Tag Archives: Review – Brewery

Lake Anne Brew House – Brewery Review

We love going to the farmer’s market. Waking up early on a Saturday morning to purchase fresh produce; pick up some grass-fed, organic, hand-cut meats; indulge in a danish between some free fruit samples, and drink some beer. Wait, did he just say drink some beer? That’s right people, when you make your way over to the Reston Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning make sure to stop in to the Lake Anne Brew House for wake-me-up beer. Located right on the banks of Lake Anne…

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Venice Duck Brewery Review

Venice Duck Brewery Venice, California   In Venice, California, “local” is almost the secret password. Living or working in its bounds does not make one an ipso facto local. In Venice, local is not so much geography as a vibe and a way of being. It is tough to describe but impossible not to recognize when you are here. Both mellow and yet somehow unmistakably in your face, it defines the wide diversity of the locals who comprise Venice in the shared experience of being……

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Lazy Dog Cafe – Brewery Review

Everyone is trying to cash in on the meteoric rise of the craft beer industry. Outside of the highly publicized purchased of craft breweries by the macro-producers (maybe they are just highly publicized in the stuff I read) there is also the growth of the craft beer restaurant. On paper, the concept seems great. Beer and food go together like Southern Tier’s Pumking and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day (I’m sure there is a better analogy but we are all beer snobs here so why…

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Hamilton Family Brewery – Brewery Review

Hamilton Family Brewery, located in Cucamonga, California Jetlag leads to Hamilton Family Brewery Traveling for work can be a drag. It’s even worse when you have to leave your house at 4:25am on the east coast to make a noon meeting on the west coast. You quickly learn that there can be more than 24 hours in a day. It’s exhausting. Nothing makes an agonizingly long day worthwhile like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that is the local craft…

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Saugatuck Brewing

Saugatuck Brewery – Blueberry Stout…and so much more.

Mea Culpa. I once wrote a light-hearted article here on Sommbeer focused on ingredients in beer that, no matter how popular, no matter how many friends love them, just aren’t for you. For me, blueberries existed as the one thing in beer I simply could not stomach. I wrote: I do not like blueberry beer. Actually, I hate it. The worst part of blueberry brews, I argue, has to do with flavoring that reminds me of blueberry syrup, not blueberries. Tasting a blueberry beer reminds…

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Sun King – Brewery Review

Sun King Brewery, located in Indianapolis, Indiana I have so many strong attachments to Indiana that I sometimes forget I’m not actually a Hoosier.  My firstborn was born there and I received a degree from Indiana Wesleyan, oh and I work a lot with the world’s very best diesel manufacturer that happens to be located in Southern Indiana.  With that pedigree, I just feel like I’m still a part of that state despite my home back in the Motor City .  At a minimum, I’m…

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Wolverine State Brewing Co. – A Sommbeer visit and review

Wolverine State Brewing, located in Ann Arbor Michigan My buddy, Renee from Ypsilanti, wrote a review on Ann Arbor’s Wolverine State Brewing Co.  A few weeks ago, Mark from my ‘hood cracked open a bottle of Massacre Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Dark Lager that floored me with its rich intensity.  During a family gathering two weeks ago, my nephew Ryan (young kid, fresh liver) mentioned that we were overdue to meet at Wolverine’s Tap Room after work.  The last straw was John Fahrner, who mentioned that…

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Flat 12 Bierwerks – A Sommbeer Visit and Review

 Flat 12 Bierwerks located in Indianapolis, Indiana I had been enjoying Pogues Porter and a few other beers from Flat 12 Bierwerks since last fall.  I discovered them on one of my many business trips through Indianapolis.    So I was a bit apprehensive when Flat 12 Bierwerks  invited me over for a visit.  Would they open their doors and be friendly?  My fears evaporated as soon as I called their phone number, with my car parked nearby on the street.  A guy named “EZ” from the back…

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San Diego Brewery Tour

San Diego Brewery Tour: A Journey Through Some of Downtown San Diego’s Finest Beer Serving Establishments By Shana Haynie Co-Founder at Nutrition Gone Wild Once upon a time… There was a small girl loved beer very, very much. But this silly girl had been living in a beer mecca for many a year and had never been to most of the amazing craft breweries that were conveniently nestled in a mile radius of her downtown San Diego apartment. So, on a hazy San Diego Thursday,…

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Bastone Brewery Review

Bastone Brewery located in Royal Oak, Michigan Thursday morning I went outside to find that all four of the wheels on my vehicle had been stolen. I live in Plymouth Michigan so this was not an expected site. The thing is, I had to get to Royal Oak to meet Easy E., my only buddy silly enough to split the $200.00 Westie six pack with me, at Bastone for a business meeting. I had to act quickly calling the police, the insurance company, and the…

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