Russian River Week at Tustin Brewing

TustinBrewing (taplist)Tustin Brewing Company is one of our favorite local watering holes. Not only do they have a host of their own brews on tap, but they constantly rotate a bunch of taps bringing in guest kegs of amazing beer from other brewers as well.

This week is Russian River Week, a favorite week of ours because we love everything that Russian River Brewing Company makes. They are well-known for their IPAs and their sours and for good reason, they make some of the best beers in those styles.

Beer Soaked Scott and I took some time off work to wait in line for a ticket to taste Pliny the Younger. This is our true story… Continue reading

The Globe Dine Bar – Belgian Beer paradise and international gastropub

TheGlobeDineBar - exteriorThe other night I found myself in Garden Grove on a date night and so we popped into a craft beer place that I’d heard a lot about, but had not yet tried. Their tagline is “Globally inspired, seasonal cuisine, exclusive Belgian craft beers, engaging European hospitality.” My expectations were set pretty high, and The Globe met them all.

The Venue

The Globe Dine Bar
12926 (Historic) Main St., Garden Grove, CA 92840 – (714) 537-7471

The restaurant is located on Main Street in historic downtown Garden Grove, (just a couple of blocks away from GGHS where Steve Martin graduated in 1963.) The cobblestone street gives it an old-timey look and feel. There was ample parking on the street and a huge parking lot behind Main Street, next to Coastline Community College. Continue reading

OC Brew Ho Ho – a winter beer wonderland

Tis the season…

The winter beer season is upon us and that means it’s time to celebrate with spiced ales, high gravity stouts, and barrel aged brews of all denominations. Lucky for us there’s one place for all that stuff. Where? At the OC Brew Ho Ho. Is your Christmas shopping list filled with requests for beer related stuff: hats, t-shirts, bottle openers, glassware, coasters, etc. There’s a place to get that stuff too, the OC Brew Ho Ho. Perhaps you were there? If so, then you can skip below to the photos.

The crowd shuffles in

The OC Brew Ho Ho! Holiday Ale Festival was a sold out event with 1,500 fans of craft beer in attendance at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA. It featured some of the best craft beer available in Southern California with the greatest collection of holiday ales ever assembled under one roof. The food was incredible with gourmet offerings from multiple food trucks and local food vendors like Slaters 50/50, and after feasting on lunch there were amazing desserts from Brewcakes and Drunken Udder. And the best part was all the great brewery themed holiday gifts available at the beer booths. I wish everybody shopping for me this Christmas was in attendance. I’d be set for life.

For entertainment they had a DJ playing a wide variety of music including holiday tunes. There was also a Super Jenga, Baggo bean bag toss, a shooting range, and photos with Santa Claus ensuring that there was never a dull moment! Continue reading

Coronado Brewing Company Tap Takeover at Bru Grill and Market

Coronado Brewing Company Tap Takeover
at Bru Grill and Market

Bru Grill and MarketThe tap-takeover event happened about a month ago and It had all the makings of a fantastic beer soaked night out in El Toro. Good friends, good beer, and good food. But soon after we showed up, things seemed to go downhill. I had postponed this write-up because I was raised that if you can’t say anything nice you shouldn’t say anything at all. And
I usually try to keep it positive on this blog. So I’ve thought about it for about a month now, and I found some nice things to say. So here’s the story…

We were excited to see that Coronado Brewing Company was doing a tap takeover at one of our local craft beer restaurants. We are huge fans of Coronado’s Idiot IPA, and Guido has previously had a few great meals at Bru. So this seemed like an excellent combo and a win-win for everyone involved.

Unfortunately, we were less than impressed by both the staff at Bru and the brewery reps from Coronado.  Continue reading

OC Brew Ho Ho 2012

It’s only a month away, and we can’t wait. It’s the big Orange County craft beer festival that falls in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Of course you know what we’re talking about, right? No, it’s not Festivus, It’s the OC Brew Ho Ho!

Brought to you by the same fine folks who put on our favorite summer beer fest, OC BrewHaHa, this is their first annual Holiday Ale Festival. The Beer Soaked crew just bought our tickets so we will be at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim along with tons of other craft beer fans in Orange County on December 8th. Will you be there? Continue reading