Tuesday 30 November (part 2), Santa Monica
On my second version of this day, fly into Los Angeles airport and stay at Santa Monica, the LA beach. It has a splendid pier (shrimps for lunch) and lovely boardwalks, along which we walk to Venice Beach. Then watch the stunning sunset with a pint of locally brewed Humboldt Brown Hemp Ale (their take on Newcastle Brown?). And then back into town for dinner and a half of Stone Smoked Porter. Both very impressive, need a US beer trip now. Score: Trip days 27 Beers drunk 41
Wednesday 1 December, Santa Monica
Explore near Beverly Hills (including the shop 'To Wag For') then to the airport while watch sun setting on the mountains, the Sierra Nevada, drink a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - and a Monteith's Original, for old time's sake, as it were (sure I must have had that before?) Score: Trip days 28 Beers drunk 42
Thursday 2 December, Newcastle upon Tyne
We land at Heathrow, which is utter chaos, so give up and get train home through the snow. Lovely! Reach into beer stocks and come up with a bottle of Westerham Brewery William Wilberforce Freedom Ale - somehow this seems appropriate. Final score: Trip days 29 Beers drunk 43
Speight's Distinction was a real find, but my favourite was Monteith's Winter Ale - I was lucky to get one, as we hit a heatwave. Until next time, then, cheers!