I stopped in at Brouwerij de Prael in Amsterdam, Netherlands for a beer after a tour of the Keukenhof gardens. The beer was a welcome refreshment after several hours of walking. I enjoyed their Bitterblond a hopped German blonde style that was very crisp and enjoyable. It was also rich and full bodied. A great beer after a chilly afternoon of walking.
Month: March 2019
Brouwerij Troost, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Great stop in my trip to Amsterdam, Brouwerij Troost. I stopped in with my wife and enjoyed the Honingblond (honey blonde) and my wife actually enjoyed a few sips with me and said she liked it. That NEVER happens. She doesn’t like beer. I attribute it to the lovely honey sweetness that comes through in the beer. This beer was sweet and strong and a great way to bridge from lunch until dinner. It fueled us for a walk through Vondelpark.
Brouwerij ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands
I stopped in at Brouwerij ‘t IJ in Aamsterdam, Netherlands. This is the first brewery I’ve visited in Europe in over 30 years. What a great time walking around Amsterdam. And what a beautiful brewery with a windmill right on the river. The ZATTE tripel was the beer I had to try, being the brewery’s first and flagship beer. It was delicious and renewed my enthusiasm to better appreciate Belgian styles. Sweet and strong.
Service Brewing Company, Savannah, GA
I stopped in at Service Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia with a colleague while on a work trip. I enjoyed the Rally Point Pilsner. A solid, no nonsense beer. After tasting many other beer styles it’s always nice to come back to just real beer.
Two Tides Brewing Company, Savannah, GA
I stopped in at Two Tides Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia with a colleague for a beer. Well, I couldn’t decide so a flight of sours made sense. The Chromatose Blackberry Sour and the Obvious Answer Morello Cherry and Plum Sour were absolutely amazing. Enough fruit flavor to cut the sour but still sour and not sweet at all. Delicious. Dry. Would have been great with food.
Tasty Bois Imperial Stout with toasted marshmallow and coconut will go down in the record books as the perfect dessert beer. I’d throw vanilla ice cream in this all day long. Amazing!
The artwork is really cool too!
KC Bier Company, Kansas City, MO
I recently completed the Cicerone German Beer Styles Course and I felt like KC Bier Company in Kansas City was a perfect setting and set of example beers of the major German styles. Wish I had been able to do my studying here – i would have passed sooner.
I pretty much tried them all. Dunkel is rich. Hefeweizen is refreshing. Helles and Pils are crisp. Radler – wish it was spring and I’d just come in from a long bike ride. Maibock – yes – I feel like a monk during lent with only Maibock and no food. And, Winterbock, warming, cozy. Ausgezeichnet! I think my high school German teacher would approve of that. One of the few words I remember.
My friend, Ashton, tipped me off to this place and I’m so glad he did. I only had one night in Kansas City and I really enjoyed the beers here and wish I had more time to hang out.
Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, MO
I stopped in at Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s been too long! My last visit was 2011 and their tasting room and swag shop were the size of a, well, closet. Now there’s a whole new building which is spacious and beautiful.
The Kolsch and Pils were great examples of these beer styles. Single Wide IPA is a fabulous, easy to drink, IPA. Hoppy enough but not too much. I was into the Jam Band because i enjoy fruit flavors – especially when not overdone. And, this fruit beer was vert tasty and both sweet and tart.
Just give me more Lime Gose. This is all I need til I die. Crisp. Slightly sweet. Tart. Full of flavor. I enjoyed the Irish Ale. Being half Irish I can see why. Tank 7 never disappoints! Bourbon Barrel Quad – nothing else needs to be said. Awesome.
Happy Bassett Brewing Company, Topeka, KS
I stopped in at Happy Bassett Brewing Company in Topeka, Kansas. I enjoyed every one of the beers in the flight I had. The beer that stood out to me was their Thin Mint Porter. Delicious. Just like the Girl Scout Cookie. It is made from their base Purebread Porter which is also awesome. Chocolate and Mint prevail. Just wonderful.
Norsemen Brewing Company, Topeka, KS
I stopped in at Norsemen Brewing Company in Topeka, Kansas for a beer. I couldn’t decide so I tried three. The one that really stood out to me was the Nobles Only Red India Pale Lager. I enjoyed the maltiness and the hoppiness of this wonderful beer. Quite a complex brew. Very enjoyable and warming on a cold evening.
Blind Tiger Restaurant & Brewery, Topeka, KS
I stopped in at Blind Tiger Restaurant & Brewery while in Topeka, Kansas for work. I stopped late one evening after a night flight into town and just missed the kitchen, but the Maibock and some peanuts were a perfect late night meal. The Maibock was everything it should be – strong, malty, filling. The next day I enjoyed their Burnt Ends for lunch along with the Pils Vom Fass Pilsner. Great food and great beer. The pilsner was a great pairing with lunch and it tasted spot on for its style. Great food and great beer.