Shannon Brewing Company, Keller, TX

I stopped in at Shannon Brewing Company in Keller, Texas.  When I arrived their running club was meeting for their weekly run.  Cool.  Despite the bartender’s suggestion to try the latest seasonal I went with the flagship Irish Red and was not disappointed.  Nice malty flavor profile with just a bit of hops.  Easy drinking.  I couldn’t leave without trying the Chocolate Bourbon Stout and was not disappointed by that.  I love the bourbon finish.  The chocolate stout is delicious.  A great dessert drink.  Maybe next time I’ll run with the group first!

Mother Bunch Brewing, Phoenix, AZ

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I stopped in at Mother Bunch Brewing in Phoenix, Arizona after a long, direct flight from Washington, DC.  The Chicken Tinga Tostadas were a great late dinner. And, all of the food I saw delivered to other patrons also looked delicious.  Rather than picking one beer, I tried a few four ounce tasters.  The Grapefruit Wit was where I started and it was delicious – a slightly tart and very crisp drink to pair with dinner.  I then tried the Campfire IPA – a very solid west coast style IPA.  Again, a good pair with dinner.  I also tried McBride’s Irish Red.  I think I realized Irish Reds are not my favorite.  This was very good but just not my go to.  The Juniper Berry Gose was delicious and also paired well with my meal.  It was tart and salty and balanced well with the food. I sampled the Cherry Popper Porter but at the recommendation of the bartender I tried the Oatmeal Chocolate Milk Stout which served as a liquid dessert.  OH WOW.  So delicious.  Very good beers here.  If you’re in Phoenix I recommend stopping in and trying them all.