San Diego Brewery Tour
  • ThymThym
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    I'd like to organize a Brewery Tour trip in San Diego CA with HBF members. I'm thinking sometime in June or July. I know a lot of the membership is strewn about the globe, but for anyone who could make a family vacation out of the trip to Southern California, I think it would be a worthy investment of one day of the vacay.

    Potential Breweries to Hit:
    Stone Brewery
    Karl Strauss
    Port Brewing / Pizza Port
    Green Flash
    Ballast Point
    The Lost Abbey
    Alesmith Brewing

    Depending on who / how many are going, I'll work out the logistics.

    Let me know if you;re interested.

    @WolfBier I recall you being local, but I haven't seen you online for a while so I thought I would give you a shout out.

    westcoastbrewer
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    @KC5 see above
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • scoobscoob
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    I'm in, assuming I haven't moved back east, I'm most definitely in, last time I was at lost abbey someone had stolen the giant crucifix from the lobby the day before! Stone is always tops when heading that way too!

    I hope I don't move!
    Jesus didn't wear pants
  • ThymThym
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    azscoob said:

    I'm in, assuming I haven't moved back east, I'm most definitely in, last time I was at lost abbey someone had stolen the giant crucifix from the lobby the day before! Stone is always tops when heading that way too!

    I hope I don't move!



    it's gonna be fun!
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • C_BC_B
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    I'll look into it, but I'm going to say I won't be attending.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    may, june, july are the months when i can't take any time off. that's our crazy busy season and generally my reason for hibernating the month of august. bummer
  • jlwjlw
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    Not sure it will be in the plans this year. I'll check with wifey.
  • KC5KC5
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    I'd definately be down for going. It looks like the weekend of June 22-23 is open at the moment.
  • scoobscoob
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    KC5 said:

    I'd definately be down for going. It looks like the weekend of June 22-23 is open at the moment.



    Sweet! So it won't just be lake and myself!
    Jesus didn't wear pants
  • ThymThym
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    @curlyfat

    Does june 22-23 work for you?
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • CurlyFatCurlyFat
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    Lakewood said:

    @curlyfat

    Does june 22-23 work for you?



    No luck. I go off starting the 24th...

    Do not worry about me though, my schedule is likely to change before then. And getting the wife to let me jaunt off to San Diego will be delicate.


    I took a short one a couple hours ago. It was nice. --
    C_B

  • ThymThym
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    I consider having Wyoming represented at this thing to be a major milestone... You need to start priming that pump.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • CurlyFatCurlyFat
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    Unless I take my vacation that week...then I'd pretty much have to take the family to Disneyland. Eh. It's just money, right?


    I took a short one a couple hours ago. It was nice. --
    C_B

  • CurlyFatCurlyFat
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    We could do Wyoming brewery tour next year. Days and days of driving between four or five breweries. Lol!


    I took a short one a couple hours ago. It was nice. --
    C_B

  • CurlyFatCurlyFat
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    Don't hold your breath, but my wife is on board. She's all stoked about the zoo and sea world... Other suggestions for the family would be welcome.


    I took a short one a couple hours ago. It was nice. --
    C_B

  • ThymThym
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    CurlyFat said:

    Don't hold your breath, but my wife is on board. She's all stoked about the zoo and sea world... Other suggestions for the family would be welcome.



    Awesome, I'll send you a few other family friendly things in San Diego via pm
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • scoobscoob
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    Lakewood said:

    CurlyFat said:

    Don't hold your breath, but my wife is on board. She's all stoked about the zoo and sea world... Other suggestions for the family would be welcome.



    Awesome, I'll send you a few other family friendly things in San Diego via pm


    Red light.... Err I mean gas lamp district!
    Jesus didn't wear pants
  • ThymThym
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    @kc5
    @curlyfat
    @azscoob

    Ok, I just checked and it looks like my wife is supposed to be out of town that weekend.

    Does anyone have a conflict with June 8, 9?
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    azscoob said:

    Lakewood said:

    CurlyFat said:

    Don't hold your breath, but my wife is on board. She's all stoked about the zoo and sea world... Other suggestions for the family would be welcome.



    Awesome, I'll send you a few other family friendly things in San Diego via pm


    Red light.... Err I mean gas lamp district!


    Gas lamp is cool, I like old town too.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • scoobscoob
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    CurlyFat said:

    Don't hold your breath, but my wife is on board. She's all stoked about the zoo and sea world... Other suggestions for the family would be welcome.



