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Saturday, September 4, 2010

14th Anniversary Stone Brewing Company Festival

This is a few weeks in the making and Amanda wanted me to do it. I just started work again, and the beginning of the school year is hectic and weird. But I have a little time now and I don't want to grade essays yet (but if you want to grade them for me, I can pay you in cookies!)


So a few weeks ago Amanda and I went to San Diego with a few friends to attend the 14th Anniversary Stone Brewing Company Festival. This is one of my favorite breweries and is about 5 miles from where I grew up. Every year they hold a little B-Day party where they get breweries from all over the world and sample beers. You basically get 3 hours and 10 pours(I think they are about 3 oz.). The festival was on the campus of Cal State San Marcos, but the brewery is located about 5 miles east of the school in Escondido. So our day of drinking in the sun began at the brewery. We tried to do a tour of the brewery but it was packed, so we just ate at the brewery...and drank. This place has amazing food! And has an really nice patio garden you can sit in.


Amanda started with some Cider. She orders this fairly often. It is pretty good and not too sweet.


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We shared some hummus.


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On to lunch!


Beer mac n cheese.


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BBQ Boar Ribs!


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Duck tacos


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Ceviche!


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We drank a lot too. I had the Stone IPA, which is fantastic. I have no idea what others had. But they were all good.


On to the fest!


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Cheers! Taster glasses.


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The first beer I went with was the 14th Anniversary Stone Imperial IPA. Damn was it good!


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I love IPA's. I love hoppy beer. I don't know too many people that enjoy them as much as I do. This was pretty fantastic.


I really wanted to pull a scene from Sideways and drink from the bucket...but I didn't. This is me and my good friend Brett and his friend Jen. That is a lot of warm, nasty beer.


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One of the best parts was the free food. They had this cheese called Mike's Beer Cheese that they gave samples of. We dominated it. Amazing stuff.


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And here is Amanda and I with "Mike." I don't know if this is legitmately the guy who makes it, or just a random gentleman, but he was eager to hug.


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What you can't see is that I had just has my bandage taken off my arm and my elbow was super sore. I couldn't bend it. The look on my face is pain. I didn't want to look bad in front of "Mike," so I sucked it up.


The rest of the day was basically going tent to tent to get sample of beer. Some were amazing, so were weird. They had this collaboration beer between Victory, Stone, and Dogfish Head. It was horrible. Like drinking sweaty gym socks. You can't win them all. Here are just more pictures. Some favorite breweries and beers we tasted.


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Deadliest Catch fans? This is Captain Sig's brew!


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I look nuts because I couldn't bend my right arm.


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Amanda is cute.


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Now to relate a conversation that happen as we were leaving. None of us were drunk. We actually didn't even drink all 10 pours we were allowed. Amanda and Jen sold a few for $5. But some folks drank too much. As we were leaving, a lovely, drunk young lady had the following conversation with me:


Drunky: Hey, do you have a girlfriend?

Me: Umm, I am married.

Drunky: *shoves me away, moves on to someone else*


It is good to know drunk girls will still hit on me.


So, any beer suggestions? I love trying new, interesting beers. If you have never had Stone, try the Stone Pale Ale or Stone IPA. Or Dogfish Head 60 min or 90 min IPA. Stone also makes Arrogant Bastard Ale which is great. What are you drinking?

Note from Amanda: I am way too excited for pumpkin beer!

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7 Comments:

At September 4, 2010 at 12:19 PM , Blogger DanGarion said...

Andy you need to check out my friend Blake's website. He loves hoppy IPAs like you.

http://1001beers.net/

 
At September 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM , Anonymous Hannah said...

Oooh, there are two things that I've been dying to try for months now - proper ceviche, and good cider. One day I'll find them...

And hey, at least that drunk girl was to-the-point... no mucking around with small talk there! (People are weird.)

 
At September 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM , Blogger Rachel said...

Tent to tent sampling beer? That's my kind of day. And that mac and cheese looks heavenly. You have me craving some now!

 
At September 4, 2010 at 8:42 PM , Blogger lynn @ the actors diet said...

what a fun fest - glad your arm is unbandaged, though it sounds like that dude didn't help matters much...

 
At September 4, 2010 at 9:12 PM , Anonymous sophia said...

You guys are always hopping from one cool event to the other!

Btw, I just finished an essay and hated it. I can imagine how much more the grader will hate having to grade many many many more essays!

 
At September 5, 2010 at 7:42 AM , Anonymous Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

STONE!!! How fun and I'm totally jealous! The pic of you and Mike cracked me up because I know you're not a huggy person so I'm sure you were beyond thrilled with the exchange. Ha! I'm not an IPA girl in any way, shape, or form. Gimme the dark babies! The fastest way to my heart is through a stout. Mmmm

If you like dark beer, Breckinridge makes a lovely Vanilla Porter. New Holland makes Cabin Fever which comes out in the fall/winter. It's amazing. New Holland also makes a beer called Dragon's Blood. It's like a stout that's been casked so it has a smokey bourbon background. It's intense but fantastic. Two Brothers makes an Imperial stout that is very tasty.

Rouge's Nut Ale is very yummy with a slight nut background.

Fave pumpkin beer is by Buffalo Bill.

Okay, I'm done geeking out over beer.

 
At September 6, 2010 at 3:45 PM , Anonymous kalin said...

hoppy beer lover? you should go drinking with my husband.
it's almost fresh hop time! deschutes puts out a great fresh hop beer, and rouge's wet hop is good too.
hops have to be super fresh to do fresh hop stuff (like, only a few hours from field to tank), and most hops are grown in washington (77%! and oregon is the second biggest producer) washington and oregon breweries make most of the fresh hop beers.
they make hoppy beer lovers happy.

 

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