Thursday, July 12, 2012

CA Breweries July 11, 2012

Had a great day today as the latter part of the day was a drive to Santa Cruz. On the way was able to stop in Boulder Creek as well.

  • Boulder Creek Brewing - Boulder Creek CA - some great beers in a town that seems to be still in the '70s, and their restaurant is not afraid to sell you a rare (*gasp*) hamburger! Spoke to Michael the brewmaster, who was very nice and patient. Note their as-yet-to-be-released Saison (possibly to be called Saison Brett, for brettanomyces bruxellensis) was amazing in that it had no added spices yet it tasted like it had added spices. Kudos, Michael! And yes, the one "not great" IPA dragged your score down a bit. [avg 6 beers = 8.2/10]

  • Santa Cruz Aleworks - Santa Cruz CA - was a bit surprised when I showed up at their (unlocked) tasting room door. Someone else was picking up a keg, hence the door unlocked. Courteously, possibly because of my tears, they let me stay. [avg 4 beers = 8.1/10]

  • Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery - Santa Cruz CA - Took a cab here and walked to the other one below. I've had a lot of their beers, and the tasting room has been redone with a copper "tree" that holds personalized mugs. As a way to raise capital, each mug was $500, and the owner drinks free for a year. The Twisted Sister in bottles was a standout, that I shared with several folks. [avg 3 beers = 8.3/10]

  • Seabright Brewery - Santa Cruz CA - Seabright never disappoints. The last time I walked there, the brewmaster had me taste an unfinished Scotch Ale fresh from the tank. [avg 7 beers = 7.8/10]
And note, I usually walk, order small "flights" and do not drink all the beer!

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