Cowtown Brewing Company, Fort Worth, TX

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!

Steamworks Brewing Company, Vancouver, BC

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.

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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!

Aeronaut Brewing Company, Somerville, MA

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!

Huss Brewing Company, Phoenix, AZ

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.

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River Rat Brewery, Columbia, SC

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.

Mill House Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie, NY

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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.

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Crescent City Brewhouse, New Orleans, LA

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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.