Today Skylar and I woke up and had plans to spend the day in Anaheim to get out of town and have a date day. All morning I was sitting around in anticipation of Monkish possibly releasing a new canned beer. As we were getting ready, we saw the anouncement post and started heading down in that direction.
Once we got there, the line was already over 200 people deep. Skylar dropped me off to get in line while she ran to 7/11 for some water, a car wash, and then to park the car. When she got to back to Monkish, she got in line for the tasting room to grab us beers while I waited for the cans. We got cans of their Smarter Than Spock and tried it on tap, as well as their Lessons is Learned IPA. After we finished our beers we headed straight to the Anaheim Packing District.
Before we got there we told ourselves we would branch out from what we normally do at the packing house, so the first place we decided to try was Urbana, which is a Mexican Gastronomy & Bar. Skylar had their Paloma and I tried their Spicy Margarita, trying to branch out a little and have something other than beer. We also ended up ordering something small to eat, their Queso Fundido a melted queso oaxaca with chorizo and served with small handmade tortillas. It was so good! We love chorizo! After that we headed to Hammer just upstairs.
Skylar was craving another cocktail and it looked like this was the place to go for one so we checked out the menu. She ordered the From Russia With Love, which she loved. I tried a few sips and it wasn't too bad.
From there we ended up at our usual spot, Iron Press. They have a menu focused on savory waffle sandwiches, plus always a great selection of beers. We ordered a small flight to split of Bottle Logic's German Chocolate Cake Stout, Bottle Logic's Boysenberry Berliner, Unsung Brewing's Simcoe Pale, and Noble Ale Works' Tongue Tickles. We've had some of these before and knew we liked them already. Overall they were pretty good, but our favorite was definitely the Boysenberry Berliner. And we had to order something off the menu so we tried their Fried Pickles that were made with sweet pickles. I loved them, but Skylar wasn't a huge fan.
Pretty much after we finished up snacking, we met our friends Jasmine and Donny here. While Skylar and Jasmine were in the bathroom, they over heard from a former employee that the hidden speakeasy was open to the public in the afternoons and gave them a hint on how to get in. After a little research, Skylar figured it out where the hidden "door knob" was and we were able to get in.
The Blind Rabbit was something completely unreal for all of us! Walking through a hidden door in a wall display that lead to a bar! It was so dark in there that we could barely take a picture. We all ordered craft cocktails (except for me, I stuck with beer). Their creativity didn't stop with just the entrance to the speakeasy, their check book was made of an old library book. It was awesome and super creative. After we paid and headed out, they make you leave through another book shelf, which is pretty awesome. As we walked back into the Packing House everyone stared at us, wondering where we had come from.
We didn't really know where to go from there so we just kind of wandered. I heard about a new brewery that had opened up just across the street called Unsung Brewing. So we decided to take a stop and check out what it was like.
It had an awesome comic book vibe to the entire tasting room. Their beers weren't too bad either. We even ended up taking home a small souvenir, a wooden coaster with a bottle opener on the bottom. From there Donny and Jasmine headed home, but we wanted to stay and explore the brewery more. It had a really awesome vibe to it. Outside they had seating made from wheelbarrows around fire pits, an old-fashioned car, and walls made of glass bottles. We played around on their cork wall before heading back to the Packing District.
Since this was the trip that we had decided to branch out, we had to make one last stop before leaving. We had been dying to try Popbar, which is like a build-your-own popsicle. We got a green tea bar, drizzled with white chocolate and then sprinkled with pistachios. It was one of the best things we've ever had.
After that it was just about time for dinner and we were so excited to go to the new Beer Belly location in Long Beach, which happened to be on the way home. As we arrived to the building we noticed that there was another familiar looking place next door. It was Beachwood Blendery, which we have both been dying to visit. We couldn't not stop and try something. So we shared a quick flight while enjoying the ambiance of the tasting room before heading to dinner.
The new Beer Belly location probably couldn't have been any better. The entire place looked amazing, down to every detail. It reminded you of the K-Town location, but it also had a new look to itself. The food menu was pretty much the same, but now with the introduction to cocktails. Skylar ordered a shandy and I ordered Noble's Codependent, which is one of their juicy IPAs. Our food finally came and it was amazing as usually. I got my normal, which was their Buffalo Blue Cheese Buffalo Wings and Skylar ordered their burger with a side of duck fat fries. We could barely finish half of our food from snacking all day, but left room for some dessert. On the way home we stopped by Cold Stone, just before we finally got to see our frenchie, Porter!