Jailbreak Brewing Company, Laurel, MD

I stopped in at Jailbreak Brewing Company in Laurel, Maryland for lunch and a beer.  I  enjoyed a cheesesteak and fries from Jeno’s Steaks tent in the parking lot.  In terms of the beers, Imperial Carrot Cake was tasty and true to its name. Maple Ridge amber ale was also sweet, smooth and malty.  White Russian coffee cream ale is a delight.  Although there are many coffee stouts there are few coffee cream ales.  This is light and tasty.  Welcome to Scoville Jalapeno IPA is spicy and hoppy – a great mix – and paired perfectly with the heavy cheesesteak and fries.  Jailbreak is a great place to stop.

I also recently enjoyed Poor Righeous IPA with dinner at a restaurant and really enjoyed it.  And this evening I enjoyed The Infinite amber ale with dinner at a restaurant and enjoyed it as well.

The Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

I stopped in at The Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  It was a late evening stop on a chilly night.  I enjoyed a cup of delicious fish chowder and paired it with Nuts and Berries Brown Ale.  The beer was smooth and malty and slightly fruity.  Delicious.  And it paired wonderfully with the soup.  Both served to warm me up on a chilly night. This is a great stop in a lively area of downtown Portsmouth.

Smuttynose Brewing Company, Hampton, NH

I enjoyed dinner and a beer at the Smuttynose Brewing Company Hayseed Restaurant in Hampton, New Hampshire.  Their pork schnitzel was delicious and it paired perfectly with Finestkind IPA.

I then proceeded to the brewery tasting room and tried Ginger Beer (not enough ginger for me and the peppers either needed to be stronger or not included), Shoals Pale Ale (a very drinkable and tasty pale), Old Brown Dog (smooth, malty, almost-sweet brown ale), and S’mistletoe (very fruity, not sweet but not sour, light not heavy).  What a range of beers.  Something for everyone.

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Atlas Brew Works, Washington, DC

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I stopped in at Atlas Brew Works in Washington, DC after a grueling certification test this morning.  The flight offered a taste of all six beers on tap.  Each was very good.  I especially enjoyed the Ponzi IPA.  However, my favorite was the Rowdy Rye Pale Ale.  The spice of the rye adds a great complexity to this beer.  Sloppy Mama’s Barbeque was on location and I enjoyed a pulled pork sandwich which was also outstanding.  The visit, the beer and the barbeque helped take my weary mind off the exam.  Great spot to visit.

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The Waterfront Brewery, Key West, FL

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I stopped in at The Waterfront Brewery in Key West, Florida.  I tried the Key Lime Witness and really wanted to enjoy it.  Clearly it has notes of key lime but I really wanted more.  It also has other spices including pepper which added to the complexity of the beer but took away from my enjoyment of it.  Not every beer is for every palate.  I did enjoy the Crazy Lady Honey Blonde which was a very enjoyable blonde ale with sweetness of local honey.  I also really enjoyed the Waterfront Brewery setting along the harbor walk in Key West.  Great stop!