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Alameda Island Brewing Company

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If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, hop in to Alameda Island Brewing Company for a refreshing beer flight! AIBC was founded by Matthew Fox after home brewing for eight years. If you are a fan of fresh craft beer and expert beer tending, this is your place!

Beer flight on deck = Cavanagh Kolsch, Control Alt Delete, Exiled (Kottbusser), Neptunes Pale Ale and Alameda’s IPA. CHEERS!

To go, we could not resist the most badass and car-safe growler ever invented at AIBC – that’s the Alameda Island flag in their logo!

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Chico

We have been looking forward to our pilgrimage to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Beer Mecca – in Chico, California, for many years! Sierra Nevada is of course one of our all time favorite craft beers. Sierra’s legendary American Pale Ale is often times our go-to at the bar, whether New York or San Francisco or somewheres between, when it’s found on tap.

Founded in 1979 by home brewers Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi (today independently owned by Ken & Family), Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has grown to be the largest craft beer producer in America behind Yuengling and Samuel Adams. We can see why – they make truly awesome beer!

Original beer art abounds at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, California.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company purchased this shiny vessel and another just like it from a defunct German brewer for the price of scrap back in the day! It took them awhile to save up even more money to get them back in their original shape and brewing again, but they made it work!

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You may ask how does Sierra Nevada brew over 1 million barrels of beer per year?! Massive fermentation tanks like these come in handy, and they are just the tip of the brewing iceberg!

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Cases of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale coming down the bottling line at – what a beautiful sight!

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One of the best parts of the beer tour at Sierra Nevada is that you get to sample many of their offerings for free! You start off with the original Pale Ale to get you in the beer tour mood and finish off in their beautiful old world bar and sample another half dozen fresh beers each in their own glassware that optimizes the aroma and experience of each taste.

Of course, even after imbibing a few free beers from the brewery tour, we try a few additional beers at Sierra’s brewpub that are only available in Chico or the Berkeley Torpedo Room. Beer flight on deck! Bigfoot (barleywine aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels), Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale (made with New Zealand hops), Beer Camp #141 Blue Baltic Porter and Knightro! We’re in Beer Heaven. Cheers!

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Standing Stone Brewing Company

Standing Stone Brewing Company
Standing Stone Brewing Company

What a beautiful sunny day for a beer flight here at Standing Stone Brewing Company! Standing Stone occupies the historic Whittle Garage in downtown Ashland, Oregon. Ashland happens to be the #1 town to live and work as a filmmaker according to Movie Maker Magazine, and is home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival!

Ashland is absolutely gorgeous, and so is this little brewpub right in the heart of town. As for beers? All are made with 90% organic/local ingredients, including from their very own farm a mile down the road – now that is farm-to-bottle California fresh craft beer!

The Whittle Garage only cost $6K to construct in 1925 but the Amarotico family spent 100x that amount (inflation, much?!) transforming the once blank slate into its current warm, post industrial form in 1997. Serious craftsmanship abounds around the brewery. Here’s where Standing Stone makes their delicious and nutritious brewskis!

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Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery! We are in the brewery big leagues now! Any self respecting Pacific Northwest beer quest deserves a stop in Portland, Oregon (a.k.a., Beertopia or Beervana)!

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Deschutes Brewery Portland

It truly is Beer Heaven out here. Portland is home to more breweries (and strip clubs) per capita than any other American City! Seriously though, we love it here at Deschutes Brewery, located in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District. The Pearl District is a bustling hub of galleries, shops and of course brewhouses (more opening up each monty)! Oh hoppy day!

Mount Hood is featured prominently throughout Deschutes Brewery’s Portland brewpub. Here is a beautiful example of hand crafted beer art!

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Ninkasi Brewing Company

Ninkasi Brewing Company
Ninkasi Brewing Company

Ninkasi Brewing Company – what an incredible experience! Ninkasi of course is the ancient Sumerian Goddess of Fermentation. We all knew that, right?!

Ninkasi Brewing was founded much later, in 2006, after Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd met at a local Eugene, Oregon bottle shop and pondered, “What would you do if you could open your own brewery?” How relatable! Thank you fine sirs for bringing such wonderful beer into the world and emphasizing the origin and symbiosis of beer and civilization! Ninkasi Brewing Company is a must stop on the Oregon Beer Trail!

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Beer time at Ninkasi Brewing! Total Domination IPA (their first brew and still a winner), Oatis (Oatmeal Stout), Quantum (Pale Ale), Tripel (Belgian Style Tripel Ale), Maiden the Shade (summer style IPA), Dawn of the Red (India Red Ale), Tricerahops (Double IPA), Wunderbier (Kolsch), Vanilla Oatis and last but not least Boss Hopp IPA. This. Is. Awesome.

Beer flight at Ninkasi Brewing – who could ask for anything more?

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Ninkasi Brewing produced these marvellous gates in their own on premise metal shop. They’re so awesome that Sierra Nevada Brewing Company commissioned Ninkasi to manufacture new gates for their brewery down in Chico, California!

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Here is one of the centrifuges at Ninkasi Brewing!

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We’ve always wondered how Ninkasi Brewing cleans all their old kegs – this here machine does just that all day long!

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We highly recommend the free brewery tour at Ninkasi Brewing!

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Ninkasi Brewing’s Eugene brewhouse is a true work of beer art in itself!

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