Missing Ventura….

I miss sitting in the backyard of my parents’ house in Ventura with my sisters as we watch our pups play together. Enjoying the California sun and sipping Chief Peak beer from Topa Topa. I miss running and surfing at C-Street. I miss hiking Arroyo Verde at sunset. I miss eating menudo on Sunday mornings. I miss a life that I created for myself out of necessity when COVID hit in March. A life that I thought I had outgrown and grew tired of four years ago when I decided to move to Washington State for something new at the tail end of a tough Saturn Return.

I returned to my apartment in the Seattle neighborhood of Capitol Hill and to my job as a Director at a school at the end of April. I have tried to pick up my life since COVID hit, but the difference from when I left-off to now in this “new normal,” makes it easy to romanticize the initial shelter in place moment of COVID. You miss what you can’t have and familiarity breeds contempt is at the forefront of my thoughts.

My younger sister thinks it’s only a matter of time until I return and maybe she is right. I do not know.

My First Beer Collective Meeting @ Topa Topa Brewery 

So what are the perks and benefits to joining a beer collective?

Join the Topa Topa Collective for exclusive info, events and offers on gear and beer. Plus, one percent of sales on pints from the collective go to the Los Padres Forest Watch to help preserve our local habitat. Our annual membership includes:

  • 4oz extra pour of beer in a 20oz collective only glass
  • 10% off all merchandise
  • Quarterly gatherings with the brewer and owners
  • Exclusive monthly newsletter
  • 2 Liter growler and first fill
  • Collective t-shirt
  • Topa Topa hat
  • Membership card
  • Patch and stickers
  • Annual renewal for $75

I signed up for this on whim, by myself, with the goal of meeting other people in my area that love craft beer just as much as I do. Also, a future goal of mine is to be able to combine my sales and account management experience/skills with my passion for craft beer and local breweries. I figured joining a beer collective, in addition to working towards a Cicerone beer-serving certification, are two steps in the right direction. Cheers!

Enjoying Chief Peak in 20 oz collective only glass,

What a beauty!

Topa Topa’s brewer (blue hat) answering questions about Topa’s brewing process- very knowledgeable and all around nice guy-.