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.

Cowtown Brewing Company, Fort Worth, TX

I stopped in at Cowtown Brewing Company in Fort Worth, Texas.  I enjoyed their barbecue very much and it paired nicely with both of the beers I tried.  Their Rhinestone Cowboy Kolsch was delicious, very drinkable and fresh!  Their The Last Kaiser Imperial Marzen Oktoberfest was rich and delicious, malty and hoppy.  I recommend a stop in here if you’re in the Fort Worth area.  Grab a beer and a bite.  Yee Haw!

City Steam Brewery, Hartford, CT

I stopped in at City Steam Brewery in Hartford, Connecticut for dinner and a beer.  It was pretty obvious that I needed to try the Naughty Nurse Amber Ale, their flagship.  And this beer did not disappoint.  A great blend of amber maltiness plus enough hop bite to make it interesting.  And it was delicious paired with their fish tacos.  I also tasted Jungle Crush IPA and Oktoberfest and enjoyed both beers.  I also love the vibe of this historic, restored location in downtown Hartford.  Very walkable from nearly any location downtown.  I welcome the opportunity to return to Hartford and stop in again.

Beyond the Pale Brewing, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I stopped in at Beyond the Pale Brewing in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Not only did I try a couple of beers, I also enjoyed the Jerk Chicken Taco which was delicious.  The Pink Fuzz Grapefruit Zest Wheat is a delicious beer.  I love grapefruit and this did not disappoint without being too grapefruity.  I also enjoyed The Rye Guy Rye IPA which was a nice pairing with the taco.  I ended with The Darkness Oatmeal Stout.  All great beers.

Kichesippi Beer Company, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I stopped in at Kichesippi Beer Company in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to try their beer.  They have so many styles which they do a great job of brewing.  Their friendly staff let me taste just about everything in the cooler.  WOW! I’ll cover two beers here.  First, the 1855 is an awesome amber – malty with a bite at the end.  Easy to drink and delicious.  Second, the Bristol Stout is so delicious that it’s the one I bought a can of to bring back to my hotel to enjoy late at night when catching up on work.  The stout is rich with flavors of coffee and chocolate and luscious sweetness.  Great beers from a great brewery.

Broadhead Brewing Company, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I stopped in at Broadhead Brewing Company in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for a beer.  There never seems to be enough ESBs for those of us who enjoy them.  So, naturally, I tried the Hammer and Tongs ESB.  Fabulous!  If I weren’t traveling by plane I would have grabbed some to take home.  Hope I make it back to Ottawa and can stop in again.  Proximity to the airport makes that pretty easy.

Pigskin Brewing Company, Gahanna, OH

I stopped in at Pigskin Brewing Company near Columbus, Ohio for dinner and a beer (well, a flight of beers, because I couldn’t decide).  Dinner included Tomato Soup and Buffalo Chicken Flatbread.  Both were delicious.  I enjoyed Undefeated IPA, Cream of the Crop Cream Ale, Highland Games Scottish Ale, and Passion Fruit Gose.  I enjoyed these beers.  The gose was my least favorite.  The cream ale is a light and easy drinking beer.  Tasty.  The Undefeated IPA is a solid IPA.  I very much enjoyed the Scottish Ale.  Malty deliciousness.