The background: Grand Daughter (two and a half), Daughter and Son-in-Law live in Orange County which is just South of Los Angles. Son and lady friend live in London. We all went over for Christmas and New Year to have a family gathering/holiday.
This thread is an insight into beer rating while still trying to be head of a family and juggling time with booze.
Air New Zealand had the best deal for our dates, so Terminal 2 at Heathrow gave me two new Fullers rates and the Fullers pub London’s Pride was duly reviewed for the database.
My Son-in-Law isn’t a beer drinker, nor my daughter but they did have some beers that they thought I’d not had before. On opening the drinks fridge I discover various cans of orange flavoured IPA’s (very popular in Southern California), a huge bottle of Anchor 2017 Christmas Beer and some Mexican Pale Lagers, great, at least they tried and the tangerine selection were new to me.
Trips to a few supermarkets add to the beer choice in the house and I am content to be the family man for a few days. Our first outing is to Laguna Beach for this: https://sawdustartfestival.org/festivals/winter-fantasy/
Managed to find a Hawaiian Porter and a local Lager on tap inside the event before we retired to a brewpub: www.ratebeer.com/p/laguna-beach-brewery-grille/68154/
Two Flights and it’s back home. Seven of the eight beers on the Flights were new, four of their own, two Mexican and a Black Market Brewery ‘Is That A Cucumber In Your Pants? Happy To See Gose’.
Next up was a trip to https://www.ratebeer.com/p/stadium-brewing/447/
Been before, but it was a whole lot better this time, 60 Taps with 5 Garage Project beers from New Zealand on offer, we had those first. There are so many breweries in Southern California that finding non-Californian beers on-tap is an art, or lucky, I try to find as many ‘visitors’ as I can: shops also fill their shelves and coolers with locally brewed beers, so again locating outsiders is a challenge sometimes.
Two nights in Temecula: a one street ‘Old Town’ surrounded by wineries and brewpubs. Leaving the locals at home (daughter, grand daughter and son-in-law) I borrow the ‘muscle car’ and drove up with the wife, son and his young lady.
Drank so much on Christmas Day I had two days off the booze and bounced back well on the 28th Dec before going to San Diego Safari Park, think 1,800 acres of land stuffed with animals and people, luckily there are beers to be had and I picked up new rate while looking at the sights.
Children and partners went to Las Vegas and we looked after our Grand Daughter for three nights just after New Year, so in-house drinking has been the thing so far in 2018. San Diego calls though, so a couple of nights there should happen before we return to the UK.
185 new rates so far since leaving home on 5th Dec: 124 Californian, plus beers from 14 other States and 10 different countries. Not too bad considering it’s supposed to have been a family holiday.
High lights so far: finding those five New Zealand beers on tap and finally rating ‘Harp’, plus I’ve got a Wexford Irish Cream Ale can to drink later.
Yes, there are so many small guys in California brewing interesting stuff along with the bigger outfits. Every other shopping precinct seems to have a decent alcohol shop or a brewpub. Can’t go wrong really.
Hey, be kind: it’s not cheap getting to California from Shropshire and then drinking in So-Cal, so I buy loose change beers in the supermarkets to compliment the bottles/cans from Bev-Mo and Hi-Time, etc, etc. Plus I like Trader Joe’s stuff (sometimes).
If money was no object of course I would stay high-end, but that’s not the case with me, I have loads of holidays each year and only so much dosh, I need to be sensible when spending on beer as other priorities come into play occasionally.
These are the sorts of posts that keep me coming back here - far more interesting to someone like me that isn’t a hardcore ticker than countless posts on stats.
Very impressive number of beers packed away there. I have the same issue in balancing beer stuff when on holiday with my wife, she isn’t a beer fan so naturally it has to be fitted in around normal holiday stuff, but I get by!