Intergalactic Brewing Company – San Diego

San Diego, California has one of the most vibrant craft beer communities in the United States right now.  Most recent counts put the number of craft breweries in San Diego county at 87, with many more on the way!

While this count includes a number of large brewers whose beers you may be able to find across the US, such as Ballast Point, Alesmith and Stone, there are also quite some small brewers who operate locally, in some cases only out of their own brewery and taproom.

One my my joys of working in San Diego for the past six months has been being able to visit these breweries.  Up through now, I’ve managed to visit 21 of the breweries found in San Diego County, and have to say, am truly grateful for the number of excellent and interesting beers I have been fortunate to try.

One of the smaller breweries I stopped at during this stay was Intergalactic Brewing Company located in the Mira Mesa area of San Diego. Intergalactic Brewing Company has been brewing in San Diego since March, 2013.  In fact, the 1-year anniversary event for their tasting room is being held on April 19, 2014.  Intergalactic’s tasting room is a little difficult to find if you’re visiting for the first time. Be sure to look for the small white sign pointing you over to their tasting room entrance located behind the brewery building.

This way to the Intergalactic Brewing Company Tasting Room

This way to the Intergalactic Brewing Company Tasting Room

Inside Intergalactic Brewing Company’s tasting room, you’ll find 12 different beers on tap.  When I visited in late November, 2013, the 12 beers we were able to sample was almost half of the breweries’ total product line through then, as they had 26 beers on their running tally of releases.  You have to enjoy their naming convention for their beers, which truly stay to theme with the brewery’s name.

Beers on Tap at Intergalactic Brewing Company

Beers on Tap at Intergalactic Brewing Company

Historical Beer List at Intergalactic Brewing Company

Historical Beer List at Intergalactic Brewing Company

I enjoyed all of the beers I tried here, especially their IPA’s.  My personal favorites from the tasting were the Andromeda IPA, That’s No Moon Triple IPA, and Black Sun Black Ale.

All 12 Beers On Tap at Intergalactic Brewing Company +3 Duplicates

All 12 Beers On Tap at Intergalactic Brewing Company (+Three Duplicates )

Intergalactic Brewing Company Red Shirt #5 Rye Saison

Intergalactic Brewing Company Red Shirt #5 Rye Saison

Intergalactic Brewing Company Spudnik

Intergalactic Brewing Company Spudnik

There’s a friendly vibe in the tasting room, and they do offer some snacks to enjoy with your beer samples.  Just be sure not to stray too far outside the confines of the tasting room, as there may be consequences.

Be sure not to stray outside of the tasting room...

Be sure not to stray outside of the tasting room…

Information on Intergalactic Brewing Company

Intergalactic Brewing Company
9835 Carroll Centre Rd
San Diego, CA 92126

(858) 750-0601

Hours:
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 3:00 – 8:00 pm
Thursday 3:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 – 7:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Have you come across any small breweries during your travels?  Please let us know if you have any recommendations we need to check out!

American Craft Beer: Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

Today being Monday, I made my weekly pilgrimage to the Sogo in Tienmu to pick up Din Tai Fung’s Xiao Long Bao for take-out dinner.  While waiting for our order to be ready, I stopped into City Super to pick up some items for tomorrow’s dinner, and decided to take a quick peek in the beer aisle.  I’m quickly realizing that City Super is THE place to go to find some interesting selections of craft beer to try!

This past winter, City Super was my source for Abbaye des Rocs Bruin and Speciale Noel, as well as the 2007 Golden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer and a number of other beers that are not typically found in Taiwan.  They also occasionally carry offerings from smaller breweries from Asia, Europe and North America.  Today, I found three offerings from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company of Everett, Washington.

