Tag Archives: Review – Brewery

Brewery Travels #21: Boston Area

As I said at the end of my last article, the Boston beer scene has exploded in recent years. While many associate the city with one of the biggest names in the craft industry, gone are the days when the Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) was the only major player. The growth is especially evident as you move into the suburbs. Whether you head north to Cambridge, Somerville, and Everett, or drive south to Canton and Norwood, options abound. But make sure to take time…

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Brewery Travels #20: Portland, ME Area

Portland, Maine has established itself as one of the top beer destinations in the Northeast. From established breweries to several newbies, there is plenty for your taste buds to explore. I have visited a dozen breweries in the what I would call the Greater Portland Area. The majority were in Portland itself, with a few scattered in nearby towns. One unfortunate things about visiting so many is that I do not have time to properly write about each place I visit. I’ve selected the four…

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Brewery Travels #19: Vermont

Wow. Vermont lived up to the hype. Everyone in the craft beer community knows about this wonderful state. The most breweries per capita of any state, bucket-list breweries in the small towns that dot the landscape, and more great beers than you can shake a stick at. I did not get to every brewery (only reached 10), but the ones I did blew me away. For this article, I tried to pick four that stuck out the most, but I am hoping to do an…

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Brewery Travels #18: Northeastern Massachusetts

When you think Massachusetts, Boston is generally the first thing that comes to mind. And while we will eventually discuss breweries from the largest city of New England, there is plenty to talk about when it comes to the area north of there. Quaint towns dot the landscape of the Northeast section of the state. From historic and infamous Salem, to Newburyport with its church steeples towering above downtown, it’s a lovely area to visit even without the craft beer. Each of the four breweries…

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Brewery Travels #17: Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is one of the many beautiful, picturesque, and awe-inspiring places our country has to offer. My wife and I enjoyed spending a couple days driving and hiking around the area, but this is not a vacation series. I had the pleasure of visiting four distinct and delicious breweries that call this part of Maine home. One brewery is actually on Mount Desert Island, while the other three are short drives away in neighboring communities. These breweries are all on the small side,…

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Brew Werks Brewing – From Beer Supplies to Brewery

Brew Werks Brewing, Plainfield, IL Back in January of 2012, Brandon and Amanda Wright started a small Homebrew shop in Plainfield, Illinois. It was located behind a local Binny’s liquor store and Limestone Brewery. The county would not allow the Wrights to sell homebrew ingredients, so they used their Internet store as a way to get around that pesky restriction. The idea of Internet In-Store pick-ups was born as was arguably the best homebrew shop. Chicago Brew Werks(CBW) was born. Nowadays CBW calls a local coffee…

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Brewery Travels #15: Coastal New Hampshire (Part 1)

Fun fact: New Hampshire has the fewest miles of shoreline of any state that bumps up against the ocean (about 18 ½ to be exact). Within this short stretch are multiple touristy towns with beautiful beaches, an old, quaint city, and of course some great breweries. In this first article, we will mainly focus on Portsmouth (incorporated in 1653). Although Portsmouth may not technically lie on the coast, it is on the Piscataqua River, only a few miles from where it merges with the ocean.…

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Why I stopped Going to the Bar

My first job out of college was brutal. I was a corporate trainer and had to support 16 plant locations all over the USA. My home was the airport, hotel and bar. My bar time, wasn’t all about drinking my home sickness away.  Nope, I gravitated to the bar or “bar area” in restaurants when travelling because of a little secret I learned from extensive travel. You get the best service when you sit at the bar. Sure it meant eating a steak with it…

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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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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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