    Actually loads of family stuff to do in southern Cali, the wild animal park, the zoo, sea world, Disney, in June there is the del mar fair, there is knots berry farm, there is Portillo's hot dogs just north of knots berry farm on la Palma in buena park.
    Jesus didn't wear pants
  • CurlyFatCurlyFat
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    Lakewood said:

    @kc5
    @curlyfat
    @azscoob

    Ok, I just checked and it looks like my wife is supposed to be out of town that weekend.

    Does anyone have a conflict with June 8, 9?



    Daughters birthday and my anniversary, respectively. That's not necessarily an issue, though.


    I took a short one a couple hours ago. It was nice. --
    C_B

  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    azscoob said:

    CurlyFat said:

    Don't hold your breath, but my wife is on board. She's all stoked about the zoo and sea world... Other suggestions for the family would be welcome.



    Actually loads of family stuff to do in southern Cali, the wild animal park, the zoo, sea world, Disney, in June there is the del mar fair, there is knots berry farm, there is Portillo's hot dogs just north of knots berry farm on la Palma in buena park.


    no one has mentioned the ocean.
    curly, there is an ocean.
    a big one. with sand beaches.
    family fun taken care of!

    i think its free too, or it was the last time i was there. by now, Cali has probably found some way to tax it though......
  • ThymThym
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    azscoob said:

    CurlyFat said:

    Don't hold your breath, but my wife is on board. She's all stoked about the zoo and sea world... Other suggestions for the family would be welcome.



    Actually loads of family stuff to do in southern Cali, the wild animal park, the zoo, sea world, Disney, in June there is the del mar fair, there is knots berry farm, there is Portillo's hot dogs just north of knots berry farm on la Palma in buena park.


    no one has mentioned the ocean.
    curly, there is an ocean.
    a big one. with sand beaches.
    family fun taken care of!

    i think its free too, or it was the last time i was there. by now, Cali has probably found some way to tax it though......


    Its Jersey that charges for their beaches. Ours are free.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    CurlyFat said:

    Lakewood said:

    @kc5
    @curlyfat
    @azscoob

    Ok, I just checked and it looks like my wife is supposed to be out of town that weekend.

    Does anyone have a conflict with June 8, 9?



    Daughters birthday and my anniversary, respectively. That's not necessarily an issue, though.


    I'm going to plan for June 8/9 unless someone tells me that wont work for them. Curly, I'm assuming it will be a family vaca so you can make this work, let me know if the fam isn't cool with it.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • scoobscoob
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    Lakewood said:

    CurlyFat said:

    Lakewood said:

    @kc5
    @curlyfat
    @azscoob

    Ok, I just checked and it looks like my wife is supposed to be out of town that weekend.

    Does anyone have a conflict with June 8, 9?



    Daughters birthday and my anniversary, respectively. That's not necessarily an issue, though.


    I'm going to plan for June 8/9 unless someone tells me that wont work for them. Curly, I'm assuming it will be a family vaca so you can make this work, let me know if the fam isn't cool with it.


    Should work for me!
    Jesus didn't wear pants
  • CurlyFatCurlyFat
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    Lakewood said:

    CurlyFat said:

    Lakewood said:

    @kc5
    @curlyfat
    @azscoob

    Ok, I just checked and it looks like my wife is supposed to be out of town that weekend.

    Does anyone have a conflict with June 8, 9?



    Daughters birthday and my anniversary, respectively. That's not necessarily an issue, though.


    I'm going to plan for June 8/9 unless someone tells me that wont work for them. Curly, I'm assuming it will be a family vaca so you can make this work, let me know if the fam isn't cool with it.


    Yep. Now I just need to figure out the financial side. :) This is working out nicely because we wanted to do a family getaway this summer, but hadn't decided on where.


    I took a short one a couple hours ago. It was nice. --
    C_B

  • ThymThym
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    Awesome!

    Spoke with BenS last night and he might be in too.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • sounds fun but I don't live near san diego. I heard once san diego was spanish for whales vagina
  • ThymThym
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    Ok, so after contacting Stone it looks like our best bet is to set up a private tour, but this means we need to go down during the week. So I'm looking for some feeback, can you guys support doing the brewery excursion on a friday?

    I'm recommending we go down on June 7th.

