Beers I drink, Breweries, road trip

Oceanside Brewing Company

I had a family event looming on my horizon in #Oceanside so I wanted to check out some local breweries while I was there.  I had more than an hour to kill before I had to be somewhere and the closest brewery was also the one that would’ve been my first choice: Oceanside Brewing Company.  I like when the town is in the name.

DSC06293    A little sign above the door and a  “BEER HERE” sandwich chalk board  DSC06288  let you know you have arrived at the Oceanside Brewing Company.  There isn’t much parking but we got a place up front.  TGFHP.  That’s Thank God For Handicap Parking.

DSC06289  A couple with two kids walked in as we were getting out of the car so I knew OBC was kid-friendly right off the bat (you should see the disgusted look on my face as I type that).  I could also see the wagging tail and rear end of a dog so I knew they were dog-friendly as well.  DSC06306

Here’s a pic of the awesome fur baby I got to meet.  I will take dogs over kids any day of the week, lol.

 

@oceansidebrewingco has an extensive menu board with no less than 22 brews on tap.  There is literally something for everyone.

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There were a couple of beers I wanted to try but I was drawn to the New England style Desert Storm IPA which measured 6.7% ABV.  It was delicious with a citrus, grapefruit taste and stuffed with hops.  The Old Man tried a Corps IPA that came in at 6.8%.  It was interesting.  The Corps tasted more like a brown ale when we first sipped it but then the mellow hoppyness came forward and it tasted more like the American IPA it was billed as.

I complemented the brewtender/brewer on the Desert Storm and he told me a funny anecdote.  As regular readers will remember in my review of House of Pendragon, the New England or hazy style IPA is a fairly new type of craft beer to hit the market.  He said that the NE IPA is kind of a little joke among brewers who usually work very hard on getting clear, filtered beer.  And then some guy from Maine comes out with this “hazy,” unfiltered beer and it’s all the rage.  The brewer liked it because it shaved a couple of weeks off the brewing process by not having to filter out all the remnants.  And he said it was a popular choice so the general public seems to approve.

We wanted to go drink al fresco because the breeze was so nice & cooling but both entrances to the back patio were chained off.  As we stood there, contemplating the chain, the brewtender told us beers weren’t allowed out back and hadn’t been for six months as they battled with the ABC about the zoning.  The ABC are a bunch of dicks.  They were on the verge of having it all worked out and he said the back would be open for drinking in just a week.

OBC has a few games to play as well as some brew-crafting reading material.  The large wooden chess set was attractive and looked inviting if you are smart enough to know the game.  I’m not.

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I left the Oceanside Brew Co. wanting more.  It’s a #roadtrip there but not too far from #Anaheim so I am sure I will be back.  There are more brews to sample and some outback patio fresh air & sunshine to soak up.  I love California.

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Council Brewing Company

If you are going to San Diego, you have many choices when it comes to drinking good #craftbeer.  There are a lot of breweries you can visit and they are each wonderful in their own ways.  But I believe Council Brewing Company is maybe a little more wonderful and definitely worth a stop.

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They are a self-described “nano-brewery” but the menu offers a diverse selection.  By the time I got to Council on that fine Saturday, I was already buzzed.  That may have clouded my vision and led me to order a 7.0% Make IPAs Clear Again.  Whatever it was, I was extremely pleased with my selection.  It had a strong number behind it but it didn’t taste like a typically overly hoppy west coast IPA.  It was a mellow IPA that was very drinkable.

The old man went with the award-winning Bully Pulpit that was a high 7.2% ABV.  DSC04199

I snapped this picture of him behind the cut-out.  The term comes from a speech by Teddy Roosevelt in which he refers to the White House as a “bully pulpit.”  The brew itself is another great IPA from Council.  Not too hoppy at all, very clean finish.  I can see why it was the medal winner.

Carie tried the Farmer’s Gold Belgian Saison and she liked the light 5.7% beer and Ck started off with a 5.2% Pilsner called Diamond In The Grain.

 

Neither of them could resist getting their pictures taken with the Bully Pulpit cut-out either.

 

Here is a nice, readable picture of the menu-board.  It’s surprisingly well-populated list of alcoholic delights.

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Council Brewing is like any other brewery, kid and dog-friendly.  Which is good in one way and bad in another, for me at least.  But I’m not complaining.  The kids in there were quiet and not running all over the place.  The parents had trained them well.  We were probably louder than the kids and we had just as much fun playing with the blocks.  I got to meet this sweetie too!

When it was time for our second round, we all tried something new.  Except Carie, who knows a good thing when she finds it.  She stuck with the Farmer’s Gold.  I got a 100% Maybe IPA that was lighter than my first and measured in at 6.3%.  Again, I was impressed with the flavor of their brews….delicious!

