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.
I stopped in at Tooth and Nail Brewing Company in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for a late beer. I had trouble deciding so tried small pours of Vim and Vigor Pilsner (delicious; renewed my faith in pilsner), Tenacity Pale Ale ( a solid pale), and Red Letter Day IPA (certainly a nice IPA). I enjoyed all of the beers.
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.
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.
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.
I stopped in at Surly Brewing Company in Saint Paul, Minnesota for dinner and a beer. The brisket for dinner was fabulous. I paired it with Furious IPA and Hell lager. Both great pairs for the brisket. What a great restaurant and brewery.
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.
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!
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!
I stopped in at Ten 10 Brewing Company in Orlando, Florida for lunch and a beer. Their New Jack City chicken salad sandwich on pretzel roll was amazing as well as the kale slaw. East West IPA paired perfectly with it. Kudos to the brewery. Loved its body and flavor.