I stopped in at City Steam Brewery in Hartford, Connecticut for dinner and a beer. It was pretty obvious that I needed to try the Naughty Nurse Amber Ale, their flagship. And this beer did not disappoint. A great blend of amber maltiness plus enough hop bite to make it interesting. And it was delicious paired with their fish tacos. I also tasted Jungle Crush IPA and Oktoberfest and enjoyed both beers. I also love the vibe of this historic, restored location in downtown Hartford. Very walkable from nearly any location downtown. I welcome the opportunity to return to Hartford and stop in again.
I stopped in at Kichesippi Beer Company in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to try their beer. They have so many styles which they do a great job of brewing. Their friendly staff let me taste just about everything in the cooler. WOW! I’ll cover two beers here. First, the 1855 is an awesome amber – malty with a bite at the end. Easy to drink and delicious. Second, the Bristol Stout is so delicious that it’s the one I bought a can of to bring back to my hotel to enjoy late at night when catching up on work. The stout is rich with flavors of coffee and chocolate and luscious sweetness. Great beers from a great brewery.
I stopped in at Finnegans Brew Co. in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a beer. Although the bartender recommended the Cluster Truck IPA I decided to go with the Irish Ale and was not disappointed. I found this amber ale to be very easy to drink and a very tasty representation of this style. I enjoyed it while listening to live music which was really nice. Great beer and great vibe.
I stopped in at the Buffalo Brewpub in Williamsville, New York for lunch. Their Buffalo Chicken Salad was the best I’ve ever had. Surprise, Surprise. Buffalo Chicken in Buffalo. And I can see why their Amber Ale is their flagship. Its delicious. Many Amber Ales can tend to be blah. This has flavor. It is malty and a little hoppy. Perfect balance. Just a bit of additional spice flavor to give it some backbone. I loved it.
I stopped in at Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado for a beer. The tap room bartender let me know that 90 Shilling Ale was their flagship and that is what I tried. It is delicious and I’ll be looking for this when I get home. 90 Shilling is an Amber Ale in the Scottish style. It’s malty with a slight hop bitterness. Well worth the drive from Denver!
I stopped in for a beer at 12Degree Brewing in Louisville, Colorado. The Foxx Rougge was the perfect beer for a chilly fall night. It is rich, has flavors of caramel and dates, and is warming. Watching the Redskins beat the Raiders while enjoying the beer made it perfect.
I stopped in at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis, Massachusetts and tasted the Summer Ale which was light and refreshing. I also picked up a four pack of IPA and or Red for a beach outing. These both delivered as advertised with the IPA living up to it’s slogan “It’s Got a Bite” and the Red living up to it’s slogan Red – Right – Return. Both were in 16 ounce cans – perfect for a beach bonfire. As Cape Cod Beer says – there’s “A Vacation in Every Pint”. So, take a vacation!
I stopped In at Big Storm Brewing Company in Odessa Florida and enjoyed the Wavemaker amber ale. Very cool place.
I stopped at the Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts for lunch. My good friend Dan joined me and we caught up after not seeing each other for the past five years. Good times! He enjoyed the CBC Burger and I had the Turkey Cobb Wrap. Lunch was so good that later in the day I stopped back for a Cambridge Amber, which was really tasty. The bartender also set me up with a solid sample of the delicious 13% ABV Benevolence strong dark ale. Great food and great beer.
I stopped in at the Ellis Island Casino & Brewery in Las Vegas, Nevada and tried the Amber. As you can see from the picture, all craft beers are $2.00, a bargain! The amber was good. I’m not sure connecting a microbrewery with a casino is the best idea, even in Las Vegas.