Finally made it back home to Davis this morning after a long day on the road yesterday. Left Buellton in time to make it to Pismo beach for some Splash cafe clam chowder. Parked right up the street and stumbled on a brewery right next to the car. Can't really remember the name but the beer was equally forgettable. However we did also find an excellent liquor store with a perfect selection of CA breweries.
Headed up to San Luis afterwards to make a pitstop at Central Coast Brewing Co. Kudos to the recommendation; the beer was excellent and Jim the owner was awesome. They had a great bourbon stout, excellent Tripel, and a really interesting Chai Ale that we wish we could have taken a bottle of with us.
Next up was Firestone where we got to snag some Parabola, Succaba, Walker's reserve, and an excellent oaked DBA served out of a nitro. It was pretty packed for the holiday weekend so we had our tastings and hit the road. We ended up taking the 1 north since my co-pilot hadn't ever traveled the coastline. The scenery was gorgeous as always but it really smashed our chances by adding on about 3 hours to the trip.
We ended up skipping our SF stopover to save them for another date (only an hour or so away) and jetted up to pick up some Lagunitas to quench the thirst. It was equally packed so we didnt stay too long in order to save time for farther north but made plans for a tour in a few weeks.
After that we skipped RR to make it to Bear Republic (which was closing a good two hours earlier). Nothing crazy on tap, just had a few pints of some fresh Racer 5 and grabbed a couple bottle of Red Rocket.
The grand finale was definitely Russian River. We got there are 10:30 at night and it was SLAMMED inside; the host however got us to a table within about 15. Immediately put in an order for a Supplication and the SWMBO snagged a CA taster of all their non-sours. All I have to say is WOW! My first experience there and everything was fantastic. Two hours later, a pizza, and a few tulips of Supp, Defenestration, and Salvation and we were crashed for the quick trip back home to Davis. Definitely going to be making it there more often though.
Thanks for all of the suggestions guys, those little bottle shops came in perfectly. Schwag picture coming up soon.