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.

Smog City Brewing Company, Los Angeles, Ca

I stopped in at Smog City Brewing Company in Los Angeles, California.  Unable to decide on a specific beer I went with a flight.  Good decision!  Coffee Porter is tasty – coffee – medium dark – smooth – rich.  Kumquat Saison is fruity but not too fruity – slightly tart – easy to drink.  White Peach Saison is tart, sour, delicious. Sabre-Toothed Squirrel hoppy amber is smooth with a bite!  and Smog City IPA is a solid IPA.  Great breadth of beers.  Tap room also has great vibe.

Hop Nuts Brewing, Las Vegas, NV

I stopped in at Hop Nuts Brewing in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I really enjoyed this spot.  Unlike many Las Vegas breweries, where you still get the vibe with slot machines, etc. this felt more like a brewery atmosphere.  Chill.  Their Passion Fruit Sour was really tasty.  Crisp.  Fresh.  Light. I loved it and enjoyed relaxing and drinking it and taking in the experience in this little brewery escape from Las Vegas.

Terre Haute Brewing Company, Terre Haute, IN

Being in one of the first nine commercial breweries in the U.S. and the second oldest at that was quite an honor.  I stopped in at Terre Haute Brewing Company in Terre Haute, Indiana for lunch and a beer.  Their Barbacoa Tacos were outstanding and quite meaty.  Two tacos was plenty for lunch for me.  Their The Local Golden Ale was very drinkable and paired well with the tacos.  Great beer and food!

Turoni’s Pizza and Brewery, Evansville, IN

I stopped in at Turoni’s Pizza and Brewery in Evansville, Indiana last night and enjoyed their Honey Blonde Ale.  I can see why this beer is so popular.  Smooth.  The honey adds great smoothness to the beer.  Makes it very easy to drink.  If I hadn’t already had dinner I would have wanted to enjoy some pizza or appetizers and had several beers.  Sadly, it was too late for that but I’m glad I had the chance to enjoy this wonderful beer.

Green Flash Brewing Company, San Diego, CA

I stopped in at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, California.  It’s been nearly ten years since I first stopped in here (predating this blog).  It was like visiting an old friend.  Great tap room vibe.  I enjoyed their Soul Style IPA.  Nice and citrusy.  Green Flash is well known for their west coast style IPAs.  I also wanted to try something different so I tried Old Sharemore Wee Heavy and enjoyed that as well.  The caramel and butterscotch really come through.  It is rich and malty.  The food truck out front was a great source for some garlic parmesan fries that I shared with industry colleagues who were with me.  Great stop and great beers.