The Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

I stopped in at The Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  It was a late evening stop on a chilly night.  I enjoyed a cup of delicious fish chowder and paired it with Nuts and Berries Brown Ale.  The beer was smooth and malty and slightly fruity.  Delicious.  And it paired wonderfully with the soup.  Both served to warm me up on a chilly night. This is a great stop in a lively area of downtown Portsmouth.

Smuttynose Brewing Company, Hampton, NH

I enjoyed dinner and a beer at the Smuttynose Brewing Company Hayseed Restaurant in Hampton, New Hampshire.  Their pork schnitzel was delicious and it paired perfectly with Finestkind IPA.

I then proceeded to the brewery tasting room and tried Ginger Beer (not enough ginger for me and the peppers either needed to be stronger or not included), Shoals Pale Ale (a very drinkable and tasty pale), Old Brown Dog (smooth, malty, almost-sweet brown ale), and S’mistletoe (very fruity, not sweet but not sour, light not heavy).  What a range of beers.  Something for everyone.

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Brookeville Beer Farm, Brookeville, MD

I stopped in at the newest brewery in the Maryland area where I live, Brookeville Beer Farm in Brookeville, Maryland.  I ordered a flight and enjoyed their beers.  The Philsner Pilsner was tasty and very drinkable with good flavor.  Road Dust is a solid brown ale.  Their IPA and Double IPA were both very good.  I really enjoyed the Ridiculous Stout, it was smooth, rich, flavorful with coffee, chocolate maltiness.  I hope to stop here frequently.  The bar area is beautiful with a large outdoor seating area as well.

 

Land Grant Brewing Company, Columbus, OH

I stopped in at Land Grant Brewing Company in Columbus, Ohio.  I took the opportunity to call into a conference call and catch up on some e-mail.  While there I enjoyed the Session 71 session IPA and the Son of a Mudder Brown Ale.  Wow!  Both were great.  And the bartender was really nice and helped me decide which beers and accommodated my working right at the bar.  Great experience.  I’d stop in here again!

Legend Brewing Company, Richmond, VA

I stopped in Legend Brewing Company in Richmond, Virginia with a colleague for dinner and a beer.  We greatly enjoyed dinner on their deck in wonderful weather – thankful for a clear day after dozens of days of rain.  We each enjoyed great salads – Cobb and Greek.  We paired them with the brown ale and my buddy also enjoyed an imperial brown ale.  Both the food and the beers were delightful and enjoying them outdoors overlooking the James River in Richmond made it all the better.