I stopped at Flying Fish Brewing Company in Somerdale, New Jersey. I have been wanting to stop here for quite a while now. Stopping was pretty easy – not too far from the New Jersey Turnpike on my way home from a business trip. I had learned recently that Flying Fish Brewing Company is owned by a Drexel grad and being a Drexel grad myself this even intensified my interest.
I enjoyed the feel of the tap room. There were quite a number of people there plus some outside. The small beer/merchandise store is conveniently located behind the bar. This made it that much easier to purchase beer to bring home.
I definitely had to try the Farm House Summer Ale and the Daylight Savings IPA. Both delicious. Also the Red Fish is a tasty Red Ale. I brought some of each of these home with me.
A dear friend advocates for ALS and I simply had to try the Tour De Fish benefitting research to cure this terrible disease. What a great ale for the Ales for ALS program. I liked it so much that I filled my travel growler with it and enjoyed it with my family as soon as I got home.
I stopped in at Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar, New Jersey. For being a beach brewery they have a real breadth of beer styles including “darker, heavier” styles I would most commonly associate with winter and cold weather. And, these styles are available year round. Parade Day Irish Coffee Stout is a delicious coffee stout. I was very impressed with the easy-drinking Grapefruit Radler. The Strawberry Radler was tasty but felt more like a wine cooler. The beer I enjoyed the most, and perhaps their best beer, was the High Side Blonde Ale. It was fresh, complex, easy drinking and delicious. I liked it so much that I bought a six-pack to bring home to enjoy later.
I just had to try the Purple Grain Ale at North High Brewing in Columbus, Ohio. The blackberries added to the color and flavor of this ale. Very refreshing for the summer heat. Not too fruity but the blackberry flavor was definitely there.
I stopped in at Books & Brews in Indianapolis, Indiana. Although I didn’t find any used books I wanted, their beers were really good. Peter Piper’s Peppers was tasty and spicy. What I especially enjoyed was their Scotts Wha Ale Scottish Ale. This is a wonderful example of this style. Hop heads talk about their hop bombs. Well, this is a malt bomb. Yum!
I stopped in at 7 Hills Brewing Company in Richmond, Virginia. The bartender recommended the Chicken Club Sandwich which was delicious! He also recommended the Belle Isle Blonde Ale which paired perfectly. The beer was light and smooth, very easy to drink, and did not overpower the chicken sandwich. A perfect way to end the evening.
I stopped in at Triple Crossing Brewing in Richmond, Virginia and enjoyed their Element 79 Summer Golden Ale which was one of the more refreshing and enjoyable beers I have ever tasted. It was light enough that it didn’t feel too filling. At the same time, it was flavorful, slightly fruity, definitely malty, but with crisp hoppiness. This beer had everything a beer should have.
I stopped in at Napa Smith Brewery in Napa, California and tasted their beers. My favorite of all was the Bourbon Barrel Aged Hop Java. This coffee ale tasted rich and delicious aged in bourbon barrels. Very nicely done! Worth the stop.
I had heard that The Perch Pub and Brewery in Chandler, Arizona was different. Well, that’s an understatement. I’m not sure where to begin. The rescued wild birds are fabulous to watch! That alone in itself is worth the trip. It’s like an exotic bird zoo. Then there’s the food. The fish tacos were the best I’ve ever had. Then there’s the bartender. E is the best bartender ever. He’s awesome. And the whole reason I stopped is the beer. I had a flight: Paleyeah! is a solid pale ale / Desert Blossom Saison is very tasty – one of the best saisons I’ve had and possibly my favorite / Rosemary IPA – if you like rosemary – YES – if not – NO / Belgian Peach – delicious – sweet – peachy goodness / Velocirazter Gose – tart, salty, raspberry refreshing goodness / Stirabout Oatmeal Stout – a happy ending. Very few flights are all good – this one was. Excellent.
I stopped in at Blasted Barley Beer Company in Phoenix, Arizona and tried the O.R.C.A. Pale Ale. O.R.C.A. stands for Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Awesome. The bartender recommended this. The beer tasted like a decent pale ale. For the life of me I could not identify the oatmeal raisin cookie connection. Maybe its just me.
I stopped in at Papago Brewing Company in Phoenix, Arizona and tried a flight of their beers. Each one was perfect. Orange Blossom had a light, crisp taste flavored with orange and vanilla. Coconut Joe was an absolutely delicious coconut coffee stout – I’d come back for this alone. The Hopago IPA was also very good. And the Oude Zuipers Belgian Strong Ale was spot on. I enjoyed their white pizza with these beers and enjoyed the food and drink. Well worth the stop!