Brewery and Beer Bar reviews and other adventures.
review pages chronicle some of my travels for and with craft beer.
The reviews start with the latest and work back to older travels.
The travels usually are road trips where the trips were planned
around good beer. On early trips it was hit or miss, as the internet
and the industry grew it became easier to find places and plan to
visit. I would like to work back to the mid nineties when the good
beer travels started. Many of the places will be gone but the adventure
is still there. I recall a 1997 trip to Colorado, South Dakota and
Wyoming. We started in Denver, where most of the brewpubs are still
there. Some of the names are familiar; Wynkoop, Breckenridge, Rock
Bottom and The Sandlot at Coors baseball field. Along the way we
drank the "big three" in a "brewery" in Larime
Wyoming and enjoyed Firehouse Brewing in South Dakota. The trip
then went across Wyoming including Humphries in Gillette and the
Yellowstone Park bars which were just introducing the concept of
buying locally for most supplies. They had good beer at every concession
in the park, (they still do) the big three nowhere to be seen. The
beers were all local; Scape Goat Ale from Blue Sky (Montana) Brewing,
a beer produced by Rogue (Oregon) Brewery for the 150th anniversary
of the park to name a few. The people all enjoyed it, we never heard
any complaint about the beers which were "strange" to
the uninitiated. In 2006 I visited
again; things have really changed! I enjoy traveling to new areas
and being outdoors. Most days start out early and a visit to a National
Park or local attraction will happen. I enjoy hiking and just driving
through the mountains of any area. The trips are all about relaxing
and enjoying where you are and the people you are around. While
the trips do revolve around the good beers, they are only one part
of some great trips that have been had over the last many years.
Recently I have been visiting New England and enjoying the craft beers of the area and some beautiful scenery. Each year has it's
own stories and beers. The listings work back by year; read
on and hoppy travels! There are links below to earlier years.
Good Beer...where ever you are!