Beach Haus Brewery, Belmar, NJ

I stopped in at Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar, New Jersey.  For being a beach brewery  they have a real breadth of beer styles including “darker, heavier” styles I would most commonly associate with winter and cold weather.  And, these styles are available year round.  Parade Day Irish Coffee Stout is a delicious coffee stout.  I was very impressed with the easy-drinking Grapefruit Radler.  The Strawberry Radler was tasty but felt more like a wine cooler.  The beer I enjoyed the most, and perhaps their best beer, was the High Side Blonde Ale.  It was fresh, complex, easy drinking and delicious.  I liked it so much that I bought a six-pack to bring home to enjoy later.

Papago Brewing Company, Phoenix, AZ

I stopped in at Papago Brewing Company in Phoenix, Arizona and tried a flight of their beers.  Each one was perfect. Orange Blossom had a light, crisp taste flavored with orange and vanilla.  Coconut Joe was an absolutely delicious coconut coffee stout – I’d come back for this alone.  The Hopago IPA was also very good.  And the Oude Zuipers Belgian Strong Ale was spot on.  I enjoyed their white pizza with these beers and enjoyed the food and drink.  Well worth the stop!


Goodwood Brewing Company, Louisville, KY

I stopped in at Goodwood Brewing Company in Louisville, Kentucky. Several industry friends and I stopped in after dinner to try their beers.  With the current construction in Louisville, getting there was a bit tricky, and we may have used a slightly illegal maneuver to park down the block.  The area the brewery is located in felt a bit sketchy, but that’s not always uncommon for breweries.  Fortunately we got there safely.  When we arrived it was close to last call so we quickly put in our flight orders.  There was only one other small group in the tap room at the time.  The atmosphere was rustic – very enjoyable.  Having tried several of their beers, here are some thoughts.  The Cinnamon Stout was new for me.  It tasted like a mix of Red Hots and stout at the same time.  Tasty for what it was.  I think my favorite brew was the Bourbon Barrel Ale – an ale smoothed out with the flavor of bourbon – sweet and tasty.  The Pale Ale was crisp and hoppy.  The Bourbon Barrel Stout was smooth and flavorful.  I hope I have another time to stop in here before this trip ends.

7 Locks Brewing, Rockville, MD

I stopped in at 7 Locks Brewing in Rockville, Maryland.  My daughter recently moved in to a condo within a couple of blocks from this great brewery.  We stopped in so we could try their beers and so I could buy a couple of growlers for my daughter.  We had a great time.  The beers were tasty.  My wife even liked the Honey Ale and she doesn’t like beer.  My daughter and her boyfriend liked the IPA.  I really liked the Farmhouse Ale.  I also really liked the Coffee Stout.  The other brews were tasty as well, but these were our favorites.  We bought growlers of IPA and Farmhouse Ale.  The growler beers wend well with some Chinese takeout we brought back to her new place for dinner.  7 Locks Brewing has a great vibe – warehouse feel – and my wife, who isn’t as in to  breweries really liked it.  With our daughter now living close by we are looking forward to stopping in often.  A few other details.  The bartender that served us was really nice and really patient.  The brewery also had a feed truck outside – we didn’t try any of the food but it looked good.

Waredaca Brewing Company, Laytonsville, MD

I stopped in at Waredaca Brewing Company in Laytonsville, Maryland for a beer and had a wonderful time!  Waredaca is only twenty minutes from home and now I’m wishing I had stopped in sooner – although this could become a dangerous habit.  What a great place.  The farm setting is really beautiful and I’m sure this spring, summer and fall it will b a delightful place to visit.  The tap room is really neat; a bar, a number of tables and chairs, and a casual seating area.  It’s not cramped – has plenty of room for folks to hang out.  And, yesterday with the gorgeous weather, dozens of folks were hanging out on picnic tables outside.  I was not anticipating the roughly 50 cars in the parking lot when I got there.  And, I was concerned it may be crowded, but despite the numbers it felt easy to get a great seat at the bar.  And the enjoyment didn’t stop there.  The guys at the bar were so kind and friendly.  I had my brother with me who isn’t a beer drinker and he absolutely loved the homemade Lemongrass Ginger Soda.  For me, I had to try the Beecher IPA which was really nice.  Not too hoppy but hoppy enough.  And not too heavy.  Very drinkable.  Then I tried the Reveille Coffee Stout – WOW – delicious.  Smooth.  Coffee.  Delicious.  It was so good I wanted to bring some home.  I know my wife wouldn’t appreciate another growler.  So I asked for one of the custom 32 oz cans.  So Cool.  They filled the can right from the tap then used the machine to cap it.  See photo below.  Despite visiting hundreds of breweries, this is the first of those machines I’ve ever seen.  I’m looking forward to sharing that can with friends at home.  Waredaca has a number of other beers you can check out plus a small snack menu that looks worth checking out as well.  I hope to stop in again soon.  Maybe you should too!  Hope to see you there.

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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Avondale Brewing Company, Birmingham, AL

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I stopped in at the Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham, Alabama and tried a few of their beers.  The Long Branch Scottish Ale is one of their flagship beers and is a wonderful beer.  The Vanillapant Porter is another flagship and is a great vanilla tasting dark beer.  The No Joka Mocha Stout is a rich coffee stout with a strong coffee flavor.  The brewery is a really cool space with an industrial feel to it.

Good People Brewing Company, Birmingham, AL

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I was with a Good Friend when I stopped in at Good People Brewing Company in Birmingham, Alabama.  In fact, my friend had just treated me to a gourmet lunch and had given me a grand tour of Birmingham.  I guess that’s what they mean by Good People.  We concluded our time together at the brewery and I enjoyed a flight, tasting a number of beers.  I started with the Bearded Lady American Wheat Ale which was the best wheat beer I’ve ever had.  I typically stay away from this style because wheat beers are not my preference.  But, this one had a hoppy flavor to it and I enjoyed it.  From there I moved on to the Pale Ale which was smooth with a slight hoppiness to it that I also enjoyed.  Next was the IPA which is a great go-t0 IPA; flavorful but not too hoppy.  I then tried the Brown Ale which was smooth but not too sweet or too malty.  And, finally I tried the Coffee Oatmeal Stout which had a rich coffee flavor.  In the past I had also had Snake Handler Double IPA, thanks to my friend, and this is also excellent – very hoppy.  In short, I enjoy all of these beers and would consider Birmingham as a possible relocation place in the future ;~)  The brewery is a really cool industrial/warehouse space.  Old extra-large electric wire spools are used for tables.  The bar is an huge circle.  And, our bartender was a really nice guy who was very informative.