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LA and San Diego
« on: July 15, 2014, 09:44:07 PM »
Going to be in California in late August. Most of our time will be in LA with family that lives there. I am sure they will have places they want to take us. Main question here is that we will be driving down to San Diego County specifically for beer adventures. I for sure want to see Stone. I know Lost Abbey is there, as well as Mission, Ballast Point. Alesmith, Pizza Port, and many more great breweries. How do I get the most out of less than 24 hours in San Diego County? What do I need to see that i have not mentioned if I only have a Thursday afternoon and evening, and Friday till early afternoon at the latest. For anyone that wants to say "Skip Stone." thats not going to happen, Stone started my craft beer enthusiasm and I have to spend some time there.
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Re: LA and San Diego
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2014, 05:17:13 AM »
I'm a neophyte on SD County, but from my limited experience, here goes until a local gives advice.

Lost Abbey is not far from Stone. Rip Current is also close by in San Marcos. Pizza Port Carlsbad is not to far, down highway 78 to the coast. Of course you should be thinking Alpine brewing.  :)

This should be helpful.
http://www.sandiegobrewersguild.org/visitors-guide/

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Re: LA and San Diego
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2014, 05:50:06 AM »
Thanks Jeff. I saw a link for brewers guild, did not see visitors guide part of link. That will be a big help


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Re: LA and San Diego
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2014, 05:50:52 AM »
And I love the Alpine Brewing rec:)


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Re: LA and San Diego
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2014, 05:55:58 AM »
From what I have been told, pizza port restaurants are better than the brewery.

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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2014, 06:13:05 AM »
From what I have been told, pizza port restaurants are better than the brewery.

I have been to 3 of the Pizza Ports, and enjoyed them all. All of the Pizza Ports brew on site, more of a brewpub. By the brewery, I assume you mean the Lost Abbey/Port Brewing facility which I have not been to.
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2014, 06:29:55 AM »
From what I have been told, pizza port restaurants are better than the brewery.

I have been to 3 of the Pizza Ports, and enjoyed them all. All of the Pizza Ports brew on site, more of a brewpub. By the brewery, I assume you mean the Lost Abbey/Port Brewing facility which I have not been to.


Correct. I'm not a huge lost abbey fan and I hear that the individual restaurants have some awesome one-off beers.

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Re: LA and San Diego
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2014, 07:17:23 AM »
Whoa there Mr., you're forgetting Los Angeles. San Diego certainly has more award winning breweries, but we have our own winners too:

For great beer and lunch/dinner, there is Beachwood BBQ and Brewing in Long Beach (30 minutes from LAX) that won 5 medals and named best mid sized brewpub in the country at the most recent GABF, and is a must visit. Article: http://lbpost.com/food/2000002948-beachwood-bbq-and-brewing-wins-5-medals-at-gabf-named-best-mid-size-brewpub-in-the-country#.U8aHY_ldXeM.
Beachwood BBQ and Brewing SITE: http://beachwoodbbq.com/

Other great breweries that have won medals, but are north of LAX (vs. Long Beach, south of LAX) include Angel City Brewing and Eagle Rock Brewery (Glendale area).

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Re: LA and San Diego
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2014, 08:10:38 AM »
Beachwood beers are good. (The BBQ is ok.) Monkish Brewing had some good stuff I tried at a festival. My #1 suggestion on LA is to prepare for spending a lot of time sitting on the freeway.

The Bruery is in Placentia in Orange County if their beers are your thing.

Stone should be a must even if you aren't a big fan of their beers because they put lots of cool one offs in the taproom.
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Re: LA and San Diego
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2014, 08:13:40 AM »
Don't forget about Drew's house!  :)
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Re: LA and San Diego
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2014, 08:16:09 AM »
Thanks for all the help so far, lots of great input. I was not trying to diss on LA, I just know that my sister and brother in law(who have lived there for almost 20 years) will have some favorite spots picked out to take us to. San Diego is where I will get to do what I want to do. I do like the suggestion in LA of Beachwood, and will have to fit that in somewhere.
Beachwood beers are good. (The BBQ is ok.) Monkish Brewing had some good stuff I tried at a festival. My #1 suggestion on LA is to prepare for spending a lot of time sitting on the freeway.

The Bruery is in Placentia in Orange County if their beers are your thing.

Stone should be a must even if you aren't a big fan of their beers because they put lots of cool one offs in the taproom.
Is the taproom at the brewery? Or one of their other locations?
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Re: LA and San Diego
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2014, 08:17:27 AM »
The BBQ is ok...


I think you have a regional bias.

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Re: LA and San Diego
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2014, 08:50:26 AM »
Thanks for all the help so far, lots of great input. I was not trying to diss on LA, I just know that my sister and brother in law(who have lived there for almost 20 years) will have some favorite spots picked out to take us to. San Diego is where I will get to do what I want to do. I do like the suggestion in LA of Beachwood, and will have to fit that in somewhere.
Beachwood beers are good. (The BBQ is ok.) Monkish Brewing had some good stuff I tried at a festival. My #1 suggestion on LA is to prepare for spending a lot of time sitting on the freeway.

The Bruery is in Placentia in Orange County if their beers are your thing.

Stone should be a must even if you aren't a big fan of their beers because they put lots of cool one offs in the taproom.
Is the taproom at the brewery? Or one of their other locations?

At the brewery.
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Re: LA and San Diego
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2014, 11:34:34 AM »
Noble aleworks and bottle logic in anaheim are worth a trip. So is Bootleggers. 

I like societe,  ballast point (any location), white labs,  monkey paw, pizza port (any by location), I like stone's liberty station spot better.

Anytime anyone goes to Beachwood I will meet you for lunch. It's a few blocks from my office. Bbq is ok. Fried green tomato sandwich is awesome.
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Re: LA and San Diego
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2014, 11:36:44 AM »
Noble aleworks and bottle logic in anaheim are worth a trip. So is Bootleggers. 

I like societe,  ballast point (any location), white labs,  monkey paw, pizza port (any by location), I like stone's liberty station spot better.

Anytime anyone goes to Beachwood I will meet you for lunch. It's a few blocks from my office. Bbq is ok. Fried green tomato sandwich is awesome.
Thanks Charles, I will let you know if we go to Beachwood
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