3 Floyds, Munster, IN

I stopped in at 3 Floyds Brewing Company in Munster, Indiana for lunch and a beer.  3 Floyds is a wacky place.  Some of the pictures give that away.  But their food and beer isn’t wacky at all!  It’s awesome.  I loved the Brisket Taco which paired perfectly with Alpha King American Pale Ale.  Absolutely delicious.  Just the right amount of hops.  Easy to drink  over and over again.  I also couldn’t leave without trying Quaanto Triple IPA.  At 12% the serving is small but that’s all you need.  This is heavy and delicious and smooth and malty and hoppy and WOW!  But be careful, it drinks easy but packs a serious punch!

Revolution Brewing, Chicago, IL

I stopped in at Revolution Brewing in Chicago, Illinois and tried a few of their beers.  The first one I tried was Fist City, an American Pale Ale.  Very tasty.  As described – crisp – and hoppy.  The next beer I tried was the Ideology ESB.  Good beer.  Not the best ESB I’ve had but good nonetheless.  And, finally, I tried the Anti Hero IPA.  This is my hero!  In fact, I also got a glass from the conference reception I attended tonight and am finishing it while I write this blog post.  Very hoppy!  Very Happy!

Gino’s Brewing Company, Chicago, IL

I stopped in at Gino’s East of Chicago / Gino’s Brewing Company in Chicago, Illinois for dinner and a beer.  I started with the crispy Brussels sprouts appetizer and Pineapple Imposter American Pale Ale.  The Brussels sprouts were tasty and the beer was good, quite good, but personally I didn’t get any pineapple flavor.  I then ordered a small deep dish pizza and the Broken English ESB – both awesome!  Delicious pizza and delicious beer.  two perfect comfort foods.  Everyone seeking deep dish pizza in Chicago needs to go to Gino’s and everyone seeking craft beer in Chicago needs to go to Gino’s.  Let’s just say everyone needs to go to Gino’s!

Ozark Beer Company, Rogers, AR

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I stopped in at the Ozark Beer Company in Rogers, Arkansas and enjoyed a taste of the five beers they had on tap.  I really enjoyed the American Pale Ale.  It was hoppy enough for my palate.  This was one of the beers I had a second taste of.  I tried the India Pale Ale which I also enjoyed.  A solid IPA.  The Belgian Golden was the strongest on the menu and a solid Belgian beer.  Many of the other folks at the brewery were drinking this.  The Cream Stout was nice and smooth.  The Onyx Coffee Stout was delicious.  I enjoyed a second taste of this one as well.  This brewery was one of my stops on the Fayetteville Ale Trail which I highly recommend for those who love craft beer and are in the Fayetteville area.  In my opinion, the beers at Ozark Brewing Company were the best on the Fayetteville Ale Trail.

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