Pints of Interest
001: Mt. Whitney Portal. July 24, 2011. Near Lone Pine, California. Sierra Nevada Summerfest Pilsner.
Mount Whitney Portal is the trail head for the Mount Whitney Trail, the most popular, and easiest, way to get to the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the Continental United States. Yes, that’s right. No, it’s not in the Rockies. Yes, I’m sure. Mt. Whitney sits at 14,505 feet (The USGS marker at the summit reads 14,494…but a more accurate reading has since been produced.), while Mount Elbert is only 14,440. Whitney beats Elbert by 65 feet.
The trail head is frequently stocked with outdoorsmen preparing to hike the trail, or just enjoying the beauty of Whitney Portal itself. There are only 60 permits given a day for access to the Mount Whitney Trail, and those permits are hard to obtain. There is a lottery and everything.
The beer at a small store near the trail head that carries hiking and camping supplies, as well as food and drink. They had options for beer, but I figured since I am in the Sierra Nevada, I had better get a Sierra Nevada beer. So I did just that. At 8,360 feet, my Mt. Whitney Portal beer is my highest beer to date!
[Proof Photo Forthcoming]
002: The Orange County Fair. July 27, 2011. Costa Mesa, California. Widmer Hefeweizen.
The Orange County Fair is the 9th largest fair in the country, in order of attendance. For the past three years, over 1,000,000 have visited the fair during it’s 23-day lifespan in late July and early August. And though no actual data supports the following, most people I’ve talked to consider that out of the San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura County Fairs, the Orange County Fair is the best. I personally have only been to the San Diego and Orange County Fairs, so my opinion isn’t that great…but 1,000,000 people in 23 days can’t be wrong.
Beer stands are scattered across the park, including a Beers of the World booth. I had been drinking Coors Light before I went to the fair, so I stayed away from beers that I might not like, as my stomach was full and if it wasn’t a tasty beer, it might have gone to waste. You can never go with a Hefeweizen. Had the Widmer…because it’s good.
This picture was taken in the fairgrounds in front of the Hangar, where the fair holds a concert every night during the 23 days it exists.