Thursday, May 1, 2008

Downtown Brewing Company - SLO

This is a really cool place to watch a game on the weekends or maybe shoot some pool after work. It is located on the second floor of a building in downtown San Luis Obispo. The history of this place is somewhat interesting. According to the owner of Central Coast Brewing Company, Downtown Brewing Company had its assets liquidated, and Firestone-Walker Brewing Company bought the Downtown Brewing chain. Firestone's and Downtown's beers are completely different however. I would definitely recommend hitting this place up the next time you're in SLO.

  • Blueberry - As advertised, this beer starts off with a blueberry taste that fades to its wheaty base. This is overall a really good beer for people who don't like strong beers or are just starting out in the world of beer. Score: 5/10
  • Honey Blonde - This is also a very mild beer. You can taste a hint of honey, but the real impact of the honey is the way it smooths out the taste and thickens the beer slightly. I would also recommend this beer if you're not a person who likes strong beers but want something refreshing. Score: 5/10
  • Wheat - This is a beer for people who don't like the banana flavor of German wheat beers. This beer has a nice refreshing taste to it. I would say that this tastes almost identical to Pyramid's Hefe. Score: 4/10
  • IPA - This IPA has a straight forward hoppy flavor without the harsh aftertaste that is normally associated with IPAs. If a person wants to start broadening their horizons into IPAs from milder beers, I would definitely recommend this one to them. Score: 5/10
  • Reggae - This beers score might have suffered from the fact it came after the IPA, who's stronger flavor may be overshadowing it. This beer lacked flavor but did not taste watered down. Over all I wasn't that impressed with this beer, but I would not say it was bad by any means. Score: 4/10
  • Porter - This was a good standard porter that had hints of chocolate and charcoal. Score: 5/10

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