Two Roads Brewing Company, Stratford, CT

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.

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Thomas Hooker Brewery, Bloomfield, CT

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.

Five Churches Brewing, New Britain, CT

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!

High Line Brewing, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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.

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Mill Street Brewery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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.