I stopped in at Prospect Point Brewing in Frederick, Maryland with my wife and my son and his wife. We enjoyed a few hours of relaxing and talking and enjoying great beers. Their Homebrew English Mild is one of the best beers of this style I have ever tasted. I also enjoyed their Chocolate Thunder Stout. My son and his wife enjoyed several of their other beers. All of their offerings are great. My wife doesn’t drink beer so we brought in a coffee mug with wine for her – shh! – don’t tell the brewer. We also brought in some food from Friscos Restaurant. Friscos’ sandwiches, salads and exploded potatoes are all delicious. The beers paired wonderfully with the food. We have been eagerly anticipating the opening of Prospect Point Brewing because it is literally a mile down the street from my son’s house. I know it will be a family favorite. Their beer and their relaxing setting will bring us back again and again. We were also blessed to have met the brewers at the Maryland Craft Beer Festival where my sons and I have volunteered for the past several years. So, I’ve got three takeaways for you. Go to the Maryland Craft Beer Festival and try new beers and get out and support Maryland breweries, enjoy great food at Friscos, and by all means head to Prospect Point Brewing and have a beer!!
I stopped in at The Abbey Brewing Company in Miami, Florida and enjoyed their Abbey Marzen. Think roasted malt. Caramel. Almost sweet. Nice beer.
I stopped in at Wynwood Brewing Company in Miami, Florida. The bartender told me that Pop’s Porter is one of their most celebrated beers and when I saw Coconut Pop’s Porter I simply had to try it. I was not disappointed.
I stopped in and tried two beers at J Wakefield Brewing in Miami, FL. El Jefe is a coconut flavored hefeweizen. Not my favorite style – it’s me – it’s mot the beer – BUT – you had me at coconut. And, am I ever glad i tried this beer. It’s really tasty and refreshing. I love the hint of coconut. I also tried Pecans are Forever which is a barrel aged imperial pecan stout. This is delicious and really strong. You can feel it. Great beers!
I stopped in at Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami, Florida and enjoyed Peaches and Dreams gose. Great recommendation from the bartender. Not too tart. Not too sweet. Not too peachy. Just right on all counts. Delicious and refreshing beer!
The bartender at PHX Beer Company in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, February 20 is a Beer Goddess. She recommended mixing Sonoran White Chocolate Ale (which I love) with Iron Horse Porter. WOW. Game Changer. Delicious. Chocolate and White Chocolate together. PERFECT!
I stopped in at Highland Park Brewery in Los Angeles, California. For dinner I enjoyed beet salad and cauliflower tacos and paired with their Timbo Pils. Let’s talk about Timbo Pils. I love this beer. It’s a Pilsner so it’s a bit lighter than IPAs. It’s fresh. At the same time it has hop notes of West Coast IPAs. It’s simply toned down a bit. Plenty of flavor, just not in your face. So fine.
I stopped in at 6th & La Brea Brewery in Los Angeles, California. I enjoyed their Get Buzzed Golden Ale which is delicious with tremendous honey sweetness. I paired their Brussels Sprouts appetizer and Kale salad with the beer for an absolutely fabulous dinner.
I stopped in at Three Weavers Brewing Company in Los Angeles, California after a long coast to coast flight and enjoyed their Expatriate West Coast IPA. After all, would you drink an East Coast IPA in Los Angeles, really? And, I really enjoyed the delicious hop profile.
I stopped in at Kunstler Brewing in San Antonio, Texas, after a long day of frustrating travel. Their Big Emma We Heavy was a great start. The Kolschineal with Prickly Pear and the pepper rim was amazing. Great beers and perfect way to wind down a hectic day.