New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO

2012-10-16 17.01.06     2012-10-16 17.30.53

I stopped in at the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado for a tour which was a great experience.  We covered the entire process from beginning to end and even were given the chance to slide down the slide in the tasting room (I declined).  In the tasting room we sampled several beers.  Of course, like most folks, I tried the Fat Tire Amber Ale which is the flagship beer for New Belgium.  This beer never disappoints.  I also tried Ranger IPA and Rampart Imperial IPA.  Both of these are great beers and once I had tried them I noticed that they were available back home.  While in the tap room I purchased a bike bell for a co-worker.  The tap room is a cool place where people can gather and enjoy great beer.

I stopped back in at New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins,  Colorado.  Given the season I just had to try Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin.  Great spices in this beer.  Delicious and pretty strong.  A very enjoyable beer to warm me up on a cool evening.

Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, CA

2012-10-09 20.44.43     2012-10-09 20.57.48

So, as it turns out, Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California is the brewer of my favorite beer, Arrogant Bastard, which is a rich malty and hoppy combination that I love.  I have been fortunate to have enjoyed the tour at Stone Brewing Company and have tasted several of their other beers.  Ruination IPA is a treat and the Enjoy By series has been delicious as well.  The bistro is also a great place for a meal which I have enjoyed twice.

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Five years later and I’m back at Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California.  My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the outdoor section of the bistro.  One of the most delightful experiences we had during our trip to San Diego.  The Peruvian Style Chicken and Duck AL Pastor Tacos were delicious.  I paired this with a flight: Stone Pilot Scorpion Bowl IPA, Stone Pilot Merc Machine, Stone/NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager, and Stone Richmond Ruination Double IPA.  All good selections.  With the heat of the food, the discreet flavors of the beers began to run together.  All were hop-forward.  I’d recommend a meal at the bistro and some beer to everyone in the area.

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Back at Stone Brewery World Bistro in Escondido, California with industry colleagues for dinner.  (3/27/18) Great duck tacos and the Tangerine Express IPA is delicious and paired perfectly – my favorite in the flight.  I brought in my old Stone mini-growler and had it filled with Tangerine Express IPA to enjoy with colleagues at lunch today.

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