Dale Brothers, Claremont Craft and ROK
It took me a while to get around to trying the breweries. Turns out there are three within easy walking distance of the colleges. The third, Rok House Brewing, I only got to on my last night.
One of the gating factors was food. None of the 3 breweries I visited had a restaurant. They did advertise when a food truck would be present. I need food in order to help absorb the beer!
I arrived in Claremont Tuesday night and it is a testament to the wonders of Back Abbey that I did not get to Dale Brothers Brewery until Sunday. People had told me that Clearmont Craft had the better beer but it made sense to walk the the furthest one, Dale, first.
Above are two shots of the same first flight. You can even read the names of the beers! They had a couple of sours. I thought the beer was very good. I probably liked it better than the selection at Claremont Craft. You will note that I am at a picnick table outside. It was a fairly hot day. I had to stop in at the local gas station on the way to get the water bottle you see. After riding with Coates that morning, and walking the 2 miles here, I was definitely needing the water! In the first picture you can see in the backgroud a man leaning over. He is working on the food. It is barbecue and not quite ready yet. I jumped the line. Went over and paid before they were open so that my food would come sooner rather than later.
Not the most healthy but then after riding for 2 hours plus I was not worried about a few calories.
Note also the rare but not unique appearance of my book. It is Chance by Joseph Conrad. It is a little worse for wear. It has been on many trips. I started it again in Cancun. In fact, I did not read a single page of it on this Claremont trip! I don't think I have ever finished it but I find it a great dinner and night time companion on trips. I guess I will soon have to buy another copy!
Now onto Claremont Craft Brewery.
Good selection of beers. Note that you get 6 here instead of 4. I loved the fruit and cucumber plate from the food truck. It was sunday afternoon and everyone had children and dogs! with them. This brewery had a lot more people and a lot more social space. The man selling the food even came over to look at the label in the back of my Hawaiian shirt. (Sorry, NOT vintage.)
I took a second trip out to Dale Brothers Wednesday night.
This time you get to see the bar. Sorry I can not give an authoritative run down on the beers. I was impressed with the selects at both locals. They would have a good double IPA and then some interesting sours, stouts, etc. Gruits still have not made it to Claremont but they should be seen soon.
These next pictures are from Clearmont craft.
The food truck tonight was more Mexican. I had this salsa and the young lady brought me wonderful Ceviche samples that I woofed down before the camera could catch them.
The above four are from the 3ed Brewery in this area. Rök House Brewing Company. Just 10-15 minutes walk from the others but a little more burred in an industrial park and therefore harder to find. The beer was fine, maybe not as good as the other two. I finally got a picture of a beer list!