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Sipping a Pilsner at Firestone Walker

Earlier this summer, I went on a road trip along the Central Coast of California with my sister and brother-in-law. (Check them out if you want a serious case of wanderlust.) When I discovered we’d be passing through Paso Robles, I knew we’d have to make a pit stop at Firestone Walker Brewing Company. It’s the 16th largest craft brewery in the country! Interestingly enough, news of […]

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Beer Tasting in Cambria, California

In late July, I met up with my sister and brother-in-law in San Francisco for a long weekend roadtrip. We drove to Monterey, through the picturesque coastal town of Big Sur, then down to Cambria and Paso Robles. Naturally, we visited several wineries and breweries along the way. The most charming brewery we stopped by was Cambria Beer Company. Offering “pints by the sea,” a visit to the brewery […]

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A Second Visit to Barley Forge

I first visited Barley Forge Brewing Co., a relatively new Costa Mesa-based brewery, over the New Years holiday. And due to some poor customer service, I didn’t have a great experience. I wanted to write the place off. However, I’m always one to give companies a second chance if they acknowledge mistakes and truly want to make things right. Barley Forge wanted to make things […]

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Gimme the Sauce

During my Orange County brewery tour earlier this year, I fell in love with a beer. I tried a lot of awesome beers that trip, but there was one clear standout: Noble Ale Works’ Naughty Sauce. I’m salivating just writing those two sentences. Here’s what you need to know about Naughty Sauce: Despite it’s golden blond color, it’s a coffee milk stout. With a 5.5% ABV, it has […]