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.

Portneuf Valley Brewing, Pocatello, ID

I stopped in at Portneuf Valley Brewing in Pocatello, Idaho for dinner and a beer with colleagues.  I enjoyed the Smoked Salmon Salad and I shared the Giant Salty Pretzel with a buddy.  One of my colleagues ordered a flight of all beers on tap, and honestly they were all great!  I enjoyed the Ligertown Lager.  Nice balanced malty beer.  I was hoping for more of a connection to Napoleon Dynamite, though.  I most enjoyed the Belligerent Ass Nut Brown Ale.  Deep, caramelly, malty, nutty flavor.  Great on a cold evening.  I really wanted to pick up the t-shirt but not sure that would go well back home.

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BEERWORKS Brewing Company, Boston, MA

I stopped in at BEERWORKS Brewing Company in Boston, Massachusetts for dinner and a taste of beers.  I enjoyed the Pear and Sprout Salad with Grilled Chicken and also enjoyed a flight of beers.  Everything from Pilsner to Porter to Altbier to IPA were very good.  The beer that, hands down, captured my attention was the Blue 92 Light American  Ale with Maine blueberries.  The bartender even tosses a few fresh blueberries in the bottom of the glass.  There’s enough blueberry flavor to be significant but not too much to be overpowering.  The beer is sweet but not too sweet.  It is light and easy to drink.  Absolutely delicious!