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!

Broken Cauldron Brewery and Taproom, Orlando, FL

I stopped in at Broken Cauldron Brewery and Taproom in Orlando, Florida last night.  As usual, I was taking pictures for my blog postings.  The owner,  Jeanna, just happened to be out front and was wondering what I was doing with the pictures.  She thought I was with the city government.  Apparently there’s some dispute over her sign (the featured post image).  Personally,  I love the painted sign.  My picture-taking led to a wonderful time talking with Jeanna and her husband about the brewery, their beer and their plans.

I started with Ruckus Red, their signature brew.  What I learned from Jeanna is that their brewery and taproom is the tailgate spot for the Orlando City soccer club.  When there are home games the brewery hosts over 1,000 people.  And, the beer of choice is Ruckus Red, red ale.  I can see why.  I’ve enjoyed red ales before.  This one is special.  Its sweet (malty) and also spicy and bitter.  Its a complex beer and really enjoyable to drink.  Great job!

After Ruckus Red I tried the Bleed Purple Blackberry Saison and was really impressed.  This beer packed a delicious tart blackberry flavor into the saison.  Yummy.  I’d drink this often if I were in the area more frequently.  It has both sweet and tart notes.

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Black Cauldron also has a nifty used beer receptacle.

Jeanna also gave me a tour of the brewery.  I felt like royalty.  And, in the process she shared how they use a Rinnai tankless natural gas hot water system.  Using this system saves them time and money.  With my background in the natural gas business I naturally perked right up when she described how this benefits them.  While in the brewery she told me about the cucumber sour they had which I also tried.  Delicious.  Jeanna wasn’t as pleased with this and I’m sure she’ll be putting finishing touches on this recipe.  With the emphasis on sours these days I find this to be a real contender.

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Best wishes Jeanna.  Hope our paths cross again.

Dead Lizard Brewing Company, Orlando, FL

I stopped in at Dead Lizard Brewing Company in Orlando, Florida to try their beers.  In order to get a broad tasting experience I went with a flight and the bartender helped me decide what to try.  I was looking for more cinnamon raisin flavor in the Cinnamon Raisin Anole Bourbon Nut Brown.  I was also looking for more lime in Key Lime Chameleon Cream-Sic-Ale.  However, both of these are really tasty and I’d say somewhat unique.  Nicely done.  Trippy Pippy’s Red Dread Ale is a solid red ale.  Komodo Koko Dragon Stout is perhaps my favorite of the four I tasted.  Smooth and rich with chocolatey notes.

Blue Blaze Brewing Company, Charlotte, NC

I stopped in at Blue Blaze Brewing Company in Charlotte, North Carolina for a beer.  I tried the Blue Blaze Altbier which was really crisp and refreshing.  The bartender pointed out that #NPS100 Irish Red Ale had just been tapped today so I gave that a try and decided to go with a full pour.  It was a malty and hoppy delicious beer.  Full of flavor and body.  I tried a sample of the Scotch Ale and enjoyed it but felt it tasted a bit boozy for my taste.

I met some guys at the bar who were also brewery visitors.  They were pumped at having visited 300 breweries.  Which is quite an accomplishment.  When I told them I’d been to over 500 I’m not sure if they believed me or not.  But we had a good time talking about several brewery favorites we had visited.

 

Flying Fish Brewing Company, Somerdale, NJ

I stopped at Flying Fish Brewing Company in Somerdale, New Jersey.  I have been wanting to stop here for quite a while now.  Stopping was pretty easy – not too far from the New Jersey Turnpike on my way home from a business trip.  I had learned recently that Flying Fish Brewing Company is owned by a Drexel grad and being a Drexel grad myself this even intensified my interest.

I enjoyed the feel of the tap room.  There were quite a number of people there plus some outside.  The small beer/merchandise store is conveniently located behind the bar.  This made it that much easier to purchase beer to bring home.

I definitely had to try the Farm House Summer Ale and the Daylight Savings IPA.  Both delicious.  Also the Red Fish is a tasty Red Ale.  I brought some of each of these home with me.

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A dear friend advocates for ALS and I simply had to try the Tour De Fish benefitting research to cure this terrible disease.  What a great ale for the Ales for ALS program.  I liked it so much that I filled my travel growler with it and enjoyed it with my family as soon as I got home.

Clocktower Brew Pub, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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I stopped in at Clocktower Brew Pub in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for a snack and a beer.  The pretzel appetizer was tasty.  I enjoyed the Wisharts ESB and tasted the Clocktower Red.  The ESB is a solid example of the ESB style.  Smooth and very drinkable.  The Red was complex.  A variety of hops and other seasonings make this a very enjoyable beer.  I’m hoping to stop back at Clocktower for another Red before I leave town.  I also need to grab a few coasters for my collection.

Cape Cod Beer, Hyannis, MA

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I stopped in at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis, Massachusetts and tasted the Summer Ale which was light and refreshing. I also picked up a four pack of IPA and or Red for a beach outing.  These both delivered as advertised with the IPA living up to it’s slogan “It’s Got a Bite” and the Red living up to it’s slogan Red – Right – Return.  Both were in 16 ounce cans – perfect for a beach bonfire. As Cape Cod Beer says – there’s “A Vacation in Every Pint”.  So, take a vacation!

New Albanian Brewing Company, New Albany, IN

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I stopped in at New Albanian Brewing Company in New Albany, Indiana and enjoyed a 6″ personal pizza for dinner with the Elector Imperial Red Ale.  WOW!  The pizza was great and the personal size serving was perfect.  The beer was wonderful and went well with the pizza.  It is a solid mix of malt and hops with both a sweetness and a bitterness.  I can’t wait to stop back again.

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