you’re talking my kind of numbers!  The “cheaper” beers go for around $0.36 and the average ABV is 5%.  The “better” beers will run you about $0.61 an ounce and are in the 7% range and higher.  The highest beer I saw was $0.70 per ounce and it had a 13% ABV.  I like that…a lot!

So I finally decided to have some Tioga Sequoia IPA.  You just put your card on the screen behind the tap and pour.  The card keeps track of how many ounces you pour and how much each ounce costs so you know your total throughout the night.

I started off with half a beer because I wanted to try so many and because  I got over half foam on my pour.

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The foam eventually fizzed down to the 7.8 ounces I paid for.   I get very competitive sometimes and my nature just started coming out at the Craft Tap House.  They have 50 different beers on tap so it’s not an easy job picking your first!

They have some major California breweries represented in the offerings.  Like Stone, Pizza Port,

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Firestone Walker, Bootleggers, Modern Times Beer, and Karl Strauss.  There were also some smaller breweries like Mother Earth and Mad River.  From yellow to black, the beers come in all colors and flavors.

Greasy fried food and meat dishes make up the menu.  Their food is very “California Cuisine.”  The BLT is an ABLT with the A standing for avocado.  They have a pretty extensive menu but didn’t offer a veggie burger so we didn’t get anything to eat.

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The Craft Tap House also sells merchandise.  I only saw that they had Pizza Port from San Clemente in stock but I know the other breweries have shirts that could be sold there too.

There is a “real” bar inside the Craft Tap House that serves mixed drinks.  In case you’re into that sort of thing, there’s a live bartender you can really tip who will pour you your drink.

Sean’s second beer was 4 ounces of foam.  He didn’t expect a comp or anything but he just wanted to tell the supervisor that the keg was tapped out.  So what did the supervisor do?  He gave Sean a free 12 ounce pour of a decent tasting beer to make up for it. We never did get the name of that beer though.  And then, when the keg had been changed, the supervisor bought a 4 ounce pour of the original beer Sean had wanted in the first place to our table.  We were impressed, to say the least.  That kind of customer service brings people back in and you can count on Sean and I going back.

My second beer was this huge, epic thing.  While I was helping the old man down his comped brew, I saw on the menu screen that there was a Stone beer I have only heard about in legend.  It was the Stone Farking Wheaton wOOtstout 2.0

This is a collaboration between Stone Brewery, Wil WheatonAisha Tyler and some Farking guy named Drew Curtis.  I had to try it.  For purely scientific reasons, of course!

Here is a succession of pictures that shows me in the three stages of discovery.  Before, notice the smiling and eager face about to try a new brew.  Then during; drink it up, brewbroad, drink it all up!  And then climaxing with my disgusted face for the after-shot.

It is an Imperial Stout so I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with it.  I don’t generally like Imperial Stouts but I knew what I was getting into.  And it was worse than I expected.  It was thick and sugary sweet.  I couldn’t get any coffee tastes in it and it was a chore to finish it.  All I said was that I had to try it.  I didn’t say I’d have to like it.

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I love the concept of the Craft Tap House.  You pour your own so there is no one to tip at the end of the night.  The selection is outstanding.  All the California brews you can drink, without having to go to the actual brewery.

 

I will be back here next time I’m in Bakersfield for sure!  Pourin my sorrows into a glass!

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Redemption @BackStreetBrew!

The sweet taste of victory had not been tasted by the #Lagalots for the last two weeks of #PopQuizTrivia and we were hungry like the wolf.

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Yum…dead stuff

We had failed miserably the last time as a team, would tonight be a pathetic repeat?  Heather and Paul are moving out and on and up to another city soon so this was our last time playing with them for a long while.

It was the Minicks and the Leonards on this momentous occasion.  Ck & Carie were probably busy getting it on Leprechaun style in a castle in Ireland…but who is to judge?

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The Great Warwick Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The green2Go food truck was there again and Paul and Heather tried their bowls.  #liveg2g offers one with tofu and two more with meat and they start at $10.  The serving sizes are small but I’m just as pleased as a pig in shit that they offer tofu.  One of these day’s I will not eat dinner before trivia and get a tofu bowl to eat.