    What say you?
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    @kc5
    @curlyfat
    @azscoob
    @bens
    @hamelbrews2

    see updated trip info above
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • scoobscoob
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    Lakewood said:

    @kc5
    @curlyfat
    @azscoob
    @bens
    @hamelbrews2

    see updated trip info above



    I'm down for a Friday, I will just drive out Thursday eve and get the "flu" on Friday morning, call in sick.
    Jesus didn't wear pants
  • BenSBenS
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    Yeah. I'm going to be a last min guy. Cheapest airfare I can find right now is $450. To much for my poor ass at the moment.
    There's no starting point. It's just a massive sea of shit to wade through until you find the occasional corn kernel. -DrCurly
  • CurlyFatCurlyFat
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    azscoob said:

    Lakewood said:

    @kc5
    @curlyfat
    @azscoob
    @bens
    @hamelbrews2

    see updated trip info above



    I'm down for a Friday, I will just drive out Thursday eve and get the "flu" on Friday morning, call in sick.


    It really is inconsequential to me. In any case I'm taking my one week of vacation for this, so I'll have two full weeks. And I'll be driving (yay) so I don't have to worry about lining up flights.


    I took a short one a couple hours ago. It was nice. --
    C_B

  • ThymThym
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    Awesome. I think we have a plan then. I need to confirm with the locals who don't know how to post @kc5 @hamelbrews2
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • Man, this sounds pretty sweet. Bummer I'm not going to be in the area...
  • themonstermasherthemonstermasher
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    Stone isn't really my bag, but I'd love to visit their brewery.

    C_B
  • ThymThym
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    Stone tour confirmed.

    "We’re honored to be a part of the homebrewforums.net annual meet up. Let me know if you have any questions or if anything comes up.

    Thank you for requesting a VIP Private Tour & Tasting with us on June 7th, 2013 at 1pm. Please take a moment to review the following information.
     Pricing & Service Charges: VIP Private Tours & Tastings cost $5 per person,"


    C_B
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • BenSBenS
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    Damn. I want to come.
    There's no starting point. It's just a massive sea of shit to wade through until you find the occasional corn kernel. -DrCurly
  • C_BC_B
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    BenS said:

    Damn. I want to come.


    Me too.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • ThymThym
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    BenS said:

    Damn. I want to come.



    C_dubbs said:

    BenS said:

    Damn. I want to come.


    Me too.


    i hope that you both can make it!
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • I am in.
  • June 7, could be close. Work is supposed to be pedal to the metal until mid-June. Stone doesn't need an exact quantity up front, do they? I'll have a better picture if I can take a day off a few weeks before.
  • ThymThym
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    No need for an exact count. The deposit is already paid.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    I still have some details to work out with the guys at Port/Lost Abbey but we are going to be a go for a private tour there as well. It's probably going to be an early stop on Friday if we want to see the brewery in action since they don't brew on the weekends.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • scoobscoob
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    Lakewood said:

    I still have some details to work out with the guys at Port/Lost Abbey but we are going to be a go for a private tour there as well. It's probably going to be an early stop on Friday if we want to see the brewery in action since they don't brew on the weekends.



    Sweeeeeeeet!!!

    [Deleted User]
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  • ThymThym
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    I'm really looking forward to this. These are two of my favorite breweries.

    [Deleted User]
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • scoobscoob
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    Lakewood said:

    I'm really looking forward to this. These are two of my favorite breweries.



    Never been to lost abbey, but been to stone many a time, not as often as I would like, I tend to forget to make reservations in advance of my trip out that way.
    Jesus didn't wear pants
  • CurlyFatCurlyFat
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    I'm working on it, guys. But it's looking more complicated than I originally imagined.


    I took a short one a couple hours ago. It was nice. --
    C_B

  • ThymThym
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    i've booked a room at the porto vista hotel in SD.

    if you want to book your own room it's 99 a night so a pretty good deal.

    http://www.portovistasd.com/

    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    @scoob


    So, did you get your flight yet?
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    @hamelbrews2 and anyone else who's going

    Our first stop is Port Brewing on Friday @ 11am

    Anyone who wants to ride down from casa de lakewood with me is welcome. We plan to leave around 8:30a

    Second stop is Stone @ 1pm

    After that we will decide as a group where we head off to. There are plenty of options and not enough time to do them all.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • Alas, can't get out of work this Friday. Bummed to miss out, enjoy!
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    Sooooo.....is this just you then Lake?
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    Sooooo.....is this just you then Lake?



    if i somehow get exposed to the mythical super power granting radiation, i'm there. otherwise, :(
    The pinnacle of lame and awesome in one singular moment. -Lake
  • ThymThym
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    Sooooo.....is this just you then Lake?



    no, but it's going to be a small group.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    A few pics from Stone
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    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
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    and from port/lost abbey
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    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny