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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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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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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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Redemption @BackStreetBrew!

The sweet taste of victory had not been tasted by the #Lagalots for the last two weeks of #PopQuizTrivia and we were hungry like the wolf.

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Yum…dead stuff

We had failed miserably the last time as a team, would tonight be a pathetic repeat?  Heather and Paul are moving out and on and up to another city soon so this was our last time playing with them for a long while.

It was the Minicks and the Leonards on this momentous occasion.  Ck & Carie were probably busy getting it on Leprechaun style in a castle in Ireland…but who is to judge?

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The Great Warwick Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The green2Go food truck was there again and Paul and Heather tried their bowls.  #liveg2g offers one with tofu and two more with meat and they start at $10.  The serving sizes are small but I’m just as pleased as a pig in shit that they offer tofu.  One of these day’s I will not eat dinner before trivia and get a tofu bowl to eat.

When we got there, Heather and Paul had already ordered their beers.  Paul went with a Jagged Little Pilsner, a nice light beer to start off with, and Heather had her Holy Shizz Imperial Red Ale that she loves because it is 10.2%.  Now that’s some ABV to write home about!  Sean disappeared inside for two minutes and came back with beers for us, he had the Set Sail IPA and I copied Paul with a delicious Pilsner.

In the first round, we scored 4 with 2 wrong answers. We got the 2010 Most Powerful Woman wrong, it was Michelle Obama and not Angela Merkel.

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FLOTUS is not pleased

 

 

We also got a math question wrong about some old Italian guy who made up some number sequence or something.  But coming in at 3rd place with a score of 4 is not too shabby.  Donkey Punching Kangaroo’s had the lead with a perfect score of 6.

 

 

 

The second round was to name 10 states that the Mississippi River goes through.  Paul is not only the sports expert but the US geography champion so we gave the answer sheet to him and let him go crazy.  When the dust settled, we got 9 correct and had a total score of 13 with DPK’s still in the lead by 2 points.

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Radio stations on the left start with K and radio stations on the right start with W.  There’s some damned trivia for you

 

Round three was a bitch. We knew 2 Terrier breeds that weren’t named after countries but the third one, we missed.  We also knew 2 car models from different makers but didn’t get the third one either.  The last question wanted us to name three of the top listened-to artists on Spotify in 2015.

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We guessed Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and some other singer and we were completely wrong!  We were way off.  We were so way off that I hadn’t even heard of the top 3 artists that were given during the answers.  That’s a young person’s game, my friend.  But we got 5 points added to our score so we didn’t complain. He might have given us credit for one of the questions because our total went to 18.  We were still tied for third place.

Round 4 handed us the task of naming 10 news anchors using their picture.

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The Lovely Diane Sawyer or The One That Sean Knew

 

Luckily, Paul is a freaking super genius and knew 6 or 7 of them right off the bat.  Sean and Heather put in their two cents to get a few more names.  There was one picture we didn’t know and we just wanted to fill in any answer so I thought of Greta Van Susteren but I was sadly wrong.  Otherwise, we would’ve had a perfect round.  Our score at this point was 27 and we were tied for first place with a team named Instinct.

 

 

 

In round five, Paul and I immediately thought the Guess Who was Andy Samberg and we were convinced of it for 3 clues.  Paul wanted to turn it in after the second clue but Sean and I stuck to our guns and said, “Wait until the third clue!”

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Brooklynn 99? Not his best

 

 

It was a good thing we did because in the third clue, we found out the sex of the person in question was a female so Paul and I were totally  wrong with the Lazy Sunday artist.

 

 

 

Heather started thinking really hard and she came up with Amy Schumer based on the clue that she was photographed by Annie Leibowitz at one point.

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Hash Tag That!

 

We knew that was the right answer so we turned in our answer sheet after the third clue and ended up getting six points for that round bringing our total to 33 and still tied with Instinct.

The last round would determine the winner and we were ready.  Round six is just a blur at this point as I switched my beer of choice to a Set Sail IPA and it’s a bit stronger than I am used to on trivia night.

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That and other stuff!

 

We ended up getting 5 questions right.  We knew teriyaki, the word “Gusto,” Genghis Khan, assassins, and Fender but don’t ask me what the questions were…lol!

 

 

 

 

So the final standing score was 38 for team Lagalots and 36 for Instinct.  We would’ve just won right there but Instinct had the luck of getting the bonus question correct so they got to roll the die to see what fate would deal them.

They got the choice to answer a 1 point, 2 point, or 3 point question and they decided to get greedy and go for the 3 pointer which would put them in the lead and snatching the victory from our cold dead hands.

