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Recently a friend asked me if I’d ever been in AleSmith’s secret bourbon barrel aged tasting room. The hair on the back of my neck tingled and my eyes opened wide. What?! AleSmith has a secret tasting room for bourbon barrel aged beers?! The answer is yes, they do. It’s tucked away and 99% percent of patrons don’t even know it’s there. The room is hidden around a corner and off to the side with a rather camouflaged door that looks more like a wall.
How to Find the Hidden Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer Tasting Room
When you walk into AleSmith’s tasting room at the new brewery (9990 AleSmith Ct in San Diego just off of MiraMar Rd.) you’ll see the beautiful brass colored columns with big glass windows behind them looking into the brewing area.
Walk halfway into the tasting room and look to your right. You’ll see a short hallway with walls that look like they’re made from old pallets. There will be an old bourbon barrel in the hall way. Look at the wall carefully and you’ll an iron handle. Walk over, grab the handle, open the door and you’re in bourbon barrel aged beer heaven.
San Diego is arguably the worlds number one craft beer city. We are a city of people that know and love craft beer. This is where you will find the true beer connoisseurs.
On December 26 2015 Leticia successfully made the life transition from girl to young woman by celebrating her quinceanera at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in the Logan neighborhood of San Diego.
Leticia was surrounded by friends and family for her birthday celebration. As seen above, she is pictured with her Chambelanos, or her male escorts.
Leticia’s chambelanos, Damas, friends and family enjoyed riding in the luxurious and rugged H2 Hummer limo.
Thank you for choosing A Plus Limos, Leticia. We look forward to seeing you at your graduation and your wedding.
Thank you Abigail for trusting A Plus Limos for your most important birthday. We hope to see you gain in the future for your wedding!
Kilowatt Brewing is San Diego’s newest brewery and just a few weeks old as long-time home brewers Steve Kozyk and Chris Calva decided to turn pro. Steve’s many years of experience as a lighting designer for nightclubs are put to use in Kilowatt’s space at 7576 Clairemont Mesa Blvd between Ruffner and Convoy.
The lighting makes quite an impression especially in the evening. The bar is illuminated by a video display that projects a pleasing waves of soft blue light. But this bar-top light show is programmable, so on different nights the bar might project different colors. If your not into beer, the lighting alone is worth a visit. Lighting really does set a mood.
As a craft beer enthusiast, what I find most interesting about Kilowatt is its size and newness. If you are interested in what it takes to start a nano-brewery from scratch, these guys have done it very recently. At most breweries, you don’t get closer to the beer than this. The home brewer turned pro brewmaster, Chris Calva can be found serving up his pride-and-joy from behind the bar nightly. All the beers are quite good, but IMHO, the Vanilla French Oak Amber is a real winner.
Stop in can give these new entrepreneurs your support and get a little taste of a great new brewery. Tasters are only $1.50 each and well worth the price. If you are considering a brewery tour in San Diego, call A Plus Limos and include Kilowatt as one of your stops.
Follow these tips to ensure a worry-free special event.
Tip 1: Avoid Limousine Brokers.
Limousine brokers do not own limos. They book your order and then sell or “farm out” your job an actual limousine company. Problems can be difficult to resolve when you don’t know who you’re dealing with. Who is at fault? The broker? The limo company? To whom do I complain? Is the limo company being paid enough by the broker to really care about my event? A Plus Limos NEVER brokers limo services.
Tip 2: Check Licensing, Bonding, Insurance.
All limousine companies must be licensed in their respective State and bonded or insured by a private insurer. You can see a copy of our license here. Typically, you can check the State’s website to verify license and insurance status. Here is the link to California’s PUC which regulates limo services.
Tip 3: Ask For A Drug Screening Certificate.
Many States, including the State of California require commercial drivers and chauffeurs submit to random drug testing. The private testing company issues a certificate when a limo company participates in the program. Ask to see the certification. You can see a copy of our certification here.
Tip 4: Ask To See Your Specific Limo.
As I stated earlier in this article, limo brokers do not own any limos at all. True limousine companies typically own between 1 and 4 limos. Most limo companies broker out jobs when their own limousines are booked or when you request a specific type of limo they do not own. Some limo companies have beautiful photos of new limos on their website. Unfortunately, many times these limos do not exist in their fleet. Ask to see your exact limo before you book to ensure you are getting a clean, well-maintained, luxurious and comfortable limousine.
Tip 5: Don’t Let Price Be Your Determining Factor.
There’s a wide range of quality in the limo services business. Bargain limo companies buy our old limos when we determine they no longer meet our standards for luxury. Limousine service is not the place where you should to try to save money.
