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 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.
I stopped in at Waller Street Brewing after a 4 mile run along the river in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I felt justified in trying two beers having just run. Clearly I tried the Blindside ESB and loved it. I also tried the Scotch River Sour and enjoyed that as well. I loved the basement location. The kind of place I’d enjoy hanging out if at home. Hope to be back soon.
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.
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.
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.
I stopped in at Tooth and Nail Brewing Company in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for a late beer. I had trouble deciding so tried small pours of Vim and Vigor Pilsner (delicious; renewed my faith in pilsner), Tenacity Pale Ale ( a solid pale), and Red Letter Day IPA (certainly a nice IPA). I enjoyed all of the beers.
I stopped in at Big Rig Kitchen and Brewery in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada after a long delayed flight for a late dinner and beer. The Sweet and Spicy Chicken Salad was great. I enjoyed their Scotch Ale with dinner. The beer was right on. Malty, a little bit sweet, and somewhat bitter. Perfect pairing.
I stopped in at Kindred Brewing near Columbus, Ohio for a beer. Hawaiian Shirt looked really good. The fruit flavors were very subtle. Provisional sour brown ale is delicious. Sour and a distinct cherry flavor. Wolf’s Ridge Night Method Espresso Milk Stout is rich, coffee flavor, chocolate notes, delicious. This was the perfect way to end the evening.
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.
I stopped in at Two Roads Brewing Company, well technically I stopped in their taproom at the Bradley Airport in Hartford, Connecticut. The pastrami sandwich there was delicious. I started with Two Juicy IPA, then Ok2berfest, then ended with Lil’ Heaven Session IPA. I also tasted Roadsmary’s Baby. I enjoyed every beer. All were delicious with lunch.
They were offering growler fills. I’ve never seen that at an airport before. I wish I had been traveling home from there but was on to another location before returning home. Hope I travel through Hartford again soon and can bring a growler home.