What's the furthest you've ever traveled just to eat a meal? Thirty minutes? Maybe an hour?
Last month, on a regular ol' Monday, I drove 2h 45m to eat dinner.
Yeah, you read that right — nearly 3 hours!! It was by far the most amount of time I'd traveled for a meal. And I didn't even bundle my trip with another errand. After filling up my tum tum, I simply drove back home (only 2 additional hours) and went to bed.
So, you may be asking me via imaginary conversation: "Are you crazy, Jay? What the heck did you eat? And why make a 5-hour round trip on a freaking weekday?!"
Answer: this guy (see above).
If you're knowledgable of the San Diego beer scene (or maybe even craft beer on a national scale), you may have heard of Derek Gallanosa. Derek is the head brewer at Abnormal Beer Co. and is the beer curator at The Cork & Craft, one of San Diego's best new restaurants.
Derek also happens to be one of my best friends, which answers that last question you asked me in our imaginary conversation a minute ago.
For a long time he was inviting me to check out some sort of special dinner down at his brewery, but instead of saying "yes" I would put on a lame, pouty face and respond with "LA".
After missing the first dozen offerings, I finally made it a point to attend the 13th installment of the Abnormal Dinner Series, a monthly dinner event that features a multi-course menu with carefully thought-out beer pairings.
*All photography by Kim Marcelo. Click the links below any photo to see more of his beautiful work on his Instagram and website.