Breweries "Visited"

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

All Things California

Beer #486 Pale 31 / Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, CA
Previously from this brewery: Union Jack, the wonderfully complex Fourteenth Anniversary Ale, and some more Fourteenth Anniversary Ale.

There is some significantly glorious weather happening right now in the Philadelphia region.  Good, because who doesn't get a spring in their step and a smile on their face when the weather is beautiful?  Bad, because I spent the entire day inside, working.  Good, because I'm now home and unwinding.  Bad, because seriously, no one is going to read this - you're all going to be outside, going for walks, enjoying the day.  But eventually you have to come home, so maybe you'll get around to seeing this.  Maybe.  I hope.

Without further delay, I present today's beer, a pint of Pale 31, an American Pale Ale from Firestone Walker.  Had this one during a brief visit to Teresa's Next Door last Saturday.  In the glass, you see a bright copper color with a thin white head.  Your nose finds aromas of hops, with a hint of malt sweetness.  The taste is really well done; a balance of earthy pine and lemony citrus balanced with a biscuit, bread flavor from the malts.  Well done, and would love to have another.
Looks like beer
This beer pays homage to the state of California, the 31st state added to our country.  Now you know.

Thing to Think About Today:
I will also pay homage to the state of California, although instead of brewing a delicious beer, I'll just drop in some music that pairs exceptionally well with sunny, warm weather.  We close things out with music built for the summer (and the Ivy League), Vampire Weekend playing California English.  I'm off to go work on my tan.  Time to get bronze.

"And if it's all a curse and we're just getting worse / Baby, please don't lose your faith in the good earth"

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