San Diego Beer Week #3 Alesmith Brewing Company

In the crosshairs today: Alesmith Brewing Company in their brand new Miramar tasting room. The Husband is quite fond of The Alesmith.

IMG_9120Not only did I really like my Beer Geek Speedway Stout, but I surprised The Husband by OK-ing of his drink, too- the Anvil ESB. I remember going to tastings at Seattle’s Redhook Brewery years ago. On their tour the guide would pass around jars of toasted malt, all of varying depths of roastiness. I loved the toasty, coffee-like aromas of that grain, and thought it was too bad that all those hops were added to ruin their ESB. Hops have been an acquired taste, that’s for sure, 20 years in the making.

Heavy on the alcohol is this 4 oz. pour of Beer Geek Speedway Stout
Heavy on the alcohol is this 4 oz. pour of Beer Geek Speedway Stout

These two selections from Alesmith are great choices- one full of heavy, roasted goodness, the other toasty, malty and light in comparison. Two more beers for me in this Triple and Quadruple-Hopped market.

With a food truck outside on the patio and a spacious interior, a person could quickly get used to killing quite a bit of time here… This facility is so new that the building looks to be only half furnished. But what is here is comfortable.

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San Diego Beer Week #2 Ballast Point Kitchen at Miramar

IMG_9088 (1)One of the first beer discoveries that I made (“Hey, I actually like this!) was Ballast Point’s Sextant Oatmeal Stout on nitro, even, so it was extra-creamy good… mmmm. Beer Stop #2 is their new restaurant and meeting place in Miramar.

IMG_9083I like how the menu organizes the drinks for the less beer-savvy people like me. New to me is the Commodore American Stout- a good, strong drink like a punch in the tastebuds strong. It hits your nose with a huge toasted malty aroma that delivers straight into the flavor. Roasty, coffee-like flavor.

He likes my beer... uh oh.
He likes my beer… uh oh.

We both loved it. I wish I liked The Husband’s choice of some super-hoppy brew… citrusy, floral beers smell great but I never like the taste. Boo.

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I liked my beer… a lot. But then the two appetizers we ordered to split arrived and really stole the show. Holy cow, whoever made this menu deserves a raise and a half- the menu just changed this weekend and these items should stick around for the next six months.

Do NOT miss the mac and cheese with pork belly! The crispy, fatty pork strip may be only a couple of bites worth of meat but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up in quality. We also split the duck nachos. More deliciousness! The pickled onions were just the right little tang to go with the bleu cheese sauce and duck.

Great brews, delicious snacks, spacious seating and outdoor area for games and fire pit fun. Thank you Ballast Point people, for getting this sit-down spot to join up with the rest of San Diego’s beer and food fans!

Fall and Winter Menu?
Fall and Winter Menu?
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Bloody Mary and Mai Tai mixes are available!
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Beautiful copper stills for the newer line of spirits.
Might I resume typing, cat?
Might I resume typing, cat?

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San Diego Beer Week 2015

The Husband gets to pick all the new events for next week- it’s the beer lover’s paradise all week plus three days, starting November 3rd and running through the 11th.

They love their beer so much here that an official “Beer Week” is Ten Days Long. Seven days? Bah! Clearly not enough time to properly celebrate the brews.

Here’s a great article by Ian Anderson writing for the San Diego Reader. It is full of events and information around one of San Diego’s favorite past times, next to identifying which air craft Miramar MCAS is flying over head, water temps at Swamis, and arguing over who serves the best carne asada fries.

San Diego Beer Week 2015 article by Ian Anderson in the San Diego Reader... click the pic to link
San Diego Beer Week 2015 article by Ian Anderson in the San Diego Reader… click the pic to link