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Old 05-24-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Hey all, I had this posted in general chit chat also but didn't really know where I'd get the best responses so here goes again. For memorial weekend I've been planning a little bit of a brewery road trip heading up the west coast. I'm picking up the SWMBO in LA this morning and then planning on heading north via the 101 and making pit stops at all the necessary hits along the way. We've already done most of San Diego so for the sake of driving were skipping this go round. So far the plan in order is:

The Bruery
Surf Brewing (a little hometown visit to a new shop)
Telegraph Brewing (grab from a bottle shop in Santa Barbara)
Firestone
Anchor Steam
21st Amendment
Lagunitas
Russian River
Bear Republic

Then heading back home depending on whether we want to kick out for boonville, north coast, etc. Anyone know of any must-see stops I'm missing along the way? Got 3 days to kill and plenty of collection space to fill

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Old 05-24-2013, 03:35 PM   #2
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Looks like an amazing trip most of us could only dream about. Enjoy and take pictures in case you 'forget' a few stops.

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Old 05-24-2013, 03:56 PM   #3
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When you're in Petaluma for Lagunitas, try and stop at Petaluma market. They have hen house and 101 North brewing. Both are relatively new start ups but put out some solid beers. 101's Heroine IPA is great.

Actually, you should call 101 and see if they offer tours the day you'll be there. They are right across the street from Lagunitas.

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The Breuery is a little south of LA, but if you're going to be in the area I would visit Bootleggers too.

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The Bruery is more than a little south of LA, it's more like an hour plus. While you're in LA, definitely hit up Golden Road and Eagle Rock. Those would be my can't-miss spots in LA county. Up in the bay, definitely don't miss Drakes.

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Yeah I'm pretty familiar with the area, was just generalizing. I figure while I'm down picking up SWMBO in the valley there's no reason to not pop in and take a look around. Plus picking up some loakal red and saison rue (along with whatever goodies they have around) is even more incentive

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Did you make a reservation at anchor? They only offer tours by reservation. And they fill up months in advance on weekends... You could also check out speakeasy and magnolia in San Francisco, linden street brewery in Oakland, triple rock in Berkeley... There are others of course...

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When you're in Santa Rosa for RR, hit the Coddington Whole Foods. They usually have a great selection in their Taproom and they always have an excellent bottle selection. While you're in Santa Barbara, I've heard really good things about The Brewhouse (though I have not been there).

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I would check out speakeasy in sf. They open the brewery up on Friday and Saturday nights and serve from their 'bar'. It's a literally just hanging out in the brewery. Sometimes a taco truck shows up. It's $10 bucks for 2 pints and a glass. Not a bad deal

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Definitely stop at Central Coast Brewery in Carpenteria. Right off the 101 and across the traintracks from the sand. Unreal location and really good beer to. Also stop at Central Coast brewing company in San Luis Obispo. Again right off the 101 before you head up the hill to Firestone. Its really small but the bar is in the brewery and they have some really great beer to.

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