Thursday, June 26, 2014

Beers on the Go...

4th Anniversary Dopplebock abd the Marea Roja by Cismontane just three blocks from my front door :) via Instagram

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Get Happy at the Happiest Place on Earth

If you follow any of my social media you probably know by now I'm obsessed with Disneyland. Four-Year passhole here (or so I understand to be the nickname for Annual Passholders) and my favorite change around the park has been the amazing cocktails and beers!

A couple of years ago my friend Greg at OC Beer Blog punk'd me hard with an April Fools post about Disneyland opening a new brewery-- I was so excited!!! But alas it was only a joke. Either way it peaked my interest in the Disney's beverage agenda and I was super excited by what I discovered.

Disneyland may be a large company but they are fast to identify consumer trends and that includes classic cocktails and craft beer. At Carthay Circle, a relatively new establishment in Disney's California Adventure, you can find everything from Aviations, Pimm's Cups, to a classic Manhattan with an ice sphere instead of rocks. You can also find a nice selection of craft beer at The Cove Bar and of course the Karl Strauss beer cart.

Looks like the Happiest Place on Earth just got a little happier!

61 Minute IPA with Syrah

Enjoying a 91 minute IPA with Syrah from Dogfish Head at Rock & Brews in Redondo Beach.
It was delicious and jammy but not sweet. I was actually really surprised by the way the hops almost reflected the flavor structure of tannins the way wine would (even though I know this is just an illusion since this is the well loved 60 minute IPA that is backing this new core beer.)

The added California Syrah grape must really adds an awesome complexity to this easy to drink beer/wine hybrid.

Berliner Weisse and Sausage at Rosamunde

Enjoying a Golden Road Berliner Weisse with raspberry instead of woodruff while Glenn has his first meeting in Oakland!

Rosamunde in Olde Town Oakland must have one of the best happy hours around with $3 Bear Republic Racer 5's and amazing sausages!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Craft Beer Sales in San Diego Rising

San Diego's craft beer sales are up almost 15%! Local craft brewers have seen sales grow from $680.9 million in 2011 to $781.5 in 2013, according to a new report by the locally based National University System Institute for Policy Research.

This is fantastic news for the industry as well as employment numbers considering that the craft beer industry employs over 2,200 workers in the county.