One day Billy took us to one of his favorite brew pubs, Russian River Brewing, located in Santa Rosa. Billy selected a beer that he knew he liked and suggested one for Dallas, but I went for broke and got the sampler. Little did I know that there’d be 15 beers to sample! And all for only $15. Seemed like a bargain! Especially since I liked a lot of the beers. It wasn’t like I was stuck drinking 15 gross beers. Dallas texted his friend Brian during lunch because he’d just visited the brewery a few weeks ago. Brian’s favorite beer was one of our favorites: Blind Pig IPA. Oh, and the food at Russian River Brewing was great too. Dallas and Billy had wings, I had a salad, and we all had pizza. Good stuff.
After that we went home. Just kidding. I wouldn’t call this post “Beer! Beer! Beer!” if we only had hit up one brewery!
After Russian River Brewing, we drove down to the Lagunitas brewery & taproom. We can get Lagunitas beer in Chicago, but not all of the ones that they have at the brewery. Again, I went for the sampler (only $5!) and tried 4 beers that we can’t get in Chicago. The Lagunitas SUCKS really did suck. Think sweaty armpits. That’s what it tasted like. And The Return of Ruben and the Brett’s was super boozy. But I liked the other two.
Finally, the third “beer.” Billy had a growler of Czar Jack Imperial Stout that he cracked open to try while we were visiting. This beer is made by the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery and is aged in Jack Daniels barrels, only we didn’t tell that to Dallas because he doesn’t like beers that are aged like that. Guess what? He liked it! Me too. It was one of my favorite beers of our visit.