Platypus Brewing, Houston, TX

I stopped in at Platypus Brewing Company in Houston, Texas for dinner and a beer.  Their Greens Salad, loaded, with chicken, was awesome!  I had a small Troppo Australian/Mexican wheat.  I seldom drink wheat beers but this came highly recommended and I tasted it first.  It’s delicious with a bit of a mango flavor.  I also had a small Bears, Beets, Battlestar Gallactica Table Beer which had a slight beet color, no beet taste but clearly influenced by the sweetness of the beets.  These beers both paired nicely with the salad.  Great food and drink and great vibe.

Kelly’s Caribbean Bar Grill and Brewery, Key West, FL

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I stopped in at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar Grill and Brewery in Key West, Florida.  Kelly’s has the distinction of being the southernmost brewery in the continental United States.  Since it was happy hour I enjoyed $2 pours of their three flagship beers, Southern Clipper wheat, Havana Red, and Key West Golden ale.  Of the three I enjoyed the Havana Red the most.  If you’re in Key West and walking around Duval Street, Kelly’s is only a block away on Whitehead and worth a stop.  It is also located in the original Pan Am Airlines headquarters building, which is historically cool as well.

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Horny Goat Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI

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I stopped in at Horny Goat Brewing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for lunch and a beer.  The fried pickles and the tacos (chicken and brisket) were outstanding.  I tried a sampler of their beers which showed great range in brewing and all were solid.  Although not a big wheat beer drinker, the Hometown Wheat was very tasty.  It had a lot more flavor than most wheat beers.  I’m a fan.  But I’m no Horny Goat.

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Two Henrys Brewing Company, Plant City, FL

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I stopped in at Two Henrys Brewing Company in Plant City, Florida and enjoyed a taste of the Blueberry Vanilla Wheat which was surprisingly tasty considering I don’t typically enjoy wheat beers.  I also enjoyed a taste of the Coffee Brown which was rich with coffee flavor.  And I have to admit I tried the Badd Apple hard cider which was quite refreshing.  I recommend stopping in here.  Great beers.

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Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company, Indianapolis, IN

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I stopped at Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company in Indianapolis, Indiana for dinner.  I enjoyed the Tableside Tossed Chop Chop Salad for dinner.  Delicious.  I also tasted a few beers.  I tried the Two Lucy’s Blackberry Wheat which was a bready wheat beer with a blackberry flavor.  I also tried the Hubbard & Cravens Porter.  This was a delicious, rich. malty and chocolaty beer.  This would be a great dessert beer.  And I tried the Golden Zoe IPA which was a complex hoppy beer with several types of hops used in the brewing.

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Oaken Barrel Brewing Company, Greenwood, IN

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I stopped in at the Oaken Barrel Brewing Company in Greenwood, Indiana for lunch.  I enjoyed the Three Amigo Taco Salad.  Just enough shredded iceberg lettuce to make me feel like it was healthy and just enough tortilla chips to make me feel like I’m enjoying nachos.  Yum.  I tried a few beers with lunch.  The Razz Wheat was light and refreshing and although it had a raspberry flavor it wasn’t too strong.  I also tried the Gnaw Bone Pale Ale which was hoppy enough for my IPA tastebuds.  I really enjoyed this beer.  And I tried the Indiana Amber which must be the best amber ale I’ve tasted.  This was delicious, full bodied and malty.  Maybe its the Indiana grain.  Very nice.  I love their motto “We Brew It.  We Drink It.  We Sell What’s Left.”

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Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME

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I took the tour of the Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, Maine.  The tour was fun and informative.  At the time they were putting a new brewing system into service in order to expand capacity.  The tour included a peek into the barrel room where we saw a number of experimental barrel aged beers.  I’d love to be on-hand when they tapped some of those.  Their flagship beer is Allagash White, a Belgian wheat beer brewed with coriander and orange peel.  It’ light, fruity and refreshing.  It’s not my go-to style of beer but I can enjoy it for what it is.  There were several inspirational quotes throughout the brewery.  The one that’s hard to read in the picture is, “Passion: Loving beer and doing what we love.”  The tasting room also had a great chandelier I had to take a picture of.

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