I stopped into the Crooked Crab Brewing Company in Odenton, Maryland, on the way home from a business meeting. The flight of beers and the pork belly from the food truck were a wonderful accompaniment after a tiring day. I enjoyed all of the beers. My favorites were A Raspberry & Peach Walked Into A Bar, their delicious fruity sour, and A Mango & Key Lime Get Salty, their refreshing gose. Both of these beers had great flavors.
I stopped in at Kindred Brewing near Columbus, Ohio for a beer. Hawaiian Shirt looked really good. The fruit flavors were very subtle. Provisional sour brown ale is delicious. Sour and a distinct cherry flavor. Wolf’s Ridge Night Method Espresso Milk Stout is rich, coffee flavor, chocolate notes, delicious. This was the perfect way to end the evening.
I stopped in at The Collective Brewing Project in Fort Worth, Texas and enjoyed tasting their sour beers. From Funky Thunder to Biere de Garde to Petite Golden Sour to Cup o’Beer to Suspicious Delicious. They definitely have the sour beer thing going. A wide variety of sour taste profiles. I also tried the End of the Week Stout which was very tasty. And with the addition of local cold brew coffee it was even tastier. Great place to stop for a beer in town.
I stopped in at Wooden Robot Brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina for a beer. The brewery has a great vibe. Indoor and outdoor seating. Lots of locals and great energy. They also have food available from the Twisted Eats Food Truck (but I had already eaten). Looking at the beer list:
…I decided to go with Universal Automation, their sour golden ale. It is delicious. It had a good sour bite, but not too sour. It is crisp and refreshing.
I stopped in at Troegs Independent Brewing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania attending a work related event. I was really impressed! And I had the wonderful opportunity to sample a number of beers in one evening which was a delight. And, the food they prepared and served for the event was also great. I especially liked the chicken salad rolls and the java chip cupcakes!. But, back to the beer. Troegs HopBack Amber Ale is a great balance between hops and malt. Drinking this you get some of both and it is really easy to drink. Troegenator Double Bock is a rich brown caramelly beer that feels perfect for fall weather. And, JavaHead Stout is a tasty coffee and chocolate tasting stout. Their Perpetual IPA is a delight to drink. Not too hoppy yet flavorful enough for most IPA lovers. Although not as well-versed in Belgian beers, their Jovial is a delicious dubbel, pardon the comparison, but with some of Troegenator and some of JavaHead flavors swirling together. Although Pilsners are often too “light” for me, their Sunshine Pilsner was tasty and a beer I’d drink again for sure. The current seasonal, Hop Knife was the only beer I enjoyed a full serving of and it was well worth the full glass. Not only that, I won a six-pack at the event I was attending and am looking forward to enjoying it with family this weekend. I also had the opportunity to enjoy to “scratch” beers. The Mango India Pale Ale was delicious and reminiscent of a Mango IPA I enjoyed in Hawaii earlier this month. And, if a Harrisburg brewery can make me feel like I’m in Hawaii, that’s awesome. Finally, I enjoyed the American Style Sour Cherry. I like sour beers and I really like sour cherry. This beer reminded me of a similar one at Jolly Pumpkin in Michigan last summer. I was really tempted to bring a growler of this home with me but with a six-pack of Hop Knife and a fridge full of beer at home I passed on the opportunity. So, if you’re ever in Harrisburg, PA or even near the area do yourself a favor and stop at Troegs.
I stopped in at Strangeways Brewing in Richmond, Virginia and sampled two of their sour beers (which they are widely known for). Their Uberlin Berliner Weisse Sour was delightfully crisp and tart with hints of fruity flavors. The Bartlett and Bosc Pear O.T.I.S. was deliciously pear-flavored, tangy and refreshing. On a warm summer day these sours will be perfectly refreshing.