Attaboy Beer, Frederick, MD

My son and I stopped in at Attaboy Beer in Frederick, Maryland.  It’s great to have kids old enough to enjoy beer and breweries with me.  Hopefully this is one of several brewery visits we chronicle together while he’s home on break from  school this summer.  We enjoyed Attaboy Beer.  Their flight was tasty.  A.C.E. Double IPA was hoppy and tropical.  Golden Fields Saison was fruity.  I enjoyed hints of pineapple in Pina Fresca Hoppy Saison.  My son liked the Simple Belgian House Beers.  We agreed that Galaxy Maid New England IPA was best – in our opinion – and we purchased a crowler to take home.

The brewery tap room had a great vibe.  The brewery, observable through the glass windows, is cool to check out.

Adding to the experience, our stop at Attaboy Beer was following the 2017 Maryland Craft Beer Festival.  We volunteered during the festival and also enjoyed checking out Maryland brewers both before and after our volunteer slot.  So many beers to try – every imaginable style.  Frederick is such a great location for this.  I recommend you check out this great Maryland craft beer lover’s event next year.

Broken Cauldron Brewery and Taproom, Orlando, FL

I stopped in at Broken Cauldron Brewery and Taproom in Orlando, Florida last night.  As usual, I was taking pictures for my blog postings.  The owner,  Jeanna, just happened to be out front and was wondering what I was doing with the pictures.  She thought I was with the city government.  Apparently there’s some dispute over her sign (the featured post image).  Personally,  I love the painted sign.  My picture-taking led to a wonderful time talking with Jeanna and her husband about the brewery, their beer and their plans.

I started with Ruckus Red, their signature brew.  What I learned from Jeanna is that their brewery and taproom is the tailgate spot for the Orlando City soccer club.  When there are home games the brewery hosts over 1,000 people.  And, the beer of choice is Ruckus Red, red ale.  I can see why.  I’ve enjoyed red ales before.  This one is special.  Its sweet (malty) and also spicy and bitter.  Its a complex beer and really enjoyable to drink.  Great job!

After Ruckus Red I tried the Bleed Purple Blackberry Saison and was really impressed.  This beer packed a delicious tart blackberry flavor into the saison.  Yummy.  I’d drink this often if I were in the area more frequently.  It has both sweet and tart notes.

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Black Cauldron also has a nifty used beer receptacle.

Jeanna also gave me a tour of the brewery.  I felt like royalty.  And, in the process she shared how they use a Rinnai tankless natural gas hot water system.  Using this system saves them time and money.  With my background in the natural gas business I naturally perked right up when she described how this benefits them.  While in the brewery she told me about the cucumber sour they had which I also tried.  Delicious.  Jeanna wasn’t as pleased with this and I’m sure she’ll be putting finishing touches on this recipe.  With the emphasis on sours these days I find this to be a real contender.

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Best wishes Jeanna.  Hope our paths cross again.

Dead Lizard Brewing Company, Orlando, FL

I stopped in at Dead Lizard Brewing Company in Orlando, Florida to try their beers.  In order to get a broad tasting experience I went with a flight and the bartender helped me decide what to try.  I was looking for more cinnamon raisin flavor in the Cinnamon Raisin Anole Bourbon Nut Brown.  I was also looking for more lime in Key Lime Chameleon Cream-Sic-Ale.  However, both of these are really tasty and I’d say somewhat unique.  Nicely done.  Trippy Pippy’s Red Dread Ale is a solid red ale.  Komodo Koko Dragon Stout is perhaps my favorite of the four I tasted.  Smooth and rich with chocolatey notes.

Round Town Brewery, Indianapolis, IN

I stopped in at Round Town Brewery in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The bartender recommended their Round Town Lager, which was a solid recommendation.  Although lagers are not my typical go to (I often find them heavier than I’d prefer) this was perfect.  Not heavy.  Very drinkable.  With just a bit more hops to give a slight bitter taste.  This is a fabulous beer that you need to try.  It has all the malty flavor of a typical lager plus great hop finish.  Stop in and try it.  Also, try their Irish Coffee Ale which tastes just like you’re drinking iced coffee.  Yum!

Wild Mind Artisan Ales, Minneapolis, MN

I stopped in at Wild Mind Artisan Ales in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Saying I stopped in is really accurate because I got there just minutes before last call.  I wanted to get in one more brewery stop before calling it a night.  The bartender was quite helpful and suggested #4 (see list below) Sol Wild India Pale Ale.  This may have been my first beer with wild yeast.  It was delicious.  I’ve been focusing on varieties other than IPA’s lately because I had been in an IPA rut a while back.  This beer is on point.  I love it.  Very fresh.  Citrusy without being resiny or fruity.  Enough bitterness but not too much.  Great beer.

And how about that tap backdrop.  That’s art.  Beautiful.  I could have sat at the bar for hours just enjoying that and sipping all of their beers.

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The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company, Wausau, WI

Where else would you stop for a Habanero Pork Chop and Scotch Ale?  The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company in Wausau, Wisconsin, of course!  The server described this special and said it had a kick to it.  My mouth was feeling that kick all the way to Minneapolis!  I loved it because I like spicy, flavorful foods.  The Stone of Scone Scotch Ale was a great complement in that its mildness counteracted the strong spice of the food.  I enjoyed its malty smoothness before my dinner arrived.  After that it was a tug of war in my mouth.  Spicy – Smooth.  Great food and great beer.