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Sean ordered a Questionable Advice IPA that was a 6.7% and Ck delighted his taste buds with a 3 Berry Beatitude Saison.  Even though it was a light 4.5% ABV, it was so tart & tasty.  We had Charlie join us for our second round and he went for the heaviest right away.  He got an 8% Royal Blood Imperial Red IPA that was dark in color and tasted like coffee.

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They have a special menu of sours that are brewed at another location called The Magic Factory.

 

One of them is called Lickable Staves and I was curious about what a “stave” was so I asked the brewtender.  He informed me that it is a plank of wood in a barrel.  So next time I go back, I definitely want to try the sour Likable Staves.

 

I liked Council Brewing Company a lot.  The only disadvantage is that it is tiny and not meant for crowds.  But the selection is extensive and the brews are good.  They brew truly craft beer and it is obvious once you try your first taste.

Go ahead and do yourself a favor.  Visit and enjoy Council Brew then check it off your list of things to do in #SanDiego.  Your drunk self will thank you.

 

 

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Bay City Brewing Company

Last month I was lucky enough to try a new location of a previously-visited brewery, At Ease @ Barrel Harbor, and to experience a whole new brewery, AleSmith Brewing Company, while I was in San Diego for the weekend.  This month, I found myself in San Diego again with a lot of time and a lot of nothing to do.  So you know what I did?  I got drunk.

I started out the day right with a big breakfast and then a visit to the Villainous Lair where Ck picked up a new Munchkin game called MOOPS: Monster Mash-ups.  Then it was time to commence the drinking that I knew was going to happen all day long.

Our first stop was at Bay City Brewing Company.  It is located in an industrial area off the 8 freeway and close to Mission Bay (hence, the “bay” in “Bay City”).  Bay City is also about a two minute drive from Modern Times Beer.

Bay City is spacious and seemed even more so when we got there a little after it opened at noon because of the lack of people.  More folks eventually showed up and I got to meet two dogs during my time there.  Always the highlight!

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A well-behaved Frenchie

 

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The Pug that wandered in from the storm

Their menu isn’t extensive so I was able to pick out right away what I wanted to try.

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I went for the basically-named San Diego Pale Ale and the one with the highest ABV, 7.7%.

Sean tried a Power Play IPA that I told him to get because I wanted to try that one too and I knew he would like it.  It measured in with a 6.9% ABV.

Carie had the Vienna Lager, a mellow 5.0%, and Ck had the Dark Lager that came in at 5.3% ABV.

The Pale Ale & the IPA were very hoppy.  Very resinous tasting and mine killed my taste buds in such a way that I was able to enjoy the rest of my pint.  Otherwise, I would’ve been scowling with every sip.  I tried little sips of Ck’s & Carie’s lagers and they were so light in comparison.  They were delicious and worth a second visit.

We sat around a pallet table that was big enough for 8 people and played a game of Munchkin. It was so much fun because our group has been talking about doing it for about as long as we’ve been playing Munchkin, which is about 3 years.  Finally!  Our wish come true!

We didn’t have a game board but not to fear!  Ck had purchased each of us our own 10-siders that corresponded to our home-game Munchkin colors.  What a thoughtful guy!

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I languished around level 1 for so long as the rest of those munchkins rose up until Carie eventually claimed the win.

The brewtender who came to collect our empty glasses also asked if we wanted refills and the answer of course, was, “Yes, please!”  That was a nice touch of service and I will always remember Bay City as very customer-oriented.

A brew tour bus came through so it got a little crowded for about half an hour but then it cleared out and it was just our gang of four with a Frenchie guy and a couple other humans left over.

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A woman from the tour pissed everywhere around the toilet and nowhere in the toilet.  What, did she think she was in the men’s room?  Sidenote: Bitches please!  At least clean your piss up so I don’t have to if you can’t use a toilet seat the right way.  It’s your own damn piss.  Bitches. The bathrooms were nice and clean other than that little incident.

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Behind the scenes at Bay City Brewing Co.

The brew vats are set up off in the back.  They are lit up with cool blue lighting that goes with the silver of the tanks.  Cool design, owners!

There is a back patio area that I didn’t get to visit because I love sitting on my ass.  Next time I’m at Bay City Brewing, I will check it out.

I liked this brewery a lot.  It is roomy enough to deal with crowds and has some pretty tasty beer.  I would recommend starting with the light end of their spectrum and you won’t be disappointed.

