Second night in the States and we headed off towards the Gaslight District, San Diego for something to eat and drink. This is a great little area that has an endless number of places to visit. One of the things I liked was that the hostesses standing out the front with a menu do not get in your face and they wait for you to show interest or ask questions before they start on selling the restaurant.
Anyway, we had a good walk around checking things out, i.e. which places have a lot of people and which are not so well patronised, and settled on a chain favourite the House of Blues. This was not the first HOB we have visited so we knew what to expect and weren’t disappointed – I love the jambalaya and this was probably the best (and I really like their corn bread). But what made this an also good night was that it was local night where they showcase local bands in the Voodoo Lounge and showcase a local brewery across the bar – Local Brews and Local Grooves they call it. Tonight it was the Green Flash Brewing Co. and a few bands – A Fist Full of Blue and Special Delivery were two sets we watched.
Green Flash Brewing Co. is a craft brewery that specialises in brewing assertive and distinctive beers, several of which have won awards. Those on sample across the bar were the West Coast IPA and the Hop Head Red (a red IPA) – I hope they were the names as I am only going off memory.
I’m not really a big fan of the hoppiness of the IPA but why drink something I can get back home in Australia (e.g. Bud or Miller). So I gave them both a go. The first was the West Coast IPA, which is described on their website as a multi-dimensional hop experience. I didn’t mind it and found it quite drinkable. It was easy on the palate with a bit of a citrus flavour. I don’t know if it was the best beer to have with the jambalaya so next I tried the Hop Head Red and decided to stick with that. I don’t remember having too many red IPAs before so this was a different experience. I do enjoy a red ale but maybe my palate is not as seasoned to the IPA flavour. This was maybe hoppier than the more traditional IPA and has several hops to overtake what the website describes as the rich caramel malt base (which maybe I would like to have not been overtaken). But I do like the next comment – “To add luscioushop flavours and enticingy floral hop aromas, we dry-hop the brew with bucket loads of Amarillo hops.”
Caroline tried something else but not sure what that was, except it came with a twist of orange. If you are a fan of the IPA I think you would enjoy sampling what is on offer from the Green Flash Brewing Co., if you don’t then you will most likely give them a go but like me, I probably won’t be picking up a six pack.
Considering this, my rating is very subjective but I have settled on a 2.5 out of 5.