Beers I drink, Breweries

Fall Brewing Company

Saturday morning, we drove right past Fall Brewing Company and the door was open.  We circled around the block so we could park and check it out.  But when we got back, the door was closed.  We checked the hours and we were about 15 minutes too early.  Not ones to sit around and wait, we went somewhere else to conduct our drinking.  But later that night, in our final stop of a day of brewery-hopping, we ended up right back in front.

This time, there was no question about it being open.  DSC04288 It was packed.  It was after 5:00 so the crowd was not a big surprise.  We found an open table for five and then sent the men over to order.

The beer menu at Fall Brewing is varied.  There is something for everyone.  I’m pretty sure I had the Green Hat IPA because it was a 7.3%er.  I say “pretty sure” because somehow, I failed to collect any notes about this awesome brewery.  So there will be lots of pictures and less words this time.  You’ll love it.

 

Here’s a clear view of the brews that they offer.

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Art by Emily Connell

There was an art exhibit going on at the time I visited Fall Brewing called the #PlushRockArtShow.  I got a bunch of pics of the album cover art that this artist stitched together and the work is extraordinary.

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May I say who is calling?

 

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Where’s the Midol?

I got to observe some cute doggies.  I didn’t engage them because I was too far gone to make sense and I didn’t want to freak anyone out – dog or human.

 

Fall Brewing has some merchandise available too.

 

The best part about Fall Brewing Co. is the punk rock decor.  The boy’s room was covered with old fliers from shows more than 20 years ago.  That’s around the time all the millennials in the place were being born!  I’m old!

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Outside food is welcome at Fall and there was a food truck out in front on that Saturday night.  It was called Anthem and it was a 100% vegan food truck!  I could’ve shit my pants right there when I saw their vegan menu.  Everything looked so delicious but I was in between meals so I didn’t try anything.

 

Fall Brewing Company definitely fills a niche in the San Diego #craftbeer scene.  They are worth a visit to check out the brews as well as the cool wall-art.  Say, “Hi,” to this guy for me!

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Mother Bunch Brewing & Day Two

We started off Friday with a bowl in the park.  The Catholic park, that is.  What does “non smoking” mean, exactly?

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Fuck your Catholic rules!

 

The Pope was there to bless those waiting in line for their Comic Con tickets.

 

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There might be a small child on his knees in the front of Pope John Paul, but we’ll never know….

 

We arrived into the air-conditioned building slightly before noon and we decided to waste our time at a Steampunk workshop called “Make and Take,” which is exactly what it sounds like.  You purchased a spray-painted gun for a nominal fee and then “make it” with rub and buff metallic paints and various accoutrements like sequins and gears into a gun you can call your own and be proud of.  Then you “take it” out of the room and own the shit out of it.

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Rubbing & Buffing our way through Day Two

Then we rushed across the buildings to make it to the Ash Vs. Evil Dead panel and made it with a few minutes to spare.

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Who are those freaks & why are they sitting so close to us?

Ck won a foam chainsaw for stumping the Horror Show panel and Carie ended up having to carry it around all day.  I’d tell you the question he stumped them with but it would stump you all too so, why bother?

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That’s why they call her Carie!

Those panels, and a cruise through the dealer’s floor, took up most of the early afternoon and soon we were finding ourselves drawn outside, into the 115 degree heat, for beer.  The Con board of directors must have figured out that people like beer so they designated a whole block as the beer garden. So, like the sailors of yore, we were called by the siren’s sound of  mermaids advertising $5 beer.

There were food trucks inside the confines of the beer garden and we ate lunch from the Grilled Cheese Truck.  I have to say, it was one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I have ever had.  It was made with pepper jack cheese and it was melty and gooey and delicious. Although my friend Babra says the Grilled Cheese Truck doesn’t pay it’s bills and she wondered how they were even in business at this event, I still like them and their eats.

SanTan Brewing had the honor of supplying the beers for the event and since we got there halfway early in the day, there were no lines.

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We got a superhero’s welcome!

I grabbed the high content Moon Juice Galactic IPA and I was not disappointed.

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7.3%  Need I say more?

It was cold and deliciously hoppy with just the right amount of bitter taste.  The old man figured I was onto something good and he had an IPA also.  Ck and Carie had the Sun Spot Golden Ale and they liked it.  I tried some and I found it to be refreshing, although it was only a 5% or something, it was still great.

 

We wasted a good amount of hours in the beer garden, drinking those ice-cold SanTan beers.  The grilled cheese we split didn’t stick to our ribs that much so we decided to spend a little more time walking the exhibitor floor and then we’d go back to the hotel room for some PBR’s and vaping.

That led to our group motorvating over to Wade’s house where we smoked the real smokey and the rest of the night became a blur….J/K!  Although, I admit there was a haze in my vision involved with all the rest of the nights’ events.

