And, the world is full of energy…

Some of my most favorite brewery detours seem to materialize out of thin air… I wake up with a clean slate and think to myself, how can I make today Awesome?!

As my summer of phun draws to an end, I’ve been digging deep and trying to squeeze every last drop out of my recent salvation from a life I despised. And this morning, was no different. While scrolling through my IG feed post-workout, I double tapped yet another pic featuring Electric Brewing Company’s Ohno Kenzo Hazy DIPA.

To date, my only experience has been with Electric’s Uber Everywhere Hazy IPA, a collaboration with Track 7 Brewing, that was easily one of my favorite beers of 2017…

While Electric has released a slew of highly sought after hazies since then, i’ve struck out every time I’ve tried to acquire cans within the confines of Orange County…

With that thought in mind, this morning I consulted the Oracle at Waze and, after discovering I could be at the tasting room in under an hour, I set out post haste for Murrieta…Where? Trust me, if you’ve never been and love beer, you should just make the trip…If you’ve heard of Temecula, it’s basically, no literally across the street…

Upon arriving at the brewery I was greeted with the most magnificent smell of breakfast cereal…my favorite smell… (these guys are working on a Sunday = Dedication = +). I quickly checked out the To Go Fridge and realized I’d struck out on cans again…but, guess what? These guys offer crowlers of even their newest release!

With a new found enthusiasm I asked the Beertender for Tasters of all their IPAs, of course…When he pulled out the awesomely customized flight holder, I realized I had two more options, so I opted for a Pale Ale and Stout…little did I realize the “beertender” serving me was the Brewer 😱

The first beer of my flight, a Pale Ale was extremely delicious, it gave me high hopes for the rest of the beers…Upon sampling the 5 beers, I calculated Electric’s average beer score as 4.45 (Out of 5).

Always a good sign when a brewery is working on a Sunday…My delicious flight!

 

Conclusion, this is a MUST STOP brewery for any true Craft Beer Lover. Not for Juice Bros. or Pastry Hoes, but beer connoisseurs…

The Devil is in the details…Awesome Flight Boards, ⚡️

 

So glad that once again, I woke up and just decided to go wherever the universe led me. It’s no coincidence that the world is full of energy and the world is electricity and Electric Brewing Co. is killing it…

Hard-work, dedication and humbleness prevails every time!

(I sat near the exit and listened and watched as every patron was thanked by Justin, the Owner/Head Brewer as they left…classy.)

Notes:

If you sit at the bar on a Sunday afternoon, aside from being able to talk with the lovely beertenders Sally & Roxanne, you may get a lap petting Session from Pig the Dachshund…her dad works at the brewery and she’s super friendly if she likes you…

Will Drive for Beer & Cool Peeps…

When you live in Orange County, CA, most days it takes at least an hour to get anywhere worth going…Coming from the Midwest, I have no issue with driving anywhere for any amount of time, so long as I’m moving…

But when you’re driving North from Orange County, moving means inching inch by inch towards a deeper insanity. That’s why, when I commit to drive anywhere over an hour, it usually means I’m heading south…to Beer Mecca…to San Diego.

Over the course of the past 8 months, I’ve made many an excursion southwards and rest assured that delicious craft beer has usually been at the epicenter of each and every one of my visits…

In July of this year, I linked up with an outfit called Hike for Beer SD…The masterminds behind this awesome “tribe” are a pair of lovely East Coast ladies who have paid their dues in the SD beer industry and are now pairing two of their passions and bringing anyone who wants to join in along for the ride.

While I can’t always get down to SD to join in on the fun, I try to link up with this band of amazing beer lovers as often as I can. They currently have excursions planned for 2 Sundays a month, these are morning hikes; and 2 Wednesdays a month, these are night hikes. At the end of each hike, the group proceeds to the nearest brewery to shoot the shit, drink beer and enjoy the company and camaraderie of like minded beer lovers. There is no downside to being a member of this group. NONE. On our most recent excursion we even roped in some innocent bystanding fellow hikers to pose for pictures and they started following the group on Facebook…I have a strong suspicion we will see these 2 brothers at some point joining us on a hike or three…

The point I’m trying to make is that this group’s enthusiasm is contagious, so much so that passersby always ask who we are and why there are so many of us. The canned response : “Hiking for Beer!”, Always receives the same reaction. “Wow, I’d do that…”

And if you’re a craft beer loving hiker/adventurer you probably would too…

If you’re lucky enough to live in San Diego County, you should definitely check out their IG Feed Hike for Beer SD.

