So, trekked my way up to the Grand opening of Belching Beaver’s new brew house and tap-room in Oceanside. I do mean trekked, I took the train to the College station and walked a mile up Avenida Del Oro to their location at 1334 Rocky Point Dr., Oceanside.
They have had a soft opening earlier in the month, but this was the official grand opening. I had hoped to get there early and avoid the crowds (there was no avoiding the crowds)
There was already a line for beer out the door when I got there. They should have had one bartender handling the line and the rest helping people seated or coming up for refills. Still, everything got handled.
To accompany the grand opening they brought out a new American Blonde Sour, called batch 1. Created by Peter Perricone the beer was aged in French oak wine barrels for 9 months on a pound per gallon of raspberries. This is only available at the Oceanside location and extremely limited.
I loved this Sour ( Sours are my new jam ). Light perfect hot weather beer. I bought a bottle as a special occasion beer…which did not make it to Monday:)
Also at the grand opening were the delightful and talented women of So Rich Chocolates.
So Rich Chocolates specialize in making handcrafted chocolates specifically to pair with beer, wine, and spirits. You will find them at local breweries and wine events throughout north county. In fact, they will be at Stone Brewing’s anniversary party Aug. 19th 20th for a chocolate and cigar pairing. It’s sold out, so if you managed tickets say hello and try some of their delicious creations.
Owners Jona Nilson and Toni Howe both come from culinary backgrounds working in confectionary. They met while Toni was working for Le Creuset and started up a craft chocolate business based out of Vista, Ca.
Said owners and chocolatiers.
I am not a huge sweets person, yet I can appreciate great chocolate when I come across it due to talking and learning from talented Chefs like Beau Bonham, and Christine Loyola, as well as working for a major confections company in my 20s. These ladies are legit.
Chocolate knows no age barrier.
White Chocolate Salted Honey Caramel Truffle. Made to pair with double and triple IPAs. I also recommend their Cucumber Melon truffle.
My to go purchase, two dark chocolate ginger, and two dark chocolate raspberry truffles.
1334 rocky Point Dr., Oceanside
@ north county breweries and wine events near you.
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