I stopped in at Service Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia with a colleague while on a work trip. I enjoyed the Rally Point Pilsner. A solid, no nonsense beer. After tasting many other beer styles it’s always nice to come back to just real beer.
I stopped in at Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, Maryland after the Maryland Craft Beer Festival. My son and I had volunteered at the festival and then tasted some of the available beers. Terry Lynn, a lemon vanilla cream ale offered by Olde Mother Brewing was one of the best beers there – in my humble opinion. We also enjoyed their Impressionist IPA and Snarly Yow Coffee Porter. These beers were so delicious we brought home a crowler of each!
I stopped in at Odd13 Brewing in Lafayette, Colorado and enjoyed the Pinkish Panther IPA with guava and hibiscus. This is a tasty, fruity IPA. Not quite a sour, but very enjoyable.
I stopped in at Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado and at the recommendation of the tap room bartender tried the Fade to Black Stout. This is a serious, deep, rich, complex stout. Many flavors converge to create a strong impact on your palate. I was unprepared for the depth of this beer. And it is strong as well. A great beer to end the evening.
I stopped in at Fountain Square Brewing Company to try their beer. The bartender recommended DANK Double Pale Ale. I’ve never had a double pale ale before and had to try this beer. It was rich. Think of a pale ale with more body than usual. It was somewhat malty, but nevertheless a pale ale. And, it was strong – 9%! You need to try it.
Who’d have thought? A brewery in a Whole Foods Market? Revolutionary!
I stopped in at Whole Foods Market Brewing Company in Houston, Texas and, of course, I had to try the TX Grapefruit Blonde Ale. What a delight to drink this light, effervescent, slightly grapefruit flavored beer.
I stopped in at Lovelady Brewing in Henderson, Nevada and greatly enjoyed their 9th Island Pineapple Sour. It did not have a strong pineapple taste, however, it was a delicious and very drinkable beer. Just slightly tart and tangy. I had a small taste of the Café Femenino Coffee Porter which was smooth, coffee flavorful, and delicious.
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.
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.
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.