The Aliens recently beamed on over to Oceanside Ale Works for some good beer and good company. The exterior of Oceanside Ale Works looks similar to that of other San Diego breweries located in business parks, but when you walk in you immediately feel like you’ve stepped into a giant Man Cave! Strings of lights hang from the ceiling with a giant neon “Beer” sign above the bar and graffiti murals on the walls. Old Dairy Queen booths line up along a row of stainless steel brew tanks, a lazy boy and big comfy couch were set up on the other side of the tap room, and to our surprise were vacant and immediately tested for Alien comfort. They passed. Mingling with the flurry of happy customers was this extremely happy brew pup named Coco, whom received much praise and many pets. For a moment we became jealous of Coco, but then we remembered our mission, to drink beer.
Owner Mark Purciel may be one of the friendliest humans the Aliens have had the pleasure of meeting. He greeted us as though we had been friends for ages and did the same with his beloved customers flowing in and out of the bar. We noticed the beers on tap being served in plastic cups, yet another factor that played into the “chillin’ at your buddies house” vibe. Purciel explained to the Aliens that though the drafts are served in plastic cups, the tap room does have glassware for sale which can be brought back time and again for $1 off your beer! We left the beer decisions in Purciel and brewer Robert Paramore‘s hands.
First up was the Funk-n-Delicious Blueberry, a barrel aged lambic-style blueberry blonde ale that (as we were warned) tasted like a sour warhead candy. A huge gust of blueberry aroma hit us as soon as Purciel brought over the beers. At first sip, mouthwatering lactic acid hits the jowls with sweet blueberry rounding off the finish. This lambic style beer clocks in at 6.0% ABV and safe to say was a favorite among the bunch.
Next up was the Pegleg, a triple IPA aged in rye whiskey barrels for 6 months. The barrel aging process eliminated most of the hop bitterness in this beer, creating a honey sweet beer with a light dry finish. We sampled a taster of this 13% ABV beer and it’s safe to say those couches across the bar were looking pretty good once we finished.
Last but not least was the Saison aged in JPL Tequila Barrels. Being aged for only a few weeks the tequila played more of a background role, allowing some light spicy and floral flavors to shine through making a delightful finish to the sampling.
We thank our friends over at Oceanside Ale Works for opening their doors to the Aliens and sharing their wonderful brews!
Keep in mind that Oceanside Ale Works’ 10 year Anniversary is coming up May 28th! You won’t want to miss it!
- Insider tip! A bug is glossed into the wooden bar (made from parts of the Oceanside Pier). Find the bug and win a $1 off your beer!
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