12
Apr

USA Trip. Part 1

   Posted by: Wobbles   in beer, craftbeer

Greetings from the US.  I have finally managed to slow down enough to get a few pics online and write a few words about the trip so far.

The flight was long and uneventful.  The beer selection on the plane was terrible (a choice of either VB or Pure Blonde) but that was to be expected.  I guess it was a futile hope that they would put one drinkable beer on the plane.

First stop was LA, long enough to grab a rental and head up into the hills.

The first incorrect assumption was that because I was heading to a small mountain town, that there would be little to no craftbeer.  WRONG… The first place I walked into was the local Vons (think small supermarket) which had a range of Craft Beer to more than satisfy most Aussie Craft Beer enthusiasts.  It was a great view of just how strong the local Craft Beer scene is here.

The next thing that got me was the price….

  To say that craft beer is cheap over here is an understatement.  I remember having a conversation with friends only a week ago about how Saison Dupont is such great value buying it at $16-ish per 750ml bottle – then I walk in and buy Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale for US$4.49…

It is at this point its fair to say we went a little bit silly.  Maybe it was the jetlag.  Maybe it was the altitude or the crisp mountain air, or maybe it was just that there was this range of amazing US CraftBeer in front of me, for crazily cheap prices and I had the realisation that I only had 2 weeks to taste as many beers as possible….

Hot tip: go easy when drinking at altitude.  even though Craft Beer doesn’t give you a hangover like normal mass produced beer might it still hurts.

If you make it up to Big Bear, check out a Beer & Wine store called ‘The Home of the Hangover’.  True CraftBeer fans with a fantastic selection of beer.  I even managed to find a little rarity there which i now have to figure out how to bring home with me….

So anyway, that was Big Bear, and the start to my US trip. I have chucked a few extra pics below.

Cheers!

 

Edit:  I just found a few additional photos on Facebook of me trying to explain Craft Beer to some friends of mine.

 

 

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