Breweries

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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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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