Round Town Brewery, Indianapolis, IN

I stopped in at Round Town Brewery in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The bartender recommended their Round Town Lager, which was a solid recommendation.  Although lagers are not my typical go to (I often find them heavier than I’d prefer) this was perfect.  Not heavy.  Very drinkable.  With just a bit more hops to give a slight bitter taste.  This is a fabulous beer that you need to try.  It has all the malty flavor of a typical lager plus great hop finish.  Stop in and try it.  Also, try their Irish Coffee Ale which tastes just like you’re drinking iced coffee.  Yum!

Wild Mind Artisan Ales, Minneapolis, MN

I stopped in at Wild Mind Artisan Ales in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Saying I stopped in is really accurate because I got there just minutes before last call.  I wanted to get in one more brewery stop before calling it a night.  The bartender was quite helpful and suggested #4 (see list below) Sol Wild India Pale Ale.  This may have been my first beer with wild yeast.  It was delicious.  I’ve been focusing on varieties other than IPA’s lately because I had been in an IPA rut a while back.  This beer is on point.  I love it.  Very fresh.  Citrusy without being resiny or fruity.  Enough bitterness but not too much.  Great beer.

And how about that tap backdrop.  That’s art.  Beautiful.  I could have sat at the bar for hours just enjoying that and sipping all of their beers.

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The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company, Wausau, WI

Where else would you stop for a Habanero Pork Chop and Scotch Ale?  The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company in Wausau, Wisconsin, of course!  The server described this special and said it had a kick to it.  My mouth was feeling that kick all the way to Minneapolis!  I loved it because I like spicy, flavorful foods.  The Stone of Scone Scotch Ale was a great complement in that its mildness counteracted the strong spice of the food.  I enjoyed its malty smoothness before my dinner arrived.  After that it was a tug of war in my mouth.  Spicy – Smooth.  Great food and great beer.

Red Eye Brewing Company, Wausau, WI

I stopped in at Red Eye Brewing Company in Wausau, Wisconsin for dinner and a beer.  The food is all farm to table and they are very proud of their local ingredient partners.  I enjoyed an amazing Cobb Salad.  The bartender helped me with a beer selection.  I enjoyed the Trail Candy – Golden APA.  The beer has a complex hop character with many hop varieties.  It is crisp, flavorful, and allows the drinker to taste a variety of hops.  It is a complex beer.

Clockwerks Brewing, Minneapolis, MN

I stopped in at Clockwerks Brewing in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a beer.  After speaking with the bartender and brewmaster I enjoyed the Alt.  I love the balance of malt and hops.  Best of both worlds.  Chatting with the brewmaster for a bit was a real treat.  There’s a great vibe in this space with lots of local industrial art.  Great place to hang out.  Oh, and I also had a small pour of the Baltic Porter.  Let’s just say that was dessert.  Yum!