Tucked in between the hills of San Luis Obispo is a small, unassuming building that houses the Central Coast Brewing Company. There’s a sign you can see from the street that advertises the wares within.
The tiny parking lot is usually filled with cars. There are always bikes cruising by and getting locked up while the rider has a brew (or two). Such is a typical night in SLO on Monterey Street.
In July, I was lucky enough to spend a few days in SLO and I wrote the @ccbrewSLO on my schedule in permanent black sharpie. I like to visit breweries in every town I visit but certain towns have particular breweries that I especially love and Central Coast Brewing is one of them.
Previous visits to CCBC have been less inviting due to the crowds but it was practically empty when I strolled in on a Sunday night. There were about 7 people inside and 3 people out on the deck outside. We weren’t graced with the presence of a canine but I noticed a bowl of water on the floor so they are definitely dog-friendly.
Their menu is so extensive, I had to break it up into 3 shots to be able to make it blind-lady sized. 15 original beers on draft! Had I died and gone to hop heaven? I love me some Pale Ale and there were 5 different flavors to sample.
I decided to sip the International IPA called Citrusogalactic at 6.6%. The Old Man went with a Moonbuggy which measures 8.0% and is a New England style IPA.
When I went to pay, I expected my total to be $14. But the brewtender charged me $8 and change. I was so stunned that I forgot to say anything like, “Hey, is that the happy hour special or what?” It would’ve been nice to know.
We got a seat outside on the deck. It was a nice night and the sun was in the process of setting as we sat and drank. We watched the shadows on the hills in front of us grow longer and a chill came to the air. In fucking July. A chill. I love SLO.
The citrus was bright tasting and lived up to it’s name. It was very sour with bitter grapefruit notes. Sean’s Moonbuggy was resinous & juicy af with the unfiltered haze of a NE IPA. Both brews were hopped just right.
I love the little details about Central Coast that make it so cozy feeling.
They’ve got a wall full of different bottles of beer that I could not stop staring at the first time I visited. This trip was the first time I’ve been able to sit outside so I had never noticed before but the railing is made up up staves from old barrels. Recycling in action!
I did notice one new thing about CCBC and that is the 2 new bathrooms inside the building. Now you don’t have to leave your beer out of sight if you are afraid of getting drugged….haha, J/K, that doesn’t happen in SLO! But seriously, the bathrooms used to be up several steps and down the hall of the building complex next door. The addition of in-house pissers is convenient and good news to report.
Central Coast has their own food truck. It’s something I have seen at a small number of breweries. They had closed up for the night right before we got there so I didn’t get to see what was on the menu. But I got this pic…check it out!
You can get merch and beer to go from Central Coast Brew Co. I like to advertise!
We talked for a while and then decided to order another round. Here is what I remember:
It was delicious and I took a nice picture of it. But I learned an important lesson. And that is to write stuff down so that I remember when I end up writing the brewbroadblog.
Maybe as soon as November, I will visit Central Coast again. But it may not be until next year during spring. I never know where the seasons will take me and what new brews I get to sample. But I will keep taking pictures and writing about it!