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company has been around since 1996, with their roots on the Everett waterfront.  Founded by Phil and Cynthia “Scuttle” Barrett, their initial production was 170 barrels of three styles of beer, growing to production of over 20 different styles and almost 5000 barrels!  In 2007, they moved from the waterfront to their current brewing location in Everett.  In the spirit of sustainability, all of their ingredients come from Washington and Oregon, and their spent grain goes back into the local agriculture to feed cattle in Washington.

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company beers found in Taipei, Taiwan

Scuttlebutt, under head brewer Matt Stromberg, currently has six beers in their everyday repertoire; Homeport Blonde (Ale), Hefe Weizen, Amber Ale, Tell Tale Red, Gale Force IPA, and Porter.  They also offer a selection from fourteen different seasonal beers, including Weizenbock (doppelbock), Tripel 7 Belgian Style Ale, and 10 Below Ale (imperiel dunkelweiss).  My visit to City Super today netted us the Homeport Blonde, Amber Ale and Gale Force IPA.  In the spirit of American Craft Beer Week, we just had to give these a try!

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company Gale Force IPA

Since our dinner tonight included a couple of spicy dishes as well, we opted to crack open the two lighter offerings, the Homeport Blonde and the Gale Force IPA.  The Homeport Blonde Ale is 4.6% alcohol, with a fruity nose and a clean, lemony taste.  The Gale Force IPA is 5.6% alcohol, with a hoppier smell and a malty flavor.  Both of these went surprisingly well with our dinner.

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company Homeport Blonde

Scuttlebutt also has a restaurant known for their fish & chips, clam chowder and homemade root beer, along with a full menu of other traditional options, and of course, their beers!  Eleven of their offerings are on tap at the restaurant right now, so there’s surely something for everyone!  Note: The restaurant has very recently (April, 2011) moved from their original location, which was the location of their original 20-barrel brewery, to a new location two blocks north and three blocks west of the old pub.

According to their website, Scuttlebutt beers are available in thirteen states.  I’m not sure how these made it to Taiwan, but I’m very happy they did!

Scuttlebutt Brewery
3310 Cedar St
Everett, WA

Scuttlebutt Brewery Restaurant
1205 Craftsman Way, Suite 101
Everett, WA
425.257.9316

http://www.scuttlebuttbrewing.com/Scuttlebutt_Brewing_Co./HOME.html

American Craft Beer: Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware

If you’re from the Northeast United States, when you think of Craft Beer, one of the first names that will likely come to mind is Dogfish Head.  With their selection of eight year-round brews, four seasonal offerings, and more than 20 special limited offerings (some of them pushing the alcohol envelope at close to 20% ABV), they’re sure to have something for every beer lover’s palate!

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head is probably best known for their IPA’s, with their original 90 Minute IPA, the 60 Minute IPA, and one of the most sought after brews in America, the 120 Minute IPA.  Each of these is a continually hopped beer, being on boil and hopped for 90, 60, and, get this, 120 minutes respectively, before undergoing dry-hopping during conditioning.  The Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA was the first selection from the brewery I ever tried, and one of my local pubs in Connecticut even had it on tap (along with bottles of the 60 minute and Shelter Pale Ale)  I was also lucky enough to pick up a few bottles of the 120 Minute IPA at one of the local package stores (beer/wine/liquor retailors), along with some of their limited, higher alcohol content offerings, such as Raison D Extra, World Wide Stout and Old School Barleywine, some of which are still sitting in storage back home. 

Dogfish Head will be celebrating American Craft Beer Week at their brewery in Milton, Deleware and brewpub in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware, with tours, tastings, seminars and a Declaration of Beer Independence for you to sign.  They’re also kicking off the events at the brewpub on Monday, May 16 by tapping their first 2011 batch of the 120 Minute IPA!

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
#6 Cannery Village Center
Milton, DE 19968
302-684-1000

Website: http://www.dogfish.com

Dogfish Head  Brewings & Eats
320 Rehoboth Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
302-226-BREW

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American Craft Beer: Jack Russell Brewing Company in Camino, California

Tucked in the Sierra Foothills near Sacramento, California is a real American craft beer gem — Jack Russell Brewing Company.

