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San Pedro Brewing Company

Photo of San Pedro Brewing Co. Beer Flight

The beer flight from San Pedro Brewing Company in San Pedro, California.

The last day of American Craft Beer Week we headed over to San Pedro Brewing Company which is located at 331 West 6th Street, San Pedro, California. Lloyd went with the flight which had each of their American craft beers. He realized after we were home that he had 7 beers on the 7th day of the 7th Annual American Craft Beer Week.

I had to try each one so I waited to order so I could try the beers in his flight to decide which one I wanted to drink.  So I guess I can say I had 7 beers on the 7th day of the 7th Annual American Craft Beer Week as well.  Okay back to the flight which had the following beers Harbor Hefeweizen, Port Town Pilsner, Bruin Blonde, Kings “Blackout” Lager, Shanghai Red, SoCal Tattoo Ink Ale and the Munich Spring Lager.

photo of the Harbor Hefeweizen from San Pedro Brewing Company

Harbor Hefeweizen from San Pedro Brewing Company in San Pedro, California.

We first noticed I was going to have a harder time deciding which beer to go with. All 7 were not too hoppy which I do not care for hoppy beers. After trying them, I decided to go with the Harbor Hefeweizen which was really good.

We had a couple appetizers, starting with the grilled artichoke, which is not as good as our own grilled artichokes. We also had the bruschetta which was really good. I think they should try using the sauce they have in the bruschetta on the artichoke, I bet that would of been good.

This was the end of our journey through the 7th Annual American Craft Beer Week. You can see Lloyd’s reviews and all the high quality photos from our journey on Got Baddog.

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This post is part of my 2012 RA Twist on Project 365.  Do you know someone that suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis? Please let them know about Rheumatoid Patient Foundation create by Rheumatoid Arthritis patients for patients.

The Rockefeller & Abigaile’s

Photo of flights of american craft beer.

My customized flight of American Craft Beer at The Rockefeller Gastropub in Hermosa Beach, California

Yesterday we had to do some searching to find new places to try more American craft beer. Lloyd mentioned to me to try looking for “Gastropub”, so I did and found The Rockefeller was listed in Hermosa Beach. We headed to The Rockefeller Gastropub located at 422 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach, California for day 6 of American Craft Beer Week.

It is unusual for me to do beer flights but there was plenty of beer on tap to come up with four for me to try. This first photo is a flight that I had which Lloyd help pick them out for me, Boont Amber which is an American Aber, Mission Blonde an American Ale, Bayhawk Chocolate Porter and the Jamaican Red Ale which was another American Amber. They were all good. The Mission Blonde was very good and the Bayhawk Chocolate Porter and the Jamaican Red Ale were great. It is getting to hard to choose how I would rank them, if I could. We might have to do a follow up to the top 5 sometime. I will not complain.

photo of the Rockefeller Gourmet Burger

Rockefeller Gourmet Burger at The Rockefeller Gastropub in Hermosa Beach, California.

We also enjoyed their house salad which had wild arugula, parmesan crips, shaved bermude onion with a shery-hazelnut vinaigrette. Then we decided to give their Burger Rockefeller which was served with garlic aioli, wild mushrooms, apricot chutney, arugula and chaumes cheese a try. It was a great burger; we both agreed on that which does not happen often with a burger. So I had to include a photo of their Gourmet Burger which is to the right.

The staff were all helpful and the atmosphere was open with a nice breeze. We even gained a lead on a place in walking distance that also made their own brews called Abigaile. They offered to let us park our car in their back parking lot if we needed. Very friendly place with many great beers on tap. I am sure we will be a repeat customer.

Photo of a glass of Brown Sugar Porter from Abigaile's.

A glass of Brown Sugar Porter from Abigaile's located in Hermosa Beach, California.

