First night in the Bay area, we were in Redwood City, south of SF. We went to an English/Scottish gastropub type place called Martins West, which had a very nice selection of beers on draft. I started with an Evil Twin by Heretic Brewing, which was fantastic. Such a well balanced beer.
The next day I enjoyed a Scrimshaw Pilsner with my oysters at the Ferry Building (I'd recommended it to the guy at the bar as a really good pilsner the night before, so it was fresh in my mind) which was a very pleasant pairing. Also at the Ferry Building, I found a wine store that had a lovely beer selection, including a selection of Russian River beer, which made me so happy to see.
A little later, at Pier 23, I had a Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, also out of San Francisco. It was a glorious day for a fresh, local, delicious beer:
|Note: that's my chocolate shake from In-N-Out burger in the background|
Once there, I took a look at the beer board:
You can't see in this picture, but all the way to the right is their selection of hand pump ales. I selected the Twist of Fate Bitter from Moonlight Brewing Company out of Santa Rosa. A locally brewed bitter style, served on cask? Yes please!
I next tried Boulder Beer Company's Freshtracks Wet-hopped Singletrack. Very nice. My third beer was very special though, Brouwerij Bockor's Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge, an excellent example of a Flanders Red Ale. My last beer at the Toronado (before I had to leave to go to the airport, sniff!) was a classic- Russian River Pliny the Elder. Before I left, however, I purchased a hoodie and struck a conversation up with the owner about the Toronado 25th Anniversary ale brewed by Russian River for them. They had no bottles for sale, but did have a 3 liter bottle that they're saving for a special occasion. He brought it out for a photo opp:
The Toronado is my happy place!
I was struck by how many small local breweries were in the area, in San Francisco proper, even. It would be great if New Orleans were more hospitable to developing more breweries within the parish limits.
Next time I go, I'll be bringing my beer suitcase with me. Didn't have the opportunity to do that for this trip, but there's always next time!