Breweries "Visited"

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Aloha, Mr. Hand

Day #495 Big Barrel Double IPA / Karl Strauss Brewing Company, San Diego, CA
Previously from this brewery: Marci's zany look at their sampler, and my un-zany take on their sampler

Today marked my last day at work before a three day weekend, where I'll be heading to State College to watch Penn State's spring football game.  Perhaps, even have a beer in the parking lot.  Maybe.

Tonight was a basketball night (we won!) and it's getting late, but duty calls, so here's your beer review for the evening.  I'm drinking another gift from a friend who thought of us during a visit to the west coast, a bottle of the Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss.  This beer has an amber orange hue with a thin, lingering white head.  There's a rather big grapefruit aroma, with noticeable pine scents as well.  When you take a sip, you find even more citrus fruit; grapefruit and lemon, and it's dry from start to finish.  There's a hint of some sweetness in there, but be advised this is only for the hop heads out there.  Sadly, they don't distribute to the East Coast, so unless you're heading west, good luck finding any.

Karl Strauss has a number of brewpub locations; I've been to the one in La Jolla (right across the street from Brooks Brothers. Score!), but thankfully before the odor of bird poop took over the otherwise ritzy town.

Thing to Think About Today:
If I'm thinking about San Diego, I'm thinking about one of the greatest movies of ALL TIME.  Based on Cameron Crowe's experiences while in a San Diego high school, Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a hilarious look at high school in the 80s.  Starring a young Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli, stoner philosopher extraordinaire, this film had huge star power: Forrest Whitaker, Nicholas Cage, Phoebe Cates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Anthony Edwards, and Eric Stoltz, to name a few.  While the comedy was outrageous, there were serious themes as well, most notably teenage pregnancy.

The dialogue spawned great quotes that I like to drop into conversation to this day, and I'm pretty sure the fantasy scene with Cates climbing out of the pool kick started puberty into gear for me (and most other red blooded Americans of a certain age).  If you've never seen this film or if you haven't watched in ages, it's a classic that should be watched immediately.

"Hey, you guys had shirts on when you came in here."
      "Well something must have happened to them."

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