Stonecloud Brewing Company, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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.

Black Flag Brewing Company, Columbia, MD

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.

Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia, PA

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.

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Prince Edward Island Brewing Company, Charlottetown, Canada

I stopped in at Prince Edward Island Brewing Company in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.  I really enjoyed this place.  It’s open; cool vibe; industrial; artsy; lots of space; games to play; helpful bar staff.  I narrowed today’s beer to the Snowbird Juicy IPA.  I really liked this beer.  My son-in-law is a big fan of hazy, juicy IPA’s.  This is so good I’m bringing him a can home from Canada.  I think he’ll love it.  I really enjoyed it. It has a delicious citrus flavor along with enough hop bitterness to be an IPA but not overpowering.

I tasted the blueberry ale, which had enough blueberry flavor to give it that taste but not too much.  And, finally, I tasted the stout which was delicious.  Full disclosure, I had enjoyed the Beach Chair Lager at Rick’s Fish and Chips in St Peters before I got to PEI Brewing or I might have had another beer or a flight.  I really liked the Beach Chair Lager and it went well with fish and chips.  Rick’s fish and chips were the best we had on the island!  And, my wife enjoyed the beer too.  Win Win Win.

I also bought a can of Sir John A’s Honey Wheat Ale for my dear friend John B.  I think he’ll get the connection.  I didn’t try it but if it’s as good as their other beers it’s phenomenal.

Upstreet Craft Brewing, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada

I stopped in at Upstreet Craft Brewing in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.  With help from the bartender I selected Commons Czech Pilsner, Rhuby Social Strawberry Rhubarb Witbier, William Windsor Porter, and Top Stamp Honey Brown Lager.  The bartender also gave me a taste of Do Gooder American Pale Ale.  So here’s the run-down.  I enjoyed the Commons; a great easy drinking crisp beer.  And, my wife even enjoyed it which is very rare.  She’s not a beer drinker.  Rhuby Social is tasty with a hint of fruit flavor but certainly not overpowering.  William Windsor is a lovely porter.  Coffee and caramel and chocolate flavors.  With the cold rain it was a delightful warmer.  Top Stamp is smooth and malty.  Do Gooder is a crisp Americal pale with a bit of citrus.  Not strong.  Very easy to drink and tasty.

The taproom offers food but we had recently eaten a very filling lunch at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company and didn’t have room for anything to eat.  That’s another story but this place is wonderful (seafood chowder, potato pie, raspberry cream cheese pie – enough said).  Back to Upstreet, the taproom is a cool industrial space, comfortable, and indicative of the size of their mug club quite the local hangout.

 

The Gahan House, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada

I stopped in at The Gahan House in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.  What a beautiful place to visit for a work related conference.  The beers are very tasty.  Vic Park APA has a grapefruit flavor due to the citra hops.  The Raspberry Sour is just that – raspberry and sour.  Refreshing and fruity.  The Island Red is a great flagship – the red soil in PEI – the red ale is rich and malty and crisp.  And finally Iron Bridge Brown is almost like a stout.  Not heavy.  Malty brown ale.  Great beers and a great historic setting.

Founders Brewing Company, Detroit, MI

I stopped in at Founders Brewing Company in Detroit, Michigan.  I’ve been eager to get to Founders for quite a while.  We recently had the wedding of our youngest son and we did a beer tasting to determine what beers to serve.  Founders All Day IPA was our go to IPA for the beer selection for the wedding reception.  And, it was one of the most well-received beers we had available.  The folks at Founders were even nice enough to send us some swag for display at the wedding reception bar (Awesome!)  I had to have one draft at the brewery and was not disappointed.  I could drink this all day.  Duh!

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Jamesport Farm Brewery, Riverhead, NY

I stopped at Jamesport Farm Brewery in Riverhead, New York.  The bartender helped me through local favorites in a flight.  Although all were delicious, the most noteworthy to me was Wicked Little Sister, double IPA.  I almost got a t-shirt for my wife’s sister.  Great taste on the beer hoppy and strong.  Only had time for a brief stop on my long drive from Orient Point to LaGuardia.  But at least I had some tasty beer right along the way and how could I not stop – the brewery was right on the road.