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Old 04-22-2007, 07:21 PM   #1
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Default Drinking in California

Just bought a plane ticket to San Francisco and then onto San Diego to visit some compadres.

I would like to do some good drinking...which involves some good beer...which means I need to goto some good breweries.

Where shall I go....any suggestions?

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Old 04-22-2007, 08:10 PM   #2
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Where are you going to stop?

Central Cali- go to the Firestone Brewery
and if you happen to stop into San Luis Obispo, the SLO Brewery is good food and beer.
If you are there, you might at well do some wine tasting!
Southern Cali- Sierra Nevada
San Diego- Stone


Some good choices.


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Old 04-22-2007, 09:40 PM   #3
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The first question, will you have a car? If not, head for the Toronado 547 Haight St., San Francisco [even if you have a car, they carry most of the craft beers made in the area.]

Otherwise, http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/city/17

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San Diego - Stone is a must! They just opened a new brewpub there instead of just the brew store. I can't wait until the next time I'm in town to check it out.

http://stonebrew.com

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In San Francisco, The Thirsty Bear has some pretty good brews and the food there is great too. It is a bit pricy, but so is everything else in that city.

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The first question, will you have a car? If not, head for the Toronado 547 Haight St., San Francisco [even if you have a car, they carry most of the craft beers made in the area.]

Otherwise, http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/city/17
That list is awesome.

I'd definitely goto Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. Take the tour.

Drake's Brewing company, in san leandro, is pretty cool. On Friday nights, you can goto the brewery. You buy tokens for drinks and they'll grill up anything your bring for you. Bring a marinated tri-tip!

I enjoy Triple Rock, in Berkeley, sometimes. If it's a nice day you can sit outside upstairs and enjoy the sun while you sip some of their excellent beers.

If you're looking for a nice selection for a short tasting session or to take back to the hotel (or even have sent home), City Beer is one of my favorites. I think it's only been around about a year or two. The guy who owns it is constantly changing his selection and i stop by every couple of months to see what type of Belgian ales he has in stock. excellent selection.

Whatever you do, don't waste your time going to Pyramid. That place used to have great deals on drinks and snacks, but now they just have mediocre dinner plates and less than decent beer.

Definitely take a look at the list and hit up as much as you can while you're in San Francisco.

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When in San Diego, be sure and hit O'Brien's I stopped in for a beer and didn't leave until 3:00am!

I also dig The Live Wire and The Liar's Club

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In San Francisco check out "The 21st Admendment","Anchor Brewing" and "Speakeasy Brewery".

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Southern Cali- Sierra Nevada
just a correction....Sierra Nevada is in Chico CA located about 2.5 hours north of Sacramento. Northern CA
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There's a ton of micros and brewpubs along the 101 north of San Francisco. Marin Co., Moylan's, Bear Republic, and if you want to go further north there's North Coast in Ft. Bragg, Russian River, Anderson Valley and Mendocino Brewing.

Down in San Diego there's Stone (in Escondido), AleSmith, Coronado Brewing on Coronado Island and Port Brewing in Carlsbad

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