“Hey, let’s go to a brewery,” a proposition that is simply music to my ears. Road trips have quickly become one of my favorite hobbies that involve jumping around the pacific northwest seeing the sights and hunting down breweries and areas of odd bottle distribution. Hell, given the unbelievably good MPG I entertain, it’s no wonder that I don’t do this more!
Consider, for a moment, seeing all of those places that have haunted your beer cellar for so long: Alesmith, The Bruery, Russian River, Fifth Fifty, Stone, Sierra Nevada, etc. The sense of wonder and excitement upon arriving at a brewery like this, or frankly any new place, is only surpassed by seeing the man behind the curtain, so to speak; being able to grab a flight while taking in your surroundings be it brewing equipment or just a throng of fellow beer geeks like yourself.
This last weekend I was able to partake at Valiant Brewing Company, The Bruery, Beachwood Brewing Company, and Noble Ale Works on a trip down to Anaheim for a wedding. The wedding was great and the beer was great. Next weekend will find me in Mendocino County for Anderson Valley’s Boonville Beer Festival.