City Steam Brewery, Hartford, CT

I stopped in at City Steam Brewery in Hartford, Connecticut for dinner and a beer.  It was pretty obvious that I needed to try the Naughty Nurse Amber Ale, their flagship.  And this beer did not disappoint.  A great blend of amber maltiness plus enough hop bite to make it interesting.  And it was delicious paired with their fish tacos.  I also tasted Jungle Crush IPA and Oktoberfest and enjoyed both beers.  I also love the vibe of this historic, restored location in downtown Hartford.  Very walkable from nearly any location downtown.  I welcome the opportunity to return to Hartford and stop in again.

Pigskin Brewing Company, Gahanna, OH

I stopped in at Pigskin Brewing Company near Columbus, Ohio for dinner and a beer (well, a flight of beers, because I couldn’t decide).  Dinner included Tomato Soup and Buffalo Chicken Flatbread.  Both were delicious.  I enjoyed Undefeated IPA, Cream of the Crop Cream Ale, Highland Games Scottish Ale, and Passion Fruit Gose.  I enjoyed these beers.  The gose was my least favorite.  The cream ale is a light and easy drinking beer.  Tasty.  The Undefeated IPA is a solid IPA.  I very much enjoyed the Scottish Ale.  Malty deliciousness.

Two Roads Brewing Company, Stratford, CT

I stopped in at Two Roads Brewing Company, well technically I stopped in their taproom at the Bradley Airport in Hartford, Connecticut.  The pastrami sandwich there was delicious.  I started with Two Juicy IPA, then Ok2berfest, then ended with Lil’ Heaven Session IPA.  I also tasted Roadsmary’s Baby.  I enjoyed every beer.  All were delicious with lunch.

They were offering growler fills.  I’ve never seen that at an airport before.  I wish I had been traveling home from there but was on to another location before returning home.  Hope I travel through Hartford again soon and can bring a growler home.

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Thomas Hooker Brewery, Bloomfield, CT

I stopped in at Thomas Hooker Brewery Colt Taproom.  It was dinner time and they offer a nice menu with a few items.  The Trio of Tacos was delicious – even the roasted vegetable one!  The beers I tasted all went well with the tacos.  I especially liked the #nofilter IPA.  I’m getting more interested in hazy IPAs these days.  The Oktoberfest was smooth and malty with a hop bite.  Perfect for the season.  And the Milking the Clock milk stout was a tasty, sweet ending to the meal.  Great place to stop in. Glad I did.

Smartmouth Brewing Company, Virginia Beach, VA

I stopped in at Smartmouth Brewing Company Pilot House in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  I had some family members with me and we enjoyed sharing a couple of flights.  Grandson also enjoyed giant Jenga with my son.  We liked all of the beers.  Of note:

Tinamatua – ale with a coconut cream pie flavor – not too much but enough – -delicious

Wicked Awesome – coffee brown ale – yes – delivers totally as advertised

PILF – IPA – hints of lemon – we like citrus – this was perfect

Hope my travels bring me to stop in again.

Dead Armadillo Craft Brewing, Tulsa, OK

I stopped in at Dead Armadillo Craft Brewing in Tulsa, Oklahoma and enjoyed a flight of their beers.  Their Apricot Breakaway is one of their newest and pretty tasty with enough apricot that you can taste the fruit.  The Raspberry Blonde wasn’t as sour or as full of fruit taste as I would have preferred.  Their IPA is likely the best IPA in Tulsa.  Hoppy with some malt complexity.  Very nice!  And Morning Bender Coffee Oatmeal Stout has a great roasted coffee flavor with notes of chocolate.  Great beers!

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!