I stumbled upon the beer at one of the annual beer festivals when I first moved to Sacramento in 2007.  I have a confession though — it wasn’t the beer that initially caught my eye.

It was the cute Jack Russell Terrier logo.

Typical female, I know.  However, that logo was cool enough that I pushed my way through the throngs of semi-unruly festival goers to get a sample of their beers…and a free poster!

Fast forward a year or two and I happened upon the brewery one weekend while on a wine tasting trip up in the foothills! Jack Russell Brewery is located in Camino, which is part of the beloved Apple Hill region.  During the fall months, tens of thousands of locals and tourists head up into the foothills for everything and anything apples.

The brewery offers tours, tastings, and there is a picnic area that overlooks the grounds.  Their line up of beers is pretty impressive and their seasonal offerings are very popular with local beer lovers.

Flagship beers include:

  • All-American Premium Lager — blend of light American pilsner malt, wheat malt, and white corn (5.5% ABV)
  • Huntsman’s Lager — Lager in Czech Pilsner style (5% ABV)
  • English Amber Ale aka Best Bitter — traditional draft ale found in English pubs (4% ABV)
  • Whitewater Pale Ale — special British variety that is more hoppy and has a higher alcohol content over a Best Bitter (5.5% ABV)
  • Harvest Apple Ale — Made from combination of malted barley and blend of juice from Apple Hill apples (5% ABV)
  • Captain Boomer’s IPA — Special India Pale Ale with more hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness (6.5% ABV)
  • Farmhouse Ale — A rich and fruity beer known as a saison.  It’s a golden ale that starts with a spicy flavor similar to cloves and is followed by a fruitiness and dry finish (6.7% ABV)
  • Irish Red Ale — Red ale with sweet-malty taste (5% ABV)
  • Brown Ale — Oldest beer style is a light-body ale with a toasted malt profile and hints of coffee (4.25% ABV)
  • London Porter — Light to medium bodied, smooth and dark with some hop character, and the finish has hints of coffee and chocolate (5.0% ABV)
  • Scottish Ale — A sweet and smoky taste achieved from peat-smoked malt that has a similar flavor to a single malt scotch (6.5% ABV)

Jack Russell Brewing Company also has several seasonal brews that are definitely worth a taste:

  • Blueberry Beer (Spring) — English-style pale ale with a hint of blueberries (5% ABV)
  • Blackberry Abbey Ale (Spring) — Malty with small hop aroma and has hints of oak wood and blackberry (7% ABV)
  • Raspberry Imperial Stout (Fall) — A chocolaty-sweet stout with a hint of raspberries (6.6% ABV)
  • Olde Ale (Winter) — Strong ale style of the past, typically reserved for royalty.  This has sweet notes of currant and blackstrap molasses (5.9% ABV)

 

Entrance Sign at Jack Russell Brewing Company

The Raspberry Imperial Stout was one of my favorites, but it packs a serious punch.  Do not underestimate these beers — be sure to have a designated driver as the road in and out is a small, curvy, mountainous one.

If you collect beer memorabilia or souvenirs, Jack Russell Brewing had various products available when I was there last — including tap handles!  After two years of living abroad, I am realizing how much I miss my giant game room with the pool table and draft beer!

Jack Russell Brewing Tap Handle

A girl with a game room and beer on tap? Unheard of!

I always had various local brews on tap, which made my house quite a hit with the neighbors!

Jack Russell Brewing Company
2380 Larsen Drive
Camino, CA 95709
info@jackrussellbrewing.com
Phone: 530.647.9420 / Fax: 530.644.0854

Unfortunately, most of my photos of the brewery were lost in one of my hard drive crashes, but if you want to see photos of the grounds, the beers, and the tasting room — be sure to check out the Jack Russell Brewing website.

You can see the hops growing as you enter and leave the Brewery

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