The question was, “Who was Mary Surratt?”

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And for 3 points to take the lead….

 

The anticipation grew and grew until I felt like it was choking me as we waited anxiously to see if they knew the answer.  They obviously didn’t know and were stalling their demise.

And guess what?  They didn’t know!  We won trivia again!  We were back on top!

Mary Surratt, if you’re curious, was the first woman executed by the federal government for being a coconspirator in the plot to assassinate Lincoln.

So both teams took home a growler each and it’s chilling in my fridge right now getting ready for me to enjoy the taste of victory.  I love #winning!

Pub trivia is such a fun thing to get us through the work week.  Check your local breweries and bars to see if they offer it on a certain night at your favorite place.  Thanks to BackStreet Brewery and Pop Quiz Trivia for making it a competitive event in a relaxed environment!

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Lag-A-Lots: The Losers Extraordinare

The night was full of promise.  We were the reigning champions from last week’s trivia slaughter at BackStreet Brewery.  We thought we had it in the bag.  Well, I guess there was a hole in the bottom of the bag because we fell through it and landed painfully on our asses.

Backstreet was full on this last Wednesday, teeming with eager young hipsters ready to snatch up that 2 growler prize at the end of the night.  And then there was us: The Lagalots.  A group that fluctuates in numbers and varies wildly in trivial knowledge.

Tonight there were four of us in the group; me, the old man, Paul, & Heather.  We were missing Ck & Carie, down 2 good men.

We started out with beers and I got the usual, Jagged Little Pilsner, which is so tasty I can’t help but keep coming back to it.  Sean had the Set Sail IPA, which is also another tasty and strong selection from Backstreet’s menu.  They just got the Vienna Lager on Nitro in and I forgot that I wanted to try that.  I didn’t remember until the end of the night as Sean was closing up his tab.  I guess I’ll have to remember next week!

Heather tried something new, which came in a 10 ounce glass because it is more than 10% ABV.  It was called the Shizz Imperial Red Ale or something similar.  She liked it a lot and had two rounds through out the night.  Paul had a Nut Brown Ale, he likes that one a lot and has it almost everytime we do trivia night.  It’s got a nice brown color to it and is not that strong so you can drink several.

The Taco Truck that is usually there and that has such delicious soyrizo & potato tacos was gone and won’t be back.  The Pop Quiz moderator told us he would be actively seeking a replacement food truck.  Heather suggested they get the In & Out truck…sounds fine to me!

So in the first round, we came out strong.  Despite the fact that we got 2 wrong, we were tied for second place.  I mean, who knew the invention of auto-pilot would be the catalyst that started the mile-high club?  Some dorks might know that…and they did.  But we knew the sports question thanks to Paul and no one else got that one right.  Well, they didn’t cheer obnoxiously like we do when we get one.

Round two was a balls question and I immediately handed the answer sheet over to Paul.  The question had to do with the top cities that got the most money from sports like Super Bowls and Championships and what-not.  How could I know the answers when I barely understood the question?  Luckily, Paul came to the rescue again and filled out all ten answers and got all ten right.  At the end of round 2, we had 14 points and we were tied with 3 other teams for first place.

Then shit started going downhill.  In round three, we got most of them right but then a ton of other teams did too.  Ususally we use round three to secure our place as first but it wasn’t working out that way.  Then some asshole from a team that got the bonus question right got to roll the dice and his roll enabled him to steal a point from one team and give it to another.  So the jerk-off choses to steal the point from us.  What a cunt face, I curse him to hell!  If only I knew his name!

Round four was the picture round and there were ten pictures of different reptiles that you had to identify.  It took a while, but we got six out of ten correct.  But i was upset that we wrote down turtle for one instead of tortoise, which was the right answer.  I should’ve known better.  My Myrtle Turtle would be pissed at me if she knew.  We were in 3rd place by the end of that round.

Shame on you, Mommy

The “guess who” round is always the most difficult and we learned an important lesson last night.  It’s ironic because we seem to need to learn this lesson every time we play.  No matter how fucking sure any of us are about who the mystery person is, we need to wait until the 3rd clue to be absolutely sure.  We only get six points that way but it’s a lot better than no points; which is what we got last night because we jumped the gun and answered wrong.  Fuck you, Tom Selleck.

 

The sixth and last round was pointless for us.  We doubled down because we had nothing to lose but even if we had gotten all the points for being right, we still wouldn’t have been close to winning.  All the other teams knew Tom Selleck in the previous round so they were way ahead of us.  We only got one out of six questions wrong but since we did double or nothing, we got nothing.  Our final trivia score was 25.  Sean and I have done better than that on our own.  Very disappointing.

