Mission Brewery, San Diego, CA

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.

Knotty Brewing Company, San Diego, CA

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.

True Respite Brewing Company, Rockville, MD

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.

Smog City Brewing Company, Los Angeles, Ca

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.

Hop Nuts Brewing, Las Vegas, NV

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.