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California Beer Fest 2013

CA Beer Fest 2013As I alluded to in an earlier post, I got to attend the California Beer Festival in Ventura. A small affair, to be sure, but still everything I expected it would be. There were over 50 microbreweries represented there, both local and from around the country. For our “entertainment” they had a Michael Jackson “tribute” (read: “cover”) band onstage. As we began to make our way down the line of booths with our tiny sample cups (see below), I decided I would start with the more familiar brews. I don’t rightly remember the name of it, but it was at the Widmer booth and it was a red. Good enough, though a little on the hoppy side– even for a red. So the day wore on like that and over the course of 12-14 different samplers, I forgot the rest of the brews I tried (ever forget? Happened to me…). I never made it to the Ninkasi booth and I had been looking forward to trying their stuff.  Oh well, I will be taking a trip to Portland in a couple of weeks, so I’ll hit them up while I’m there. Suffice to say, I enjoyed myself, despite the tidal wave of IPA that seems to be overtaking the industry. IMG_1553

I am looking forward to any other of the numerous festivals that are being held in and around San Diego for Oktoberfest. I would really like to hear in the comments about some of your favorite beer events. It will give me something to shoot for next time!

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K ‘n B Wine Cellars

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This blog isn’t just about my own efforts into brewing beer. I also want to pay my respects to purveyors of the stuff. First up is a little place just down the street from me called K ‘n B Wine Cellars. This is pretty much a giant liquor store with a restaurant plopped right down in the middle of it. As you can see from the picture, their selection is… let’s call it “extensive”. They have just about any brew, spirit or wine you could think of and even some you can’t. In fact, if they don’t have something, you can ask them to order it and they will try. The sheer variety of beer on their shelves and in their refrigerators is why we go. They have so many local and craft brews, it can be a bit intimidating at first. Fear not, though, for I am here to help. Here is what you do: sit down, look at the beer list and try everything. If you aren’t particularly familiar with a particular selection, the servers and managers there are more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

This place is great for more than just great booze, though. They also have fantastic food. Their sweet potato tots are really good and they have real good sandwiches, too. If you don’t want to eat and you find the selections they have in stock not to your taste, go to one of their occasional events they have throughout each month. I just went to a scotch tasting last month, where they had Dalmore and Jura for my (yes, and other people’s tasting pleasure. Coming up at the end of this month is their 5-year anniversary. Should be a party. Come by and check it out!

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