Thursday, August 5, 2010

San Diego brewery tour

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This past weekend, I took a trip down to San Diego with some friends. One major item on the itinerary was a tour of the various breweries in the area: the ones we hit were Ballast Point, Lost Abbey/Port Brewing, Green Flash, and Alesmith. Stone is a bit too intense on the palate for my taste, so we skipped it.

[Oh, and I'm not an expert on beer; things mostly go into the "I like it" or "I don't like it" categories. Or, as Whitney says, the "nom/not nom" binary. I'm linking the beers we tried to their reviews in Beer Advocate if you want actual information.]

1. Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPA
glimpse into the brewery
list of beers on tap

Lots of fun for our first brewery, and the woman running the tasting room, Alise, was super laid back and great to talk to about local brews.

Beers we tried here:

2. Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Company

Red Poppy Ale
list of beers
bottling line
Angel Share

By far my favorite brewery; the vibe was fantastic here. There was plenty of room of move around, LOTS of delicious varieties available (both on tap and in bottles). The guy leading the tour was really funny and knowledgeable; however, the drunk people who kept talking loudly WHILE FOLLOWING THE TOUR sort of ruined the ambiance.

Beers we tried here:

3. Green Flash Brewing Company

Hurt to admit it, but we were all disappointed by Green Flash, which is a shame, because their double stout is really delicious (not on tap during our visit). I didn't keep track of which beers we tasted. Zannen.

4. Alesmith Brewing Company

Lil' Devil
most cheerful folks evah
list of beers

Not that impressive of a space, but really great tasting room folks who were really supportive of the other breweries in the area. Ted was sad they didn't have the Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout, but nearly all the beers we tried here were tasty.

Beers we tried here:

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