Sunday, October 21, 2012
The Brewery Project: Craft
Craft Brewing Co. you'd better do "craft" beer right, and these guys do! If you're not familiar with this Riverside County brewery, you need to be. Wait, did I say Riverside County? What happened to San Diego County? Have I moved? No. Have I simply disregarded my own rule about visiting all of the local San Diego County breweries for this project? Well, yes, I guess I have. I've known about this brewery for quite a while and threatened to visit several times, but never made it. Now engaged in my weekly brewery visits, I would be remiss to leave them off my list of "local" breweries. Tucked away in a labyrinth of buildings in a Lake Elsinore industrial park, they are doing just as their name implies, crafting great beer. With 8 beers on tap and 8 tasters in front of me, I had my work cut out for me on this tasting session. Each of the beers I sipped, from their light Fallen Angel Blonde to their dark Raven Stout, were solid. I particularly enjoyed the Four Headed Hef with its rich banana and clove notes. Anyone who knows me knows I am a sucker for a good IIPA, and the Double Warlock IPA packed a nice punch. I was also treated to their Oktoberfest, which was malty and delicious. The people were great as well, treating a stranger like myself as a regular, which I'm sure they do to everyone who comes through the door. Unless you are in the area or just happen to be passing through, it's definitely a trek to visit this fine brewery, but well worth it. Stop in, pull up a keg and taste the "craft" that goes into their beer!