It looks like the Lagalots have some serious competition from here on out.  But they can all go to hell because we are putting on our A game from now on.  Of course, we can’t go to redeem ourselves next week because we’ll be at the San Diego Comic Con.  Maybe Heather & Paul, and Ck & Carie can pull off a win….we deserve it! So get ready, mother fuckers!

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Newport Beach Brewing Company

The days start out cloudy with rain seeming imminent and end up in showers of glorious sunshine.  It must be June.  The schools are getting out and everyone is going on vacation.  And I start spending the odd Wednesday at the Newport Beach Brewing Co. for $10 Pizza/$10 Pitcher day.

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Weekly specials make the BrewCo crowds go wild

 

 

There are two local breweries that got their start in 1995 and the #BrewCo is one of them.  This is when I got together with the old man, Sean, so I have a special place in my heart for Newport Beach’s favorite neighborhood brewery.  You’ve got to give credit to them for getting something right to be around this long.

On this particular Wednesday I arrived around 1:30.  I snapped up some pictures of the parking lot entrance and the NewportBrewCo assault vehicle.

I have been coming to Pizza/Pitcher Wednesdays for many summers and the place is always familiar feeling.  We knew exactly what we wanted and we started out first with our $10 pitcher of Pelican Pale Ale.  The glasses came chilled and we poured two pints out.

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Pelican Pale Ale

 

It was cold and had a head on it so we liked that but by the time the beer’s been poured from the tap into the pitcher then into the glass and then finally into my mouth, it has lost some, if not all of it’s fizz.  The beer wasn’t exactly flat but the carbonation level left something to be desired.  This has never been a problem before so we chalked it up to the devil.  You know how he’s always making beer flat, you know. Plus fizzy beer is for wussies.

The waitress was very friendly, I recognized her from last year but not sure about any years before that.  She let us look over the menu because we weren’t sure what pizza we wanted.  It was a toss up call between a Margharita and a Veggie and the Margharita won.

When the pizza came, we gobbled up most of it right away.  Even though we both “weren’t that hungry.”  It was covered in gooey mozzarella and had juicy slices of tomato and sprinkles of fresh basil.  It wasn’t burnt either, it was cooked to perfection and tasted just the same.

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What is the TMNT’s favorite food?

 

Talk about satisfied!  We were full, but not bloated.  We were buzzed, but not drunk & disorderly.  This called for a trip outside for some “fresh air.” We asked our waitress to keep our stuff on the table because we were coming back.  Our beers were empty but we had 2 slices of pizza left.

When we got back in, we found that our table had been cleared.  The waitress was apologetic and said she had taken the empties away but that the other waitress had cleared off the food.  She even said she would bring us another pizza if we wanted, which we declined.  The offer was appreciated though.

By now, it was Happy Hour time!  3:00 had come and gone while we were vaping so we checked the chalkboard for what beer we would sample next.

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BrewCo’s beers on tap menu and specials

 

We both decided on a Village Idiot IPA because we wanted something stronger than the Pale Ale.  Pints were only $4.00 during HH so we both got one.

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A couple of Village Idiots

 

They were a bit cloudy looking but tasted flavorful and delicious.  There was a good amount of pine taste but with some sweetness I couldn’t quite put my finger on.

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Extra info for the percentage-minded

 

One thing I like that some breweries do is put the ABV percentage up on the board so that when you are choosing, you can go strong or light.  Newport BrewCo didn’t have the numbers up on the board but I found this page on the table that lists the ABV’s of all their different beers.

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@NBBrewCo’s Board of Surf

 

Newport Beach Brewing Co. is a great place to check out on a lazy summer day.  Their beers are “world famous” (according to the shit load of blue ribbons I saw hanging up behind one of the brewing kettles and the sign out in the back advertises it…subtle, I like that).

The food is fantastic and the prices are just right.  The specials are worth coming here for and their Happy Hour rocks!  The waitress’ are very nice and the place is huge so it never seems crowded.  There is an outside patio with umbrella’s to protect those balding Newport men from the hot, sweltering sun.  The televisions lend a sports bar vibe to this beach-town brewery and they carry all the balls you can stand.

Come to Newport Beach and check this place out!  It’s worth the effort and you won’t be disappointed.  Just don’t enter the contest for the pink bike because that’s my deal, okay?

