I stopped in at Two Roads Brewing Company, well technically I stopped in their taproom at the Bradley Airport in Hartford, Connecticut. The pastrami sandwich there was delicious. I started with Two Juicy IPA, then Ok2berfest, then ended with Lil’ Heaven Session IPA. I also tasted Roadsmary’s Baby. I enjoyed every beer. All were delicious with lunch.
They were offering growler fills. I’ve never seen that at an airport before. I wish I had been traveling home from there but was on to another location before returning home. Hope I travel through Hartford again soon and can bring a growler home.
I stopped in at Thomas Hooker Brewery Colt Taproom. It was dinner time and they offer a nice menu with a few items. The Trio of Tacos was delicious – even the roasted vegetable one! The beers I tasted all went well with the tacos. I especially liked the #nofilter IPA. I’m getting more interested in hazy IPAs these days. The Oktoberfest was smooth and malty with a hop bite. Perfect for the season. And the Milking the Clock milk stout was a tasty, sweet ending to the meal. Great place to stop in. Glad I did.
I stopped in at Five Churches Brewing in New Britain, Connecticut for a beer. Since it is Fall and since this is one of the beers the bartender recommended I tried their Once and for Fall Porter. Delicious. This beer is not pretentious or unusual. It is a fabulous porter. Smooth. Malty. Feels like a mouthful of fall when you drink it. You need to enjoy the season at Five Churches Brewing. I’ve fallen for it!
I stopped in at High Line Brewing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. To tell the truth, I showed up past closing time. The tap room bartender was kind enough to exchange a beer for some cash. Awesome. And he even was extra kind to give me some coasters, a sticker and a pin so that my craft brewery swag collection is more complete. Looking at the tap list I noticed the Smokes Scotch Ale. I had tried a scotch ale earlier this week at another brewery and enjoyed it and decided to go that direction again. I don’t do much comparing of beers on this site. That said I’ll give a few remarks on this beer style. The scotch ale I had a few days ago was on the sweeter side. Part of me enjoys that. However, I believe the Smokes Scotch Ale is more true to this style with a slightly more prominent hop bitterness to it. I really enjoyed this beer and would love to bring some home but getting it onto an airplane would be a challenge. The tap room was really cool and I did nose around for a few moments while enjoying my beer. Since it was so late very few people were still hanging around. Looks like a cool spot to hang out also with food trucks in the parking lot. Kudos to you and thanks to the bartender who was so generous to me, a weary traveler, after a long day away from home.
I stopped in at Minhas Micro Brewery in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to try their beers. White Wolf witbeer is a flavorful is a smooth, fresh wheat beer. Very easy drinking. Great summer beer. McCall Wee Heavy Scottish Ale is a delicious malty treat with slight hop notes. Very caramelly. I really loved this beer.
I stopped in at Mill Street Brewery brewpub in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for dinner and to try their beer. It was happy hour when I arrived so I was able to get a side salad and burger (no bun) for just a few dollars. I enjoyed trying their Honest Bucker Pale Ale which is a hoppy pale ale with hop flavor but not bitter. Very easy to drink. Goes great with food. I also tried Gin Barrel Aged Grapefruit Pale Ale. I’m not as much of a gin drinker but I’ve learned to appreciate many flavor profiles. I do like grapefruit. The mixture of grapefruit and gin was a great match. Very tasty beer. And since this is a limited release I just had to try it. Mill Street Brewery offers root beer and it just so happened that I was sitting at the bar and the bartender was making root beer floats while I was there. I asked him if he’d ever made a stout float. This led to him experimenting and learning a new drink. Cobblestone Stout and vanilla ice cream – just sayin.
I stopped in at Indeed Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a beer. I could not resist Shenanigans Summer Ale. Clean. Fresh. Easy-Drinking. Delightful. And the taproom is cool – I enjoyed playing tabletop shuffleboard.
I stopped in at Lakes & Legends Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a beer. I decided to try St.. Gail Raspberry Honey Ale and Mango Lassi Milkshake IPA. I enjoyed both. Each was slightly fruity. The brewery/taproom is a really cool downtown space with plenty of room and various seating to enjoy by various size groups. Great vibe.
I stopped in at The Freehouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota for dinner and a beer. I enjoyed the deviled eggs and fried cheese curds appetizers with business colleagues. The shrimp tacos were an excellent dinner choice. All paired well with No. 1 Kolsch. Great food and great beer and a great atmosphere to enjoy both.
I stopped in at Surly Brewing Company in Saint Paul, Minnesota for dinner and a beer. The brisket for dinner was fabulous. I paired it with Furious IPA and Hell lager. Both great pairs for the brisket. What a great restaurant and brewery.