A Labor intensive weekend…of beer!

So how he hell did it get to be Friday already?

I love these short work weeks, maybe one of these chuckle-heads running for President can get on a platform to support the 4 day work week. Yeah, I know, but I got to keep dreaming the good dream.

What I’m planning here will be a bit a jumble from my holiday weekend. A little of this a little of that and all the beers I had along the way.

Friday got of to a great start with a quick hit and run visit over to Ballast Point’s Old Grove location at 10051 Old Grove Rd San Diego, CA 9213. The sun was shinning and this was my first opportunity to check out the new front patio area. BP is probably my favorite brewer in town, so a chance to kick off my three day weekend with a Sculpin is always a solid way to start. I also took the opportunity while there to try out the Oktoberfest; a marzen that clocks in at 6.2% ABV. rich amber color and malty profile, this beer was a little sweet but drank very smoothly. Probably would have enjoyed a little more if weren’t so damn hot in town. I like my marzen when the air has some crispness to it.

Next up, was a quick trip to my future wife’s favorite pizza place – Oggi’s in Mission Valley. While here I sipped my way through a tall glass of Torry Pines IPA and more slices of pizza then a normal person should eat in one sitting. I still have a mind to put together a more though review of the Oggi’s beers so for the time being I’ll hold off on saying anything more than, I like the Torry Pines IPA, its a solid and reliable IPA.

Saturday got of to a quick start as I made my way to Hamilton’s in the South Park neighborhood. 1521 30th St. San Diego, CA 92102. Initially, I was heading there to find the new IIPA from Societe that had just been tapped. It had been a few months since my last visit and I have to say, I really enjoy going down there in the afternoons, just a great environment to drink in. They had some college football on the TV which I always enjoy. I started with a bang – Green Flash Imperial IPA right out of the gate. Insanely good, with a fantastic aroma and a really great hoppy character to it. Don’t let the 10% ABV scare you away, you’ll enjoy the hell out of the beer.  Next up was The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest from Avery Brewing, oh boy this was pretty tasty too. While it had a lot of the same characteristics of the BP Oktoberfest, this brew from Avery clocked in at an impressive 10% ABV. Going head to head with the BP, I think I give a slight edge to Avery, but that may have to do with the fact that I was sitting inside the cool air conditioned bar.

I left Hamilton’s shortly after and made my way to Societe Brewing in Clairemont for the super awesome Every Man’s IPA. If you missed it, my previous blog post incorporates that trip, so just scroll down a little more and read my ranting and raving about Societe.

Saturday night we rolled into my old neighborhood of Ocean Beach to grab dinner at Sessions Public. Located at 4204 Voltaire St. San Diego CA 92107, we’ve only been here a few times, but I really enjoy the beer selection and the food is pretty darn tasty as well. I was pleasantly surprised to find Stone’s Enjoy By IPA on draft so I helped my self to one of those while I ordered the session’s dog, which is a big ol’ brat served up covered in pastrami, gruyere cheese and some onions, you also get a side of duck fat fries which I find very tasty as well. I enjoyed the brat but if I had my druthers it would be a little spicier in the future. My fiancee loves the burger there as well. They are into the locally grown and organically raised movement which I’m always happy to support local farmers. For my after dinner treat a Russian River IPA was ordered and that went down very well with my meal. A very good dinner indeed.
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Sunday was, well, Sunday was a little different. Had my fantasy football draft first thing in the morning. I’m gonna kick everyone’s ass this year. Next, we went and checked out an organic vegetable farm with my friend and fellow blooger, Megan, of www.mokeybreadandsweetpea.com. Stocked up on the good ingredients for making a ton of salsa for the opening games of the NFL season this Sunday.

Monday was another trip to Ballast Point. One of the few breweries that I could find open on the holiday, and for that I say thanks! I used to work holidays too so I know that it can be a real drag sometimes. Of course we started with some Sculpin’s and drank those till closing at 2pm. As it just so happens 2pm was when Societe was opening their doors for the day, so we rolled over there and I let me friends in on all the fun they had missing by not checking them out with me the previous weekend.

Then on Tuesday I rolled into Ballast Point again. Wait, Tuesday wasn’t part of the holiday weekend you say? True, but as I’ve mentioned sometimes I’m dense, like on Monday when I forgot that I left my tab open at Ballast and went on my merry way. Oops. Probably just my subconscious helping me come up with another way to drink after work. This time up to Ballast I let myself indulge and try out a few more new things. One of those was the Longfin Lager. Lagers take me back to my days on the east coast. The majority of my friends on that coast on drink lagers. Mostly because they are wussies. So how was this lager? I liked it quite a bit, flavor-wise. I’m not going to give my IPA’s for it, but with an ABV of 4.5% this is a good beer to drink when you don’t want to drink heavy. I should also mention that this beer is currently only available in tasters.
Speaking of tasters, also only available currently in a sample size is Ballast Point’s Sour Wench Blueberry ale. The color of this one reminds me of Hawaiian Punch that my mom used to pack in my lunches. Taste-wise, it’s much better than that. It’s fruity, but not in an over-whelming sense. I could see this being something for the person in your life who doesn’t like beer, becasue flavor profile-wise, this doesn’t taste like one at all. Don’t let that fool you, at 6.0% ABV this one could sneak up on you.

There it is. Another busy but insanely enjoyable beer drinking holiday weekend in the books.

I wonder if I get time off for Rosh Hashanah?

Cheers,
Tom

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One thought on “A Labor intensive weekend…of beer!

  1. I haven’t been to Hammy’s in sooo long. It’s just so easy to run over to Small Bar. But I need to revisit my old fav soon. And I really need to check out Sessions. The food sounds awesome, too! I need more time during the day or more days during the week!! Hey, thanks for the shout out, too!

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