The featured beer painting of the day is of West Coast IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego. This beer was very good! I opened it at a family barbeque, while we were discussing the possibility of having a family reunion on the Oregon coast. I am in love with the west coast. My wife and I bike-toured on our tandem bicycle from Vancouver, Canada to the Mexican border in 2009. You would think at the end of a 2,000-mile bike tour there would be some big finale, but sadly, no. After asking a stranger to take a photo of us looking triumphant at the border, we had to wait for over an hour at a McDonalds parking lot to be picked up by my mother-in-law, while sipping on a six-pack of luke-warm Tecate. However, the trip was epic, and I would never have traded a day.
Being a hop-head, I’ve had many IPAs in my day. This one is a great example of an excellent IPA. I don’t know the hop bill, but I drank it right after an Inversion IPA and I noticed that the West Coast IPA tasted fresher, and was strong, yet very palatable on the hops. The aroma was fantastic.
Cheers to drinking great beers on the Pacific Coast! Give West Coast IPA a try, it’s about time you saw a sunset from the beach anyway! Cheers!