I stopped in at New Realm Brewing Company in Atlanta, Georgia. They have quite a strong lineup of beers. If I had to pick my favorite of the ones I tried it would be the Oaxaca Choco Stout. Think spiced chocolate stout. Think dessert drink. Think evening sipping. Yum! All of the other beers I tried were also good, as was the pretzel on the food menu.
I stopped in at Orpheus Brewing in Atlanta, Georgia and was really blown away by their barrel aged beers. They have a great solid lineup of beers. Their barrel aged ones had so many varieties and flavor characteristics and all that i tasted were delicious. Stouts all the way down 2 with the fall spices tasted like a spice cake and was perfect this time of year. The Ferryman with coffee and cocoa flavors also is tremendous!
I stopped in at Torched Hop Brewing Company in Atlanta, Georgia for dinner and a beer. The Brussels Sprouts on the tasting menu are delicious and the Granny Smith Apple Salad was a perfect and healthy dinner option. And, I had a hard time identifying a singe beer so I tried a flight. I really enjoyed the PowerThirst Pina Colada Kettle Sour – the pina colada flavor comes through and its a crisp and refreshing beer. And the Citrageddon Fresh Hop Pale Ale is an awesome hop-forward pale ale. Great food and great beers!
I stopped in at Scofflaw Brewing Company in Atlanta, Georgia. I had tried their POG Basement at a restaurant at dinner and loved it. So fruity and hoppy. I wanted to try something different so I went with Mango Dirty Beaches which is really mango forward and delicious.
I stopped in at Pryes Brewing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The most obvious beer to enjoy was the Mirculum IPA. And it did not disappoint. I see why it is an award winner.
I stopped in at Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their Cranky Woodsman Nut Brown Ale is a really nice brown ale with rich flavors. It has just a hint of smoky flavor. Now, smoke is one of my personal least favorite flavors in beer, however, this is so subtle I really enjoyed it. The Ratskeller is pretty sizeable and does also have an outdoor patio. The food truck looked good but I had already eaten.
I stopped in at Bald Man Brewing in Eagan, Minnesota. The brewery is not too far from the Minneapolis airport. Stopping in was the first thing I did upon leaving the airport. For a Sunday afternoon there was a nice size group of people in the brewery, some were watching sports, all were enjoying good beer. I tried the Spirit in the Sky Strawberry Rhubarb Ale. This was refreshing and both tart and sweet. I really liked the Tupelo Honey Brown Ale. Sweet and malty and delicious. I also felt compelled to purchase a t-shirt for a good friend who is bald, enjoys good beer and brews occasionally.
I stopped in at Adams Street Brewery in Chicago, Illinois and enjoyed the Baby Bock. Nice beer. Smooth. Malty. Not too heavy.
I stopped in at Intrinsic Brewing in Garland, Texas. The only barbeque they had left was sausage. It was delicious. The sides, baked beans, creamed corn, and cole slaw, were also delicious. I asked the bartender for a beer recommendation to pair well with the food and he suggested their Octoberfest. The beer was good. A great end to a long day.
I stopped in at Lakewood Brewing Company in Garland, Texas. Based on the bartender’s suggestion I tried Temptress and Peanut Butter Temptress. Both of these were delicious. Rich. Smooth. Complex. Sweet. I also tried Lemonale which is really refreshing. The Artsy Tartsy Guava is also tart and tasty. Really great beers!
And these lighted mosaics of water, barley and hops are really cool!