Category Archives: Beer Reviews

Brewery Travels #14: Road Trip (Milwaukee, WI to Portsmouth, NH)

As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, my wife recently became a travel nurse. For her first assignment, we left our home in Milwaukee and drove to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We took three days to get out to the East Coast, and took the scenic route, with stops in places such as Cincinnati, Niagara Falls, and a small town in Vermont. I managed to find time to hit six breweries during this trek. Below, I select and describe my four favorites. Not surprisingly, the breweries were…

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The 1 Best Beer from Each State – Sommbeer Readers Choose

Actually 2 beers from each state. The Sommbeer readers list of the best beer from their state. It’s almost impossible, we admit, to pick just 1 beer.  It’s what makes this mind game so much fun. This list is a living document and will be updated from your comments and feedback. A lot of states still need entries! Your State’s Best “Daily Drinker” – It’s your “Go To Beer” sold at grocery stores. Your State’s “Trophy Beer” – Words like amazing, complex and hard to…

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Brewery Travels #13: New Orleans

Bad news. During our move out east, I somehow either misplaced or forgot my notes from the Milwaukee Brewfest. I was planning on writing an article on the event, but without my notes I feel it would be incredibly lackluster. Because of this, I will just be continuing my Brewery Travels series featuring my visit to New Orleans. I managed to hit four breweries on my brief stay there after my wife and I returned from a cruise, each one providing a unique experience. While…

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Wittekerke Wild Beer Review

You know that one guy. You’re out at a restaurant or a bar together and, without fail, the waiter comes walking back and apologizes- they’re fresh out of whatever your friend just ordered. Just sold the last one actually. Just emptied the keg actually. Michelle just sold our last bottle a minute ago. Sorry about that. It seems like it’s always that guy. Everywhere you go, he gets the short stick. Sometimes you wonder to yourself if he offers up a decoy meal in the…

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Brewery Travels #12: Suburban Milwaukee

In previous articles, we explored everything Milwaukee has to offer when it comes to craft breweries. However, venturing outside the city into the suburbs will show this area has much more to offer. In this article, I will choose my four favorites from the surrounding outskirts. Two are located to the south, while the other pair is located west of the city. One common theme among these breweries: great food to go along with the beer. Explorium Brewpub: Greendale St. Francis Brewing Company: St. Francis…

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The Bruery “Raspberry Sundae” Review

Beer Review: Rasberry Sundae from The Bruery  by Jess Reed We’d been talking it up for nearly two months. A casual back and forth waiting for somebody to eventually break down on their next trip to the grocery store and fork over the cash for this dicey 12-pack. That was, until my Dad showed up at the door gripping that blue box. ‘Across the World’ – Sierra Nevada’s newest installment in their 3rd annual collaboration project. This year Sierra decided to expand the idea, incorporating…

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Brewery Travels #11: #Chicago Area

As the third largest city in the country, it is no surprise that there are plenty of options in Chicago when it comes time to drink local. And when you throw in the rest of ‘Chicagoland’, you have a massive area that has seen an explosive of craft brewery growth in the last decade. I have not had time to fully dive into what the area offers. However, thankfully I’ve dabbled at least a little. From the two breweries I would call the most centrally…

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Muskoka Brewery and Moonlight Kettle Series

Once again this week my wife and I found ourselves at ESCA Gourmet Pizza & Bar. This time, we were there for something specific. You see, each month Muskoka Brewery releases their Moonlight Kettle Series and I wasn’t about to miss out. ESCA is the only place in Cornwall who serve up these “one offs” and they generally don’t last long. The Muskoka Region of Ontario is a popular getaway for cottagers and campers alike. Waterways and lakes cover the area, and the scenery is just…

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Brewery Travels #10: Twin Cities Area (Part 2)

Heading back over to the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the breweries we will visit this week range in the extreme when it comes to location. From downtown Minneapolis, to a small town located along the Mississippi, these breweries prove that you can drink local pretty much anywhere you go. Besides the two with the severe discrepancy in location, we also will stop over in Stillwater. This suburb is often called the birthplace of Minnesota. Fun fact: Stillwater could have been the capital, but chose to…

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Brewery Travels #9: Madison, WI (Part 2)

Last article, we looked at four breweries in the Madison area, although only one actually was inside the capital city’s limits. That changes this time around, as all four call Madtown home. As it worked out, they also all are set up on the Northwest side, falling within 3 miles of each other. The four featured today are also fairly new, with the oldest being founded in 2006, with the others being 5 years old or younger. With that said, these are some unique spots…

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