Today I stopped by Pizza Port Solana Beach before heading to The Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad. Â At my firstÂ stop IÂ had a pint of their Road IPA. Â The Road IPA is the Solana Beach interpretation of the San Clemente Pizza Port beer called El Camino IPA. Â And the guys at Solana Beach did an excellent job. Â The nose on the beer was pine and hoppy. Â It smelledÂ a lot like the homebrew IPA I brewed as month. Â The beer has a solid malt backbone but not too malty. Â It is just a really good easy drinker.
A jaunt up the coast brought me to theÂ Pizza Port Bottle Shop where I picked up some Stone 06.06.06 & 07.07.07, Â New Belgium La Folie, Alpine Brewing NelsonÂ IPA, Mad River John Barleycorn, and Avery Seventeen Anniversary. Â After the bottleÂ shop I had to stop by next door at the bar to see what they had on tap. Â Well they had a bavarian style wheat beer, Warm Waters Wheat. Â Nothing too special here just a fine example of a session-able hefeweizen. Â (Also an order of beer buddies)
After going to the movies at the La Paloma theater to see 180Â° South I came home to a Sasion du BUFF from Stone Brewing. Â This beer is a collaboration between Stone, Victory and Dogfish Head. Â It is a golden colored Sasion brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Â This beer is outstanding. Â The spices used in the beer make it something really different. Â The nose is all sage. Â The taste has the rosemary, thyme, sage, and hops. Â It is like a hoppy beer with all the complex flavor but not all they bitterness. Â If you ever see this beer get some. Â This is only the first incarnation of the BUFF. Â Both Victory and Dogfish Head plan to brew the same recipe Â at their respective locations.