Read about this N. Oakland Brewery

I finally made it to Novel Brewing in North Oakland.  Really great beers … I was impressed!

I love all their decor and their cute book beer tasters.

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It is dog-friendly and a great neighborhood spot.

 

Hike, Blade and Beach

Our next morning started out at a newer SLO fav, Scout Coffee. They now have two locations in San Luis and we went to the shop on  Foothill Foothill. The decor is on point and their homemade almond milk will make you sing.

I tried the scone with scallions and goat cheese which was delicious. The vibe was LOUD… I don’t know how someone could study there but maybe on a weekday it would be less rambunctious. scoutcoffeeimg_3454scoutcoffeeimg_3456

After our coffee and pastries, we headed to Avila to hike the Ridge Trail. This time we parked closer to Pirates Cove… off Cave Landing.

We started at the hill of doom, much better going up than down.hillofdeathavilaridgetrail

Once we caught our breaths… well once I caught my breath we selfied 🙂bestiesavilaridgetrail

SO amazingly beautiful and vast. Once we were leaving we noticed that it had gotten a lot more crowded. We were lucky that we had so much alone trail time.avilaridgetrailwildflowersofavilaridgetrailavilaridgetrailpeace

After our hike, we put on our blades and rolled down the Bob Jones Trailbobjonesbladeseash

Once in Avila, we stopped for lunch and brews and then headed back on the trail to finish our 5 mile round trip blade sesh.midbladelunchatcustomhouseavila

Saturday Night, we had plans to camp at Montana de Oro State Park.   This is probably one of the most beautiful places you will ever go in your life. mdomdosunsetmdoimg_9237montanamdoimg_3499sunsetbestiesmdosunsetatmdoyummysunsetatmdo

Is this real life??? Views and Brews?!! On this somewhat stormy Saturday Night Libertine Pub in Morro Bay was pretty empty but a live band came on at eight that brought in more of a crowd. We enjoyed dinner and a few brewskies. libertinepub

What a fulfilling day!

SF Beer Week 2017

It is almost that time of the year again…beer lovers across the bay unite for some of the most unique beer events.

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The SF Beer Week list can be daunting, so I have a few tips for you to overcome FOMO ( fear of missing out).

If you can get this beer regularly, I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it during beer week. Save your beer week belly for unique brews that you can’t get normally.

DO support local business and friends when you can.  My friends band is playing at SF Beer Week’s Battle of the Bands Kickoff Festival – so naturally I am being supportive and going… I would however, normally try and steer clear of all you can drink events.

My last tip is to seek out opportunities that are outside of the norm or more rare.  Beer Week is a great time to try new beers, meet brewers and other beer lovas and have a great time doing it!

….When you aren’t drinking beer during these next couple weeks I reccomend planning a few workouts, drinking plenty of water and throwing in some greens every few days!

Happy Drinking! Cheers!

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Beers I Love – January 2017

I usually like to do a ‘Things I Love’ post but this month I realized everything I wanted to share was BEER… so here we have the Beers I am Loving in January 2017.

Fort Point is a brewery local to San Francisco and I have to say that the packaging is what first caught my eye in the refrigerator case at Whole Foods.  We have many choices when selecting a beer at the store these days so packaging matters. I love the simplistic design and I am also a big fan of the no label, label… that being said, Manzanita made its way into my cart, home and heart. At 6.5% this Smoked Altbier brewed with charred manzanita is easy to drink but bold at the same time. As it was released in limited edition ( or so I read… ) I need to hop to the store and get a few more bottles soon.

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Chromatic Coffee in Santa Clara is a great little spot ( in a strip mall!) to hang out with friends or get some work done on the free wifi. I worked from there one afternoon and wetted my appetite with a brew from Camino Brewing and a meat charcuterie board… I really enjoyed my lunch at the time but found myself to be extremely, EXTREMELY thirsty afterwards. meat and beer lunch

One of my newest hometown, central coast finds is Libertine… I have been a wild ale fan for a few years now and every beer of theirs I have tried has been AMAZING!

Freddy Got Finger Limed which was on tap at the end of November has left me wanting more… coffee and lime may sound like a weird combo but they work together really well in this sour.

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Of course I had to take a little bit to go with me ( love the packaging!)… Libertine is a must stop for me every time I am on the Central Coast. Libertine to go slo

As we gear up for the release of Pliny the Younger, my friend and I were lucky enough to get the last two bottles of Pliny the Elder at Oak and Rye on a Friday night. People can talk about how overrated Pliny is till they are blue in the face… but as soon as I smell those hoppy notes and indulge in my first sip I find myself falling in love all over again. plinytheeldera-hoppydelight

Reminiscing over these delightful beers has me jonesing for another delicious brew!

Drink Ventura Beer!

Trying Santa Barbara / Ventura Breweries has been on my bucket list for awhile now and I really lucked out that the day I was driving though Ventura my friend had the day off and had a day of brewery hopping planned.

