Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Going Yard in Orange County



Quick note from editor first.
While on a 10-day vacation ending earlier this week to Las Vegas and Southern California, I made an effort to sample as many beers as possible from as many different places as possible. This will be the first travel blog of a few from that trip.

I met up with a friend and took her to an Angel's game in Anaheim, CA. It was baseball and I had zero rooting interest in the two teams playing, so I was bored. I noticed plenty of advertising for Yard House and asked Shannon what it was. She told me it was a restaurant with 100 taps! We left after the fifth inning, and even missed a grand slam!

We drove to the Yard House location at the Irvine Spectrum, some kind of mall. I didn't know it at the time, but Yard House Tap Room is a chain with locations in roughly 10 states.

The amount of taps is impressive there. The quality of the taps at Irvine Spectrum location was pretty good. It did have a lot of BMC stuff on tap, but also a lot of craft selections. Since I was driving I had to limit myself. I started with Deschutes Black Butte Porter which quickly put a smile on my face.

I decided to order a sampler of 6 beers since I figured it was the best way to stay under the limit and be able to drive back to my hotel. I did not get to choose the beers, they were chosen for me, but I was given a 7th by request as I wanted to try Moose Drool Brown from Big Sky (it was great). Other than that, the selection was weak. Rasberry Cider, Shock Top (bud product), Harp (so unnecessary) and three average selections of their home brew. The bar tender saw I was unhappy and took the sampler off my bill without my asking.

I also had a great appetizer there, the Hawaiian Poke Stack. I was happy with the service and overall selection of beer and would return again. I would stay clear away from the sampler though. I think Yard House serves communities well that don't have a craft beer scene or a very small one.

Next week I will write about our experience going to the Green Flash Brewery tasting room....stay tuned!

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