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.
I stopped in at Intrinsic Brewing in Garland, Texas. The only barbeque they had left was sausage. It was delicious. The sides, baked beans, creamed corn, and cole slaw, were also delicious. I asked the bartender for a beer recommendation to pair well with the food and he suggested their Octoberfest. The beer was good. A great end to a long day.
I stopped in at Lakewood Brewing Company in Garland, Texas. Based on the bartender’s suggestion I tried Temptress and Peanut Butter Temptress. Both of these were delicious. Rich. Smooth. Complex. Sweet. I also tried Lemonale which is really refreshing. The Artsy Tartsy Guava is also tart and tasty. Really great beers!
And these lighted mosaics of water, barley and hops are really cool!
I stopped in at Bitter Sisters Brewing Company in Addison, Texas. In reviewing the tap list my eyes went right to the Hissy Fit Marzen Lager which the bartender said was an award winning beer and I can see why. This is a smooth and delicious beer. I’m glad I stopped in!
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.
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.
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.
I stopped in at Lead Dog Brewing in Reno, Nevada and really enjoyed the Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout. Great tap room and great beer. Although I had it early in the evening I was thinking it would make a great dessert beer.
I stopped in at The Depot Craft Brewery & Distillery in Reno, Nevada with a group from work for a family style dinner. We held a long evening meeting over dinner. I enjoyed a flight of their beers during dinner. The Burner Pilsner was smooth and crisp. The Rodeo Queen Raspberry Sour was just how it sounds. Sour and full of itself. The food and beers and atmosphere were all great.
I stopped in at IMBIB Custom Brews in Reno, Nevada. This brewery was recommended earlier in the day from another brewery I visited. The recommendation was that i I liked sours i needed to stop here. I had tastes of a few and landed on the Cucumber Key Lime Nevada Weisse. This is a great sour beer. Loved the lime flavor. Tart. Refreshing.
I stopped in at Occidental Brewing Company in Sparks, Nevada. Their festbier is a nice smooth malty beer perfect for Octoberfest.