 

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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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Burritos, Booze, and Bullying at the Taco Guild

The Taco Guild is a well-known gastropub in Phoenix, AZ.  It is housed in a building that used to be a church and since 2012, no God could be found there.  Except the God of great taste and smooth drinks, that is.  I wonder what that God’s name would be?  Mail your suggestions to: sleonard23@gmail.com and I will laugh all night!

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Outside the Taco Guild

 

We were a group of six asking for seats at 7:15 pm on Thursday.  The place was packed, as we could see from the outside, and there would be a 20 minute wait.  We mozied on up to the bar and ordered beers all around!

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Check out the heads on those things! (that’s what she said)

 

The drink menu was incredible!  They had about fifty different kinds of tequila and a handful of drinks you could have made with it.  Since I had been drinking at the Comic Con all day and i’m not into barfing, I didn’t try any tequila this time.  But I had a wonderful IPA called Mother Road Tower Station and Sean tried a Lumberyard Red Ale, both were crafted in Flagstaff.

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The bar at Taco Guild

 

After the first round, came the second!  I tried a Pilsner and Sean stuck with the Red Ale.  Pilsner was also the choice drink for Babra, Ck, & Wade but Carie went with a Blonde Ale.  The craft brews were satisfying and not flat.  It’s just a thing I have about flat beers.  A lot of places have flat taps and they either don’t know or don’t give a shit.  But Taco Guild is a respectable kind of place that wouldn’t think of serving flat booze.

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Drunk and getting drunker

 

Finally, we got seated at a table and settled into the menu.  Spoiler alert!  I ordered a burrito instead of taco’s and I got a shit load of fun harassment from my friend, Ck.  If you even care to read about it, here is the link to the page I wrote that night in the hotel room just to be a dumbass.  Burrito @ The Taco Guild

The food menu is only two pages but every choice is mouth-watering.  They have veggie burritos and veggie tacos for vegetarians and I loved that.

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First menu page at the Taco Guild

Needless to say, I enjoyed my burrito and the time I got to spend with my friends.  The Taco Guild rules and I will definitely be back here next year when we invade Phoenix for the Con again.

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Tempe, AZ’s own…Phillys Sports Grill!

After driving from Anaheim, CA to Phoenix, AZ, we were in need of some sustenance.  In the wasteland that Interstate 10 bores through, we had found nothingness.  It was a long, six hour journey with vast expanses of desert in a full 360 degree panorama.  Breathtaking and lonely at the same time.  Plus, it was hot as fuck.

There were excessive heat warnings from CA to AZ this week

By the time we checked into our hotel, we were spent.  In an unfamiliar town, we didn’t know what we were in for or where anything was.  Across the street from us, the old man had spied a sign for Phillys Sports Bar & Grill.  In the best case scenario, we would end up fed and buzzed in the air conditioning of a small restaurant.  In the worst case, we would just end up buzzed in a dive bar.  Either option wasn’t too horrible so we crossed our fingers and hoped for the best.

 

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Phillys is on Scottsdale in Tempe.  It’s not too far away from a freeway and the traffic that goes by probably keeps a steady supply of customers coming in.  Even on this Wednesday night, there was a minor crowd.

Phillys has an open outer area and then an inside area.  You can eat and drink in both areas.  Outside, there are tables and chairs and one bar along with misters lining the canopy to keep you cooled down on those hot Arizona days and nights.

Inside is what you would expect from your typical bar. It gives off that dive bar vibe with low lighting and lots of neon.  And then there are the requisite amount of televisions everywhere, which is indicidive of a good sports bar.  We found a table and a waitress approached us right away to take our drink order.  We had questions about the draft beer of the week and what was on tap and she helped us out with a smile.

We decided to both get Negro Modelo

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on draught because it was the beer of the week.  It was flat but cold and went down smooth.  The prices were shockingly low.  Coming from Southern California, we don’t often see beer for $3.00 so we were happy when we found that here at Phillys.  We saw a black bean burger on the menu and both ordered one because we were starved.

It has become a habit for us to ask for our veggie burgers to be done so well that they are literally burnt and this time was no exception. The waitress said, “No problem!”

We quickly drank our beers so that we could order more when the food came.  It didn’t take long for our orders to be ready and soon the waitress was bringing us our plates and we were ordering some bottles of Miller High Life.  ‘Cause the High Life is the way we live, high on life with the Champagne of Beers!

Our food looked so appealing on the plates and we were very excited to bite into this culinary adventure.

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Black Bean Burger with a side of Onion Rings before….

