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Red Tandem Brewery

I’ve had my eye on Oxnard for a while.  I see in the news that the weather is perfect there which makes me want to retire in the nard of the Ox.  So when the Eichels invited us to the Oxnard Steampunk Fest I was more than eager to check out the town.

We got dressed up in our finest and paraded around Heritage Square for a couple

of hours and then, as per usual, spent more time at the bar than mixing with the crowd.  We got dinner and went back to our room to drink Heinekens.  All of a sudden, we had the whole night before us with no immediate plan.  So we decided to hit the town.

I chose Red Tandem Brewery because they were the closest one to our hotel and we wanted to Uber since we had been drinking for most of the day.  DSC07921  The brewery & tasting room is in a strip mall kind of area surrounded by nice beachy-type houses in the Oxnard Shores community.  We arrived early in the evening when it was still light outside and snapped this picture of one of the houses all decorated up for Halloween. Getting in the spirit…I love it!

 

DSC07922  There is a bright red sign letting you know you are exactly where you want to be… minutes from the beach on a mildly temperate evening in October about to get drunk on “nanobrew.”  Good times for the forecast!

 

 

The interior of @RedTandemBrews is on the small side but there is seating for at least 25 people.  The menu is also on the small side but that’s not a bad thing when they advertise on their website as a “nanobrewery.”  At least you know what to expect when you walk in.  There are only 7 different brews but everyone in my group got something unique so the limited selection wasn’t an issue.  The Old Man snapped this clear shot of the brew board.

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I started off with my usual, a 6.4% IPA called C-Hag.  The hop level was just about perfect.  It has a measurement of 47 IBUs and was not shocking to my palette at all.  It was so good that I stuck with the C-Hag for the rest of the night, which ended up being about 3 beers long.  Sean got the Beach Blonde Ale with a high 5.9% ABV for a blonde.  He loved it but he also experimented with the Island Fox Red Ale and some of that C-Hag.  Everything we tried was a taste of perfection.  You can tell that the brewery really cares about what it is producing and takes the time and attention to detail that is necessary.

Red Tandem has some art on the walls (possibly for sale?), a chess board,

and a barrel set up with games to play.  We bought our own game of Timeline because we’re pretty good at this brewery thing; this wasn’t our first rodeo.  We met a nice guy named AJ.  He was just drinking and waiting for a friend so Ck asked him to join our game.  He caught on right away and we all had a great time.  I only won once but I’m glad about that one.  Every time I play I try to remember one card from the whole night.  Last month, I memorized the death of Billy the Kid as happening in 1881 and as fate would have it, I drew that card this time and stole the game!

As I was walking around the place taking pictures, the owner and brewer, Mark, asked if I wanted a tour.  I said yes right away because I love seeing all the equipment of the whole brewing process.  He was very friendly and quickly went over all the steps.

It was information overload during the tour and I don’t remember much of what Mark told me but he showed me the vats, the 55 lb bags of grain they use, the door to the temperature controlled fermenting room, and the refrigerated room where they keep the kegs and other ingredients.  All the brewing is done on site in the back.  It’s a small operation but extremely efficient.

I really liked Red Tandem Brewery.  From the location to the brews, they are tops in my opinion.  It’s too bad that I’m hardly ever in Oxnard because this is a place I would revisit again and again.  Maybe someday I will make it back there.  I hope Mark is behind the bar.  And I hope I get a better Uber driver than the crazy lady who picked us up at the end of the night.

Cheers!

 

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Todos las cervezas de Mexico

Recently, I got my international drunk on in Mexico for a few days.  Most of the beer drinking I did was in the airports on the way there and back.  I’m not usually a cocktails kind of lady but I had more than my fair share of them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             DSC05270

The first day started off at the AeroMexico counter, waiting until they opened up at 4:30 in the damn morning.  The Old Man had heard AeroMexico offers free beers on their flights so I was excited to get on that plane and get me one.  But alas, alcohol is not served in flight before 11:00 am.  I was kinda hoping that as soon as we hit that time zone line where it went from 9:00 to 11:00, that they would break out the drink carts and it would be a big party flight all the way to Mexico City.  No such luck there.

We had about an hour to kill in the Mexico City airport after we had gone through customs.  So we found a joint called the Pizza Bar that was close to our gate.  Now we could finally have our first beers of vacation!  I got a Dos Equis and the Old Man scored with a 4.9% Bohemia.  Then we said “Adios!” to Mexico City.

