Had a great time with my family in one of the rental tents. Nice and warm on a chilly January day. I enjoyed a flight and all of the beers were tasty. Their Hazy IPA’s are good. Flip Coast IPA is also good. General Sherman Double IPA is strong and tasty. Kodiak is sweet and delicious. the beers paired well with snacks we brought. And Kodiak went well with chocolates.
Big Ditch Brewing Company, Buffalo, NY
I stopped in at Big Ditch Brewing Company in Buffalo, New York and enjoyed the Excavator Rye Brown Ale. Excavator is rich, full-bodied, full-flavored and delicious. This is a great fall/winter beer. It took the chill out of last evening. The rye flavor adds some spice and supports the brown ale.
Three Spirits Brewery, Charlotte, NC
I stopped in at Three Spirits Brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina. After trying Honey Porter and Ghost of Pumpkins Past I decided to stick with Agate Have It Brown Ale.I was looking for the honey porter to be sweeter and the pumpkin was a little too prominent for my taste. I really enjoyed the brown ale. It was smooth and very drinkable. Malty but not too sweet. A great way to end the evening.
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.
7th Settlement, Dover, NH
I stopped in at 7th Settlement for dinner and a beer. The Chorizo Tacos and homemade Tots are AMAZING! I paired this with their Almighty Brown, a very flavorful brown ale. Great food and beer. Definitely worth stopping. Food is fresh and locally sourced. Hope to stop again.
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.
Jackalope Brewing Company, Nashville, TN
I stopped in at Jackalope Brewing Company in Nashville, Tennessee to try their beers. Clearly the Bearwalker Maple Brown Ale is their leading beer. Think Maple Malty Goodness. Wow! You have to try it! I also enjoyed tastes of Casper Gose, Rompo Red Rye and Princess Wanda Breslau Style. I enjoyed stopping in and recommend you stop in also if you are in town.
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!
Barley’s Brewing Company, Columbus, OH
I stopped in at Barley’s Brewing Company in Columbus, Ohio and tried the Chupacabra Imperial Brown Ale. This is a tasty beer. I was hoping for even more vanilla and chocolate influence but regardless it was very good.