SAN DIEGO: Modern Times Beer

During my Thanksgiving visit to San Diego county I was able to visit Modern Times Beer. What a treat!

The ambiance is amazing:

  • A comic book wall
  • Wall art of Michael Jackson and Bubbles made out of Post-It Notes
  • Beer selections on repurposed pallets
  • A granite bar with a base made of books
  • So cool!

    Even better…the beer was great.

    I tried the core four. Lomaland, a saison, and Black House, an oatmeal stout, were great. But I was knocked out by a couple hoppy surprises — Fortunate Islands, a wheat ale, and Blazing World, an amber.

    I’ve never had a wheat or an amber so hoppy!

    20131202-104045.jpgFrom left to right: Lomaland, Fortunate Islands, Black House and Blazing World.

    20131202-221113.jpgRepurposed pallets.

    20131202-221121.jpgPost-It Note art — Michael Jackson and Bubbles.

    20131202-221128.jpgThe comic book wall.

    20131202-221136.jpgAn awesome hangout.

    Modern Times Beer, located at 3725 Greenwood St., San Diego (across from the Sports Arena) is open daily Noon to 9 p.m.

    (Full disclosure: I donated to Modern Times Kickstarter campaign, but I guarantee I would have been equally impressed regardless!)

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    Disappointing store

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    The Cerveza Store in San Diego’s Seaport Village was terribly disappointing.

    I entered hoping to find swag from the county’s four score of Craft Breweries. What I found were novelty t-shirts featuring trite beer sayings and lots of Big Beer crap.

    Entrepreneurs: I think there’s a great opportunity for the kind of store I was expecting. If you need someone to run it, let me know!

    San Clemente Beer Festival

    I  drove down to San Clemente this weekend for the 3rd annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Festival hosted by Left Coast Brewery and the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce.

    The 17 participating breweries were:

    This was my second time at this festival. It’s becoming an annual tradition as I get to spend a day with my sister (I can’t say her name or show her face because her school district has a very prudish social media policy…that’s another story).

    The crowd definitely seemed bigger than last year and I’m afraid they’re going to outgrow the Left Coast location very soon (actually, I’m not afraid…I hope they can move it somewhere closer to the beach that allows for a nice breeze and wider spaces).

    My one big bitch with this festival is the food. There was only one vendor which had a very long line the whole event. I would add a couple additional food options in the future.

    There were two fun bands (I really liked the second one), but their names escape me!

    Since I love hoppy beers, I used all my tasting tickets on IPAs I’d never tried. All were good, but two really stood out:

    • Pizza Port El Camino IPA – what a great aroma!
    • Beachwood Pole Position IPA – hoppy and citrus!
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    My sister and I at the San Clemente Micro-Brew Festival on April 20, 2013.
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    The crowd enjoys the beer and music.