Friday, February 22, 2013

No Posts? No Excuses

I've been hard at work recently. I am on pace to put in 60+ hours in 6 days so brewing hasn't been on my front burner. I will review a beer I've brewed tonight and post that review tomorrow. I will attempt to block out time next week to brew a Scotch Ale. Tax season is funny in that a week ago I was leaving at 5 and now I am leaving near 8. Crazy. Anyways I'm still brewing. I'm just a bit busy.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Stone Winter Storm

The stone winter storm is the stone fest of stone fests. It's their annual celebration of themselves featuring fans. They're committed to helping their fans get all of their great beers in one place. I was lucky enough to find this when I was thinking about a trip. I knew it needed to happen. The event is broken into two parts. A gourmet breakfast with samplers of beer and the rest of the week where anyone can wander in for amazing beers.

(Please read my summary and thoughts after the break.)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Beercation Three: California's Final Ride

Best Friends
The Bruery reserve society is beginning to feel a bit like the hotel California, "You can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave". At least for now I am making my third trip to California in three years to pick up beer. This will be my last vacation to this location to pick up beer. They're going to begin shipping within California and it's my hope eventually they'll ship nationally. So goodbye Southern California, it's a lovely place.

(Please read more about my trip after the break.)

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Final Chapter: California

This will be my last ride to California for beer. Not only after this trip am I going to declare California conquered, but I am hoping to see other places. I'd like to take a vacation in the summer to the pacific north west. I'd love to see the giant redwoods of inland California. I'd love to go to Vermont, Maine, Atlantic Georgia, and even French Belgium. I'd love to vacation with my long time Girlfriend. I can't be doing that when my vacations are tethered to the pickup window of the Bruery.

I haven't brewed much this month because I quite honestly haven't had the time. Visiting My Girl, work, and preparing for this vacation have all been more important. That will change after I return and report on my vacation.

A primer for the vacation. (3.5 Days LA/SD): Look Forward to reports on:

  1. The Bruery
  2. Beachwood BBQ
  3. In N Out Burger
  4. Stone's Calm Before The Storm
  5. Port Brewing
  6. Iron-fist Brewing
  7. Ballast Point Taproom
  8. Ale-smith Brewery
  9. Alpine Brewing
  10. Coronado Brewing
  11. Urge Gastro Pub
And much, much, more.... We fly out of midway tomorrow at 6:30 am local time...