I stopped in at Perfect Plain Brewing Company in Pensacola, Florida on the way to the airport. Wow! Of the over 600 breweries I’ve visited I am most impressed with this start-ups offerings – all of the ones I tried are awesome.
Assembly Old Ale – rich, complex, brown ale; smooth and delicious
Alleyoop Dreams Straberry Lime Gose – yes, fruity, tart, a little salty, easy drinking
Coco Gnar Sweet Stout – think Girl Scout Cookie Samoas in a glass
Farmhouse IPA – hop-heads will delight in this strong IPA
Daddy Smack Pox Milkshake IPA – yes, an IPA with fruit and vanilla and a milky feel, delicious for those with an open mind
Double A Citrus Pal Ale – a citrus-forward pale ale that is so easy to drink and so interesting with citrus notes
Over Easy Breakfast Stout – so rich with vanilla and cinnamon and coffee – a great way to start the day – breakfast of brewmasters
I sampled the others as well. Never have I seen a brewery this size with so many home run beers. Congratulations!
I stopped in at Spahr Brewing Company in Pensacola, Florida for a beer. Nice beers. Many in German and Belgian styles. All true to traditional flavor profile. Nice atmosphere inside with plenty of room to relax with friends. Great place to stop for a beer.
I stopped in at Goat Lips Chew and Brewpub, the home of Redneck Riviera Brewing Project in Pensacola, Florida. The Chicken Tortilla Salad was delicious – loved the warm dressing. And paired with their Jalapeno Cream Ale it was a match made in heaven. If you’re ever in the area you should stop in here!
I stopped in at Ocean Sun Brewing in Orlando Florida for a beer. With a name like Sunny Day in Helles, how can you go wrong with that? It was crisp, clean, easy to drink, and all around a very enjoyable beer. The taproom was also very nice with a chill vibe. This is a great place to stop in for a beer.
I stopped in at Crooked Can Brewing Company in Winter Garden, Florida and enjoyed their Cool as a Gose Cucumber Gose. It had been a while since I’d had a nice Gose and this did not disappoint. Tart, Salty, hints of cucumber. Very drinkable. In fact, several of these would have gone down easily. And, this would pair with a pizza very well (but I’m trying to be good and not eat pizza these days).
I stopped in at Alamo Beer Company in San Antonio, Texas for a beer. I decided to go with the flagship Golden Ale and was not disappointed. This is a bright, crisp beer with low alcohol. Delicious!
I stopped in at Flying Bison Brewing Company in Buffalo, New York. The bartender recommended Bisonfest, which is their version of Oktoberfest, and I found too be delicious. It is malty with complexity and familiarity with several types of malts. And the hops are just enough to balance out the malts and keep it from being sweet. I also tried Rusty Chain which is also delicious. Again , a complex malt bill with enough hops to keep it from being sweet. Great beers!
I stopped in at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery after a long walk in Buffalo New York and wasn’t sure what to try. The bartender gave me a few samples and I landed on the Lighthouse Golden Ale. LIGHT BEER? YES! LIGHT BEER! And FABULOUS LIGHT BEER at that. I could drink this all day and I never drink light beer. And I’m sure my waistline thanks me for this too. I enjoyed every drop while watching the Buffalo Sabres win last night. Great beer and great spot to enjoy a beer.
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.
I tried the Imperial Vanilla Cappuccino Pumpkin Ale from Resurgence Brewing Company in Buffalo, New York. This beer combines many flavors I love: vanilla, coffee, pumpkin and spices. It’s not heavy on the pumpkin. But at 13.3% it’s strong, so be careful.