Beers I drink, Breweries, road trip

Sequoia Brewing Company

The Sequoia Brewing Company is an old standard of mine in Fresno, CA.  I’m there practically every April on the way to Oakhurst for some much needed R&R.

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We have been to Sequoia Brewing so many times that we are both very familiar with the beers.  Neither of us agreed out loud that we wanted to try something different but it seemed to be the unspoken consensuses.  Thanks to the “Specials” board out in front, we found what we were looking for;  two new brews that we were eager to sample.

I started off with the “So You Like IPA’s” Series #1 because I loved the high 7.4%.  It was delicious.  The taste was more malty than hoppy but the hops did creep up on me.  The bitterness was slight and it went down smooth.  I seem to remember that the IPA’s that Sequoia and Tioga Sequoia offer are not as hoppy as IPA’s available in Southern California.  The Old Man tried the Spring Bock which measured 7.2%.  It was a golden colored lager with a smoky aftertaste.

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In German, “bock” means “goat” and it is used to show a particular beer has a kick to it.  The Spring Bock indeed had a kick.  I tried some of Sean’s and liked it so much I ordered it for beers #2 and #3.  I got Sean’s original choice and he got mine for his second round.  He was as impressed with the IPA as I was.  There are a total of 3 varieties in the “So You Like IPA’s” series and we are excited to come back and try them.

Sequoia Brewing has specials for Happy Hour and we were hungry after our 4 hours just spent on the road.  We’ve had the pizza here before and it leaves something to be desired.  So we opted for the pretzel bites and we were not disappointed.

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The pretzel bites are small pieces of a larger soft pretzel that is deep fried to perfection and then salted and served with a side of stone ground mustard.  We ate that shit up fast! It was such a needed snack that ended up being our dinner.  Sequoia has a limited selection for vegetarians and I really wish they would offer a veggie burger.  They do have a veggie sandwich that sounds appetizing so I commend them for that effort.

Happy hour was coming to an end so we quickly ordered our third and last round.  I stayed with the  Spring Bock and Sean went back to the traditional menu to sample a Garage Sale Rye Pale Ale.  In the past, the Old Man has enjoyed rye IPA’s so he figured the rye pale ale would be just as good.  Coming in at a 6.0%, it was flavorful and crisp.  It had a nice dark red color.

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When it came time to pay the man, we were giggling with delight at the price of our beers.  I had to take a picture of my receipt to show off just how cheap the craft brewed beers are during happy hour.  $3.47!  $3.47?  Hell yeah!

Sequoia Brewing Company could teach other breweries a lesson about pricing.  Lately, I have been paying $6 and $7 for pints at local breweries.  They were no better and no less ABV than the $3.47 beers at Sequoia.  At a brewery, you cut out the middle man.  Where do some of them get off charging more than $5 for a pint?  I guess it’s the greedy American way.  The prices at SBC are refreshing and make me want to go drink and drink some more.

I probably won’t be back to Sequoia Brewing Co. until next Spring break.  If I was a local, I’d drink there more often but it’s just another one of those great stops on a #roadtrip. It’s nice to know I have a place to sit and enjoy some beers and unwind from the long drive.

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Breweries, Stuff i do when i drink

Hoparazzi Brewing Co.

I have been itching to go to @HoparazziBrew for quite sometime as regular readers will know.  And finally, last Saturday, I managed to get there.  They are only open on the weekends for now but it is definitely a brewery to check out…especially if you like sour beers.

They are located off La Palma in #Anaheim in the vicinity of 2 other breweries so they are in a great location.  There was a lot of parking when I went.  The interior looks very nice and modern and dimly lit but inviting.  They’ve got a board up with all their beer on tap and the alcohol content of each…very important factor!

I started off with the Enlightened IPA which was very excellent, it was the very taste an IPA should have…full of hops and flavor and some citrus taste going on.  My old man had the Eldo Wedding Beer which only comes in a 10 ounce glass.  It is a Belgian beer with strong taste and high alcohol content at 8.5%.  It was delicious.

But we didn’t stop there.  Oh no, Hoparazzi is known for their sour beers so, of course, we had to try some of the selection.  A taster flight of 4 is only $6.00 so we got a raspberry sour, a cherry sour, a cherry chocolate sour and then their strongest Scotch ale called Gypsy Dusk.

I have to say, I loved them all.  But I like sour beer.  My old man hates sour beer, it gives him acid belly and he doesn’t like the taste.  But even he had to admit, Hoparazzi’s sours were very tasty and smooth.  My favorite was La Tarte Melina, the raspberry flavored one, that was not too sour or sweet.  The cherry sour, or La Tarte Cerise, was very sweet tasting.  Then the Cherry Chocolate Tarte was very complex tasting with a more sour than cherry flavor and an aftertaste of delicious chocolate.  They were all great but I don’t know if I could take more than one pint of sour beer so the taster sizes were perfect.

Hoparazzi is a cool little brewery and I can’t wait to go back with my friends.  I love how Anaheim has so many breweries.  All these choices can make a brew broad get drunk!

 

 

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