When we got there, Heather and Paul had already ordered their beers.  Paul went with a Jagged Little Pilsner, a nice light beer to start off with, and Heather had her Holy Shizz Imperial Red Ale that she loves because it is 10.2%.  Now that’s some ABV to write home about!  Sean disappeared inside for two minutes and came back with beers for us, he had the Set Sail IPA and I copied Paul with a delicious Pilsner.

In the first round, we scored 4 with 2 wrong answers. We got the 2010 Most Powerful Woman wrong, it was Michelle Obama and not Angela Merkel.

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FLOTUS is not pleased

 

 

We also got a math question wrong about some old Italian guy who made up some number sequence or something.  But coming in at 3rd place with a score of 4 is not too shabby.  Donkey Punching Kangaroo’s had the lead with a perfect score of 6.

 

 

 

The second round was to name 10 states that the Mississippi River goes through.  Paul is not only the sports expert but the US geography champion so we gave the answer sheet to him and let him go crazy.  When the dust settled, we got 9 correct and had a total score of 13 with DPK’s still in the lead by 2 points.

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Radio stations on the left start with K and radio stations on the right start with W.  There’s some damned trivia for you

 

Round three was a bitch. We knew 2 Terrier breeds that weren’t named after countries but the third one, we missed.  We also knew 2 car models from different makers but didn’t get the third one either.  The last question wanted us to name three of the top listened-to artists on Spotify in 2015.

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We guessed Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and some other singer and we were completely wrong!  We were way off.  We were so way off that I hadn’t even heard of the top 3 artists that were given during the answers.  That’s a young person’s game, my friend.  But we got 5 points added to our score so we didn’t complain. He might have given us credit for one of the questions because our total went to 18.  We were still tied for third place.

Round 4 handed us the task of naming 10 news anchors using their picture.

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The Lovely Diane Sawyer or The One That Sean Knew

 

Luckily, Paul is a freaking super genius and knew 6 or 7 of them right off the bat.  Sean and Heather put in their two cents to get a few more names.  There was one picture we didn’t know and we just wanted to fill in any answer so I thought of Greta Van Susteren but I was sadly wrong.  Otherwise, we would’ve had a perfect round.  Our score at this point was 27 and we were tied for first place with a team named Instinct.

 

 

 

In round five, Paul and I immediately thought the Guess Who was Andy Samberg and we were convinced of it for 3 clues.  Paul wanted to turn it in after the second clue but Sean and I stuck to our guns and said, “Wait until the third clue!”

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Brooklynn 99? Not his best

 

 

It was a good thing we did because in the third clue, we found out the sex of the person in question was a female so Paul and I were totally  wrong with the Lazy Sunday artist.

 

 

 

Heather started thinking really hard and she came up with Amy Schumer based on the clue that she was photographed by Annie Leibowitz at one point.

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Hash Tag That!

 

We knew that was the right answer so we turned in our answer sheet after the third clue and ended up getting six points for that round bringing our total to 33 and still tied with Instinct.

The last round would determine the winner and we were ready.  Round six is just a blur at this point as I switched my beer of choice to a Set Sail IPA and it’s a bit stronger than I am used to on trivia night.

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That and other stuff!

 

We ended up getting 5 questions right.  We knew teriyaki, the word “Gusto,” Genghis Khan, assassins, and Fender but don’t ask me what the questions were…lol!

 

 

 

 

So the final standing score was 38 for team Lagalots and 36 for Instinct.  We would’ve just won right there but Instinct had the luck of getting the bonus question correct so they got to roll the die to see what fate would deal them.

They got the choice to answer a 1 point, 2 point, or 3 point question and they decided to get greedy and go for the 3 pointer which would put them in the lead and snatching the victory from our cold dead hands.

The question was, “Who was Mary Surratt?”

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And for 3 points to take the lead….

 

The anticipation grew and grew until I felt like it was choking me as we waited anxiously to see if they knew the answer.  They obviously didn’t know and were stalling their demise.

And guess what?  They didn’t know!  We won trivia again!  We were back on top!

Mary Surratt, if you’re curious, was the first woman executed by the federal government for being a coconspirator in the plot to assassinate Lincoln.

So both teams took home a growler each and it’s chilling in my fridge right now getting ready for me to enjoy the taste of victory.  I love #winning!

Pub trivia is such a fun thing to get us through the work week.  Check your local breweries and bars to see if they offer it on a certain night at your favorite place.  Thanks to BackStreet Brewery and Pop Quiz Trivia for making it a competitive event in a relaxed environment!

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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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