About I Stop For Hops

I’ve been blessed to be able to visit a number of breweries and brew pubs across the United States and have enjoyed many wonderful tours given by passionate brewers and have enjoyed many wonderful pints of great beer.  This blog is a simple opportunity for me to share my experiences with others who may be interested.  I hope you find something you enjoy.

Trans Canada Brewing Company, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I stopped in at Trans Canada Brewing Company  in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for a beer and their pizza (which had been recommended by several other folks at breweries in town.  Both the beer and pizza were amazing.  Their pizza is made ad Timmy Tom’s Pizzeria right inside the brewery.  Great marriage of pizza and beer.  I enjoyed the Fungi Pizza – mushrooms, herbs, smoked gouda, pancetta – WOW!

I paired the pizza with Amarillo IPA which was perfect.  The beer cut the richness of the pizza.  Absolutely delicious beer.  Hoppy and contrasting with the pizza.  Great combination.  I’d love to try other beer – pizza combinations here.

I also broke down and bought myself a touque – look that up my American friends – I should have bought one sooner because it was so cold here in Winnipeg.  And I bought a running shirt which I’ll need soon to burn off the winter calories.

Stone Angel Brewing Company, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I stopped in at Stone Angel Brewing Company in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Great beers, great people, great place.  I enjoyed Kaiser Bill IPA and Luther’s Folly Kolsch Blonde Ale.  Their IPA is an east coast IPA so its not overpowering with hops.  Very easy to drink.  Their Kolsch Blonds Ale is fabulous.  So smooth, full bodied and flavorful.  I wish I could get cans of this back home.  I enjoyed chatting with the owner and bartender and had a great time relaxing and enjoying just being there.

I also love the Martin Luther quote on the coasters and growlers.  If I weren’t traveling internationally I’d have purchased a growler to take home just for the quote.  Maybe some day they’ll have the quote on t-shirts and I can come back and buy one of those with another beer.

Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I stopped in at Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Their Jarpur Amber Ale was $5 for a pint so that determined my beer selection.  I wasn’t disappointed.  Smooth, malty goodness and warming on a very cold night.  I would have liked to have eaten  dinner here but had been tipped off to another location for dinner so I held off.  If I ever make it back to Winnipeg I’ll try dinner here.

Torque Brewing, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I stopped in at Torque Brewing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  I had a great conversation with Chris at the bar regarding the beer and brewery scene in Winnipeg.  He had a number of great recommendations for me to check out while in town.  While at Torque I just had to try the Burnin Love Cinnamon Red Ale.  It was a great beer for Valentine’s Day.  A solid red ale with enough cinnamon to make it interesting.  Chris also gave me a few red hots to drop in the beer or enjoy separately.  Nice touch.  Torque Brewing is a great brewery and well worth a stop when in Manitoba.

Calusa Brewing, Sarasota, FL

I stopped in at Calusa Brewing in Sarasota, Florida to sample their beer.  They had a great number of IPAs, making it difficult to pick just one.  However, after looking at the options I selected Mosaic Shake Double IPA with blueberries, vanilla and lactose.  I was NOT disappointed.  This is a strong beer with great hop bitterness which is tempered slightly with the blueberries.  My friend tried several other of the beers, some of which I tasted.  Great beers and a great place to stop.