Getting back into the groove of things after moving and starting a new job.  Hopefully get back to brewing soon as well.

Getting back into the groove of things after moving and starting a new job. Hopefully get back to brewing soon as well.

The last brewery of the day while we were in San Diego was Council Brewing. It was a short walk stumble from our hotel, so a great place for the last beers of the day. While Council was the smallest brewery we visited (3 bbl Stout System), it was also our favorite. Not only was the whole lineup tasty but out of the 40 some beers we tried throughout the day, the tart saison was easily the best. Combine the beers with a small, relaxing tap room, a friendly black lab brewery dog and Council Brewing was the perfect spot to end our day full of beer. 

Trying to kill the keg of my Vienna lager. And apparently the chips and salsa as well. Decent Monday.

Trying to kill the keg of my Vienna lager. And apparently the chips and salsa as well. Decent Monday.

Bale Breaker Top Cutter IPA. Tasty and local.

Bale Breaker Top Cutter IPA. Tasty and local.

Our third stop in San Diego was Societe Brewing. Like previous places we tasted our way through almost the entire lineup (imperial stout seemed like a bad idea). I had heard many excellent things about Societe, and it did not disappoint. Every beer they brewed was excellent, even styles I am not always a fan of were well brewed. In addition to the beer itself, the staff, and feel of the place made the experience even better. We were greeted when we walked in, given a brief explanation of the lineup, suggestions on where to start with samples, and constantly being checked on if we had any questions or wanted more beer. Plus I always love sitting at a bar and being able to look at all the shiny stainless of the brewing system and fermenters. Societe was an all around great brewery, and easily lived up to and exceeded my expectations. 

The second stop on our San Diego trip was White Labs tasting room. It was a nice walk from Ballast Point to work off the last beers. Of the places on this trip, I was most excited about White Labs. A yeast lab doing experimental and comparison brewing is a dream for a homebrewer like myself. I tried 4 different flights, the IPA, Saison, Pale Ale, and Porter. Each flight was a base recipe, split up, and fermented with different yeast strains at the same temperature. It was great identifying the differences between the yeast strains, and taking notes of ones I would like to use myself. I highly suggest any homebrewer or even beer lover to check out White Labs next time they are in San Diego. Definitely worth the visit. 

Top Cutter IPA from Bale Breaker. Pretty tasty choice for IPA day. 

Top Cutter IPA from Bale Breaker. Pretty tasty choice for IPA day. 

Our first stop in San Diego was Ballast Point Brewing. Being fairly familiar with the main production, it was nice getting a few brewery only offerings. Splitting samples with the girlfriend, we tried 9 different brews. We got lucky and they put on a Bourbon Barrel Barleywine “3 Sheets” right before our last flight of samples. It was tasty but definitely a sipper at 10.5% and a touch to heavy on the bourbon for my taste. Of the other offerings we tried, I enjoyed Grunion, a hoppy pale ale, and Reef Rye Brown the best. 

I apologize for the lack of actual beer pictures, apparently I was more interested in drinking then taking quality pictures. 

Had a great weekend in San Diego. Lots of beer and animals. 

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Most evenings before dinner I sit outside with a beer and throw the ball for the dog. I could drink Pivo Pils every time. It is that good. 

Most evenings before dinner I sit outside with a beer and throw the ball for the dog. I could drink Pivo Pils every time. It is that good. 

The coming days look like sit inside with a beer sort of weather. 

The coming days look like sit inside with a beer sort of weather. 

Sometimes I upload pictures, save them as drafts, and forget about them for months. This is one of those times. 

Long day of building a bridge. Hand tools, hard work, and a beer (or two).

Long day of building a bridge. Hand tools, hard work, and a beer (or two).

The funkiest of the funky. Sampling a Saison spiked with ECY Brett Brux. Wow. 

The funkiest of the funky. Sampling a Saison spiked with ECY Brett Brux. Wow.