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!

Wild Mind Artisan Ales, Minneapolis, MN

I stopped in at Wild Mind Artisan Ales in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Saying I stopped in is really accurate because I got there just minutes before last call.  I wanted to get in one more brewery stop before calling it a night.  The bartender was quite helpful and suggested #4 (see list below) Sol Wild India Pale Ale.  This may have been my first beer with wild yeast.  It was delicious.  I’ve been focusing on varieties other than IPA’s lately because I had been in an IPA rut a while back.  This beer is on point.  I love it.  Very fresh.  Citrusy without being resiny or fruity.  Enough bitterness but not too much.  Great beer.

And how about that tap backdrop.  That’s art.  Beautiful.  I could have sat at the bar for hours just enjoying that and sipping all of their beers.

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Legion Brewing, Charlotte, NC

I stopped in  at Legion Brewing in Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoyed their Juicy Jay East Coast IPA.  Although I’ve backed off from IPAs to some extent, when I asked the bartender what the most popular beer was, I took their recommendation and tried the Juicy Jay.  I really enjoyed this beer.  I love a grapefruit-flavored IPA.  This IPA was full of citrus flavor, including grapefruit.  Very hoppy.  Tropical.

It was open mic night when I stopped in and I enjoyed several musicians while enjoying my beer.  A great relaxing evening.

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Urban South Brewery, New Orleans, LA

I stopped in at  Urban South Brewery in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Getting there gave me a good opportunity for a long walk after a day long workshop in New Orleans.  After sizing up the beers on tap I  decided to go with the Holy Roller IPA.  Hey, I’m a holy roller, why not?  And it’s been a while since I’ve had an entire IPA.  I’ve been branching out into other styles.  I found Holy Roller to be quite good.  Hoppy but not overboard.  Not heavy or resiny.  Very nice to drink and enjoy.  I wish I liked crawfish.  There was a company selling coked crawfish and many locals were enjoying them.  Quite a large group – lots of energy.

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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.

 

 

Smuttynose Brewing Company, Hampton, NH

I enjoyed dinner and a beer at the Smuttynose Brewing Company Hayseed Restaurant in Hampton, New Hampshire.  Their pork schnitzel was delicious and it paired perfectly with Finestkind IPA.

I then proceeded to the brewery tasting room and tried Ginger Beer (not enough ginger for me and the peppers either needed to be stronger or not included), Shoals Pale Ale (a very drinkable and tasty pale), Old Brown Dog (smooth, malty, almost-sweet brown ale), and S’mistletoe (very fruity, not sweet but not sour, light not heavy).  What a range of beers.  Something for everyone.

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Tailgate Beer, Nashville, TN

I stopped in at Tailgate Beer in Nashville, Tennessee and enjoyed a flight of beers.  Their Watermelon Wheat was tasty but I was hoping for more watermelon flavor.  Their Fall Wit was an enjoyable beer – mild in flavor.  Grapefruit IPA was also good but again I wanted more grapefruit flavor.  The Peanut Butter Milk Stout was smooth and delicious.  Just the right amount of peanut butter.  This was the last beer I tasted and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I also enjoyed the large hosue salad from their kitchen.  Their pizzas looked tasty but that would have been too heavy for me at that time.  The brewery is a great place and well worth a visit!

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Parkway Brewing Company, Salem, VA

I stopped in at Parkway Brewing Company in Salem, Virginia for a beer.  I wound up trying a flight.  The brewery has a great feel.  It includes a wide open space with various seating options.  Also when I was there a food truck and live music were featured.  In terms of beer I really enjoyed the Majestic Mullet Krispy Kolsch.  This is a fresh, drinkable beer.  Delightful.  I also enjoyed three IPA’s – Get Bent, Factory Girl and Grapefruit.  I enjoyed the hoppiness of these.  Good flavors.  Slightly resiny for my taste.  The Seeing Colors Spiced Ale is a delicious fall seasonal.  I really loved the spices.  Baltic Porter is also a very tasty, darker beer.  I tried a quick sample of the Gose on tap which was sour, salty and refreshing.  I recommend stopping in and trying these beers!

Troegs Independent Brewing, Harrisburg, PA

I stopped in at Troegs Independent Brewing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania attending a work related event.  I was really impressed!  And I had the wonderful opportunity to sample a number of beers in one evening which was a delight.  And, the food they prepared and served for the event was also great.  I especially liked the chicken salad rolls and the java chip cupcakes!.  But, back to the beer.  Troegs HopBack Amber Ale is a great balance between hops and malt.  Drinking this you get some of both and it is really easy to drink.  Troegenator Double Bock is a rich brown caramelly beer that feels perfect for fall weather.  And, JavaHead Stout is a tasty coffee and chocolate tasting stout.  Their Perpetual IPA is a delight to drink.  Not too hoppy yet flavorful enough for most IPA lovers.  Although not as well-versed in Belgian beers, their Jovial is a delicious dubbel, pardon the comparison, but with some of Troegenator and some of JavaHead flavors swirling together.  Although Pilsners are often too “light” for me, their Sunshine Pilsner was tasty and a beer I’d drink again for sure.  The current seasonal, Hop Knife was the only beer I enjoyed a full serving of and it was well worth the full glass.  Not only that, I won a six-pack at the event I was attending and am looking forward to enjoying it with family this weekend.  I also had the opportunity to enjoy to “scratch” beers.  The Mango India Pale Ale was delicious and reminiscent of a Mango IPA I enjoyed in Hawaii earlier this month.  And, if a Harrisburg brewery can make me feel like I’m in Hawaii, that’s awesome.  Finally, I enjoyed the American Style Sour Cherry.  I like sour beers and I really like sour cherry.  This beer reminded me of a similar one at Jolly Pumpkin in Michigan last summer.  I was really tempted to bring a growler of this home with me but with a six-pack of Hop Knife and a fridge full of beer at home I passed on the opportunity.  So, if you’re ever in Harrisburg, PA or even near the area do yourself a favor and stop at Troegs.

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