Loma Brewing Co. has announced the opening of its brewery and pub in downtown Los Gatos on Thursday, August 18th.
Details can be found at the brewery’s website: www.lomabrew.com
Barranco Beer Company
Av Almirante Miguel Grau 308
Finding myself in San Francisco on a chilly April Sunday, I went in search of lunch and a good beer. Tucked away into a quiet corner of the Mission District, on Treat Ave, Southern Pacific Brewing was a welcome and pleasant discovery.
The brewery and bar and grill all occupy a large warehouse space whose large windows, lots of skylights and high ceiling provide lots of light and give a sense openness. There is enough light in fact to support a couple of trees growing in the restaurant area. Despite the name, the decor and ambience is not particularly train-oriented –which could be a relief to some, and a disappointment to others.
I found the beer I had to be quite good. Of the two I specially enjoyed the Belgian Blonde. It had a nice Belgian character without being overly fruity or spicy. I also tried the Barrel Aged Blend. It was not particularly oaky or sour, which is kind of what I had been expecting, but I did enjoy it as well. I think they told me it was aged in a Chardonnay barrel, but I may be wrong about that.
I wish I had tried some of the other beers to get a fuller picture of their brews –as it turned out the Belgian Blonde was a major part of what went into the barrel, so the flavor profile of both beers I tried was pretty similar– but being alone and facing a long drive home I had to limit myself.
In any case, it would certainly be worth a return trip when in the neighborhood.
Southern Pacific Brewing Co.
620 Treat Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
At the beginning of the month I had the chance to travel to North Carolina and to visit several beer spots in the “Triangle” while there. The first of these was the Carolina Brewery in downtown Chapel Hill.
I had spotted the brewery on Franklin Street, Chape Hill’s main street, on my way out of town, and so headed straight there when I was done that afternoon. I had spent the morning touring an old plantation’s historic buildings, and the weather was warm and sunny. Thus, I was in need of some lunch and a good beer while I waited to meet up with my daughter.
The Carolina Brewery has two locations, this one in Chapel Hill, and a second one in Pittsboro, NC. The Chapel Hill brewpub, which opened in 1995 and currently has about a seventy barrel capacity, is the original and remains the flagship, even though the Pittsboro facility is able to produce a bit more beer.
One nice aspect of the Chapel Hill brewpub is that the kettles and fermenters are right there, in front of the customers, just on the other side of the bar, and not separated by glass as in so many other places. This means that one can drink a pint while admiring the beautiful Czech-made copper and brass kettles, and listening to the CO2 bubbling from the fermenters’ blow-off tubes.
The beers are good, too. I particularly enjoyed the Baltic Anomaly porter (7.7% ABV), which is brewed with Saaz and Fuggle hops (33 IBU), and the Flagship IPA, made with Chinook and Cascade hops (5.9% ABV, 66 IBU).
When I was there, I was able to taste their Triple S lager straight from the fermenter, as it was being filtered and transferred into the serving tanks in the basement for lagering until its release in May. Of course it was flat, and a bit warm, but I could tell that it was going to be a danged tasty beer when it was done.
The first craft brewery I visited on this trip was actually Hops in Lima’s Pueblo Libre district, just down the street from the Queirolo tavern and kitty-corner across the plaza from the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum.
|The house beer menu|
Av. General Manuel Vivanco 785
Pueblo Libre, Lima