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Old 01-15-2010, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default West Coast Brewery Tour required

Planning on a holiday, flying to and driving around cali and vegas this coming September. This is the planned route

I would love to include the Sierra Nevada Brewery but it's too far north off our route. How about the Stone Brewery in San Diego? Any other Suggestions?

Don't know many Cali Breweries. On another note, maybe i could do a homebrew swap with someone in the area?

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Old 01-15-2010, 05:03 PM   #2
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I think stone would be a good one
green flash brewery is in Vista, CA. about 45 miles north of SD according to mapquest.

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Old 01-15-2010, 05:20 PM   #3
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A homebrew swap sounds like fun...

Lots of options in San Diego. Stone Brewery is definitely recommended (actually in Escondido, about 25 mins drive) and Pizza Port in Carlsbad is one of my favorites. Some good beer bars (Hamiltons, O'Briens, Small Bar) if you want to try some really obscure micros. Could even meet up for a couple of cold ones, if you don't mind me asking 300 questions about how things are in that part of the world these days (I'm from the Isle of Man).

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Old 01-15-2010, 06:09 PM   #4
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You will be passing by Hayward, just south of Oakland. Buffalo Bill's is just off the freeway a bit. http://www.buffalobillsbrewery.com/

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Old 01-15-2010, 06:17 PM   #5
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list of every brewery, with average beer rating and location in CA: http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/list...ry=Y&sort=name

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Old 01-15-2010, 06:23 PM   #6
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Fixed that for you.
http://bit.ly/7OYMUb

In all seriousness, bummer that you won't be seeing Russian River. Do pick up their beers.

SF - Toronado in the Haight
LV- Freaking Frog
SD - Lost Abbey, Stone

Also check beermapping.com

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Here's an awesome site that might help with the planning:

http://beermapping.com/

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Starting in SF I would go to Anchor one of the originals for sure also a good tour. Lunch at the rogue ale house in SF could be interesting they have a great beer selection. Might swing by pyramid in Berkeley for the corporate tour if that is something of interest I am not a personal fan. Definitely go to Stone good tour and cool location. San Diego is now full of craft breweries lots of good options.

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Swing around to Escondido, you gotta goto Stone Brewery, I went there last month, and its amazing!

Another great place is Lost Abbey/Port Brewery ... There about 2 miles away from Stone Brewery, they moved into Stone's old place ... I've been to both of them and both are great!

Lost Abbey/Port Brewery is mixed in with a lot of other businesses, but their garage is always open and they have a built in bar.

Another place is if you go up a little bit North of San Fransisco you can goto Russian River, they actually have some of the highest ranked beers on beeradvocate ... If your going in Feb, you might want to pick up Pliny the Younger, ranked #1 beer from beeradvocate in all of the US.

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Thanks for the help guys. Awesome, maybe i can pick up some russian river stuff on tap in SF?

I've been to rogue brewery in oregon when i studied near there a few years ago. Their Shakespeare stout is pretty much the reason why i started homebrewing.

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Could even meet up for a couple of cold ones, if you don't mind me asking 300 questions about how things are in that part of the world these days (I'm from the Isle of Man).
That sounds like a cool plan, how long have you been living away from home norman?
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