Tag Archives: #brewpub

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales was founded by Adair Paterno and Tim Clifford in Capitola, California, along the coast of Monterey Bay just south of Santa Cruz. It’s gorgeous here all year round! Home to 70 wineries, Santa Cruz also serves as a hub for beer making (and beer drinking!). This is our third visit to Sante Adairius Rustic Ales. Can you tell we’re fans?!

Paterno and Clifford describe SARA as “an expression of our many years of beergeekery, the rabbit hole of tasting every beer we could get our hands on, and trusting we could contribute to the canon of those beers on the highest esteem.” We’ll drink to that! CHEERS!

Beer flight on deck = Anais Saison, Simpleton IPA (brewed with Simcoe and Galaxy hops) and of course the Vanilla Joe (brewed with Verve Coffee and vanilla beans)!

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Beermaking in progress!

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BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

BJ’s Restaurants (Ticker: BJRI), a $1.2 billion publicly traded restaurant and brewery chain, is a place we want to hate but have to love. Founded in 1978 in Santa Ana, California, by a couple of deep dish pizza guys, BJ’s started brewing craft beer in 1996 (the same year they listed on NASDAQ) in Brea, SoCal. Today they operate over 150 locations. Our beer flight on deck today = Temple of Stone IPA (collaboration with Stone Brewing Company), Stout, Red Ale, and Hefe. Cheers!

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When life gives you peaches, make beer!

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Fieldwork Brewing Company

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Welcome to Berkeley, Fieldwork Brewing! Fieldwork was founded by Barry Braden and Head Brewer Alex Tweet in February 2015 in emerging, post-industrial West Berkeley, California. Tweet brings Ballast Point and Modern Times brewing experience to Fieldwork “with a focus on exceptional, honest beermaking” – amen brother!

Every beerski we tried was truly exceptional, indeed, every one! Our first beer flight on deck = Morning Time Breakfast Stout, Hot Chocolate Stout and Coconut Milk Double IPA (brewed with 100 lbs. of coconuts!). We’ll be back soon!

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Southern Pacific Brewing Company

Southern Pacific Brewing Company was founded in 2012 by Chris Lawrence, who converted a 10,000 square foot former machine shop near the old Southern Pacific Railroad that ran down Harrison Street in the early 20th Century into a shiny “new” 15 barrel brewery.

The brewing equipment cast aside when Potrero Brewing Company went belly up was been given a new lease on life under Head Brewmaster Andy French. French brews “clean, dry, true to style beers.” We’ll drink to that! CHEERS!

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Southpaw BBQ SF

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Southpaw BBQ brings together plenty of southern comfort, finger lickin’ good bbq and a few house brewed beerskis. Head Brewer Phil Cutti cut (lol) his beer teeth at SF Brewcraft in the mid-90s, where Steve and Mike Bruce (founders of Speakeasy Ales & Lagers) sharpened his brewing skills. Beer flight on deck = Big Bad Leroy Brown, Sour Brown Ale and Pale Ale. Not pictured here but definitely our favorite on this warm summer day in San Francisco is the staff brewed Lemongrass Hefe…get it while it’s hot (outside)!

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This efficient 7 barrel brewing system is tucked into the corner at Southpaw BBQ, allowing them “to bring beer crafting into an accessible community setting.” We’ll drink to that! CHEERS!

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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Wild River Brewing & Pizza Co. Cave Junction

Wild River Brewing & Pizza Co. was launched as Steelhead Brewery in 1990 by Jerry and Bertha Miller – you gotta love a good ‘ol family brewing team! Today they run five locations, have dropped the Steelhead name and happen to make a wicked awesome taco pizza! Perfect pitstop on any beer quest.

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