I stopped in at Monkey Paw Brewing Company in San Diego, California. Last stop of the night. I enjoyed their What a Rush IPA with coffee. What a delicious combination. A hoppy IPA with the familiar bitterness of coffee flavor. Very nice! And a cool tap room to enjoy it in!
I stopped in at 10 Barrel Brewing Company in San Diego, California . I just had to try the Krispy Cream Ale and it was truly delicious. It is crisp with a bit of corn in the recipe. Slightly sweet. Easy to drink. Nice atmosphere in the tap room. And really cool bottle opener fidget spinners.
I stopped in at Mission Brewery in San Diego, California. Clearly, the Guava IPA was calling out to me from the tap list. And it did not disappoint. Mission Brewery is a long-standing well-known brewery in San Diego. I actually had the opportunity to stop in years before this blog started. Mission has been brewing west coat IPAs for years. This Guava IPA is delicious with the clean, crisp hoppiness I expected with enough guava taste without being too fruity. And, the tap room is really cool. Much the same it was on my last stop. In the old Wonder Bread building.
I stopped in at Knotty Brewing Company – actually twice in one night – in San Diego, California. I stopped in by myself and enjoyed the Tom Tom Blonde which was smooth and easy drinking. Very nice beer. Then I had dinner with a friend and we went back for another beer afterward. That time I enjoyed Transfixed Irish Red. Malty, sweet, delicious and tasty to drink. Great beers and a neat place to stop in right in downtown San Diego.
I stopped in at True Respite Brewing Company in Rockville, Maryland with my son-in-law for a beer and some time to talk. I tried a few beers on the tap list and landed on Country Picnic. This Belgian wheat ale is clean and crisp. The ginger and coriander give it the crispness and its also slightly tart. The brewery and tap room is new, fresh, and clean and just ready to be a gathering place for many thirsty locals and visitors. The brewing equipment is clean and organized – clearly the work of engineers. I’ll be looking forward to returning with friends and family in the future.
After a long day of travel I stopped in at TAPS Fish House & Brewery for dinner and a beer. Being a sucker for Grapefruit IPA’s that’s what I went with to drink and was not disappointed. Also, being a sucker for scallops, that’s what I went with for dinner and they were delicious! A delicious meal and beer. Great pairing.
I stopped in at Smog City Brewing Company in Los Angeles, California. Unable to decide on a specific beer I went with a flight. Good decision! Coffee Porter is tasty – coffee – medium dark – smooth – rich. Kumquat Saison is fruity but not too fruity – slightly tart – easy to drink. White Peach Saison is tart, sour, delicious. Sabre-Toothed Squirrel hoppy amber is smooth with a bite! and Smog City IPA is a solid IPA. Great breadth of beers. Tap room also has great vibe.
I stopped in at Monkish Brewing Company in Los Angeles, California. After a conversation with the bartender I decided to try Subliminal Sequel. This blonde ale is nicely hopped and crisp. I enjoyed it with some of their complimentary pretzels while wandering through the brewery/tap room. Also watched some basketball and enjoyed the vibe. Great beer and great place to stop and enjoy.
I stopped in at Hop Nuts Brewing in Las Vegas, Nevada. I really enjoyed this spot. Unlike many Las Vegas breweries, where you still get the vibe with slot machines, etc. this felt more like a brewery atmosphere. Chill. Their Passion Fruit Sour was really tasty. Crisp. Fresh. Light. I loved it and enjoyed relaxing and drinking it and taking in the experience in this little brewery escape from Las Vegas.
I stopped in at Black Swan Brewpub in Plainfield, Indiana on my way to the airport for a quick beer. The bartender recommended the Blood Orange IPA and I was not disappointed. This is a tasty IPA with citrusy notes. Not too fruity. Hoppy but not too hoppy. Very nice and easy to drink.