Tip 6: Get A Written Limo Rental Agreement.
Your written contract should include:
a) Cost per hour(e.g. $100 per hour) or for group of hours(e.g., 6 hours for $500)
b) Approximate number of service hours
c) Cost for each additional hour of overtime
d) Is a deposit required to book? How much? Is my deposit refundable?
e) Does this rate include chauffeurs tip? Am I expected to tip? At what percentage?
f) Pick up time and address
g) Destination address and approximate time of arrival
h) Special service requirements such as assisting disabled passengers, business signage, decorations,etc.
We would also like to suggest you include in your contract:
1) License plate number of specific hired limousines
2) Limousine service will not broker or “farm out” your job unless there is an unavoidable event, i.e., the limo you selected was recently damaged or experienced mechanical failure.
What Could Go Wrong If I Choose A Broker or Bargain Limo Service
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Airport Limousine Service to Lindberg Field, Palomar Airport, Brown Field and Gillespie Field
A Plus Limo offers luxury airport service to all airports in the San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles service area. We’re happy to pick you up at your home or airport anytime, no matter how early or how late. We can take you straight home, to a business meeting, to your hotel or restaurant of your choice. Of course, we'll take care of your bags.
You might be considering taking an airport shuttle or airport taxi. Well, consider that choice carefully. After a long business trip do you really want to share a shuttle with that loud taking guy or a crying babiy? And those taxis are no better with their filthy seats and rude drivers.
Did you choose economy airport parking? Lindbergh Field has too many offsite parking lots to mention or remember. You’ve been out of town all week; can you find your parking ticket? Which lot did you choose this time? Wrestling the bags, the kids, the colleagues, your own fatigue…is there a better way? Leave all of these airport problems behind. A Plus airport limousine service will wait for you at baggage claim and we'll be happy to handle your luggage. And remember, never hire a livery service without checking our limo rental tips page.
Thank you to our newest clients, Michael and Mimi for choosing A Plus Limos for their wedding day luxury transportation needs. In keeping with Chinese tradition, the Groom comes to the bride’s home with offerings of food. Next, we took the wedding party on a playful trip to San Diego’s Balboa Park.
Friends Gather For a Brewery Tour in America’s Finest Beer City
When friends, who also happen to be nationally known beer experts gather for beer tour they trust A Plus Limos to choose breweries well. Back in August 2014 a group of Beer Bloggers came to San Diego for a blogger’s conference and we took them on a brewery tour including well-established breweries and up-and-comers.
Michael Puente and Robert Vega were the hosts.
The first stop was Societe in Kearny Mesa which is well know for their Belgians and their IPAs.
Our second stop was at White Labs, the world’s most trusted supplier of brewer’s yeast to the craft beer industry. Here, I thought these guys were gonna loose their minds like kids on Christmas day!
Our third stop was at Alesmith, one of San Diego’s most sophisticated breweries known for their deep, complex brews and their well appointed trophy case.
Our fourth stop was at Council Brewing, an up an coming brewery that is getting more buzz than just about any new brewery in the San Diego market.
The last stop of the night was at my personal favorite, Benchmark Brewing in Grantville near Kaiser Hospital and the Old San Diego Mission. Benchmark is known for their ability to brew sessionable beers (low alcohol) with all the flavor of a higher alcohol beer.
San Diego’s Holiday Tradition Turns 37
Friday and Saturday December 5th and 6th
Formerly known as Christmas on the Prado, December Nights is now in its thirty sixth year of bringing thousands of San Diegans to our beloved Balboa Park. Organizers expect more than 350,000 people to attend this year’s two day event. To put that number in perspective, Qualcomm Stadium has a capacity of 71,000 people. While 350,000 people might seem like an impossible number, rest assured the organizers are well, um organized and they make this a fantastic event not to be missed. However, parking is a problem, so please take public transportation (or a limo!).
Many of the museums, but not all will be open and with free admission from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. There’ll be a ton of food vendors and midway-style carnival games so you won’t go hungry or wanting for activities. Street fair type craft booths, live music concerts and dance performances will grace the Organ Pavilion. Cottages at the Houses of Hospitality will be open with each cottage displaying their respective country’s holiday traditions.
There’s a few off-the-beaten path venues you don’t want to miss including Centro Cultural de la Raza (Mexican Cultural Center) and the World Beat Center both located on Park Ave across from the old Navy Hospital. Spanish Village artists studios in the NorthEast corner of the park near the zoo, and San Diego Junior Theatre.
I’m not sure if they have a craft beer garden. If not, maybe you and I should open one!