On the next flight we had the unfortunate luck of being in the very back row.  By the time the drink cart got to us, all they had left was Corona Light.  Never one to scoff at a free brew, I graciously accepted that weak-ass 4.2% and drank it right up.

DSC05752We landed buzzed in Cancun and thought it was a good omen that the tower is sponsored by Corona.  Our next opportunity to drink came in the van ride to the hotel.  The driver had a cooler of Corona Extras and bottled waters up in the passenger’s seat.  We both had one of each and the drive went, well… less than smooth.  He took us around the little town called Puerto Morelos and then dropped us off at El Cid.

The rest of the night was devoted to serious drinking.  No more of that under 5% beer.  We started with champagne and ended with shots of tequila, spiced rum and vomit.  It was a steamy, sweaty, drunk night.  The right kind of start to a vacation of excess.

For the second day, we didn’t drink any beer at all.  What?  WTF, you say.  That’s right, no beer.  After I filled up on breakfast, I filled up on some champagne.  We were dying to go to the pool bar so we got changed and took the plunge.  We swam up and got our insulated cups filled to the top with Pina Coladas.

Throughout the day, we tried every single cocktail on the menu.  We had blended drinks, drinks on the rocks, sweet drinks, and fun colored drinks.  We tried Mai Tais, Daiquiris with fresh bananas, Pina Coladas, Blue Hawaiians (blue Pina Coladas), Margaritas (lime & strawberry), Mojitos, Jungle Juice, and a drink called the Cola de Iguana.  That translates to the Ass of the Iguana.  The drink was a bright green and tasted a lot better than iguana butt.  We had damn near everything.  But we barely got drunk.  We were able to maintain the whole day.  I guess that’s the result of watered down drinks.  Not that I minded, because I sure got a buzz going on that lasted all day and night.

DSC05508 (2) Our next full day was spent on the beach, in the pool, and in the town.  We found a spot right on the beach called Cancun Billy’s and sat there drinking Dos Equis out of bottles.  The view was spectacular.  The beers kept coming until we finally had to break away so we could get drunk somewhere else.

DSC05714  We walked around Puerto Morelos with our insulated cups filled with beer we had purchased at the Oxxo, it’s a convenience store like 7-11.  Everyone who knows me, knows how much I love 7-11 so of course I had to go visit it’s Mexican cousin.  The beer at Oxxo was $1.  You cannot beat that anywhere.  I had a Corona and Sean went for a Modelo.  By the time we were done with our beers, the sun was setting and it was time to taxi back to El Cid.

The last day was so sad, we didn’t want to leave.  So we started drinking early.  A banana daiquiri from the swim up bar was our first.  We packed and checked out, trying to remain buzzed for as long as we could.  For a variety of reason’s, we got to the airport in Cancun more than 3 hours early.  What a good opportunity to get even drunker!  And we did!

DSC05724  There was a little cafe called Guacamole that we sat at for a little while and drank a few Dos Equis each.  Then we went through security and found the Dos Equis Snack Bar near our gate.  It was a good place to make base until we had to board our flight.

I ordered 2 Dos Equis as soon as we sat down and when we were half way though drinking them, Sean noticed the “Super Size” Dos Equis!  A liter of Dos Equis!

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It was a huge ass bottle and I had a great time killing mine.  We got FOMO when it came time to board so Sean ran to the Convenience Store to grab our last Bohemias of the trip. We finished those on the tram ride to the plane.  We were 3 sheets by this time.  DSC05739

On the first flight back, we ordered Heinekens.  We enjoyed the beers of Mexico but we wanted something that was 5% ABV and nothing had been so far.  Yeah, we were happily drunk for a while and then it started to slowly wear off.  Sobriety started setting in.  And they weren’t serving anymore cervazas.  FML.

We couldn’t take drinking anymore on the second flight home, we couldn’t even get enough water.  They should give you a whole bottle, not just a few ounces pour.  What is it?  A tasting?  There is a fine line between drinking and drinking too much.  I got to that line and crossed it.

Not a big deal…lesson learned.  I will probably repeat it next time I fly so maybe my lesson isn’t really learned at all.  Hmmm.

I had a wonderful time drinking beers in Mexico.  It is one thing to have a Corona at a BBQ in Anaheim, but an experience to have a domestic beer of the country in which you are traveling.  I can’t wait to do it again!  Keep drinking!

 

 

 

 

 

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