 

The burgers could’ve been burnt a little more but they were excellent.  There was a pinch of spiciness to them and they weren’t dried out or too mushy.  Almost perfect!

Our High Life’s helped us wash down the delectable dinner but there was too much food for both of us.  Usually, Sean finishes his plate and then the remainder of mine.  But this night, the burgers conquered us instead of the other way around.  We got a box for the left overs and finished up the bottles.

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…and after!

Next door to Phillys is Oscar’s Market.  Before we headed back to our room, we got a 24 pack of PBR from there.

We ended our day of travel in the super air-conditioned hotel room with those PBR’s and reflected on everything that had happened.  We also planned our attack for the Comic Con that started the next day.  We wanted to get an early start so we only downed a few.  By midnight it was 84 degrees outside and I was ready for bed.

An 84 degree angle, get it?

 

 

I doubt I will ever stay at the Plaza Suites again but I would definitely go back to Phillys Sports Bar & Grill.  They’ve got 3 locations in Arizona that you can look up on their website.  I was impressed with the quality of the veggie food and the fact that they even had a veggie option to begin with.  The atmosphere was great and it was a fun place to be.  I’m glad we ventured across the street to give Phillys a try.  You should too!

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#Winning @BackStreetBrew #EatThinkDrink

It was just an average Wednesday night at the BackStreet Brewery in #Anaheim.  An ordinary, uneventful night of nail-biting trivia with @PlayPopQuiz.

Who is to say that it wasn’t fate that visited upon the #Lagalots that night?  Whatever it was, we actually won and scored two growlers for our drinking pleasure as well as the week’s title.

Our normal team is a dream team, we have experts in every subject.

But last Wednesday found our team broken up with the only remaining members being myself, Sean, and Carie.  We decided to play just for fun and to represent the Lagalots at trivia night.  We even laughed about how funny and unlikely it would be if we won.  Little did we know…

We got there a little after 7:30.  The #FreewaySeries at the #BigA was attracting lots of traffic on St. College so we got off the main roads and took the backstreets to Backstreet.  The taco truck was there with scrumptious veggie soyrizo & potato tacos.

Water you tacoing about?

 

They also have carne asada and chicken I think.  They are all delicious and go perfectly with a pint of #craftbeer from Backstreet.

I started off with my go-to, Jagged Little Pilsner.  Carie had a Rita Red Ale and the old man had a Set Sail IPA, he likes those strong beers!  The brewery wasn’t crowded at all, especially compared to the week before when the #Angels played the #Cardinals.  It was packed then but only about 5 or 6 teams showed up for trivia on this night.

We started off strong and had the most points in the first round.  We got giddy and started wondering what it would be like to actually win the game.  In the second and third rounds, we were losing by 2 points to the team of 4 that went by Buzz Light Beer.

But at the end of the third round, we won the bonus question.  Sean went up to roll the die and came up with a number that got us a free round of beers for our team.  That was incredible!  We felt like, “Who cares if we win the whole game?  We just got free beers!”

Here’s how the Lagalots get their free beer

In the fourth round, we ended up tied with Buzz Light Beer and the tricky fifth round only got us 6 points out of 10.  Carie knew the answer but we weren’t 100% so we waited for the third clue before we turned in our answer sheet.  That move cost us two points and so once again, we found our team losing by a mere 2 points to the brainiacs in Buzz Light Beer.

 

Then came the final round, the sixth round, and we did horribly.  Or so we thought.  As the quiz master read off the correct answers, our hearts were pounding.  We got 3 or 4 answers right but the clencher came when we got the bonus question a second time.  We sent Sean up again to roll the die and he rolled a 4.  What does a 4 mean, we wondered?  Well, it meant that the Lagalots got to steal a point from any of the teams.  Sean and his strategic thinking knew right away to steal from the Buzz Light Beer team.

Checkmate, bitch

 

So, the quiz master was reading off the final scores.  It turned out that we had tied with the Buzz Light Beer team, both of us with a score of 35.  I thought we were going to have a quiz-off between us.

A Mexican Quiz-Off

 

And then we found out that we were tied before the bonus point-stealing factored in so when the points were stolen, we ended up with the most…securing our place as the Pop Quiz Trivia winning team of the night and all time!  Woo Hoo!

Now I’ve got a growler of Set Sail IPA in my fridge and Carie surprised her man with a growler of Rita Red Ale today.  #Winning rules.  I can’t wait to go back to Trivia night next week.  The whole team will be together so our “B team” will have a chance to gloat about our win.  We’ll see if the Lagalots can keep up the winning streak.  By Odin’s eye, make it so!

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