The location is another great thing about Bay City that will definitely bring me back in.  Parking could be better but when I was there, parking wasn’t an issue so I won’t complain.  I’ll just say, I would hate to have to find close parking after 4:30 on most weekdays and all time during weekend nights.

Bay City Brewing Company is a must stop if you are in the Mission Bay area.  I had a great time there and will be back, for sure.

 

 

 

 

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A Noble Redux

We started with Noble Ale Works a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

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It was long before BrewBroadBlog, long before we acquired a taste for the IPA’s.  One time, we were the only ones present in the tasting room, this was before they opened the tasting room up to the warehouse section next door.  They had a bunch of Angles and Ducks memorabilia and a huge map where visitors placed pins to mark where they were from.

Image result for anaheim angles logo parking lot crisisThis Noble Ale Works died long ago.  They died when a shit ton of folks started parking at Noble for Angles games and crowding the very little space Noble has for “schmoozing.”  We stopped going there because we were sick of the crowds.  We might be beer snobs but, fuck you, hipsters, we were there first.

 

Tonight, we were on a hunt for a brewery.

Image result for old orange brewing company We hit up the Old Orange Brewing Company on Batavia in Orange but they were closed.  They should think about turning off their lights and putting the picnic table back inside if they are not serving beer.  Whatever.

So Noble was the next closest brewery to our house.  If they were crowded we were going to try the Legends Brewery on Lewis.  But the Noble crowd was manageable so we ended our night there.  The best taco truck in OC was there, hawking their meat-filled creations but also offering one with grilled veggies.  Smart choice.

The menu was new and familiar to us at the same time.

Image result for noble ale works menuThey featured the Pistol Whip’d which I used to drink all the time.  It comes in at a 4.5% ABV so I left it alone for the night.  I ventured out to try something stronger and I decided on a Big Whig IPA that was a 6.8%, it was Noble’s attempt at a West Coast IPA.  Whatever that means, right?  It was damn tasty.  It was hoppy but the IBU’s were not overwhelming.  I guess a West Coast IPA is kinda light.

They offered more “light-ish” brews like the Swoll Patrol and the Tank Top but neither appealed to me.  Noble presented several “hoppy-ish” choices, like the Big Whig, and the Tongue Tickles that registered a whopping 8% on the ABV.  Some stouts, like the Man’s Milk, which I think is a hilarious name for beer, came in with a 6.1% and the Double Bam Bam that is an Imperial Red Ale and will get you quite fucked up with an ABV of 8.88%.

Noble has some experimental brews on tap like the Life Is Pitless,

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which is a sour beer that features hints of sour cherry balls from the Most Magical Kingdom in all of Anaheim, Disneyland for you tourists.  The Naughty Sauce is a stout with coffee notes on  nitro to give a certain creaminess to the mouthful you will gulp.

It took about 5 minutes from the time we got our beer to the time we were able to commandeer a table from some losers who couldn’t hack drinking for the rest of the night.  As we sat and drank, we talked about how the Noble Ale Works has changed.  They started out sporty and took on a following they couldn’t keep up with.

Luckily, Noble is expanding.

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We saw the very proof of it tonight in the “Expansion Observation Deck.”  It’s a hallway that leads to closed glass doors that you can peek into.  What you will find is just darkness and maybe some vats.  But they are growing and I couldn’t be happier.

 

Our Big Whig IPA’s lasted a little while but soon we needed to medicate.  So out to the parking lot we went and sparked up a completely legal bowl of weed.  Things are changing.  There are new things on the horizon and I like the way the future looks.  If Noble can expand, so can I.

I just have to remember to stay the hell away from Noble during the baseball season.  It’s packed with lowlifes and trouble makers.  Visit Noble in the off-hours for a great time.  Try an experimental IPA or a light American Lager.  Noble’s got the best of them and it’s totally worth it.  You’ll see.

 

 

 

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SCV Brewmasters

As a matter of formality, we visited the Santa Clarita Valley Brewmasters Pirate Beer Festival.  And damn, did we have a good time!

I have only been to one other event like this.  An event that celebrates drunkenness and promotes revelry.  But this one, this one, was the best.  It started off at noon.  We parked and walked to the entrance with 2 minutes to spare.  We wanted to get every moment possible to drink the selections offered by the various breweries represented.

At first, we wondered around aimlessly.

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We walked the plank of the LAPG booth and got prizes in return.  They were out of most of the prizes because of the selfish VIP’s who had stolen all the precious before the general public was allowed in.

Until we saw that Temblor was represented with 4 fine choices of beer.  I had a 661 and something else I seem to have lost the name of.  But it was wonderful to see Temblor at this event.  It’s about halfway between Bakersfield and Anaheim so you feel like they made the effort and you made the effort and everyone gets to drink in the end.

