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RedO is Coming

It wasn't something that leaped out from the article, but it sounded like they were going to raze the Donovan's space and build a new building for them.

2 days ago
RB Hound in San Diego

RedO is Coming

CSTR - you do know who "bluefin2na" is, don't you?

Hint: he'd have a pretty good idea of what Catalina would buy or not buy.

2 days ago
RB Hound in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

I said your prior viewpoint was dated and ignorant; I have no disagreement in what you wrote above.

In fact, I'd venture to say that you were just trolling me. Congratulations! LOL

[shooting fish in a barrel]

I wasn't saying craft beer had been around 17 years; I was saying that is how long Founders has been around, and I'm pretty sure that Dirty Bastard was one of their first. I guess they and Stone don't have a problem since they use the "Bastard" term for different beers. For some reason I thought that Stone did do an Arrogant Bastard variant called "Dumb Bastard" (though they used ampersands and such), but I can't find any record of it.

Dec 15, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego
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RedO is Coming

WhatIsThisFishLike Ale

[Being the pescaignorant that I am, I often haven't heard of the varieties that show up being the counter at Catalina]

Dec 15, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego
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RedO is Coming

Sorry, Beach Chick, but I took it the same way that Fakey did. Because your "tumor" reply followed the reference to swordfish at Catalina (Offshore Products), it sure sounded like you were talking about them.

I suspect if he had tumor-y fish, Tommy and the gang wouldn't be putting it out on display. There are, however, many days I don't notice swordfish there, FWIW.

Dec 15, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

I don't think it is out of bounds at all. I do, however, think it is a bit dated for your hype joke (as they have been around for 17 years), and think that it misses the mark greatly (since Founders is generally considered to be reasonably priced for a brewery that consistently has among the highest rated beers).

Likewise, you seemed to lobby the same joke at Pliny the Elder (which has been around for 14 years now). The thing is, if Russian River came up with a cute name for marketing purposes, why do they pull accounts from stores that greatly overcharge for it? (well, it supposedly happens) Most goofy beer names are not the result of marketing gimmicks; they are the result of geeky, irreverent brewers.

I don't think you've yet realized that I'm not criticizing you for being out of line; I'm criticizing you for having a dated and often ignorant viewpoint. But you just keep on riding that hobby horse!

Dec 15, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

your latest Little Italy recs plus....

They don't let you bring in big coolers, but anything you can fit into a bag is fair game. I'd spend a few extra bucks for VIP parking, keep a cooler in the car, then go out to grab the food at lunch. I think they have a picnic area outside, though one of the major food areas is right inside the entrance.

And come on, locals - they changed the name of the place a while ago; you can stop calling it the Wild Animal Park or the WAP. You are starting to sound as old as the people that call Qualcomm Stadium the "Jack Murphy".

Dec 15, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

An Old Ale, which seems appropriate for Fakey. I've had that before (as southern Michigan is not far from my old stomping grounds); it is a big, malty, beer.

Founders also has a Scotch Ale called Dirty Bastard and a barrel aged version of it called Backwoods Bastard. Seems like the perfect brewery. LOL

Dec 15, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

I got a Facebook message from that person, asking "hey, are you RB Hound?" I am so obvious...

Dec 15, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego
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RedO is Coming

I see "short ribs". LOL

Dec 15, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego
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RedO is Coming

Seems like a weird spot for that. Then again, I thought that the Headquarters made sense for Mozza, so what do I know?

Dec 15, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Yes. Pretty accurate for finding things on tap, horrible when it comes to the bottle stores.

My best source of Pliny in bottles is a secret password at a few unnamed stores in the area. LOL

Dec 09, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego
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The Belly Up -- When Should I Be There?

I'm still sad I missed the Hardcore Devo stop there this summer.

"Mad World" is Tears for Fears best song. :P

Dec 09, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Visit to La Jolla

The Carmel Valley Carnitas Snack Shack has been open for months.

Dec 09, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

OK, Krispy - what is your user name on the beer forums? [grin]

This is incredibly well written, and if I were to steer somebody towards Pliny-like beers, I'd probably make the same suggestions as you.

Have you tried Council yet? If not, you should.

Dec 09, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Beer geeks be beer geeks. It doesn't matter how hidden a place is, they'll find it if they have the hard to get stuff.

The interestingly named Palm Springs Liquor is near your hood too, right? I never could figure out why you'd name a liquor store in La Mesa that, then one day when looking at a map I said "oh!". Anyhow, they may get Pliny.

Dec 09, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Rogue Hot Stout

It was only a matter of time that we would see sriracha in beer.

Dec 05, 2014
RB Hound in Beer

Brewery hits back at ‘racist’ lager claims

Belching Beaver for the most part puts out quality beer. I just think the owners get too much into the "yuk yuk yuk" humor. I think it's a 78 Corridor thing.

Dec 05, 2014
RB Hound in Beer

The Underrated- what's yours?

Caroline's (at Scripps Institute of Oceanography) has gotten quite a few mentions here since it opened. Tony's Jacal has been "underrated old school Mexican" since I moved here in 1999.

Dec 05, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

No, no - once Bobby's place closed, it was OK to talk about it. What's sad is that under their new, relaxed rules, Bobby would have never had his posts deleted, much less banned.

Dec 05, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

Old shticks die hard. It takes minutes off your life every time beer comes up here, doesn't it? LOL

Dec 05, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Anywhere to get Russian River Pliny the Elder in San Diego

To put it bluntly, a lot of people here don't have complete information. If you want it on draft, you have gotten some good recommendations from Beach Chick. O'Brien's and Toronado will often have it on, too.

However, it is very difficult to find in the bottle. Sure, quite a few stores will carry it, but it disappears within hours (if not minutes) of when their order gets in. "Widely distributed" it may be, but in most places the bottles disappear quickly. I'm not sure how quickly KnB blasts through their allocation, but I know Best Damn rarely sees it hang around more than an hour after the order comes in. Of course, there is a chance that if you ask they might have a bottle or two hanging around in back that didn't make its way out to the shelves yet.

Dec 05, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

Additional brewpubs/breweries/etc in or near Carlsbad you should try:

Pizza Port Carlsbad (most people here will recommend you do not for the the pizza).

Pizza Port Bressi Ranch (east side of Carlsbad)

Bagby Beer Company (Oceanside)

Rip Current (San Marcos)

Toolbox (Vista)

Dec 03, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego
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Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

PHIL'S!!!

Nov 17, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

After all this time here, you still don't get America, do you? LOL

Oct 21, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

I had a Krispy Kreme burger at the fair last year, just to say that I'd tried one. Given the popularity, I thought it would be at least somewhat enjoyable in a decadent way, but I found the blend of flavors to be weird. Should have done the cauliflower.

Oct 21, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

Another point to make is that not all of the coffees beans that Bird Rock has on a given day are for everybody. It's the pitfall of trying new/different single origin coffees, but then again it is what makes it fun.

Oct 20, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

Bird Rock is a lot more than a cult favorite if they are winning "roaster of the year" and "coffee of the year" awards. The impression I've gotten from others (as I've rarely braved the drive to Bird Rock just to get a cup of coffee) is that their baristas / drink preparation often does not live up to the quality of the starting product.

Oct 20, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

San Diego CLOSED Restaurants: Thread Four (2014 edition)

Qualcomm.

Oct 18, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego

Table No. 10 (East Village)

Again, I ask a simple question.

Why is it so difficult for San Diego restaurants to attract decent help? I think I know why, but I'm listening for other reasons first.

Oct 18, 2014
RB Hound in San Diego