Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hometown Beer Buffet

According to Men's Journal, San Diego is the top beer town in the country. Better than Chicago...or Milwaukee...or Portland. San Diego has 33 microbreweries and a truly amazing array of beer, my favorite being Stone IPA, which I tell every beer fan I know about. Crazy delicious.

Also, the best part is, I apparently live blocks away from the "nation's best beer boulevard." This new knowledge makes this, perhaps, the best day ever.

Feel free to name your favorite brew and refute San Diego's irrefutable greatness in the comments.


MichelleSG said...

B's fav from there is Arrogant Bastard. He has switched fav breweries though, he now loves Flying Dog (my bf from college works there). Then there's also this Russian River thing called Pliney the Elder but we can't get it in Texas.

BeckEye said...

My favorite is from San Fran, I think. 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat. Oh, did I drink the shit out of that this summer.

Jon said...

I love Stone IPA! I didn't realize it was from SD. (I don't like to mix my drinking with my learning.)

However, it's not nearly as good as Dogfish Head IPA, which is local here. Also, everything on the East Coast is better than everything on the West Coast.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

Sorry. Portland is still the small brew version of Mecca. I would, however, rank San Diego second.

And, Arrogant Bastard is my favorite of Stone's brews. The rest are almost offensively overhopped, which is strange, coming from a guy who (used to) love him some hops.

My favorite microbrewer was (and, since I can't drink any other) and always will be Dogfish Head. 60 minute, 90 minute, 120 minute...I don't care. This is the time of year I miss their pumpkin ale.

red said...

I tend to like super hoppy beers.

I'm pretty sure I've tried Dogfish Head at some point, but as I don't specifically remember it, I can't say it's a favorite.

I will give a shout out to Louisiana's Abita beers. I sampled every style I could find on my recent vacation and really enjoyed them all.

words...words...words... said...

I love hoppy beers, and Stone IPA is a really good one. I also like Red Hook's IPA and ESB. A new beer-oriented tavern just opened up about 100 yards from my front door (Hallelujah!) and they had a wicked good beer called Green Flash West Coast IPA. If you ever see it, try it.

I also like Dogfish Head, and since they are from home they are doubly good.

red said...

I've had Green Flash. Yummy!

Liz said...

Nerd Alert: There was a really good New Yorker article about beer a few months back that focused a lot on Dogfish Head. I'm sure interested parties can find it on the New Yorker's Web site

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

I've actually toured the Dogfish Head brewery. It's entertaining, and they'll pretty much get you as drunk as you want before you leave. I quite enjoyed it.

Plus, it was one of the last beer-related things that I've ever done before the hops-allergy took over.

I forgot that I also really liked Stone's Smoked Porter. See what happens when you go through your beer-tasting notes while waxing nostalgic for the good old days?

red said...

I'll have to take the Dogfish Head tour when I finally make it out to that coast.

Don't tell anyone, but I drank, like, 7 Stone Smoked Porters while watching college football the other weekend. That stuff is delicious!