I have ordered so much brewing stuff lately I have no idea what I’m opening half the time. Now I’m ready for easier decoctions and healthier yeast.

I have ordered so much brewing stuff lately I have no idea what I’m opening half the time. Now I’m ready for easier decoctions and healthier yeast.

Mmm yes.

Mmm yes.

Fuckin seahawks. This is needed.

Fuckin seahawks. This is needed.

Nothing better then coming home from work to have this waiting for you. These came from Stainless Brewing. I ordered Tuesday evening and got it today. Crazy fast and look like good quality. Now time for my new kettle to arrive…

Nothing better then coming home from work to have this waiting for you. These came from Stainless Brewing. I ordered Tuesday evening and got it today. Crazy fast and look like good quality. Now time for my new kettle to arrive…

Yum. Work training 3 whole days this week has made this much needed.

Yum. Work training 3 whole days this week has made this much needed.

I stopped by my parents place this weekend on my way to a buddies house across the state. It pains me deeply I’m not back up and brewing. These are screaming to be packed in a fresh hop beer. Next year.

I stopped by my parents place this weekend on my way to a buddies house across the state. It pains me deeply I’m not back up and brewing. These are screaming to be packed in a fresh hop beer. Next year.

Escape to Colorado IPA. A hazy tasty brew. I have never been to Colorado, a future beer vacation sounds like a good idea.

Escape to Colorado IPA. A hazy tasty brew. I have never been to Colorado, a future beer vacation sounds like a good idea.

Decent. But not the Brewers Share ESB “extra special barney” that I remember. That one was amazing. It made me fall in love with challenger hops.

Decent. But not the Brewers Share ESB “extra special barney” that I remember. That one was amazing. It made me fall in love with challenger hops.

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.