I stopped at Tied House Brewery & Cafe in Mountain View, California for lunch. It was a great spot to relax and enjoy good food and good beer. The Cascade Amber Ale is the house specialty. I really enjoyed this beer. It was clear, refreshing, malty and sweet with a flavor of caramel. It paired really well with the grilled snapper fish tacos I ordered which were also delicious. I finished with a taste of the Oaxacan Chocolate Porter which basically served as my dessert. It was like drinking chocolate.
I made a very quick stop at Steelhead Brewing Company in Burlingame, California. The Double Play IPA was my choice both because I like IPA’s and because the Giants were playing at the time. The IPA was cloudy and appeared to be unfiltered which is not my preference. It had a good taste, but not the best I’ve had. The food looked good but I didn’t have a chance to try it.
I stopped at West Sixth Brewing Company in Lexington, Kentucky for lunch today. Hey, a guy’s gotta eat. And Smithtown Seafood is basically right next door and they bring your order right to you at the bar. It couldn’t be any better than that or any easier than that. Where to start? Well, I ordered the West Sixth IPA first because I figured I’d be able to enjoy it while my food was being prepared. And, I was right. But, of course, you can’t rush perfection in cooking. The West Sixth IPA was really nice. I was tempted to have a second one or a taste of some of their other beers but I had to get on the road and drive a while, so I exercised self control. The griddle seared catfish was probably the best fish I’ve ever eaten – delicious! And the hush puppies – ssshhh! The West Sixth Beer Slaw, a vinegar-based coleslaw, was excellent! I’ve never had coleslaw made like that before. And, I was really good and only ate a few of the tasty fries. This was an excellent lunch on all counts. I just hope I get back to Lexington again to enjoy it again. Oh, and the building has some pretty cool artistic touches to it. The few pictures here don’t do it justice.
You’re not going to believe this, but on my way to Beer Engine in Danville, Kentucky a local police officer pulled me over to inform me that my tail lights were not on. I was driving a rental car and apparently hadn’t figured out which headlight mode to use. I had also just missed a turn and thought he was pulling me over because I was driving a bit strangely. I was pleasantly surprised when all he was doing was helping me. But, the story gets better. He asked me where I was headed. I sheepishly said I was going to the Beer Engine microbrewery and basically he insisted on escorting me the rest of the way there. Seriously. I got a police escort TO a microbrewery. That’s a first.
The bartender was really cool and he gave me the low-down on their house beers. I enjoyed a Freedom Ranger American Pale Ale (APA) which was a nice switch-up to the IPA’s I normally order and I also had a taste of the His Dark Materials Stout which was also very nice. I recommend both. And, forunately, I didn’t need a police escort afterward.:)
I stopped at the Bluegrass Brewing Company in Louisville, Kentucky for dinner tonight. The bartender was very nice and helpful. I started right away with their IPA which was a good thing because it took quite a while for dinner to come out of the kitchen. I ordered the Thai Lettuce Wrap with chicken and anticipated a similar dish I had ordered in other restaurants, but it was too messy to actually wrap the Thai chicken in the small lettuce leaves. But it was really tasty nonetheless. The IPA was good also but not the best I’ve ever had. They also had a wide range of in-house-brewed beers. You can get a feel for their offerings by clicking on the company name link and checking out the beers list.