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Prohibition Brewing Co. was a way out-of-the-way place in Vista. The building it sat in reminded me of a cross between an old motel and a Mexican food restaurant. The outside was squat, dark and covered in a mural of a small bar scene. The inside was reminiscent of an ecclectic barn-meets a pizza parlor. There was a host stand in the entry way, with both wooden and round fiberglass picnic tables beyond. The floor was made up of large black and white checkers. To the left of the entrance was the small bar area, which from the outside, was all I was expecting to see on the inside, to be honest. Their beer selection was larger than I was expecting, with some equally surprising styles, including a Black Rye IIPA, Wheat Hopped IIPA, and Vanilla Cream Ale.
I got the Sweet Biscuit Amber (6.1% abv): This beer poured red in color with thin, fizzy white foam on top. It smelled very malty and a little sweet. There was also a little fruit aroma toward the end. The taste was mild at first. Then the malty sweetness kicked in, followed by a touch of fruitiness. The middle was characterized by more maltiness and a biscuity dryness, that I assumed gave the beer its name. Medium body and light carbonation lead to a somewhat bready finish, with malty sweet stickiness trailing.
While traveling around the Dayton area in Ohio, we stopped by one of the ubiquitous shopping malls along the highway. This one was a little more upscale, though still a mall. This particular mall, however, included a pub, the name of which I cannot remember. It was a cool place, with lots of rich wood and a sort of Irish feel, if a commercialized version of it.
They had a good selection from all over the country, but I wanted something local, so I opted for a beer from Warped Wing Brewing. Warped Wing Whiskey Rebellion (11.2%) was brewed in downtown Dayton. It beer poured black with lots of thick tan head. There was a heavy dose of bourbon on the nose, with some bittersweet chocolate to follow. At first, the taste was pretty mild, but then the bourbon kicked in, coating my tongue. With very heavy body and light carbonation, the middle was a little sticky sweet, with a tiny spice note. It finished with only a little of the bourbon, mostly covered up by the stickiness, which lingered the whole way through.
Well, party IN the Pacific…Brewing Co. that is. Another Mira Mesa industrial office park brewery, Pacific Brewing is a small place in a mostly off-the-main-drag area of Mira Mesa. It has a very nonchalant surfer vibe, minus the cheesy surf music that many usually associate with such a vibe. I was thankful for that. They sort of do what they can with the space they have, with brewing tanks along the left wall- one of them still on the pallet because they haven’t the equipment to take it off said pallet- two small cocktail/patio tables with stools between the tanks and the fairly impressive tasting bar to the right. They even have menus from which to order sushi from a place that delivers right to the table inside the brewery! It’s a great system.
With seven beers on tap, it was hard to choose. Per my usual M.O., I settled on the most questionably named, the Sticky Icky Strong Ale. It poured a deep amber color with a thin layer of fizzy white head. Malty aromas defined the smell, with some dark fruit and a little tartness to keep things interesting. On the taste, there was not much carbonation, so I noticed the thick mouthfeel right away. Heavy malts dominated up front without much else coming through. Some bitterness through the middle broke that up a bit and helped it finish dry with a little less maltiness lingering.
Since I usually do things out of order, I next went for a lighter beer with the Golden Coast Blonde Ale. This one poured a rich gold color with big, loose bubbles that made for sudsy head that streaked down the glass. It smelled ‘beery’, with slight skunkiness, though not enough to be unpleasant. There were also some fresh fruit aromas to help keep things appetizing. The taste was anything but skunky- light and bright, with some fruitiness and a little malt underneath. Light carbonation and mild through the middle, it finished equally as mild, with the beeriness and malts returning. I liked this one.
This is a great little startup brewery and I wish these guys a lot of success!
Continuing non-beer experience from earlier last month, I had another cider from Julian Hard Cider called Black & Blue. Now, normally I don’t like to eat or drink things whose name tells me what it could potentially do to my body, but this one was tame enough. It was just a cider, after all.
It poured a deep purple-red color with again very little carbonation. It smelled, appropriately enough, like tart black and blueberries. It also smelled a little yeasty. There was a surprising amount of carbonation at first. Then the blueberry flavor came through big time. The tartness of the berry flavor was a lot to take at first, but it soon mellowed out and an almost sticky sweet berry flavor washed away any other flavors that were in there. It finished with a little of the stickiness, but with a nice blackberry flavor lingering afterward.
Even though I liked it well enough, I think ciders are just a little underwhelming for me overall: