Shannon Brewing Company, Keller, TX

I stopped in at Shannon Brewing Company in Keller, Texas.  When I arrived their running club was meeting for their weekly run.  Cool.  Despite the bartender’s suggestion to try the latest seasonal I went with the flagship Irish Red and was not disappointed.  Nice malty flavor profile with just a bit of hops.  Easy drinking.  I couldn’t leave without trying the Chocolate Bourbon Stout and was not disappointed by that.  I love the bourbon finish.  The chocolate stout is delicious.  A great dessert drink.  Maybe next time I’ll run with the group first!

Intuition Ale Works, Jacksonville, FL

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I stopped in at Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, Florida and enjoyed Tall, Dark + Cherry.  I was hoping for more cherry flavor, but it did deliver as a chocolate stout with hint of cherry.  Of course, you wouldn’t want the cherry to be overpowering any way.

I’ll also mention that several years ago while on business in Jacksonville I had the opportunity to stop by and was given a private tour by the owner which was totally cool.

4 Hands Brewing Company, St. Louis, MO

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I stopped in at 4 Hands Brewing Company in St. Louis, Missouri and tried the Divided Sky Rye IPA which was really tasty with both the hops bitterness and the rye spice.  I also tried the Chocolate Milk Stout which was so tasty that I bought a bottle to take home.  As of this writing, it’s still in my beer fridge waiting for that perfect moment.  I might just make a stout float with it.  So rich and chocolatey!