Five Churches Brewing, New Britain, CT

I stopped in  at Five Churches Brewing in New Britain, Connecticut for a beer.  Since it is Fall and since this is one of the beers the bartender recommended I tried their Once and for Fall Porter.  Delicious.  This beer is not pretentious or unusual.  It is a fabulous porter.  Smooth.  Malty.  Feels like a mouthful of fall when you drink it.  You need to enjoy the season at Five Churches Brewing.  I’ve fallen for it!

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!

Maui Brewing Company, Maui, HI

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I stopped in at Maui Brewing Company in Maui, Hawaii in order to answer the question, “What’s better than Coconut HIWA Porter?” and I found the answer: Imperial Coconut Porter!  I have enjoyed Coconut HIWA Porter on the mainland in the past and while in Maui recently had the opportunity to try the Imperial Coconut Porter.  This was such a big, rich beer.  I totally enjoyed it.  It boasts rich flavors of coconut and chocolate.  If you ever have the chance to visit Maui, this brewery is a must destination and this great beer is a must taste.


Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, IL

I stopped in at Goose Island Beer Company (the Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub) in Chicago, Illinois for dinner and a beer. I enjoyed a fish taco and the spring salad.  Both were tasty.  With some guidance from the bartender I decided to try the Snead Porter, an English Brown Porter, which was delicious – malty, caramelly, yummy!. And I had a small pour of the Adaniversary ESB which was quite tasty but much more hoppy than any ESB I’d ever had before.  Goose Island is definitely a brewery stop you want to make when in Chicago!

Isley Brewing Company, Richmond, VA

I stopped in at Isley Brewing Company in Richmond, Virginia.  One of their flagship beers is Choosy Mother Peanut Butter Porter.  This is an awesome beer.  The flavor is right-on!  Of course, you pretty-much need to be a peanut butter lover (at least, liker) to enjoy this.  The porter is not as heavy as a stout.  This is very easy to drink.  The peanut butter flavor is very present but not overpowering.  Delicious.  Stop in and try some!