We recently rode in our second two-day Grand Cru ride from San Francisco to Petaluma and back to visit Lagunitas Brewing and other breweries along the way.
We rode out from the Embarcadero through North Beach towards the Golden Gate Bridge loaded with supplies and camping gear.
The obligatory shot of the Golden Gate Bridge from Chrissy Fields
Our first stop was Iron Springs Pub and Brewery in Fairfax. I had a Kent Lake Kolsch. I was a little surprised to not receive it in a Kolsch glass.. but getting it this way probably meant more beer for me.
A flight of beers from Iron Springs
We rode off from Fairfax, to climb White Hill
Then we rode through Nicasio. Beautiful green hills, blue skies and cows.
The group, riding along Nicasio Valley Rd
It’s It at the Cheese Factory. I was looking forward it all morning.
Rolling out after a short ice cream break
Petaluma – The Willowbrook Ale House. Had a really good burger lately? … With fries?
We saw the remnants of a police chase and car crash from our campground.
We headed to Lagunitas Brewing and got a flight.
At the bottom of the glass: “BEER SPEAKS”
This dude had a 4 wolf moon t-shirt. And a 3-wolf belt buckle.
A great burger… with fries! I wasn’t even hungry. I just got it because I had to.
This is Bud, rocking the mic.
Poor Eric – his tent was broken. Looked more like a bivy.
Dog outside of the bathroom
Aeropress coffee with Scarlett City Roasting beans. We had the Nicaragua Los Papales. (It was fine as a strong aeropress brew but at home, I find the beans to be slightly boring.)
We had brunch at Henny Penny’s before heading back south to San Francisco. In searching for information about this place online, I learned that in 2003, the owner of the restaurant was robbed in his home and died of a heart attack during the robbery. 9 of the 10 suspects in the robbery have been arrested..
Back to lighter stuff – this chili pepper sauce has the YouTube logo on it. I don’t know why. Apparently they have a lot of YouTube videos, including this one that ends with 1) a guy spinning a box of hot sauce bottles 2) a different guy kissing a hot sauce bottle
We all headed south to Novato to stop by Moylan’s Brewery. Most of the group stayed there and then stopped by Marin Brewing before catching the ferry back to San Francisco. We elected to ride all the way back to the city. Once we got back, we rewarded ourselves with a burger and onion rings at Gott’s. and a white pistachio shake.
May 9th, 2012
Here are a few pictures taken during Tour de Biere 2012, a ride we put together via The Grand Cru that raised money for the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and visited multiple East Bay breweries. There aren’t bikes in these; they’re from our ride up Market St in Oakland. I’ve posted pictures of the bikes, beer, and riders on this Grand Cru page.
The Boys and Girls Club of Oakland
El Taco Panzon Taqueria in West Oakland. They are no longer open. Yelp reviews are here.
February 17th, 2012
Taken en route to Las Vegas:
Trailer at Super K Market, Boron, CA
October 20th, 2011
Some photos from the sold-out Waterbar Oysterfest 2011
I believe these are fried oyster sliders from Farallon?
House-made chinese sausage, oyster on a lettuce leaf by Prospect
a white fixie/single speed with a fatted calf sticker was parked outside
Epic roasthouse served a cornmeal-fried oyster with a slice of beef on a chive-buttermilk biscuit topped with.. I don’t remember. It was delicious though – my favorite bite of food there.
the woman in the black shirt was the oyster eating contest winner – 73 in 3 minutes!
and there was a feast afterwards – corn, potatoes, shrimp, mussels and clams with half a lobster
holy crap this was so good. trying to remember its contents: a crumby crust with an espresso-chocolate mousse topped with a layer of caramel mousse topped with vanilla whipped cream, caramel corn, and chocolate
view of the bay bridge from waterbar
September 7th, 2011
I was able to make a quick visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium last month. It was pretty awesome and the staff are super-nice (thanks Casey and everyone else!)
Here are a few shots from the Open Sea exhibit and the giant Mola Mola sunfish.
September 6th, 2011