Tag Archives: Review – Brewery

Mikerphone Brewing Review

Mikerphone Brewing Review, Elkgrove Village, IL By Steve Thanos      One of the most anticipated brewery openings took place this past Saturday, March 18, 2017. The following for Mikerphone Brewing has certainly entered cult status, and rightfully so. Some noticeable offerings include: Imperial Smell Like Bean Spirt, a 10% Imperial Stout with maple syrup and coffee and Special Sauce, an 8.5% New England style Double IPA which is brewed at various times with a single hop that is showcased. Mike Pallen, co-owner and head brewer,…

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Draught Horse Brewery – A Lesson in how to build a successful brewery

Draught Horse Brewery – DHB, New Hudson, MI Let’s be honest, our beloved craft beer industry has matured since it exploded just a decade or so ago.  As with all maturing markets, participants need to continuously adapt and “up their game” to survive.  It’s a demanding market as the novelty of craft beer is gone and breweries have to focus on more than just good beer. That’s why I was so excited to review one of my local breweries because they “get it”.  Draught Horse Brewing (DHB)…

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Setting off a Chain Reaction of beer, friends and family

Chain Reaction Brewing Company, Denver Colorado Chain Reaction Brewing Company is located slightly south of downtown Denver riding along the edge of a residential neighborhood and a slew of small businesses. Normally it might be a “blink and you’ll miss it” unassuming building in an area like this, but once you spot the parking lot, usually complete with a Denver food truck parked in front near their newly added patio, it’s a welcome beacon of craft beer light. Upon walking into the building, you’re greeted by…

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Marker 48 Brewing – Weeki Wachee, Florida

Marker 48, located in Weeki Wachee, Florida With over 150 Craft Breweries (and counting) Florida is fast becoming a mecca for the craft beer aficionado and the Tampa Bay area is arguably the Capital of the craft beer scene in Florida. As both a long time resident and a craft beer lover, this makes a very desirable place to be indeed. Most craft beer lovers have heard of the flagship brewery in Tampa Bay – Cigar City.  A brewery known for its signature Jai Alai IPA. Although a…

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Profmanfredi’s Top and Bottom Beers of 2016

Before I launch into my best and worst here are the qualifications: all the beers listed were tried for the very first time in 2016. It does not matter when the beer was released, only that I tried it for the very first time in calendar year 2016. Please note that the bottom ten are mostly styles that I tried and did not like and are not a slam on the brewery or the beer, just not my cup of tea for whatever reason (although…

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I Went Down to the Crossroads, and You Should Too – Indiana Beer

When I cross the state border on I-80, the sign calls Indiana the “Crossroads of America.” One website encouraging people and businesses to relocate here cites the number of pass-through highways as a chief selling point. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this is a state that’s proud of helping you get somewhere else as quickly and painlessly as possible. While growing up on the Illinois side of the state line, I remember one Indiana waterpark’s commercials assuring me that “there’s more than corn in…

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Groundswell Brewing Company, Grantville, San Diego – Brewery Review

Groundswell Brewing Company, Grantville, San Diego There’s something really attractive about this tasting room that is hard to put my finger on. Perhaps it is the dimensions and colors and horizontal salvaged-wood wall accent, but it is making me think of Scandinavian architecture and design. There are about 24 seats plus two cushioned L-shaped bench in corners. The bartender, Stefanie, was immediately welcoming and friendly, and clearly has good relations with her regulars (of which there are many: always a good sign). There’s no official flight price,…

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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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