Beer Diary: My palate awakens, so I take it to Yosemite


So I’ve been out of Wi-Fi range for a while, so this is coming a little late. Here’s what I’ve been up to over the past few days…

Monday: I needed to kick the flu, so I decided to cycle from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Fran across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Ok, so this may have been on the itinerary anyway, but it was an epic ride! And the fresh air and sunshine kicked that flu the hell out of me. To celebrate, I had a Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale on the ferry ride back. I loved it; my palate was working again. So I decided I should celebrate further by visiting my ‘local’ bottle shop. It was close, only two blocks from my hotel room door. But they were uphill blocks, and San Fran does hills properly. I earned the Ninkasi Total Domination IPA and Black Diamond Rampage DIPA that I returned with. Both were awesome.

Tuesday: This was the ‘typical’ SF day; cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf, trip to Alcatraz (awesome BTW) then a seafood lunch matched with a pitcher of Anchor Steam Beer. This isn’t the best beer from the list, but it’s definitely a ‘must do’ when in SF. This pitcher also put me in the mood to attempt a walk home; a ridiculous decision, until I discovered that this walk took me to the Rogue Ales Public House! Which led me to trying a ‘New Crustacean Barleywinish IPA Sorta’, which just opened the gates for more. The walk took me past my same ‘local’ bottle shop, where I picked up Firestone Walker DBA (from the list) and a ‘Believer Double Red Ale’ by the good folk at Ninkasi again. I was so impressed, that I walked across the road the dine on more seafood, and drink a ‘Tricerhops DIPA’ by Ninkasi again…a beer with the greatest name in the world.

Wednesday: Hangover time! Which sucked, because it was time to pick up a vehicle and drive out to Yosemite National Park. Everything turned out ok, even if the drive was a little hairy to begin with. Yosemite is incredible…

Thursday: Yosemite is still incredible, and we rode Mules around it. Great times, even if Mules are a little cantankerous. Then it was a five hour drive to Santa Rosa i.e. Amazing beer country. When I got here, I went to my next-door bottle shop and bought the Lagunitas Sucks and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, and a 101 North Brewing IPA. Yeah, I’d never heard of it either, but all three beers were great.

Phew, I think I’m all caught up. Nice


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