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.