I stopped at Gizmo Brew Works in Raleigh, North Carolina on the way to the airport, just long enough to enjoy one IPA. The folks there were very nice. The location is industrial and near the airport, which was convenient. And, the beer was very good.
I stopped in at the Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for lunch. The turkey bacon wrap was served with chips and made for a nice meal. I enjoyed a Black IPA which was every bit IPA and every bit dark beer all rolled into one. I also tasted the Funky Monk Belgian Dubbel which was smooth through and through.
I stopped in at the Steel String Craft Brewery in Carrboro, North Carolina and when I saw sweet potato beer on the tap room list I had to try it. It was smooth, sweet and tasty. I really appreciated the friendliness of the bartender. The tap room had a cool feeing to it. I’d definitely stop in again if in the area.
I stopped with a group of work colleagues at the Raleigh Brewing Company in Raleigh, North Carolina. We had arranged a brewery tour with the owner. What an experience. The owner and his wife started by hanging out in the tap room with us for an hour and sharing each and every beer on tap with us. The House of Clay Rye IPA was very good, the Hidden Pipe Porter was very good, The Holiday Bash Spiced Winter Warmer was very good and the Miller’s Toll Imperial Oatmeal Stout was very good. I recall all of the beers being very good but only noted those by name. After our tasting, the owner took us into the brew house and gave us an hour long tour, sharing his experiences with the craft brewing industry. Their business also includes a vibrant brewery supply business that covers the entire eastern seaboard. If I were going to start a brewery, this is where I’d go for equipment. The supply store also outfits homebrewers. At the end of our tour we stopped back in the tap room for one last beer. The tap room is a really cool space, semi-industrial and semi restaurant-feel. It includes one good-sized private room for groups. Although they do not serve food there are often food trucks in their parking lot. Oh, and as we were leaving we purchased some growlers to bring back and share with co-workers. A great time was had by all.
I stopped at Crank Arm Brewing in Raleigh, North Carolina just long enough to have a Rickshaw Rye IPA. I enjoy the added bite of rye in an IPA. This was very good. Crank Arm Brewing adds a passion for bikes to a passion for beer for a really cool bike/beer vibe. I hope I get a chance to go back and try more of their beers and enjoy the vibe again. Maybe next time I’ll cycle in.
I stopped in at the Red Leg Brewing Company, Colorado Springs, Colorado for a Do Little IPA and was not disappointed. And I can totally get behind these veterans who are still serving. Check out their mission:
Red Leg provides the highest quality craft beer to honor the men and women who currently and formerly served in The United States Military. The craft beers that leave our facility will have the reputation that we strive for, continuing our service by providing those who serve with a craft beer they can be proud of.
A quick update. One of my students from an on-line class who lives near the area was kind enough to send me a t-shirt from Pikes Peak Brewing Company. Thanks Char. Now I can proudly rep Pikes Peak Brewing Company.
I stopped in at Pikes Peak Brewing Company in Monument, Colorado. The taproom is a really cool place. The wood inside lends to the local feel. I enjoyed the authentic German braided pretzels with my beer, which were very tasty. I started by trying the Devils Head Red Ale which is a malty and caramelly ale with a nice red color. Then I tried the Elephant Rock IPA which has a delicious piny and citrusy flavor. Good food and good beer. I enjoyed both beers so much that I brought a four-pack of the IPA home for myself and I brought a four-pack of the red ale home for a good friend who likes red ales.
I stopped in at the Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is no simple task. You see, the Bristol Brewing Company is located in an old school building which looks nothing like a brewery, so unless you know what you’re looking for you’d be totally lost, which was my experience. It took me quite a while to figure out what was going on but I eventually realized the Ivywild School housed the brewery. Once I went inside I realized how cool the place was and appreciated the other shops and restaurants, etc. The taproom was a cool place and I went on the recommendation of my boss and tried the Laughing Lab Scottish Ale which is a fine, smooth, rich and malty ale.