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.
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.
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.
I stopped in at Jim Dandy Brewing in Pocatello, Idaho for a beer. I enjoyed the Babushka Imperial Stout, reminded me of how my mother-in-law used to wear her hair. I most enjoyed the Jimmy Drinks Mosaic and Citra IPA. A very nice IPA. Hoppy but not a knockout. Very drinkable.
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.
I stopped in at Lamplighter Brewing Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts after a long day of training for a beer. I enjoyed Birds of a Feather New England IPA. A delicious hazy IPA in New England style. And I loved Coquito the Rum Barrel Aged Stout with Coconut on Nitro. Is that enough sensations? Stout – Coconut – Rum – Nitro. WOW!
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!
I stopped in at Vinyl Brewing Company in Hammonton, NJ with industry colleagues. We each enjoyed a flight and some tasters. Everything I tasted I enjoyed. Disrupt the Paradigm Vanilla Porter is delicious (I love vanilla flavor). We all enjoyed each of the beers we tried.
I stopped in at Tun Tavern in Atlantic City for a late snack and beer. Their fried Brussels spouts were tasty and this flight went well with them. The Citra Crush and South Pacific Hop IPA were both nice IPAs. Not too hoppy and very easy to drink. And, both very pairable with a meal.