Mother Bunch Brewing on 7th street in downtown Phoenix ended up getting our dinner business.  Here is a picture of their beer menu…all the brews with an MB next to them are brewed on site. Here is a link to their website to fully indulge your desires: Mother Bunch

 

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The beer menu, updated for your pleasure

 

I checked out the beers on tap menu without consulting the menu board and decided on a Hose Humper Red.

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Do Not Consult!  Look to your left and behind!

 

It was number 2 by MB and, as you can see on the chalk board, is clearly crossed out.  Too fucking bad I didn’t check the board first!  Sorry if it’s my first time!  I’m such a tourist!

But the waiter realized my ineptitude and suggested that I try number 3, which was a McBride Red and it was a great substitute for what I wanted.  It had a nice red, caramel flavor and it was smooth going down.  I loved it.

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A $6.00 #craftbeer? Not unusual for California, but here? What’s the deal?

 

Ck and Carie also ordered beers and, gosh darnit, blame it on the smoke but I have to say I never did bother to find out what they ordered.  I’m sure it was good because they looked good drinking it.  Good enough to take a picture of, at least.

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The happy couple upon hearing the good news

 

Sean, on the other hand, had enough at this point.  The old man didn’t even order a beer from this brewery!  Shocking!  He downed that water like a fish, though.

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Geez Rev, you’re all red

 

Carie had warned us that the portions at Mother Bunch are enormous so we heeded her warning and ordered one Garden Sandwich from the menu to split between Sean & I.

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Mother Bunch gourmet food menu

 

Since we split the entrée, we got to choose different side dishes.  I got the salad and Sean got fries.  They charged us $0.50 for a side of ranch.  WTF?  Anyways, the food was awesome and full of tasty goodness.  There was a balsamic dressing in the sandwich that was very strong but not overpowering in taste plus it was so filling!

I was very impressed, not only with Mother Bunch Brewing, but with many of the restaurants I visited in Phoenix because they had definite vegan and vegetarian options on the menu.  I didn’t have to order a sammy minus the meat.  Their sandwiches are just naturally vegetarian!  Wonderful!

I will go back to Mother Bunch for more of their beer and to sample the various veggie options they had.  I love Phoenix and all it has to offer vegetarian related.  Give me all the beers on the menu board because i’m here and ready to drink in all of Phoenix!

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South Gate Brewing Co.

My April Fool’s Day brewery tour, aka #roadtrip 2016, came to an end at the South Gate Brewing Company located in Oakhurst, California.  This was not my first time at this gastropub and it won’t be my last.  Not because they are the only game in town, but because they make incredible #craftbeer and fresh food with vegetarian options.  That’s all I ever really want: beer and veggie food.  When it comes to these good things in life, @SouthGateBrewCo scores a hit.

We came up from #Fresno and we were in dire need of refreshing drinks before completing the last leg of the trip.  Even though we got there close to 9:00, South Gate was packed.  But this came as no surprise, it is just par for the course.  South Gate has never not been crowded.  Since it opened in 2013, it has been consistently attracting customers that include locals and #Yosemite tourists.

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The old man and I both ordered a James Blonde IPA, mostly because we were attracted to the 7% ABV it boasts.  We managed to find seats in the brewery area where you can spy the fermenting vats and all the inner workings of a brewery.

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I am not amused at the tanks of beer behind me

At first, Sean and I had the same opinion of the beer.  We didn’t like it because it was too bitter and sour.  It was harsh on the tastebuds.  It was light in color so I think we both just expected something a little lighter and smoother.  After a couple of drinks of this IPA, we disagreed.  Sean still wasn’t into it but I got used to the strong taste and enjoyed it after a bit.  The table-talker write-up says it was cold fermented like a lager and double dry hopped, which explains the utter hoppiness of James Blonde.

In the past I have tried the South Gate’s Gold Diggin’ Blonde, which is a golden ale and an all-day lasting 4.7%.  The Gold Diggin’ Blonde is very light and refreshing, I know, I had more than my fair share of them at one time.  Another beer I’ve sampled is the Tenaya Red IPA which is more malty than hoppy and a little piney.

South Gate not only crafts delicious beers, they offer a menu board with all kinds of options.  That night, they had a veggie rice burger that sounded tempting, but we were already full.

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I just read an article from the Sierra Star that talks with South Gate and goes over their plans for expansion.  I say, “Too soon is not soon enough!”  They are always crowded and I have to hunt to find a spot to rest my weary feet.  South Gate is planning on doubling the size of the kitchen and dining areas and they want to feature full-serve dining as well as new, vegan and vegetarian options for the menu.  The tasting area where you can see the fermenting vats will remain the same.

The gastropub is not currently affected by the construction which is scheduled to end sometime in late June.  Just in time for summer season!  So don’t let the work get in your way of having a great time at the South Gate Brewing Co.!

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