Back on the road yesterday; made our way to Sonoma County to work in some wine tastings with our beer adventures. We're all about equal opportunity at this blog. Visited four wineries (Hop Kiln, Rochioli, Thomas George, and Potter Creek) before finishing the day at Russian River Brewing Company for dinner and beers. You'll hear more about Russian River soon enough, but rest assured it was a religious experience. The wines from today were good, too!
For today's beer, we'll go with a small brewery further up the California coast, Six Rivers Brewery. This was another beer from our lunch at Slater's 50/50 - I tried the Drew's Steam, a California Common style (think Anchor Steam). It poured a copper color with a thin head, and gave off earthy aromas (Marci says: "wet, unfinished wood"). When you drink it, you get caramel malts, an earthy, grassy flavor, and a hop bitterness on the finish. Not bad at all.
This brewery should consider using the slogan "Six Rivers: Twice as Good as Pittsburgh!" Although, when your brewery has a view of the Pacific Ocean, I guess you don't need to remind the people of Pittsburgh that they don't.
Thing to Think About Today:
We're posted up in Santa Rosa, in the middle of Sonoma County. Without a doubt the most famous resident of Santa Rosa was the legendary Charles M. Schulz, who lived here for the last 31 years of his life. I can't imagine a childhood that didn't include Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. So let's all take a moment and think about the greatest comic in the history of time:
I could totally go for some buttered toast, popcorn, and jelly beans right now.