A few tips to plan your next Beercation!

It has been raining often in Northern California these last few weeks and as such it has really put me in a planning mood.

Here are a few awesome resources that I have found for planning your next beercation!

From Noble Brewer a really cool beer map where you can search for beer by location, additionally they have put together their list of top 5 beercation locations. I am providing this as a basis for your exploration, however I don’t necessarily condone their choices. Not to be rude but if I am going to San Diego I would go to Mother Earth, Toolbox etc… so I suppose I would really go to Vista NOT San Diego. This article did give me some new ideas though… Lincoln, Nebraska? Asheville, North Carolina?? I really need to do some traveling… SO here is the thing use this as a guide – then search the beer map for options do some google searches and put together your own itinerary.

I also found this interesting list of top 25 cities for beer drinkers so you should probably consult that as well! A little surprised that San Francisco is 19 … but we will take it.

While you are on your travels, beer sure to be on the look out for these 2017 beer trends. What do you think about these trends? Are you excited / annoyed?  I have to say I love the intrigue of a good field beer or sour but the flavor better be right if I am going to keep coming back for more!

At this point, you might be thinking how can I take a vacation surrounded by beer? Won’t that be unhealthy? WELL… according to Men’s Health, yes that is right we are taking advice from Men’s Health, “Moderate beer consumption may help you maintain your levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.” Maybe all my beer consumption is what led to my high levels of HDL at my yearly physical…

At any rate, I hope these fun links have given you a little bit of inspo to start crafting your next trip!

 

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.

Zion – Angel’s Landing in Winter

Our first full day in Zion and we needed some fuel so we stopped at Cafe Soleil .  I ordered the breakfast burrito and dirty soy chai latte ( chai latte with shot of espresso! ). Very filling and great. zionnationalparkimg_2227

Next we headed to Zion Outfitter to inquire about hiking the Narrows the following day. How much for gear rental, weather conditions etc. This place was recommended to us by our bartender the night before as having the best equipment for the Narrows. I don’t have anything to compare it to but I had a great experience with everyone who worked here. I highly suggest purchasing your crampons beforehand ( much cheaper!) but they also had the good crampons not just yak tracks.

Finally headed into the park, lines get longer the later it gets. Loved this ‘RL GOOD’ license plate!  After stopping at the visitor center and getting information about trail closures etc…  we decided to start hiking at Lower Emerald Pool Trail and see how we were feeling. We had NO.. I repeat NO intention of hiking to Angel’s Landing. The park ranger specified how dangerous it was and that if we were to fall there would be no rescue party – yowzaaaa so we decided we would just build our own hike and see where it would take us. zionnationalparkimg_2230

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PC : John Thomas

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From Lower Emerald Pool Trail to The Grotto Trail and Kayenta Trail then finally towards Angel’s Landing Trail itself. Once we were there we decided to just see how far we could go.. we all had crampons and hiking poles which made ALL the difference. People were hiking without but I don’t know why you would.zionnationalparkimg_2243zionnationalparkimg_2249zionnationalparkimg_2254zionnationalparkimg_7679zionnationalparkimg_7681

MADE IT TO THE TOP! WOOHOO – Amazing feeling, can not begin to describe! Don’t think I would do it again but it was invigorating. I almost feel that in the winter it might be better… this is because with the crampon you really dig into the snow instead of just climbing on rock.

I would definelty reccomend Angel’s Landing in winter but you 100% should have crampons and hiking poles! zionnationalparkimg_7682zionnationalparkimg_7686zionnationalparkimg_7689

Someone even took the time to make a snowman!

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PC : Chelsea Thomas
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PC : Chelsea Thomas

Heading back down – on the way up this trail was full of people… now it is deserted.

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SO many switchbacks! I don’t know how I would have survived this without my poles or crampons.. I will keep saying it.. they were lifesavers!! zionnationalparkimg_7698zionnationalparkimg_7703zionnationalparkimg_8293

Felling really amazing after this hike!zionnationalparkimg_8298

Spotted some wildlife!zionnationalparkimg_2255

Now headed to Zion Mountain Ranch… our home for the next two days! Time to relax. zionnationalparkimg_2389