So next we walked down to Abigaile’s Resteraunt to give their american craft beer a try and to meet a friend, Pamela from My Man’s Belly. I mentioned to her that I looked at some recipes on her website, I remember saving a lamb chop recipe. I thought it was one with mint, but I just did a search and found an Easy Greek Lamb Chops recipe. Going to give that a try sometime.

Back to American Craft Beer Week. Abigaile’s ,with Brian the Brewmaster, has serveral types of house-brewed craft beers. Lloyd ordered a flight so he could taste them all, I gave a few of his a try and then decided to go with the Brown Sugar Porter. The Brown Sugar Porter has brown sugar and chocolate wheat malt. It was pretty good.

Photo of the charcuterie and cheese board from Abigail's Restaurant

The charcuterie and cheese board from Abigail's Restaurant in Hermosa Beach, California.

We shared the charcuterie and cheese board to snack on while we enjoyed the beers at Abigaile’s. The description said a selection from home and abroad. See the photo to the right, it was a nice selection of goodies to snack on with the beer.

Abigaile’s Restaurant is located at 1301 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, California. Between 14th Street and Pier Avenue. It opens daily at 5:30 P.M.

I took my Canon Rebel with me yesterday so these are all high quality photos. To see all the photos of our American Craft Beer Week tour, which ends today, check out Lloyd’s photo & review blog Got Baddog.

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This post is part of my 2012 RA Twist on Project 365.  Do you know someone that suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis? Please let them know about Rheumatoid Patient Foundation create by Rheumatoid Arthritis patients for patients.

Monkish, El Segundo Brewing & Strand Brewing Co

photo of the Feminist Beer by Monkish Brewing Company

The Feminist Belgian-style tripel ale which was yummy! Made by Monkish Brewing Company in Torrance, California

On day 5 of American Craft Beer Week we stopped by three different local brewing companies. We started off at Monkish Brewing Company located at 20311 South Western Avenue Torrance, California. Lloyd enjoyed a sampler and I went for a glass of their Feminist beer. The Feminist is Belgian-style tripel ale spiced with hibiscus, yummy.  They described this beer as being heavily infused with hibiscus and it displays a pink tinge. The beer greets you with a malty sweetness that quickly dissipates into a dry and tart grapefruit, lemonade finish. I really enjoyed this beer, so much that it took out Batch 100 by the Strand Brewing Company as my favorite. I usually lean towards dark beers so this one was a surprise for me.

 

Photo of Hyperion's Doube Stout by El Segundo Brewing Company

Hyperion's Doube Stout by El Segundo Brewing Company

Next we headed over to El Segundo Brewing Company which is located at 140 Main Street El Segundo, California. Lloyd went for the flight and I went for the Hyperion’s Double Stout. They describe this beer as being for chocolate lovers. A bit on the sweet side, with a nice dark roasted coffee bitterness to balance. A huge chocolate presence throughout supported by a heady, velvety texture with creamy carbonation. Welcome to my favorites list Hyperion’s Double Stout.

 

Photo of Strand Brewing Company Beach House Amber Beer.

Beach House Amber Ale by Strand Brewing Company Torrance, California.

Finally we ended our evening with a stop at Strand Brewing Company which is located at 23520 Telo Avenue # 2, Torrance, California. Since I already had a Batch 100 earlier this week at the Select Beer Store, I decided to try the Beach House. The Beach House is an Amber Ale that they describe as  a slightly hoppier amber.  Hoppy but not bitter – well within the style guidelines.  Floral nose, nutty and having a full malt characteristics. I enjoyed this beer as well.

 

I took the first photo with my Android Motorola Xoom and I edited it with Google Picasa. The last two photos I took with my point and shoot camera which is a Sony Cyber-shot and I edited these with Adobe Photoshop. If you would like to see the high quality photos from our American Craft Beer Week tour of breweries head over to Lloyd’s website Got Baddog for his reviews.

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This post is part of my 2012 RA Twist on Project 365.  Do you know someone that suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis? Please let them know about Rheumatoid Patient Foundation.

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