Monday, December 9, 2013

Running and Beer Tasting in SoCal

by MealsAndMiles on December 9, 2013

Greetings from San Diego!

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Technically I’m just north of San Diego in North County, but it’s just as beautiful.  It’s also deceivingly cold. I think Southern Californians hate the cold as much as Floridians do. It dips below 50 and we all freak out. I’ve seen folks wrapped in scarves and in thick winter hats, just as I would in Florida with these temperatures.

It was 36 when I left for my run this morning. Brrr.. it gave me a chance to wear my new Brooks running gloves (yes they were needed to keep this Florida girl’s hands warm)
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They even had so special finger tips so I didn’t have to take the gloves off to take photos -brilliant.

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And, yes, I had a lot to take photos of. I mapped out a perfect 5k route from my hotel that took me right by the water and on the beach.
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Can you see the surfers? Nutsos!
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The run was beautiful and exactly what I needed. I didn’t have a chance to run Saturday and Sunday and I was itching to get out there. Sometimes you just need to run, right?

After we finished work yesterday, a group of us headed to Stone Brewing Co for the tour.
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The tour was a pretty good deal. For $3 you get a tour of the brewing facilities, a sample glass to keep, and 4 sample pours of their popular brews.
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Our tour guide was great. He walked us through the brewing process and encouraged us all to try home brewing. He also mentioned it was our right as human beings to try as many beers as possible. I like that theory, I love sampling craft beers and rarely stick to the same beer when I’m given unlimited options.
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At the end of the tour we sampled the Stone Pale Ale, Stone IPA, Arrogant Bastard, and Double Bastard.
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I really enjoyed the Double Bastard, which is a limited release brew with an 11.7% alcohol content. It was a lot smoother than I was expecting and had a very subtle richness to it.

If you’re ever in Escondido, I highly recommend visiting. The grounds were also gorgeous and the food was amazing. I’m still dreaming of the pancetta roasted brussels sprouts I had – amazing!

Have you ever been on a brewery tour? Which was your favorite?

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