Well that is the ultimate question isn't it? The beer is very fine indeed, Killramsey. I prefer the Hang 5 IPA because I am a dyed in the wool IPA man. There is a hint of citrus in it, which I like very much. However, all the beers I have tried at Beach City Brewery have been fine examples of their type. Thank you for commenting.Ah yes, but how's the beer? Proximity helps, of course.
Thank you SnapDawg. I understand the comparison. It is a lovely thing that has blossomed in these United States over the past few years with micro-breweries popping up all over the place. This country certainly has its faults, but the growth of the micro-brew industry is not one of them. Yes those dollar numbers signify the cost of the brew, most often by the pint but for legal reasons some of the higher alcohol brews can only be sold in half pint or maybe 12oz measures.I like it, Brian, looks like a modern alchemist's idea of an indoor 'Biergarten', but lacks the mandatory trees. So what do you get for those 5-7 dollars on the sign? A pint of beer? Back home on the island I get a bottle or glass (0.33l) of the local brews for 1-1.40€ which these days is more or less the same in US$ (ouch).
That happened here in USA also, bilzmale, with companies like Anheuser Busch, Miller and Coors buying up smaller breweries until very few remained and there was little to be said for the lousy beers these three companies made available nationally on the whole. (My opinion.) On top of that, then we had the thing where breweries such as the above-mentioned struck deals with European and Japanese brands to brew "under license." So, half the beers you get now that you think are European are actually brewed by Miller or A-B or Molton (I think it is) up in Canada. So it's great to see these tiny breweries now springing up (there are hundreds of them in California alone) and providing fresh and unique local beers of generally outstanding quality. Above all the atmosphere in these micro-breweries (usually to be found in small warehouse buildings in industrial parks) is always wholesome with a nice balance of genders, ages and species. (People bring their dogs often.) Thanks for the comments bilzmale.Looks appealing. In Oz most of the successful boutique brewers have been bought out by the big brands - some never to be seen again.
Weinhard was ultimately bought over by Miller. (Boo!) I think it is still around though. Not sure. I agree about the Amstel Light. Thanks for the comments dalethorn.I really liked Henry Weinhard - we got that from somewhere local when I worked on Pico Blvd. next to the Beverly Hillcrest circa 1985. When I was in Seal Beach ca. 2005 I couldn't find my favorite so I settled for Sam Adams Light. Although it's a light beer it's fattening. Those 2 beers had a similar taste - most other beers, like Amstel Light for instance, just had a weird flavor.
Here in Charleston SC there are several micro-breweries that get represented in my favorite indie coffee shop downtown.
Speaking of Bohemians I visited Prague last summer. What a place for beer drinkers!I was born and bred in a little european town with around 100 (ex-)breweries, but I truly enjoyed the micro breweries during my time in the US, especially Gordon Biersch in San Jose, Ca. IMO their beers are just as excellent as the stuff I grew up with and I'm half Bohemian
Isn't Prague a terrific place? Back where I stayed the last time they were having their first pintS at around 7 in the morning. Back home in Las Palmas they're only starting at 7.30 with their first double rum, lol. I rather stick with my yerba mate.Speaking of Bohemians I visited Prague last summer. What a place for beer drinkers!
Yes it is terrific. So's the beer!Isn't Prague a terrific place? Back where I stayed the last time they were having their first pintS at around 7 in the morning. Back home in Las Palmas they're only starting at 7.30 with their first double rum, lol. I rather stick with my yerba mate.