Broadhead Brewing Company, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I stopped in at Broadhead Brewing Company in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for a beer.  There never seems to be enough ESBs for those of us who enjoy them.  So, naturally, I tried the Hammer and Tongs ESB.  Fabulous!  If I weren’t traveling by plane I would have grabbed some to take home.  Hope I make it back to Ottawa and can stop in again.  Proximity to the airport makes that pretty easy.

Bolt Brewery, San Diego, CA

I stopped in at Bolt Brewery in San Diego, California on my way to the airport.  This was a great last stop.  I enjoyed the Mahi Tacos very much and they paired well with both the ESB and the Batch 24 IPA.  I enjoyed Bolt Brewery so much I also purchased a t-shirt to remember my time there.  And, I’m eager for my next visit to San Diego to return.  Great beer and great food.

Holler Brewing Company, Houston, TX

I stopped  in at Holler Brewing Company in Houston, Texas.  They have one of the nicest bartenders I’ve ever interacted with.  She told me all about the brewery, gave me tastes of several beers, and ensured I had a great time.  I enjoyed the taste of their IPA she gave me.  Reminded me of my favorite IPA, Pliny the Elder from Russian River.  I also really enjoyed their ESB.  That’s a favorite style of mine but not many breweries brew it.  Holler’s ESB is very good and well worth trying.  I Holler for Beer at Holler Brewing Company!

Eureka Heights Brewing Company, Houston, TX

I stopped in at the Eureka Heights Brewing Company in Houston, Texas.  As usual I discussed the beer options with the bartender.  We reached the mutual conclusion that I needed to try a flight.  This turned out to be a great option.  All of the beers were tasty.  I’ll focus on two of them.  I especially enjoyed the Wicket Awesome ESB – I love a good ESB and this was good.  Just the right amount of malty sweetness balanced with the bitterness of the hops.  Delicious.  And, I loved Moo Caliente Spiced Milk Stout.  YUM!  Chocolatey with a spicy kick.  The cream ale was more substantial and hoppy than I’m used to but was tasty.  Both the pale and IPA were also good.  As you can see, I emptied all glasses.

 

Cabarrus Brewing Company, Concord, NC

 

I stopped in at Cabarrus Brewing Company in Concord, North Carolina.  With the help of the bartenders I checked out the beer list.  Decisions, Decisions.  I tried the ESB.  Tasty.  Malty, Hoppy, Bitter, very nice.  At the recommendation of the bartender I tried the Vanilla Coffee Blonde.  Stop right there.  Delicious.  Sweet.  Coffee.  Vanilla.  Forget Starbucks, I’d drink this for breakfast every day.

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By the time I thought to take a picture, well, they were empty.  Sorry!

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Redhook Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

I stopped in at Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and enjoyed two of their beers.  Clearly, Long Hammer  IPA is a classic.  If you’re looking for a go to IPA, this is solid.  Now that I’ve enjoyed it again I’ll be sure to bring this home when I’m in the mood for an IPA.  I’ve been enjoying ESB’s more frequently, especially now that the weather has turned cooler.  This richer, smoother, maltier, heavier beer is DELICIOUS.  I definitely recommend this beer.  I’ll be bringing this home for cool winter evenings by the fire.

 

 

Denizens Brewing Company, Silver Spring, MD

I stopped in at Denizens Brewing Company in Silver Spring, Maryland with my daughter to enjoy some beer and dinner.  I have been seeking a brewery local to my home that I could call “my brewery”.  I’ve found it!  Denizens has the best beers of all the nearby breweries.  In fact, I’d put Denizens beers head to head with most of the 500 breweries I’ve visited.  I’ll give some tasting notes on beers we sampled last night.  I loved the Born Bohemian Pilsner and I’m not even a big pilsner fan.  The beer tasted great, was light enough to drink easily, but flavorful and had a delicious finish.  Their Bocho Gose was true to the salty taste of a gose but not too salty.  It was also hoppy with a hint of lime and very refreshing.  Southside Rye IPA is also delicious.  Personally I didn’t get a lot of rye taste in the beer.  Tasted like a very drinkable, fresh IPA to me.  Not too hoppy but hoppy enough.  My daughter was keen on the Summer Jam Mix DIPA.  I thought it was good but this was not as outstanding as the previous beers – in my opinion.  Lowest Lord ESB was so  malty and delicious that I bought a four-pack to bring home.  Can’t wait to have it again.  Need I say more?  We tried the Third Party Tripel.  I need to appreciate Belgian beers more.  Big Red Norm Red Ale was malty and hoppy – a good balance – and delicious. When I noticed that the Chapless Horseman Russian Imperial Stout was aged on bourbon barrels – I love anything with bourbon – I was excited.  This beer did not overly impress me.  It felt weak.  HOWEVER.  There was an experimental ‘A Petit For $400’ petit sour aged on bourbon barrels that was so good that we had to have another pour of this deliciousness.  All of these beers helped wash down their pretzel and beer cheese appetizer and a burger/salad for me and a chicken sandwich/fries for my daughter.  All the food was also delicious.  I can’t wait to crack those ESB’s at home and to head back to Denizens with friends and family.