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.

Nine Band Brewing Company, Allen, TX

I stopped in at Nine Band Brewing Company in Allen, Texas.  i had heard about this place last night at Lockhart Smokehouse.  Lockhart Red Ale is brewed by Nine Band Brewing.  I also learned later this evening that the beers featured at Two Row Grill are also brewed by Nine Band Brewing.  The most unique beer i had tonight was the Candy Corn Scream Ale.  This is a cream ale, which can often be sweet, with extra sweetness and flavor of candy corn.  It was pretty sweet but also tasty.

Legal Draft Beer Company, Arlington, TX

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I stopped in at Legal Draft Beer Company in Arlington, Texas.  I enjoyed a great flight of beers.   Nowhere But Texas is a solid lager.  Easy drinking.  Smash and Grab is a solid IPA and Hazeas Corpus is a solid Hazy IPA.  Amicus is a really nice Mosaic IPA.  Old Fashioned Justice is a barrel aged IPA.  I’ve had a lot of barrel aged beers.  Yeah, this one is special.  Really special.  Tartfeasor is a nice Berliner Weisse.  Tart.  Crisp. Clean.  Backberry Tart is a really nice Radler with juice and beer – reminds me of the Radler in Munich.  Summer Recess is a Grapefruit Shandy – also gives me the Radler feel – yum – makes me want to cycle 20 miles and come back for more.   Lawktoberfest is a vey smooth malty Oktoberfest – would be great with pretzels – etc.  Legal Holiday is a dark spiced ale and feels right for cooler evenings.  Exhibit M is even richer and a nice dessert replacement.  Yummy Imperial Stout.

Dirt Farm Brewing, Bluemont, VA

I stopped in at Dirt Farm Brewing in Bluemont, Virginia.  To be fair, the stop was after another stop at Bluemont Winery with my family and the winery was our main agenda item for the day.  The brewery was a convenient afterthought.  We did enjoy some tacos and wings from their food truck.  Their beers were tasty, with Oktoberfest being our favorite.  It is a rich, smooth, malty beer.  Perfect for the cool fall weather.