The next morning we woke up ready for a day full of beer.
First stop, Green Flash! Look at Green Flash, all corporate with a glass front on its new building.
Green Flash has lots of room to grow into their new digs.
Even their tasting room setup gives plenty of space for visitors. There is a whole patio outside, where you can catch some rays while enjoying your beer.
Starting with one of my favorites, Le Freak.
Trippel, Summer Saison, Hop Head Red, and Double Stout.
I absolutely love that all these breweries are in industrial parks. AleSmith looks like it could be a retail store.
I don’t have very many pictures of AleSmith for some reason. I do recall enjoying their brews and that these women were looking at a dog.
Back to Hess Brewing for a pit stop. We couldn’t buy the growler Tim wanted the day before because of their special event. Another nitrogen pour of Ex Umbris and we were on our way.
Tim wanted to drive to the next spot, but I thought he might draw too much attention to himself with the Hess flag flying behind the all terrain golf cart.
The next stop was Ballast Point. While I enjoy their beers, this was my least favorite tasting room only because it was much too small. Even AleSmith’s tasting room was larger than this.
That still didn’t stop us from picking up a few drinks. This is a beer trip, right? Big Eye IPA, Marlin Porter, Sculpin IPA, and Amber Ale.
After finishing up we realized we should probably eat something, so we went with a friend’s recommendation of Lorna’s Italian Kitchen. He said it was the standard by which he compares all other Italian food. We showed up and were quite skeptical when we saw the address was in a strip mall, but we were too tired to look for something else. I don’t know if I would call this a measuring stick for Italian food, but it was very good.
Vegetable Soup. Nice hint of spiciness in this cup of soup.
Meat Lasagna. Cheesy goodness.
Linguini with Clams. This actually reminds me of some of the pasta I ate when I was in Italy.
Lunch was followed by one of the best naps I’ve ever had. We woke up trying to figure out if we could catch the Mayweather/Ortiz fight anywhere, but we just ended up at Oggi’s because all my beer drinking called for some wings.
I enjoy comfort food so much more when I drink beer. That only compounds the calories we drank earlier in the day.
Of course there were hot wings. The wings were decent, and the heat slowly built up, one wing after the other.
What better way to cool down the fire than with a pint of McGarvey’s Scottish Ale. Remember what they say. If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap!
The day’s bounty: Bottle of Green Flash’s Le Freak. Growler of Hess’ Ex Umbris. Bottle of AleSmith’s Grand Cru, IPA, and Wee Heavy. Bottle of Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA.