I'll have to try O'Briens - I'm typically oriented more toward the beach, but Convoy isn't far. I've seen British beer-tour groups in Liar's Club before swimming in West Coast IPAs. These beers really ruin a lot of other beers for me - once you go with the hops, its hard to really enjoy anything else. Sure, mexican beers have their place on a warm afternoon with a lime, and I enjoy a good Hefe with a lemon in the afternoon - but I've had some British style IPAs lately and they just seemed bland. Will the style migrate to the East Coast or even the UK & Europe? Or do we just have it good out here along the Pacific?
Just stumbled on this site, and thought I'd share my happiness and pure luck of having SD as my home town - Stone, Alexmith, Alpine, Pizza Port, Green Flash, etc. are always available and often on on tap at choice places (Liars' Club). Ballast Point is right down the street from me, and their Sculpin Ale is wonderful.
Just took a trip to Marin County and enjoyed several varieties of my favorites from the north: Bear Republic, Lagunitas (horay, Maximus) and Anderson Valley (brought home a bottle of Brother David's Triple!). I think Sierra Nevada is the best mass-distributed beer.
This is the best time to be a beer drinker!