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December 18, 2014 @ 03:58 PM EDT
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Establishment: Fish Brewing Company / Fish Bowl Pub, Olympia, WA

I had the pleasure of getting to know Fish Brewing while working in Olympia this past year. Being from Chico, CA. and living in close harmony, and propinquity, with our own Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.,(I have a cot in the back), I have had the happy opportunity of being exposed weekly to the best of micros and brewpubs, and as a result, have come to expect a higher standard of brewing and brewpub excellence. Fish brewing was all of that and caused my ten months back and forth commute to be looked forward to with great anticipation.

The Fish Bowl is one of the friendliest brewpubs I have ever visited. The owner, Lyle Morse, is the most downhome brewery owner you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. He looks the part of a German Brewmeister with his rosy cheeks and happy disposition. Their food is excellent and organic.....great salads and daily specials...FYI, don't ask for french fries, they'll just shake their heads disapprovingly and then bring you another healthful salad. Several ales are a must try if you enjoy a big full-bodies elixir. The 10-2 Fish Tail Anniversary Ale was my favorite...Very big with 10% ABV so you will want to go in that direction with due diligence. Also the BarleyWine Style Ale deserves a word of caution. They also have a very good Amber which is useful as a chaser for the Leviathan. Travel Advisory, If you are anywhere within a 100 miles or so of Olympia, a stop at Fish Tail is a must. Great beers, great food, great hospitality and comfy interesting ambiance.....This place looks like what a traditional brewpub should look like. If you go in, ask for Lyle and tell him Dave from Chico says "Cheers ! Who knows, maybe he'll buy you a beer...He gets them at a deep discount I understand.


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Establishment: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA

I believe with great conviction that Sierra Navada Brewing Co. is the best of the best. I have the great pleasure of living in Chico and have always taken the phenominal quality and success of Sierra Nevada for granted, and a delightful fact of life. However, I recently completed a six-state business trip, and microbrew quality control odyssey, and as a result, will never take S/N for granted again. There are many good micro beers and ales and some excellent ones but only one "Nectar of the Gods"...AKA Sierra Nevada beers and ales. And as a bonus, the food is very good and the service is the best I know of anywhere. The larger restaurant and smaller brewpub areas both have that friendly ambiance which makes you want to stay awhile. My favorite ales are the hoppier, stronger selections which would include the much vaunted Celebration Ale, (a national gold medal winner many times over), the very hoppy, and VERY BIG, Harvest Ale and the ESP, (Extra Special Pale) which ranks among the best of the best. If you are ever within a few hundred miles of Chico, and are a true believer in the healthful, nutritious and spiritual benefits of a good microbrewed product, a visit to this brewery is a must.....Ask if Steve Dresler is around....He is the Master Brewer and also one of Sierra Nevada's best emissaries, and a true believer in traditional microbrewery hospitality. In fact it's getting toward the end of a long workday right now and happily I can be inside this mecca of microbrewing excellence within five minutes if I sign off right now. Ah, the joy of living in Chico.


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