If you’re from Orange County like me, most Sunday Hikes are at most a two hour drive from OC. We’ve done hikes in Solana and Carlsbad which are closer. I’ve made the trek down 3 times this year and each time I’ve met some awesome kindred spirits!

Our most recent hike, yesterday, took us to Kwaay Paay Peak Trail in Mission Trails with a Brewery Detour to BNS Brewing & Distillery.

After hiking beers at BNS Brewing in Santee, CA

I must say, few things are more enjoyable than watching a moon rise as the sun sets followed by delicious beer!

I took home a 4-pack of BNS’ GABF Medal Winning Revolver IPA. So West Coast!

Bottom line is if you like hiking, beer and meeting cool new people, this is the Coolest Group of People in San Diego. You should check us out…I no longer call them “Them”; they are my “Tribe”…

Rob of sdbeertour takes a Golden Hour photo of Pure’s Blueberry Magic.

If this sounds like fun to you, I hope to see you at a future excursion…you cannot go wrong when you HIKE FOR BEER…

✌🏽❤️🍻

BrewFiend

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West Coast IPA Is Dead💀…Is Not!

Breweries’ IG accounts have become like Bat 🦇 Signals for craft beer lovers. Show off your latest offering or latest can release and you’re certain to attract a crowd. But that’s the problem, too many crowds have been forming, some at places unworthy of a crowd…

Far be it from me to deny anyone what they like, but anytime Hyper-Capitalism comes to an arena, Mass-Appealing, Mass Production is bound to ensue. Again, I’m never going to call any beer bad, drink what you like, but if you like elegance and flavor that’s derived from passion and craftsmanship, you should probably heed my words. (I tend to write about beer for actual beer lovers, people who love beer that tastes like beer…)

If you see me out a brewery, you very well may see me with a “Hazy/New England” IPA in hand, when it comes to beer I don’t discriminate, but, if you were to put a gun to my head and tell me that I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, it would hands down, without a doubt be a WEST COAST IPA! (Is this even a legitimate sentence, honestly, I don’t think grammar even matters in this “new world…)

I understand that West Coast IPAs are not for everybody…yet everyone in California seems to think every IPA is a West Coaster…But for those of us who love them, those of us who could slam a glass of Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice without batting an eye, West Coast IPAs are Life!

The best way I could describe it is like a Pleasurable Punch of Hops to the Face! If you didn’t know, Hops are a relative of Cannabis, they both belong to the Cannabacea family of flowering plants. So if you really love Cannabis, chances are you are really going to love Humulus…(#guilty). And so it is with this affinity in mind that I best explain my love for all beers WEST COAST in nature.

So, when Green Cheek Beer Co. (My 2nd favorite brewery, sorry, Pure Project is currently first…) announced that one of my favorite West Coast IPAs was back, I literally jumped in my car…

West Coast IPA is Dead, is the epitome of my favorite beer. It evokes all the feelings I want to experience when drinking a beer. It starts off with a burst of earthy flavors before leaving a nice coating of dank resinous goodness on your tongue. If you smack your tongue against the rough of your mouth, you can savor the flavor that seems to simultaneously hit all my pleasure points at the same time. What’s left in its wake is a pleasureful “mmm!!!” and a smile on my face.

And that my friends is why West Coast IPA is NOT Dead and will never die, because I will always demand it…

So, despite your passing fancies, great beer will remain. And because I live so close to Evan and The Green Cheek Beer Co. I can guarantee that I will always have access to it.

Would you choose West Coast IPA as your last meal?

If you would, get down to Green Cheek before this batch of West Coast IPA is Dead is, well, Dead 💀

Peace, Love, Beer

Brewfiend

(To the lovely couple Eric and Maria that I talked Beer with, thanks for the amazing conversation and I hope you enjoyed your show! ✌🏽❤️🍻)