5 O'Clock Somewhere
By Chris O'Neal 07/25/2013
795 Camarillo Springs Road
There are a multitude of good brews to have throughout Ventura County. The trouble comes in choosing. With a glut of media attention being on the “confusion” at beer bars with bible-thick menus, fret no longer: Darryl’s Couch has 11 taps and, baby, they’re all good.
Darryl’s Couch is a hidden gem off Camarillo Springs Road in Camarillo, where only the brave tread. Formerly a dive bar for locals caught in the vortex that is Camarillo Springs, Darryl’s Couch is now a craft beer hot spot and is also often confused for someone’s house.
Plus, it’s the only place in town (as of this writing) to get the nerdiest beer in the world on tap, Stone Brewing’s Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout, a collaboration of Stone’s CEO Greg Koch, Fark.com founder Drew Curtis and Wil “Wesley Crusher” Wheaton. Brewed with pecans, wheat and rye and partially aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, the w00tstout comes in at a hefty 13 percent abv (alcohol by volume) and tastes like drinking a toasted vanilla marshmallow.
Darryl the man is a craft beer aficionado and, as any good craft beer aficionado would know, last week was Belgium’s Independence Day. In celebration, Darryl’s Couch offered up a few of Belgium’s finest, which, if you’re lucky, are still available.
Delirium Tremens, named after the good ol’ shakes, is a strong golden ale and a favorite import from Belgium. With a nose of spices and bananas, Delirium Tremens is a treat to be had, especially on tap, where it shines.
Another Belgian offering is the Duvel Moortgat Single, an easy-to-drink golden ale with hints of fruit and a tinge of sourness. Exceedingly refreshing, and a fantastic way to travel to Belgium without hopping on a plane.
Darryl’s Couch, the only place in town where one can have a rare craft brew alongside the elderly squabbling over cans of Miller Lite. It’s the crossroads between dive and hip, and yes, there is a couch.
Chris O’Neal is collecting bottles for a future bottle museum. Follow him on Twitter @agentoneal.