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.

 

 

Barley Creek Brewing Company, Tannersville, PA

I stopped in at Barley Creek Brewing Company in Tannersville, Pennsylvania while on vacation in the Poconos.  Several of the appetizers were really delicious: Hummus dip, Spicy Fried Pickles and Big Pocono Nachos.  All were delicious with a beer.  We tried two flights in order to sample all of the beers on tap.  Our favorite beer was the Too Bitter ESB.  We found this beer to be malty and bitter, a great balance.

Clocktower Brew Pub, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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I stopped in at Clocktower Brew Pub in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for a snack and a beer.  The pretzel appetizer was tasty.  I enjoyed the Wisharts ESB and tasted the Clocktower Red.  The ESB is a solid example of the ESB style.  Smooth and very drinkable.  The Red was complex.  A variety of hops and other seasonings make this a very enjoyable beer.  I’m hoping to stop back at Clocktower for another Red before I leave town.  I also need to grab a few coasters for my collection.