Under the Radar Brewery, Houston, TX

I stopped in at Under the Radar Brewery in Houston, Texas late one night.  As it turned out I was the only customer.  This gave me a wonderful opportunity to discuss craft beer with the bartender for an enjoyable extended time.  And, all the while, I enjoyed Radar Love, a light but well hopped wheat beer.  Tasty.  The bartender and I didn’t solve the craft beer industry’s problems but we sure tried.  And that’s what you should do.  You  should try a beer at Under the Radar Brewery.  I recommend Radar Love.  And, of course, one of my favorite rock songs is also Radar Love by Golden Earring (especially the drum solo by Ginger Baker).

Motor City Brewing Works, Detroit, MI

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I stopped in at Motor City Brewing Works in Detroit, Michigan for dinner and a beer.  I had the summer veggie pizza special.  This was the first time I’d ever had kale on a pizza.  It was delicious.  I’d recommend Motor City Brewing Works just for the pizza.  It’s always freshly made.  Outstanding!  I wanted a light and refreshing beer to accompany the nice warm day and the pizza.  The server recommended Summer Brew which was perfect.  Light and refreshing with a hint of orange.  I also tried the Ghettoblaster which is one of their signature beers and this was superb.  A great malty flavor.

The Unknown Brewing Company, Charlotte, NC

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I stopped in at The Unknown Brewing Company in Charlotte, North Carolina.  When I saw Ginger What, wheat beer with real ginger, I had to try it.  I love ginger, especially real ginger ale.  Ginger What really delivered.  It was fresh and tart.  I recommend it.  And to make the experience there complete, the bartender told me of all the local breweries and drew me a map of their locations.  How cool is that.

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Piccadilly Public House, Winchester, VA

I stopped at the Piccadilly Public House in Winchester, Virginia with a business partner for lunch.  I had the George Washington salad with grilled chicken which was a large and filling salad.  I also tried the house beer, summer moon.  This is a wheat beer which isn’t my preference, but if that’s the house beer then that’s what I’m having.  This beer had a high alcohol content and I could taste the alcohol in the beer.  I wasn’t able to finish it.  The beer was sweet with a bite to it.

Good People Brewing Company, Birmingham, AL

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I was with a Good Friend when I stopped in at Good People Brewing Company in Birmingham, Alabama.  In fact, my friend had just treated me to a gourmet lunch and had given me a grand tour of Birmingham.  I guess that’s what they mean by Good People.  We concluded our time together at the brewery and I enjoyed a flight, tasting a number of beers.  I started with the Bearded Lady American Wheat Ale which was the best wheat beer I’ve ever had.  I typically stay away from this style because wheat beers are not my preference.  But, this one had a hoppy flavor to it and I enjoyed it.  From there I moved on to the Pale Ale which was smooth with a slight hoppiness to it that I also enjoyed.  Next was the IPA which is a great go-t0 IPA; flavorful but not too hoppy.  I then tried the Brown Ale which was smooth but not too sweet or too malty.  And, finally I tried the Coffee Oatmeal Stout which had a rich coffee flavor.  In the past I had also had Snake Handler Double IPA, thanks to my friend, and this is also excellent – very hoppy.  In short, I enjoy all of these beers and would consider Birmingham as a possible relocation place in the future ;~)  The brewery is a really cool industrial/warehouse space.  Old extra-large electric wire spools are used for tables.  The bar is an huge circle.  And, our bartender was a really nice guy who was very informative.

New South Brewing, Myrtle Beach, SC

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New South Brewing in Myrtle Beach South Carolina is so cool that I stopped twice, once in 2012 and once in 2013.  Both times I stopped with my family and enjoyed the tour.  During the tour the owner and brewer gave in depth descriptions of the entire operation.  And they also shared tastes of several beers along the way.  This is definitely a cool diversion during vacation in Myrtle Beach.  The White Ale is a Belgian wheat ale that is perfect for the beach – light and crisp.  The Nut Brown Ale is a rich malty and caramelly flavored beer which is a smooth and satisfying.  I’ve purchased numerous six-packs of both to bring home and enjoy and share with friends.  And, I look forward to future visits to Myrtle Beach and New South Brewing.