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.

Granville Island Brewing, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I stopped in at Granville Island Brewing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  I tried a flight of four beers.  I tried the False Creek Raspberry Ale, Maple Shack Cream Ale, Infamous IPA and Lions Summer Ale.  I enjoyed the raspberry ale.  I was hoping my non-beer-drinker wife would also enjoy but she did not like it as much as I did.  I wanted more maple flavor in the maple cream ale – but I also realize most people don’t – so it’s me and not the beer.  Infamous IPA is very nice.  Lions Summer Ale had a nice fresh citrus flavor to it.  I enjoyed all of the beers.  Hope I get a chance to stop in again some day.

Steamworks Brewing Company, Vancouver, BC

I stopped in at Steamworks Brewing Company in Vancouver, British Columbia.  I enjoyed dinner there and a flight of four beers with my wife and a coworker.  The beers were delicious and so was the salad.  We all enjoyed our food and drinks.  The food service was really slow.  But they comp-ed our salads.  The Steak and Stilton Salad was really nice.  I enjoyed their Kolsch, Marzen,  Flagship IPA,  and Smash.  The Kolsch and Marzen were tasty but the Flagship IPA was my favorite.  It’s fresh and hoppy but not overboard.

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Olde Mother Brewing, Frederick, MD

I stopped in at Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, Maryland after the Maryland Craft Beer Festival.  My son and I had volunteered at the festival and then tasted some of the available beers.  Terry Lynn, a lemon vanilla cream ale offered by Olde Mother Brewing was one of the best beers there – in my humble opinion.  We also enjoyed their Impressionist IPA and Snarly Yow Coffee Porter.  These beers were so delicious we brought home a crowler of each!

Bolt Brewery, San Diego, CA

I stopped in at Bolt Brewery in San Diego, California on my way to the airport.  This was a great last stop.  I enjoyed the Mahi Tacos very much and they paired well with both the ESB and the Batch 24 IPA.  I enjoyed Bolt Brewery so much I also purchased a t-shirt to remember my time there.  And, I’m eager for my next visit to San Diego to return.  Great beer and great food.

Mission Brewery, San Diego, CA

I stopped in at Mission Brewery in San Diego, California.  Clearly, the Guava IPA was calling out to me from the tap list.  And it did not disappoint.  Mission Brewery is a long-standing well-known brewery in San Diego.  I actually had the opportunity to stop in years before this blog started.  Mission has been brewing west coat IPAs for years.  This Guava IPA is delicious with the clean, crisp hoppiness I expected with enough guava taste without being too fruity.  And, the tap room is really cool.  Much the same it was on my last stop.  In the old Wonder Bread building.

Knotty Brewing Company, San Diego, CA

I stopped in at Knotty Brewing Company – actually twice in one night – in San Diego, California.  I stopped in by myself and enjoyed the Tom Tom Blonde which was smooth and easy drinking.  Very nice beer.  Then I had dinner with a friend and we went back for another beer afterward.  That time I enjoyed Transfixed Irish Red.  Malty, sweet, delicious and tasty to drink.  Great beers and a neat place to stop in right in downtown San Diego.

True Respite Brewing Company, Rockville, MD

I stopped in at True Respite Brewing Company in Rockville, Maryland with my son-in-law for a beer and some time to talk.  I tried a few beers on the tap list and landed on Country Picnic.  This Belgian wheat ale is clean and crisp.  The ginger and coriander give it the crispness and its also slightly tart.  The brewery and tap room is new, fresh, and clean and just ready to be a gathering place for many thirsty locals and visitors.  The brewing equipment is clean and organized – clearly the work of engineers.  I’ll be looking forward to returning with friends and family in the future.