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Many moons ago, in July, Kaitlin and I joined a group of the interns that were going on a day trip.  We heard “jelly belly” and “beer”.  We were in!  And we invited ourselves. 🙂

First stop was Jelly Belly, which apparently I didn’t take any pictures at.  We went on the tour, ate some samples, and bought some belly flops.  Ok, I bought some belly flops.  I couldn’t pass it up!  Plus, I was orders from people.

After that we went down the road to the Budweiser factory.  I was cool, though not as much of a tour as I was expecting.  Coors (in Colorado) definitely has them beat there.  But I will say, Bud has some awesome uses of lean manufacturing concepts in their plant.  Dad and Kevin have taught me well.  And I noticed nerdy things like that.  And I took pictures.  Which makes me even more of a nerd.  And deal with it, but I shared some with you below.  You’re welcome!

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Not pictured, unless you follow me on instagram (@camontague), was a stop at Lagunitas in Petaluma.  Real beer stop #1.  Good beer.  Really good beer.  Where “Speer beaks.  Meople pumble.”  If you’re in Northern California, or can get it (any of it) where you are, do it!  You’re welcome.

After Laugunitas, we drove a little further to Russian River Brewing for brews and dinner.  The wait for dinner (pizza) was looooonnnnnnggggg.  I suggest calling ahead, which I didn’t know you could do or else we would have done that about oh, 2 hours before getting there.  But the beers, all 15 or so that they make and were on tap, were good.  Even the ‘sour’ beers, though interesting, were good.

By the way, disclaimer for those wondering, I drove from about the beer tasting/drinking portion of the day and on.  Personally, I had samples/sips of what others got.  We were safe and responsible all day.  And we had fun!

At one point Kaitlin and I went to the cars to put away some stuff that we were tired of carrying.  Like the cupcakes we got from Sift! But we passed this little patch of a yard and I yelled at her to jump in.  The lighting was great, the colors were fun.  Why not!!?

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After not eating til about 8:30/9ish.  Or maybe it was later.  Then letting the “kids” (aka interns, youngins, college students) have their last sips of liquid, we called it a night.  And still had 3 hours to drive home.  Needless to say, I was ready to sleep by about 1:30 when I crashed in bed.  But boy was it a good day!

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