There were so many breweries represented.  We tried a Redhead from FireHouse Brewing Co. and also a Brunette.  They both gave about the same head but the Redhead was much tastier to my palette.

We sampled from Absolution, Elysium, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas and Golden Road.  Most we had heard of but there were some new names in the mix.  Like Kona, who poured two fine selections and gave away lei’s to the mass public.

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Here is some of our crew enjoying the fine pours that were to be had.

There were a ton of pirate themed decorations spread throughout the area the brewfest took place in.  We got many pictures playing amongst the toys.

I kinda thought we could last from open until close, that would be noon til 5:00.  But, avast ye matey’s, we didn’t manage it.  We just drank until we could drink no more.  Our VIP friends left at around 3:00 and we drank through until about 4:00.

There were many fine beers and I wish I were a better reporter because I would be able to credit them all.  Instead, I drank myself silly and I can’t remember shit.  If it wasn’t for pictures and the list Carie made, I would be lost.

When it came down to closing the night out, we just ended up playing card games in Ck & Carie’s hotel room.  We played Quiddler and I came in last.  Yay!

But we had a great time and I would do it all again next year.  The End.

 

 

 

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Coronado Brewing Company

 

San Diego is pretty classy when it comes to breweries.  The Coronado Brewing Company is no exception.  @CoronadoBrewing has been around for 20 years and they have made a good name for themselves with locals and tourists alike.

There are a few locations around San Diego County in which to sample from their wares.  Last Sunday I visited the Tasting Room on Knoxville.  It was my first time so I did not know what to expect but I was immediately happy about their stellar selection.  It took me a little while to finally decide on a Punk’In Drublic at 8%.

This pumpkin ale has so much flavor and a spicy aftertaste.  Not the kind of spicy that makes your nose runny but the nutmeg/cinnamon combination prevalent in many Fall dessert creations.  It’s not too sweet…in fact, it’s perfect!

The old man and I have about the same tastes for beer so he went with the Punk’In Drublic too and he loved it.  Ck had the Parallel Pale Ale and Carie tried the Sea Breeze Lager.  They were both kind of light on the ABV which is why I didn’t try either of them but they looked beautifully golden in color.

Here is a shot of their extensive beer menu.  These are just some of the brews available.  There is another menu of the “staple” beers from Coronado and a tele screen with more listed.  It would take a long, drunk time to try each one of the brews on the board.  But I would take that challenge!

 

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The Meaning of Life

 

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We had just visited the Game Empire and bought some great games that we were eager to try.  Carie picked one out called Quiddler.  It’s a scrabble game with cards.  There are eight rounds and you get more cards in each successive round.  You have to try to make up words.  There were some creative ones but I think this one by Carie takes the cake.  Ck described it as a very 1980’s slang phrase.

Needless to say, Ck won the one game of Quiddler that we played and I came in 2nd place.

The tasting room is in the same big warehouse as the brewing vats and kettles as well as a bottling machine of some sort.  Possibly, maybe. Probably not.

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Coronado Brewing Co. has merch set up everywhere that you can take home with you.  You can buy cans & bottles to go if drinking alone is your thing. J/K!

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Or you can buy t-shirts, hoodies, key chains, and anything else you can put the CBC brand on.  They also sell Growlers in various sizes so get one filled and take it  home with you!

Not only is Coronado dog friendly, they have regular local dogs that come in all the time with their people.  I got to meet a few of them when I was there and it made my day.dsc02070

Something else that made my day was seeing the bunghole and getting to point it out with my own two fingers.

The bunghole is where the beer goes into a barrel where it stays to age and develop flavors.

TP for my bunghole.

Everything about Coronado Brewing Company is shiny and attractive and clean.  It wasn’t too crowded when we started drinking at 1:00 on Sunday but groups of people trickled in more and more as we stayed longer.  It’s the kind of place you don’t mind spending a couple of hours in.

Service is fast and friendly.  There is a food truck schedule posted for when you get the inevitable munchies.  A big hot dog was there serving weenies during the time we were there.  Unfortunately they had not bought their veggie dogs that day so they lost two sales.

 

I can’t wait to go back to Coronado Brewing Company!  It’s a fun and mellow place to hang out and drink.  You can bring your own card game to play or watch some balls on the tele behind the bar.

It’s in a great location, right off the 5 freeway near Sea World (boo).  The coastal breezes keep the weather all nice and cool so it never gets too hot in there.  The Coronado Brewing Co. definitely stands out among nearby breweries as one of the greats.  It was a pleasure going there and I will be back!

 

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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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