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Portland or Bust!

This coming weekend (which, not coincidentally, contains my birthday), I will be going to Portland, Oregon. I am really excited about this trip for a few reasons, not the least of them being the fact that I have only ever driven through or flown over the city on my way somewhere else and have always wanted to visit; though most of the reason I am excited about it: the beer. Duh. As you may know, Portland is a mecca of beer lovers due to the preponderance of craft breweries. According to Wikipedia (the information source I use for all of my most diligent fact gathering), there are more breweries in Portland than in any other city in the world. This, coupled with the über picturesque sights around the city, the rain that is so sorely lacking where I’m from, and the generally polite and friendly people the area is known for, adds up to a pretty great trip, methinks. We shall see.

I’ll post some of my own pictures when I get back. In the meantime, let me know about some of your experiences in Portland.

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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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