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Old 09-10-2010, 02:30 PM   #1
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Default Going to West Coast - What beers can't I miss?

Next month I'll be going out to LA and San Fran for the first time. I know there's alot of great brews out there that I can't get over here on the east coast. I'm already going to be searching for anything I can from Russian River (which I'll hopefully be visiting along with Lagunitas, the Bruery, and Moylans) and Deschuttes, but is there any other beers in particular that I can't miss while I'm there? I want to be able to try as many new ones while I'm out there so the more the recommendations the better

Edit: To keep this easier, off the top of my head I've already had beers from these breweries from the west coast here (I'm sure I'm missing some):
North Coast
Bear Republic
Stone
Lagunitas
Green Flash
21st ammendment
Redhook
Rogue
Sierra Nevada
Mad River
Port/Lost Abbey
Anchor

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Old 09-10-2010, 03:41 PM   #2
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Anything from Green Flash, especially the West Coast IPA & IIPA
Ballast Point-I've only had the Yellowtail Pale Ale, which was quite good. But I have heard great things about their other offerings.
Bear Republic-Racer 5,Hop Rod Rye,Black Bear Stout.
North Coast-Old Rasputin,Red Seal, Old Stock Ale
Lost Coast-Downtown Brown,Indica IPA,8 Ball Stout
Marin Brewing Co-I haven't had any of their beers but I believe they are in Larkspur just outside of SF, over the Golden Gate Bridge
Lagunitas-If you run across their WTF ale, it's amazing. In their own words it doesn't really fit a style, but I would call it an India Brown Ale. Nice & Hoppy.

All of these places offer more than I have mentioned, these are just the ones I've had.

Also, Stone is a great place to visit if you get that far South, though I'm sure you can get their beers at home. The Brewery & Restaurant are great, a little pricey, but worth it IMO.

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Don't forget the 21st Ammendment, 563 2nd St., San Francisco. ( That's right, cans! ). Brew Free or Die IPA, Hell or Highwater Watermelon Wheat, BLack IPA...

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Find some Alpine brews, Pure hoppiness, Duet etc. Also look for some Alesmith Yulesmith. From Ballast Point I'd look for Sculpin. Obviously you'll want to be on the lookout for some Pliny. Depending on where your at in LA I can tell you 2 bars within 20 mins of where I live that usually have Pliny on tap along with some other great beers. Last time I went to one they had Pliny, Blind Pig and Kerns Just outstanding all pouring =P

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forgot about Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA, Tasty. The brewery is in SF.

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If you're in San Fran, I would suggest going to Toronado.

http://www.toronado.com

Amazing bottle/draft pub that offers the best of CA and beyond. Check out their bottle and draft selection on their website, its pretty amazing. Its easy to walk out of there fairly tipsy.

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wow I guess I'm doing good so far cuz I only haven't had the Marin, Alpine, and Lost coast brews before

Paramecium: I'm going to be in marina del rey. I'll def check out those bars if they're anywhere nearby

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How are you getting from LA to SF?
If driving on the 101, the Firestone Walker brewery is right along the way. I highly recommend their unfiltered DBA in their taproom.

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+1000 for bear republic-haven't met a beer of theirs I didn't like.

Pliny the elder from Russian River
Port Wipeout IPA is also tasty

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These bars are a bout 40 minutes South of Marina Del ray but if you have the time they are worth it. And one of them has bottles as well of everything you can imagine.

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