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!
I stopped in at Bitter Sisters Brewing Company in Addison, Texas. In reviewing the tap list my eyes went right to the Hissy Fit Marzen Lager which the bartender said was an award winning beer and I can see why. This is a smooth and delicious beer. I’m glad I stopped in!
I stopped in at Nine Band Brewing Company in Allen, Texas. i had heard about this place last night at Lockhart Smokehouse. Lockhart Red Ale is brewed by Nine Band Brewing. I also learned later this evening that the beers featured at Two Row Grill are also brewed by Nine Band Brewing. The most unique beer i had tonight was the Candy Corn Scream Ale. This is a cream ale, which can often be sweet, with extra sweetness and flavor of candy corn. It was pretty sweet but also tasty.
I stopped in at Legal Draft Beer Company in Arlington, Texas. I enjoyed a great flight of beers. Nowhere But Texas is a solid lager. Easy drinking. Smash and Grab is a solid IPA and Hazeas Corpus is a solid Hazy IPA. Amicus is a really nice Mosaic IPA. Old Fashioned Justice is a barrel aged IPA. I’ve had a lot of barrel aged beers. Yeah, this one is special. Really special. Tartfeasor is a nice Berliner Weisse. Tart. Crisp. Clean. Backberry Tart is a really nice Radler with juice and beer – reminds me of the Radler in Munich. Summer Recess is a Grapefruit Shandy – also gives me the Radler feel – yum – makes me want to cycle 20 miles and come back for more. Lawktoberfest is a vey smooth malty Oktoberfest – would be great with pretzels – etc. Legal Holiday is a dark spiced ale and feels right for cooler evenings. Exhibit M is even richer and a nice dessert replacement. Yummy Imperial Stout.
I stopped in at Dirt Farm Brewing in Bluemont, Virginia. To be fair, the stop was after another stop at Bluemont Winery with my family and the winery was our main agenda item for the day. The brewery was a convenient afterthought. We did enjoy some tacos and wings from their food truck. Their beers were tasty, with Oktoberfest being our favorite. It is a rich, smooth, malty beer. Perfect for the cool fall weather.