Man oh man. It's easy to fall behind on blogging when all you're doing is drinking beer. Drinking great beer at that. How 'bout just some pictures and captions, since I'm already running late to tonight's event, and it features me.
Day 3 pics I hadn't posted on behalf of the tragic news about Bill Brand, who is now listed in stable condition in the ICU.
Beer2Brakers! 1 pubcrawl, 140 riders:
Symbolic ride around Anchor:
Showing up at Gordon-Biersch en masse:
Schwarzbier (black lager) & garlic fries. Who needs a ballgame?:
At 21st Amendment, riders received one can of beer and could buy a sausage from Fatted Calf. That's a ten-dolla knockwurst I'm eating (w/ saurkraut and sauteed apples):
1 free beer? Let's blow this popsicle stand:
This is Eric; he made a lot of the homebrew enjoyed at the picnic in Golden Gate Park:
This is Kachusha "Chuey;" he made this ride possible:
We all really enjoyed the homebrews:
Popped into the Alembic to say hi to Sam Calagione (and finally try Dogfish Head "Red and White"):
Sean Z. Paxton is the Homebrew Chef (and that's his cuter-than-you daughter, Olivia). Yes, this was a test:
Not only did his Monk's Blood pass the beer test, but food-wise, check out the slow cooked, beer-braised Colorado lamb shanks with carrots, celery and thyme, dried figs and coriander served on a puree' of parsnips. Dude passed with flying colors. (And the other courses and beers were aces, too):
Growler & Half Pint sated (photo by Jesse Friedman):
Another brilliant shot by Jesse, this time of Bill Brand. Worth repeating:
Skipped Day 4.
Day 5 (Tue):
Started with lunch with an old friend in town, Ann. She's vegan. I'm not. Phat Philly cheesesteak with house-made cheddar-beer sause (Newcastle):
Barrel-aged Beer Night at both Jupiter & Triple Rock. Starting at the former:
First sample of the night, Oskar Blues' Old Chuboubon (yep, Old Chub Scottish strong ale aged in bourbon barrel):
Next stop, T-Rock (much better selection of barrels):
This bloke knows/lives, his beer. Cheers, Phil (Yes, his iPhone's wallpaper is hops).
Seriously. 16 amazing beers, ameliorated by barrel aging. My winner of the night--The Bruery's Melange #3 (a blend of 3 bourbon-barrel aged beers--imperial stout, Old Ale, wheat wine--then fermented with special Belgian yeast strain). KU-DOS:
Day 6 (Wed)
Chilled at the Page for a Sierra Nevada tasting. My first Torpedo Extra IPA in a bottle. Yeah for free sausage with all 3 Sierra Nevada mustards:
Walked down to Toronado for cheese-pairing with Brewery Ommegang. We tried to take the pairing suggestions seriously, and I know the Rouge avec brie and dried fig was our collective fave:
Dunno what these guys preferred:
Not shown: The can of Hamm's my friend Colin, 23, bought me after because I bought him some $4 6-oz samples, which he enjoyed, but couldn't wrap his head around the price. I drank his beer across the street at his favorite dive, Molotov's. Call it a cultural exchange.