Colors of the United States.
United States Highlights.
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- 2011 04 17 Eugene. - Eugene, bridging winter. This page, the embodiment of boredom. After Africa, Vienna, San Francisco, Eugene, Oregon then Hells Canyon in Idaho. Waiting for car papers, touring out of frustration and – boredom.
- 2010 12 05 Monument Valley - Grand Canyon, Navajo Nation, Monument Valley. And back to SanFran via Eugene, huuue... Also a US-radio sucks story.
- 2010 11 25 Las Vegas - Diego to Vegas, Joshua Tree, Mojave Desert, Death Valley.
- 2010 11 13 San Diego - West Coast, Portland to San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Monette Marino Keita and Larry Mitchell.
- 2010 10 23 Seattle - On to the West Coast, a new van, On the road in America. Around the Olympic Mountains.
- 2010 10 13 New York - So how did I get here? This is not my beautiful wife...
To the world outside the US this comes as a surprise, the US is a country of wonderful craft beers. UNLIKE NORWAY; yes I am still angry... but take my rant with a grain of salt, Norwegians are alcohol-phobic; it seems they actively ponder introducing US-1930-style prohibition; Norwegians and for this Finish and Swedes too, just a bit less, are not nice countries for drinkers. The US is. Liquor shops are open 24 hours, so are supermarkets, they sell 100s of variants of beers, lagers, ambers, Indian pale ales, pale ales, porters, Belgium style whites, German style wheat’s and what-ever else ride the imaginations of brew-masters. “70,000USD and you and I open a brewery”, said a guy to me at a bar, “Oregon (a state in the North-West) is home to more independent breweries and makes than Germany”, said an assistant brew-master in Pacific City’s Pelican breweries, “My brother makes his own beer, but he is not such a perfectionist as my sister’s husband”, tells me Sara, a friend and shows me a craft-brewing utilities’ and ingredients’ shop in Berkeley, which is part of greater San Francisco. Fact of the matter is they’re all good and I think I know what I am talking about; imagine fridges of 30 meters all full of beers, and 100s of different makes. And again they’re all good. And now imagine Greece on the other side where we are stuck with the choice between Mythos and Heineken. In the US YOU choose, just stay away from Buds and Coors and Miller, or worse the lights because they may just taste like CALIFORNIAN CHARDONNAY WITH A SHOT OF PISS AND LOTS OF WATER.... Yes, you've got it Californian Chardonnay is way over rated. Reds, don't even ask me to comment. The US has some expensive good wines, but nothing if compared to French, Italian or Spanish.
So beerwise here is what I had (mostly drafts) and the order is just the way I drank them till I lost interest recording what I drink. A complete list of breweries in the US can probably never be drawn up; as Mike McMenamins put it: "A brewery used to be a vast thing until we discovered it can be done in the corner of a kitchen!" Now the US has, according to Wikipedia, some 1,700 breweries. Wow!
- Octoberfest - Samuel Adams, is how I started.
- Farmington River Brown Ale - Mercury Brewing Company, Inc.
- Rogue American Amber Ale - Rogue.com
- Brooklyn Ale - Brooklyn Breweries.
- Wildcat IPA - Snoqualmie, Washington.
- Haywire - Pyramid Breweries, Seattle, Washington.
- Brown Porter - Port Townsend, Washington.
- Manny's Pale Ale - some garage, Seattle, Washington.
- Dechutes Brewery - Portland, Oregon, I think I had some Black Butte Porter, some Mirror Pond Pale Ale, some Inversion IPA, some Obsedian Stout and who knows what else.
- Sierra Nevada - Pale Ale, Californian, not really micro, but nice.
- Indian Pelican Ale - 8% IPA, Pacific City, Oregon. Many award winning brews, I also try the Mac Pelican Scottish style Ale, the Full House Ale and the Kiwanda Cream Ale, and maybe others...
- Lost Coast Brewery - I only tried light IPA, but there would have been so many to try.
- Cannery Row Breweries - more than 70 brews on tab. I didn't try all of them.
- Firestone - DBA, double barrel ale.
- Sun Francisco Speakeasy - Prohibition Ale, amber.
- Stone Brewing Co. - IPA, Escondido, CA.
- Downtown Brewing Co.. - Reggae Red, 5%, San Luis Obispo, CA.
- San Diego Brewing Co. - Old Town Nut Brown, San Diego, CA.
- Firefox Walker - Velvet Merlin Stout.
- San Diego’s Ocean Beach Pizza Port - What is that, a pizza and burger chain of craft brewers, now things start getting getting funny/out of hands, their Skidmark Brown Ale is ok.
- Mission Brewery Amber - No catchy gimmicks. No national campaigns. Just great handcrafted beer made in San Diego!.
- Carl Strauss Amber Lager - Carlsbad, San Diego.
- Sun God Belgian White - Firehouse Brewing Company, San Diego.
- Fat Tire Amber Ale - New Belgium Brewing out of Colorado.
- Ninkasi Brewing Company - Eugene, OR, IPA, and Stout.
- Standing Stone Brewing Company - Ashland, OR.
- Anchor Steam Beer - San Francisco, CA, very nice
- Bone Yard IPA - Bend Oregon.
- Barley Browns Brewpub - Baker City, Oregon.
I think I'll be back for more...
The road signes on the road, not bullet proove...
When you have a gun, you might as well try it out...