Category Archives: Brewery Reviews

Testing out Chicago’s Newest Brew Spot: Dovetail

Dovetail Brewery, located in   Chicago, Illinois  This past weekend I was lucky enough to have my parents in town, which meant that brewery hopping was on the menu. To us, there’s nothing better than finding the new spot, the craziest IPA or the coolest outdoor patio. So, after touring a few popular spots on the west side (wink wink Lagunitas) we decided to check out a smaller, new brewpub called Dovetail Brewery. Dovetail is different than other breweries that I’ve been to. First off, it’s a very small operation…

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Drafting Table Brewing Company Review

Drafting Table Brewing Co., located in Wixom, Michigan Five days a week I make my daily drive home from Ann Arbor Michigan back to the small town of Wolverine Lake Michigan.  On that journey I typically find myself getting off the highway at Milford road and taking my commute up Pontiac Trail from the city of Milford into Wixom.  Normally I do this to just take myself off the highway and enjoy a more relaxing drive, then sometime late in the summer of 2015 a sign…

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Fullsteam Brewery – Brewery Review

Fullsteam Brewery, located in Durham, North Carolina ‘Plow to Pint’ is the motto at Durham, NC’s flagship brewery, Fullsteam, and its Chief Executive Optimist, Sean Wilson. This phrase may be akin to the oft-used ‘farm-to-table’ lingo in the restaurant world, yet at Fullsteam this concept of utilizing native ingredients to make wonderful beer is all-encompassing. This philosophy goes well beyond the use of local grains, hops, vegetables and fruits. Several of their beers require the assistance of the Fullsteam faithful in contributing ingredients that patrons have…

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The Fifth Ingredient: Talking collaborations, brewpubs and beer with Dryhop Brewmaster Brant Dubovick

Dry Hop Brewers, located in Chicago Illinois Dryhop Brewers feels like a friendly Lakeview neighborhood bar, and that’s exactly what head brewmaster Brant Dubovick wanted it to be when the brewpub launched back in Summer 2013. I got the chance to chat with Brant recently where we talked through his thoughts on brewpubs as neighborhood bars, the popularity of crowlers, what beers he expects to be hot this summer, along with his thoughts for the future. And with Dryhop’s 3-year anniversary celebration staring June 13th, there…

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Corridor Brewery & Provisions

Corridor Brewery & Provisions, located in Chicago Illinois Summer Time at Corridor Brewery & Provisions Nestled in West Lakeview, Corridor Brewery & Provisions is one of the newer additions to the booming Chicago craft beer scene, and is also one of the most unique. The brewery opened in October 2015 as the sister site of Lakeview-neighborhood favorite, DryHop Brewing, and has since established its reputation as one of the most sought-after brewpubs on the north side – thanks in large part to the creations of…

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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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Daredevil Brewing Co. – Brewery Review

Daredevil Brewing Co. located in Indianapolis, Indiana “The Home of Aggressively Fun Craft Beers” Years ago I lived in Indianapolis and fell in love with the downtown.  It has big city attractions without being too big.  Living nearby I found that sounds, sights and smells of this medium to large sized city captivated me.   Smell in particular has always held a particular fascination for me as it can subconsciously impart such a lasting impression.  Our sense of smell has the power to alter our perceptions…

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St. Louis Brewing and Schlafly Beer — A Gateway to Great Beer

St. Louis Brewing, located in St. Louis, Missouri In the 19th century, St Louis served as the gateway to the West. If St. Louis Brewery, makers of Schlafly Beer, had been around then, gold would have remained in the hills, and no trail to Oregon would have been forged because no one would have left St. Louis. Today, St. Louis Brewery is Missouri’s largest locally owned independent brewery. They proclaim, “When we opened in 1991, we had no business plan beyond wanting to make great…

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