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

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

Firestone Fieldtrip

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and quite honestly, my only excuse is laziness.  I’ve got a few things to catch up on, starting with a trip to Firestone brewery in Paso Robles.

Last month I found myself in Atascadero, CA with Beersoaked Guido.  Atascadero is next door to Paso Robles, which is home to Firestone brewery, and Firestone brewery is home to some of the finest beer I’ve ever had.  We were lucky enough to enjoy a four course pairing in their Taproom restaurant, and this is a summary of it. Continue reading

Crow Burger Kitchen – Newport Beach

So I thought I’d mix things up on the site with a restaurant review now and then. But only if they have craft beer on the menu!

The Crow Burger Kitchen is a hip burger joint in the Balboa Peninsula area of Newport Beach, California. This place definitely does not disappoint in terms of craft beer selection. Check their website before you go for the current beer offerings as they rotate their taps regularly and have a nice selection of bottled brews. It has a very cool atmosphere with both indoor and patio seating. It has TV’s throughout, (great for sports fans), I watched Sunday night football from the patio. And for kitch factor the waiters take your order with an iPad. Either that or they play Angry Birds while pretending to take your order. Continue reading