This past Tuesday was something of an anomaly. With the 4th of July holiday falling on a Wednesday this year, it meant a night to go out and allow myself to indulge more than I normally would during every other work week in the calendar year. This was definitely a unique opportunity, and one I had no intention of squandering.
So after talking with some good friends who were in a similar position, it was agreed that we’d get out and try something new, a place we’ve all thought about checking out, but for various reasons we just hadn’t made it to yet. The place is Local Habit.
Local Habit is nestled in the heart of Hillcrest on 5th St just south of University Ave. The weekend prior to my visit they had just celebrated their 1 year anniversary and I suspect they will be celebrating quite a few more before all is said and done. Under the sign it reads “Organic Food & Craft Beer”, so you know right away this place is more than just your average bar.
I will tell you straight away – I didn’t come for the food on this night. I am a big fan and supporter of the organic and locally grown food movement that is popping up all over San Diego, however, I will leave the food review to my friend and fellow blogger over at www.monkeybreadandsweetpea.com, I suspect she’ll have a write up soon. If you are a foodie like me, you’ll love her site.
So I came for the beers, and beers I did have. Tuesday night at Local Habit just so happens to be Flight Night and for $9 you can sample six of their twelve drafts of craft beer. Being a fan of flights and using my exemplary math skills I quickly calculated that I could have two flights and try every beer on tap. Sounds like a deal to me so let’s line them up.
- The Bruery Nottenroth….ABV: 2.0%
- Societe The Harlot….ABV: 5.0%
- Lightning Elemental Pilsner…..ABV: 5.5%
- North Coast Blue Star Wheat….ABV: 5.5%
- Telegraph Obscura Vulpine….ABV: 5.5%
- Lost Abby Red Barn….ABV:6.7%
- Dogfish Head/Victory/Stone – Saison Du Buff…..ABV:7.7%
- Hess Loci Habitus….ABV: 8.0% (Ltd. edition for the anniversary of Local Habit)
- AleSmith Yulesmith…..ABV: 8.5%
- Hess Ex Unbris….ABV: 9.8%
- Pizza Port Poorman’s IPA….ABV: 10%
- Lost Abby Deliverance…..ABV:12.5%
As you can see the beers run the gamete from very light to high octane. It was also clear that they had a beer that could meet the demands of just about any palette. That said, a few brews really stood out to me. The Saison Du Buff had a light, crisp flavor with a hint of fruit that went down very easy. The Loci Habitus was another well balanced beer from the guys at Hess, very tasty. Big surprise – the Yulesmith was fantastic, very crisp and fresh, just perfect for a warm summer day. The Telegraph Obscura Vulpine was one that really surprised me. It’s a red sour. Sours are somewhat new to me and my experiences thus far have been very mixed. This, however, might be my favorite sour thus far. I’d go so far as to call it tart, but in a good, mouth-watering sort of way. I would however recommend drinking this last if you are having a flight, that tartness stay with you for a while and can easily over-power some of the lighter beers.
The hands-down winner of the night goes to Pizza Port for their Poorman’s IPA. I’m not even sure what to say about Pizza Port anymore. They consistently turn out some of the best IPA’s on the planet and they don’t appear to ever want to stop, which is a good thing because a lot of grown men might break down and cry. Killer hops with bold flavors and sensational wow-factor.
So all in all, a great way to spend a Tuesday night! Local Habit is a place I gladly recommend for the craft brew crowd. The draft selection has a wide range of flavors to choose from which should satisfy just about anyone. They also have nice fridge full of great bottles from AleSmith, Bear Republic, Port Brewing, Stone and more!
Also a big thanks to my friends who joined on this trip, glad I didn’t have to drink alone…not that it has stopped me in the past. Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!