Astro Lab Brewing, Silver Spring, MD

I stopped in at Astro Lab Brewing in Silver Spring, Maryland.  What a cool place in revitalized Silver Spring.  The tap room was filled with young families on an early Saturday evening.  With several tables and games it’s conducive to families hanging out.  At the bar, I decided to try a few beers and reached the conclusion that Jupiter, one of their IPAs, is my favorite.  It’s juicy and bitter and balanced and delicious.  My only regret is that I didn’t bring any home with me.

COOP Ale Works, Oklahoma City, OK

I stopped in at COOP Ale Works in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The beer I was most interested to try was F5 because I had seen it on tap in several local restaurants.  And, I was not disappointed.  F5 is a wonderful IPA, one I’d drink at home of available.  I also enjoyed the Grapefruit F5 and found it to be grapefruity enough but not over the top.  I enjoyed the bourbon barrel aged Territorial Reserve.  I’d drink anything aged in bourbon barrels.  The Fly Me Away Milkshake was a bit over the top for me, but to each his own.  It’s definitely different.

Prince Edward Island Brewing Company, Charlottetown, Canada

I stopped in at Prince Edward Island Brewing Company in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.  I really enjoyed this place.  It’s open; cool vibe; industrial; artsy; lots of space; games to play; helpful bar staff.  I narrowed today’s beer to the Snowbird Juicy IPA.  I really liked this beer.  My son-in-law is a big fan of hazy, juicy IPA’s.  This is so good I’m bringing him a can home from Canada.  I think he’ll love it.  I really enjoyed it. It has a delicious citrus flavor along with enough hop bitterness to be an IPA but not overpowering.

I tasted the blueberry ale, which had enough blueberry flavor to give it that taste but not too much.  And, finally, I tasted the stout which was delicious.  Full disclosure, I had enjoyed the Beach Chair Lager at Rick’s Fish and Chips in St Peters before I got to PEI Brewing or I might have had another beer or a flight.  I really liked the Beach Chair Lager and it went well with fish and chips.  Rick’s fish and chips were the best we had on the island!  And, my wife enjoyed the beer too.  Win Win Win.

I also bought a can of Sir John A’s Honey Wheat Ale for my dear friend John B.  I think he’ll get the connection.  I didn’t try it but if it’s as good as their other beers it’s phenomenal.

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.