Thursday, November 12, 2009

San Diego Beer Week, Almost

When we heard it was Beer Week in San Diego we hopped on the first flight we could find to the left coast to partake in the festivities. Upon arriving, we learned of other priorities (like work) that would make us miss much of the Official Beer Week activities. So, we bring you Dumbarton's Beer Week in San Diego. If by some chance we stumble upon an offical activity we'll be sure to let you know but don't hold your breath.
We first hit the Rock Bottom Brewery located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Sure, it's a chain but it's the only brewpub in the Quarter and they do make beer on site. We hit up the Liquid Sunshine and the Mary Jane IPA. Liquid Sunshine is a good pilsner - full malt flavor with a nice bitter hops finish (as opposed to a flowery hop finish). By far the better of the two brews we sampled. We finished the afternoon with Mary Jane IPA for obvious reasons. It's a fine if forgettable IPA.

After drinking from the Wells at Mr. A's, we hit The Field, an Irish Pub, for a nightcap. This stop was more about atmosphere than the brews. Like any good Irish pub, the Field features low lighting, dark wood, and live Irish music. We settled down for a few Boddington's and soaked in the evening. The Field may be a regular night cap stop for the remainder of the week.

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