Tuesday, March 18, 2014

San Diego: The Land of Sun, Surf and Suds

Famed guest Bloggers, Mark and Brenda report on the ever expanding craft beer scene in San Diego:

San Diego... land of sun and surf, palm trees and excellent IPAs. We planned a February trip from Portland in pursuit of some vitamin D, sand between our toes and crafts brews. Little did we know we would weather the worst storm in the last 10 years.

Luckily, we had a beer adventure to take our minds off the weather. After fortifying ourselves with fish tacos (South Beach Bar and Grille in Ocean Beach boasts the best and was recommended by Mr. and Mrs. EyeLuvBeer), we headed to our first brewery: Modern Times. Nestled among strip clubs and industrial buildings, there is no sign for this Brewery, just Google map's reassurance it is here somewhere. When we entered into the spacious brewery, we were pleasantly surprised by the amazing decor...a bar built out of old hardback books, a mural "painted' with sticky notes, and a wall mosaic of comic book pages all warmly illuminated. The friendly greeting we received was followed by a taster tray of excellent beers - those of note being the "Hoppy Tropical Wheat" which would be perfect for a HOT day with its lightness and citrusy hops and the "Black House Coffee Roast Stout" which is brewed from coffee roasted onsite and has a tag line "taste the OCD". Brunch anyone? We finished with a special pour of Monsters Park Imperial Stout. Boozy yet smooth at 10% ABV. We inquired about buying their beer as we eyed towers of empty cans in the brewery, but they were sold out! No "Blazing World Hoppy Dark Amber" for us to warm those rainy San Diego nights.

Alas, it was time to move on. We selected Acoustic Brewing, located in the shadows of the long defunct Mission Brewery. Acoustic has a cigar room,

Friday, February 7, 2014

Will you fill your growler at Fred Meyer?

I received a tweet from my better half the other day stating:

"Maybe @eyeluvbeer will actually go grocery shopping with me. @FredMeyerInc Hollywood rocks!"

Photo Credit - My Hot Wife

I will say I was quite impressed with the picture of the growler (64oz.)/growlette (32oz) fill station, and I agree with the above statement that the Hollywood store rocks although I’ve only been in about a dozen times. Now that you have growler/growlette fills I may make a 13th appearance at some point, but I’m more likely to hit up my local bottle shop or brewery for a fill. You see, I was born with a genetic predisposition to shopping; I hate it.  Fred Meyer, you could be giving away free craft beer to the masses, but that wouldn’t lure me in. Your parking lot, the size of your store and the isles typically filled with dazed, zombie-like shoppers with no apparent mission all initiate my anxiety and test my already limited patience. If you’re unlike me, and love shopping at a ~150,000 sq.ft. store, I highly recommend making a pit stop on your one-stop shopping adventure for a 32 or 64 ounce fill. The 16 taps of beer and cider at the Hollywood Fred Meyer look amazing. You can also find fill stations at their Burlingame and Hawthorne locations. Congratulations guys on the new addition! The late, great Fred G. Meyer would be proud!

The tap list the day my wife was there (click to enlarge):

Monday, December 16, 2013

3rd Annual St. Johns Winter Beer Festival at Plew's Brews

Yesterday, we stopped by Plew’s Brews for their 3rd Annual St. Johns Winter Beer Festival. We arrived around 1pm and found the place to be fairly mellow. Almost all of the tables and couches were occupied by folks sipping on beer samples, enjoying conversation and just taking in a relaxing Sunday. We did the same for a few hours with our friends Steve and Jeff.

Trevor, of Thurston Beer Events and many other things beer was manning the glass and ticket counter. He gave us some guidance on which beers to try and even came by to let us know when they changed out a keg. This is why we love Trevor! We were fortunate enough to try some uncommon brews, meaning not easy to find on tap. The ones that struck a chord with my taste buds were:

Fort George:  Balzac Barleywine
Ninkasi:         2011 Imperial Stout
Stone:           Stone Farking Wheaton WOOt Stout

Everything we sampled was decent though. No complaints here. We heart winter beer! Sunday was the perfect time to go too. There were no lines and a majority of the beers on the list were still active. The only complaint I have is that I wish I could have made it down for more of the festival. A big thank you goes out to Plew’s and Crew for making this event one of our favorites every Holiday season.

Santa's List (click to enlarge)
You'll find 2-legged and 4-legged friends at Plew's
Little Drummer Boy gives the
St. Johns Winter Beer Festival
5 stars!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

There is a storm "brewing" in Cascade Locks

Brenda and Tandra at the grand opening of
Thunder Island Brewing
Guest bloggers Mark and Brenda, headed to Cascade Locks to sample new craft brews and report from the beer front lines:

After hiking in the Gorge on this beautiful fall day with our friend, Tandra, and our dog, Raymond, the whole crew found ourselves hungry and thirsty. We headed to Cascade Locks to enjoy some burgers and homemade veggie burgers at the Waterfront Cafe. The fries were crispy and the pear and apple salad was fresh and delicious. Then, it was on to the event that we had been waiting weeks, dare we say months, to attend: the opening of Thunder Island Brewing.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mainbrew In Hillsboro To Have Taproom

I found out some great news today from Mainbrew Owner, Kevin when dropping off an order of Eyeluvbeer goodies. The sign on the outside of their building says it all!

That’s right Hillsboro, Mainbrew is expanding. Kevin stated that they're taking over the adjacent space and will have 40 taps flowing. This will be a major upgrade from their current system which only has a handful of taps. The new taproom will also feature a food menu and Kevin said the plan is to offer food that pairs well with different beer styles. The space is tentatively scheduled to open sometime in October. For all the latest developments I would stay in touch with their Facebook and/or Twitter page.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Migrating Towards A Cure

I’m always one for backing a good cause, but this weekend finds me out of town. What does this mean? It means you can still attend and show your support. Migration Brewing will be hosting their second annual ‘Migrating Towards A Cure’ event this Saturday, June 29th. The beneficiary for his year’s affair, CHAP (Children’s Healing Art Project).

Below, please find the particulars from Migration's press release:

Saturday June 29th 2013 12PM to close will mark Migration’s 2nd annual Migrating Towards A Cure. This annual event is an effort to assist local families and organizations that are working towards curing and working with those who have been diagnosed with severe illnesses and disabilities.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

12 Days Changed Me, I Hope

It has been 12 days since I've had a beer1. If you know me, you’re probably saying “yeah, right.” It’s true. I ended up participating in my first ever cleanse, which of course did not allow alcohol. It was a real challenge for the first 2-3 days, but after that my mind and body adjusted. For ages, I would typically consume 3-5 beers/night during the week; more on the weekends. It was habit. I wasn't getting inebriated, but it would probably be fair to say I had, or potentially still have a problem. Fortunately, the 12 day cleanse I did through Nourish Northwest with Olivia Martino provided me with a new perspective. Over the past 2 weeks I have noticed a definite increase in my energy level and I have had far less ups-and-downs throughout the day. I’m not blaming my love, beer, for bringing me down before, but it was certainly a contributor. Prior to the cleanse I ate pretty well, but I’m sure eating cleaner and cutting out caffeine played a role in giving me some of that get-up-and-go.