I stopped in at Vanessa House Beer Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I tried the Garage Fire Pale Ale, Broken Tile Double IPA and 401K Cream Ale. I enjoyed the 401K Cream Ale the best, it was light and smooth. The Garage Fire Pale is a nice hoppy pale ale which is also quite tasty. Great beers. Cool location.
So Much Beer
So Little Time
I stopped in at Stonecloud Brewing Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Trivia Night was in full swing, which was fun to observe. I decided to go with the Chug Norris Mosaic Pale Ale which turned out to be a very nice hoppy pale ale which I enjoyed greatly. It paired well with the food from the Korean food truck we had for dinner.
Since my wife is Polish I had to try the Total Smoke Show Grodziskie. This tasted like a smoky light beer. Interesting.
I stopped in at Anthem Brewing Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The flight was pretty tasty. Golden One Belgian Blonde Ale is nice. Rad Hombre Mexican Style Lager is crisp with a lime finish – very nice. Medium Rare Plum Apple Saison is nice. Fruity and a bit sour. Pomp Belgian Imperial Stout is rich with chocolate and coffee notes.
What do Black Flag Brewing Company, Fathers Day and Kidnapping have in common? This past Sunday, Fathers Day, my family kidnapped me following church and took me to Black Flag Brewing Company in Columbia, Maryland. If you’re gonna be kidnapped, this is the place to be held hostage. We had a great time. Family members brought snacks. We also stopped and brought in food from a local restaurant. We spent several hours there relaxing and enjoying.
The beers I enjoyed were very good. I tasted a few, but started off with Spell Czech. The Czech Pilsner is crisp and clean and was very nice paired with the food we had. It didn’t last long. Other family members had pints of various beers and some even tried flights. Every one of the Black Flag beer styles was consumed and shared at our tables Sunday afternoon. My wife even ordered a beer – King Kolsch – and she doesn’t drink beer. The second full beer I ordered was Maple Bacon Porter – it’s everything the name suggests. Rich, sweet, slightly savory, delicious. I finished with a small pour of Café Cruiser – and I’m regretting not coming home with a four-pack. With a beer like this you never need dessert.
If we lived closer I’d spend more time at Black Flag Brewing Company. It’s a neat space. Great energy. Nice people. Friendly for families and dogs. Wonderful beers.
I stopped in at Love City Brewing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and enjoyed their Eraserhood New England IPA very much. The beer is hoppy and juicy with a crisp citrus finish. The brewery is a really cool space too.
I stopped in at Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It seemed reasonable to have a flight to check out their beers – which I did. I enjoyed the beers with dinner – the two meet barbecue board – brisket and ribs. The food was tasty. ANd it paired nicely with the beers. Their Pale Ale is really nice. It’s a hoppy pale. Their Extra Special Ale is pretty close to an ESB. Nice. Signature IPA is a very drinkable IPA – not over the top hoppy. But I’m totally in love with Brawler English Mild. I’ve visited many breweries and very few have an English Mild on tap. I liked this enough to purchase a six pack that I lugged over a mile back to my hotel (on business travel) and fortunately I drove to Philly so I don’t have to worry about getting it past TSA in an airport. Brawler is smooth – very smooth. It’s rich. It’s mildly caramelly. It’s light. It’s so easy to drink. Delicious. Well, as it happened I felt urged to get another flight. I tried Pynk sour berry which was just that sour berry. Refreshing. I also tried Post Run Beer – a standard Lager – which my wife enjoyed. The Nitro Coffee Brawler was nice but seemed like the coffee might need to be stronger. Not sure. And Washington’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter was rich and delicious. Frankly, I think anything aged in bourbon barrels is amazing. Maybe I’ll be buried in a bourbon barrel. Where did that come from? Any way, Washington’s Reserve makes for a delightful dessert drink.