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“A really unique (and fun) experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Brew Hop

Brew Hop
Ranked #27 of 89 Food & Drink in San Diego
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“A really unique (and fun) experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

My husband and I went on a Brew Hop tour a year or so ago, and had the best time. Our guide, Summer, was so friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating from the minute I first called to schedule the tour. We started out at Stone Brewery, which has a beautiful garden area out back, and had an amazing lunch (especially the local clams w/ pancetta and the roasted garlic cheddar soup, made w/ Stone Ruination IPA - yum), then went on a tour led by Matt (who was a great guide; really funny).

After our tasting, Summer picked us up in a flashy black Navigator and took us to our next stop - Lost Abbey, just a few miles away. What a cool place - it's Stone's old brewery, and to be considered a "tasting room" rather than a "bar" under CA law, they don't have any chairs - but they do have a long counter, and some barrels w/ big grain bags on top that you can sit on if you like. They also have 2 bar cats lounging around.

The Lost Abbey tour, led by Sage, was one of the most interesting ones I've been on, and since we were a little short for time, Summer brought us several of the religiously named Lost Abbey beers to sample along the way. I believe we tried Devotion, Judgment Day (made w/ caramelized raisins), Lost & Found, and Red Barn Ale (made w/ ginger, orange peel, black pepper and grains of paradise - something like Allspice) - they were all Belgian style beers and each one was amazing. My husband had mentioned to Summer that he had tried the Angel's Share ale the week before at a beer tasting at Wine Steals and that it was incredible - it's aged in a freshly emptied bourbon or brandy oak barrel for a year, and sold in a 750 ml wine-size bottle for $30-40/bottle.

I love the story of the name, too - when whiskey is aged in oak barrels, a certain amount seeps into the oak and is lost for good - distillers in Kentucky refer to this as "the angels' share." This beer is never on the tasting menu, but Summer pulled some strings and somehow managed to get us each a taste - wow. We ended up buying two half bottles of the brandy-aged '09 ($15 each). If you want to try something totally different, I recommend getting a half bottle of the Angel Share to try, and I absolutely recommend the Brew Hop tour - thanks Summer!

Visited March 2011
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Redondo Beach, California
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“Brew Hop is the greatest way to experience the San Diego beer mecca”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

Class act company. Lars provided an outstanding tour of some of the best San Diego breweries - Stone, Lost Abbey/Port, and Alesmith. He was a great tour guide who provided lots of insights into the brewing industry, got us more than enough samples, and put up with our endless questions and nonsense.

Looking forward to doing it again soon. Give Lars or Summer a call and set up your tour today. Not to be missed.

Visited January 2012
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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“If you really dig beer you have to go.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2011

Like all the other reviews have said - top notch experience. For our tour it was just my fiancee and I (6 or more get a limo so you might want to keep that in mind) and Summer was our tour guide. She was awesome - very energetic, friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable about the microbrew scene in San Diego.

We were there on a business trip and decided to go on a whim - she made it happen on very short notice - although I'm sure she would appreciate a heads up if you know when you want to go. The beer was great at both places - Mission and Ballast Point - and the people were great to talk to. We got to have some very personal conversations with the brewers and they answered a ton of our questions.

We weren't really sure what to expect, but between the fact that you get to drink while you're riding around on the tour and drink more great beer once you get to your destinations, you have to go if you love beer. Highly recommended to anyone.

Visited June 2011
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“The Ultimate Beer Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2011

My brother was getting married and is a lover of micro beer so a tour of some of San Diego's finest breweries was in store. A friend of a friend recommended we try Brew Hop.

Summer and her staff were very professional to deal with when setting up the tour, answered all my questions, asked the right questions to make sure the tour was tailored correctly for the group, and overall just really nice people.

Brew Hop picked us up at our hotel and the tour began. Our first stop was Stone Brewing which had a magnificant facility, we were given a private tour, and then escorted to our own area for a private tasting. Brew Hop staff was very knowledgeable of the stone products and even got us some tastings of some special beers!

Next stop was Green Flash and included a personal favorite of mine the Imperial IPA. Green Flash is a smaller brewery compared to Stone but it was a cool place for us to visit and taste a wide variety of drinks.

Last stop was Port/Lost Abbey and by this time our group was having a lot of fun! They had a special release beer that day but I cant recall the name correctly. Port's location is the original home of Stone Brewery for all the micro brew history buffs!

Overall when looking for a tour go with Brew Hop, they have connections, take care of their customers, and as a group we had a total blast.

Visited March 2011
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Personalized tour for people serious about beer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2010

If you're serious about craft brewing and want to see what makes San Diego the premier destination for beer on the west coast, Brew Hop is the ticket. I joined up for a Thursday, midday trip to three breweries: Ballast Point, Lost Abbey/Port and Stone. Our tour guide was hooked up at the breweries. She knew everyone and everyone knew her. (A couple of the breweries weren't open for tours that day, but were to us). She tailored the tastings to our groups interests at each brewery and gave personalized tours at each location (Stone has a general tour which we took - but then our guide got us extra tastings). Pace of the tours was comfortable and professional. Unlike other tours offered in the city which are conducted on buses, this was more like having a really knowledgeable friend tour you around. The tour costs a little more but the access and flexibility are definitely worth it if you're into a custom experience.

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