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Ventura Coast Brewing has a great aesthetic and had great beers on tap when I visited. They have games in the taproom and you can order food to eat there.

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Next stop Topa Topa Brewing in Ventura. We were there on an overcast day but they have a great patio that I would love to hang out on when the sun is out – with sunblock and a hat of course.venturacraftbeerimg_2686venturacraftbeerimg_2684venturacraftbeerimg_2683

Isn’t this flight tray the cutest? Love the attention to detail!venturacraftbeerimg_2688

Next stop… Beach House Tacos.  My burrito and Michelada were top notch!

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On to our final stop on the tour… MadeWest Brewing. Again… I think they did a great job creating a space where people want to hang out and drink their beer. I really enjoyed what they had to offer!

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I wish I lived closer to Ventura so I could hit up these places more often – such quality!

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Huge thanks to Melissa and Samantha for letting me crash your beer tour! Had so much fun and can’t wait to do it again.

From Bryce to Zion (Springdale, UT)

We woke up to negative degree temps in the morning so none of us were all that interested in getting outside for sunrise!  We did however attempt to make coffee outside on Chelsea’s campstove… not the best idea… apparently propane does not work well under these cold temps. The propane was sputtering out which lead to huge flames. We decided to pack that up, get hotel lobby coffee ( not bad if you take a bite of peanut butter granola bread first) and head to Bryce and the visitor center to learn of any trail closures.brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2134

If you have snowshoes this would be a good place to bring em out, alternatively you can rent them out in town at the hotel/restaurant/store.  Side note : Bryce has the best looking park rangers I have ever seen… not sure why they all ended up in Bryce but it was a nice surprise.  brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2141

Again we started at Sunrise, walked down to Queen’s Garden then to Navajo Trail, side stepped to Wall Street, then on to Peekaboo Loop, Bryce Point and back up to Sunset then across the rim to sunrise.  There were a lot of people around the rim but once you started hiking the trails were pretty desolate.  We ended up hiking for about 6/6.5 miles 4/4.5 hours. Again, layers are a great idea. We got really warm while hiking but once we got into the shadow of a hoodoo it would get chilly.brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2142brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2144brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2145brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2146brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2147brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2148brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2150brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2152brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2153brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2154brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2155brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2157brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2162brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2163brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2166brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2167brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2170brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2171brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2175brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2180

Another day of crampons and hiking poles! Highly reccomend. 100% needed these for the way up sunset! People were slipping and falling left and right.brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2186brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2188brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2190brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2200brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2202brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2204brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2205brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2220

Bryce is 100% one of the most amazing places I have ever been. It is beautiful beyond comprehension. Just looking back through these photos I am shocked that I experienced something so amazing… these aren’t photoshopped. They were taken by me on an iphone it is pretty remarkable.

Once we were done with our hike we decided to head towards Zion so we could start the next morning in Zion. On the way we made guacamole in the car… not the most driver friendly snack! brycecanyonnationalparkimg_2219

No campsites at Watchman Campground in Zion! Every other campground we had been to was empty.. but Zion was fairly warm, somewhere in the 40s, so everyone was out in droves. If coming around new years I would highly reccomend booking ahead or being able to wing it like us!

I won’t get into details… but we ended up having to finish cooking our dinner in a parking lot. Some of the best food I have ever eaten! Once we finished dinner we decided to head into Springdale and try to figure out where to stay.

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Much to our surprise, right outside the park we encountered a shining sign with the words ‘Brew Pub’ – we looked at each other and Chelsea pulled in the parking lot. Our server was really nice and gave us tons of helpful advice. Such as trails we should go on, where to rent our Narrows gear etc. All the beer on tap is less than 4% per Utah law, but for 4% it ain’t half bad!zionnationalparkimg_2223

Our server also told us we could head to the Bit & Spur if we wanted some higher alcohol beers… so off we went and were pleasantly surprised by the local beers we sampled.  zionnationalparkimg_2224zionnationalparkimg_2226

Looking forward to a good nights sleep before a day of exploring Zion. Since we arrived at night we were looking forward to what we would be greeted with upon sunrise.

Soquel is calling…will you answer?

Among my favorite things in the world are hiking and drinking beer.

Today was a particularly awesome day as it was my friends birthday and we went to one of my FAV places to get beer.

Initially we attempted to hike at the medicine buddha – but alas, the public can not hike there on Saturdays. So spur of the moment we decided to head to Nisene State Park. It is not the best place to go with a pup and there is an entrance fee but despite these setbacks we had a great time explorin’.lightthroughtreestraillodgingforthenightstick-homeriver crossingovertheriver

Now for the piece de resistance… Beer Thirty! If a could marry a bottle shop this would be my first choice. The key is getting to go food at Carpos ( next door). For my veg friends your options are more limited ( salad bar, grilled cheese, veg burger) but if you eat meat get the tri tip sando ( YES!). So… you get your food to go, head next door to Beer Thirty grab some brews and hang out… Once you are done eating, get a refill and play some corn hole or ping pong! This place is dog and kid friendly so no excuses!

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