What an amazing weekend we just had! We spent four days with some of the greatest people you'd ever want to meet, drinking fantastic craft brew, and generally geeking out over our shared love of fermented libations. The Beer Bloggers Conference in San Diego exceeded our expectations on all levels.
We had so many good times we can't fathom cramming them into one post, so we'll break this out into at least a couple parts.
|Cigar City Invasion Pale
After hanging out in the LAX baggage claim for a few hours, we were seriously ready for some beers. Fortunately we met blogger Carol Dekkers from MicroBrews USA who hooked us up with some Cigar City Brewing Invasion pale Ale as we boarded the Beer Bus bound for LA (thanks Carol, we really needed that).
We're really glad we met our new BFFs pretty much right away: Jeff and Chris from Bottle Makes Three, Dave from All the Brews Fit to Pint, and Mike from BrewDad. Visit their blogs - these guys are hilarious and know their beers.
|Co-owner Meg Gill
|Entrance to Angel City Brewing
'burbs this one was kinda far out of our usual element (barbed wire and graffiti!) They served up some interesting brews including an Avocado ale which paired nicely with our turkey sandwich. We loved the interior space, which featured a loft, a spiral slide they wouldn't let us use, and games like table tennis and cornhole.
|Bruery Barrel Warehouse
|Smog City 15 bbl brewhouse
|Monkish 15bbl Brewhouse
|Monkish Tasting room
Who knew LA had such an interesting craft beer scene? We're glad to have experienced it first hand in such great company.
A looooong bus ride delivered us safely to San Diego, where we'll pick up for Part 2 of Tales from the Trip.
|Golden Road's Pub entrance.
|Golden Road brewing up some beer.
|Mural at Angel City evoking TJ Eckleburg
|Slide at Angel City...but no sliding allowed
|Indoor cornhole at Angel City
|The Bruery beer waiting to be sampled
|A barrel at The Bruery filled with beer
|Laurie porter and Chris Walowski talking about Smog City
|Smog City beers on tap when we visited
|Just a few of the many beers to be sampled at Monkish Brewing
|One of the Foudres at Monkish Brewing