Well I'm not much of a leader, but if I had to comment I'd say personally I'd like to do more of a BBQ thing since that way people can bring food and beer, whereas going to a bar you would need to order food and beer. The latter doesn't really seem like a homebrew meetup, more like a bunch of dudes hanging out (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). If we did do a BBQ, I'd be willing to throw down for paper plates and dixie cups so the host wouldn't be stuck with a pile of dishes. Hell, I'd even bring my charcoal grill if needed.
In any case, I'm down for anything, though I'll be out of town for my mom's birthday on the 24/25th which is a Sat/Sun.
If I can get off whatever day we decide on (I work in a restaurant so I usually work weekends but this sounds like a worthy cause to take the day off for) I wouldn't mind being a DD, I drive a Jeep Cherokee so I could take along up to 4 other people from Central SD to Vista, which would be ideal since we could all chip in on gas (4.40 a gallon? are you ****in' kidding me?). It sounds like your place, silverbrews, is starting to look like the designated place, though Tom sounded like he was willing to host as well. The thing is that silverbrew's spot is closer to Orange County and LA, so that might make it a bit more likely for those folks to come and meet up. Tom is closer to me, being in Lemon Grove, so if I had to selfishly comment I'd say we should meet there (that way I could drink and have SWMBO pick me up) but I am willing to sacrifice for the good of the cause.
edit: also, funny you should call me keeshond, a friend of mine started calling me that (my nickname is keesh with a certain group of friends) when she was texting me and her phone autocorrected it to keeshond.
ninja edit 2: if this is really going down then I am glad I am brewing tomorrow, if all goes well I'll have 4 different beers to bring (my smash pale, pliny clone, kolsch, and tomorrow I will be doing biermuncher's centennial blonde)
Primary - 1 Gal JAOM, Belgian IPA, Pumpkin ale
Secondary - 5-way split Breakfast Imperial Stout, 2 Gal Traditional mead
Bottled - Kolsch, Pliny the Younger clone, Centennial Blonde, Alpine's Nelson clone, Apfelwein, QuicknDirty Cider
On deck - EdWort's Haus Pale