I stopped in at Cowtown Brewing Company in Fort Worth, Texas. I enjoyed their barbecue very much and it paired nicely with both of the beers I tried. Their Rhinestone Cowboy Kolsch was delicious, very drinkable and fresh! Their The Last Kaiser Imperial Marzen Oktoberfest was rich and delicious, malty and hoppy. I recommend a stop in here if you’re in the Fort Worth area. Grab a beer and a bite. Yee Haw!
I stopped in at The Freehouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota for dinner and a beer. I enjoyed the deviled eggs and fried cheese curds appetizers with business colleagues. The shrimp tacos were an excellent dinner choice. All paired well with No. 1 Kolsch. Great food and great beer and a great atmosphere to enjoy both.
I stopped in at Spahr Brewing Company in Pensacola, Florida for a beer. Nice beers. Many in German and Belgian styles. All true to traditional flavor profile. Nice atmosphere inside with plenty of room to relax with friends. Great place to stop for a beer.
I stopped in at Steamworks Brewing Company in Vancouver, British Columbia. I enjoyed dinner there and a flight of four beers with my wife and a coworker. The beers were delicious and so was the salad. We all enjoyed our food and drinks. The food service was really slow. But they comp-ed our salads. The Steak and Stilton Salad was really nice. I enjoyed their Kolsch, Marzen, Flagship IPA, and Smash. The Kolsch and Marzen were tasty but the Flagship IPA was my favorite. It’s fresh and hoppy but not overboard.
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!
I stopped in at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, Massachusetts. Their Summer in Cologne Kolsch is very easy to drink. If I had more time I would have enjoyed more of this hanging out at the brewery. Would also pair well with nearly any food. Based on the bartender’s I also tried 2 Years With Dr Nandu, their Imperial IPA, which was very tasty. Hoppy, bitter, full bodied and full flavored. I only had a taster of this because I had to drive to the airport. Wish I had longer to try more of their beers. Great place to stop!
I stopped in at Huss Brewing Company in Phoenix, Arizona to try their beers. I enjoyed a flight. That’ll Do IPA is just fine. Koffee Kolsch is a crisp, lighter beer with a delightful coffee taste. My least favorite was Sour Hussy, but I may not have been in the mood for it. The Barrel Aged Rise of Rio was very nice and the Husstler Milk Stout was creamy – on nitro – smooth and tasty. I love the mason jars they serve their beer in – bought one for my wife.
I stopped in at River Rat Brewery in Columbia, South Carolina and tasted several beers. Their American Kolsch Story was a very easy beer to drink and enjoy. The Metal Man Pale Ale reminded me of other hoppy pale ales I have enjoyed – like Sierra Nevada. The …And I Shut My Mouth Sweet Potato Imperial Stout collaboration with Cigar City Brewing was also a winner. The others were tasty, just not as noteworthy to my palate. I’m glad I stopped.
I stopped in at Mill House Brewing Company in Poughkeepsie, New York for dinner and a beer. I actually tried a flight of five beer samples. The Buffalo Fried Brussels Sprouts appetizer were outstanding! Great flavor!. I enjoyed the Hubar IPA and Pine Tar best with these because the spiciness of both food and drink was perfect. For dinner I enjoyed the Grilled Swordfish which was deliciously paired with tabouleh and I preferred the cream ale and Kilt Spinner best with dinner. The beer I enjoyed most was the Pine Tar with spiciness and hints of pine. I hope to enjoy this beer again!
I made a second stop at Mill House Brewing Company and had another outstanding experience. This time I ate at the bar with colleagues. We had the great pleasure of chatting with owner Chris Crocco for quite a while this evening. He’s a great guy. So we shared a number of items this evening: fried pickle chips, fried chickpeas, smoked garlic sausage with pierogies and fig and pig pizza. EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS. Just FYI the sausages are all made in house and they have a number of them. I might try to get some to take home with me. The fig and pig pizza was exactly what it sounds like and it was sweet and awesome. I knew I wanted Pine Tar and it delivered – see above. I also tried Kold One Kolsch which was light and refreshing. And I ended the evening with Sexual Chocolate Stout and yes it is everything you can imagine but keeping this blog rated PG we’ll leave it at that.
Back at Crescent City Brewhouse in New Orleans, Louisiana in January 2017 – Red Stallion Ale and bowl of gumbo. You simply can’t beat this combo. The beer is malty sweet plus hoppy at the same time – very easy to drink – perfect with the gumbo. Makes for a hearty meal.
I stopped in at Crescent City Brewhouse in New Orleans, Louisiana for dinner and a beer. The seafood gumbo was delicious. Spicy and filling. And I paired the seasonal Kolsch with it which was perfect. A great dinner after a long day of travel. Every time I travel to New Orleans I stop in at Crescent City Brewhouse.