(I thought it was today, but it turns out it was yesterday.)
Twenty years ago, January 3, 1992, I started keeping notes on the beers I've tasted.
The first beer: Blitzen Barleywine, from the defunct La Jolla Brewing Company in California.
The notes in their entirety: "Light barleywine — good." OK, not the pinnacle of eloquence, but it was a start.
I remember this trip well; there was an annular solar eclipse at sunset on January 4, and I drove from San Leandro down to San Diego to see it.
(Click the picture to see the whole spectacular scene. Photo credit: biggestoffreds.)
I managed to visit a few more breweries along the way:
- La Jolla Brewing, La Jolla
- Callahan's Pub and Brewery, San Diego
- Red Kettle Brewing, Encinitas
- Pacific Beach Brewhouse, Pacific Beach
Twenty years. I think this calls for a beer.