Tag Archives: #americanbeer

Goose Island Clybourn

Goose Island Clybourn brewpub is where the Goose Island Beer Co. story begins, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood in 1988. The brewery is named after Goose Island, a.k.a. Silicon Island, a 160-acre artificial island in the middle of the Chicago River.

After partnering with Craft Brew Alliance’s Widmer Brothers Brewing in 2006, founder John Hall sold his controlling stake in Goose Island to AB InBev in 2011. While Goose Island can no longer market their wares as craft beer (since brewing major ABI owns more than 25%), the brewpubs (there’s a second one in Wriglyville) were not part of the deal and remain independent. Either way they make pretty darn good beer, craft or otherwise.

On deck we have an excellent seasonal pumpkin beer – enjoy it while it lasts! CHEERS!

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Rock Bottom Brewery Chicago

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Rock Bottom Brewery is but one esteemed brand in the stable of CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries – a brewing behemoth formed by the acquisition of Rock Bottom Brewery and Gordon Biersch by private equity investors Centerbridge Partners in 2010. Together they run more brewpubs than any other company in America – 70 in all around the country!

Rock Bottom is known historically for granting on site brewers independence and discretion to brew the beers they want to brew for local tastes. But the times, they are ‘a changin’! RB’s corporate overlords mandates half a dozen or so standard house beers that each location must produce in addition to honoring the long standing tradition of experimentation and localization.

So why are they called Rock Bottom? It has nothing to do with that feeling Monday morning after a weekend of willful liver augmentation. Rather, the brewery’s first location opened in the Denver, Colorado, Prudential Building (Prudential, a.k.a., “The Rock”) in 1991. The rest is beer history!

Beer flight ready for takeoff! On deck we have Lake Shore Drive Lager, Chicago Gold Ale (brewed with Cascade and Centennial hops), Red Line Express Red Ale, Liquid X Hefe, Autumn-atic IPA (Equinox hops), and Happy Camper Porter. CHEERS!

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Jupiter Brewery

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Jupiter is beer pioneer John Martin’s second Berkeley outpost, following the success of Triple Rock Brewery down the block. Drake’s Beer brews up exquisite beerskis exclusive to Jupiter Brewing, while an excellent brewpub menu and amazing pizza (try the Galileo!) make it a perfect location for impromptu beer study sessions (this is Berkeley after all!). Jupiter’s sumptuous fire-lit outdoor patio, two-story indoor beer garden and signage reminiscent of Germany’s oldest pubs make it “all too easy” (to quote Darth Vader) to hop in for a quickie before getting on BART across Shattuck Ave. We’re starting at the top today, with a pretty fantastical Quasar Double IPA. Cheers!

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Second course at Jupiter Beer = this perfectly balanced Nitro Imperial Porter!

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Hop Dogma Brewing Company

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El Grenada, California is a pretty relaxing and peaceful place all right. It’s located on the Pacific Coast just north of beautiful Half Moon Bay. Life seems pretty sweet here from the looks of it. There’s an old western post office across the street from the beach, a beachy gourmet sandwich shop and one of the best breweries on the Pacific Ocean – Hop Dogma Brewing Company.

Hop Dogma swung its doors open on the 4th of July in 2013 after founders Ethan Martini and Dan Littlefield took their “hobby business” into the San Francisco Peninsula brewery big leagues. They are known for brewing small batch, hop forward “adventurous” ales, and we couldn’t agree more with their reputation for brewing quality beers made with the freshest ingredients. Grab a sandwich from across the street and get comfy in this superb ocean view craft beer bar!

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We may be in a little over our heads at Hop Dogma! Beer flight on deck = Waddell Creek Saison, Kara’s Kolsch, Here’s You’re Hefe, Pyros Prost (American Rye with chili peppers), Cornshucker Cream Ale, Walk to Me Pale Ale, We All Grin for Lupin IPA and last but not least Fides in Fermento. CHEERS!

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Brooklyn Brewery

Ahh, Williamsburg – nothing beats living at the epicenter of the hipsterverse! While Brooklyn and New York City are not necessarily know for breweries as well as, say, SF or Portland (yet), there are a few oldies but goodies. Brooklyn Brewery is one such oldie/goodie, established by former Park Slope neighbors Steve Hindy and Tom Potter in 1987.

Hindy came back from the Middle East in 1984 with an education in beer making, of all things to pick up in Syria and Saudi Arabia, and quickly got to work. They purchased a North 11th Street former matzo factory in 1996 and expanded across the street in 2009. Still, most of their beer is produced updated in Utica by contract brewers (originally Matt Brewing Company, brewer of Saranac’s delicious craft beer) because demand is just to great for this “little” brewery that could!

On your next trip to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, definitely stop by Brooklyn Brewery for a few refreshing craft beers – $20 gets you five beer tokens, each good for a wickedly fresh plastic pint of BK beer!

Bear Republic Brewing Company

Established by the Norgrove Family in the historic heart of Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California’s Bear Republic Brewing Company ranks among the 50 largest craft breweries in America!

This buzzing and central brewpub offers mighty fine ale and incredible Cali fresh fare – try the Bodega Bay crab sandwich and all their 14 fresh beers on tap!

21st Amendment Brewery

21st Amendment Brewery was founded at the dawn of the Millennium, in 2000, by Shaun O’Sullivan (former Assistant Brewer at Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley, California) and Nico Freccia. They’ve grown by leaps and bounds over the years and in 2015 transformed the old Kellogg plant in San Leandro to an impressive state of the art East Bay brewery!

And in case you’re wondering, “What’s in a name?”, 21st Amendment takes theirs from the 1933 Amendment to the United States Constitution that stuck a fork in Prohibition, which lasted nearly 13 years in America. CHEERS!

Long Trail Brewing Company

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Long Trail Brewing Company was founded by Andy Pherson as Mountain Brewing in 1989 in the old Bridgewater Woolen Mill in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. In 1995 Long Trail moved down the road to their current production facility while blazing another trail…in green brewing, employing an ECO (Environmentally Conscious Operations) Brew process. Named after the 272-mile Long Trail which runs the length of the Green Mountain State, flagship Long Trail Ale (a German Altbier) is the number one selling craft beer in Vermont! Long Trail Brewing, owned by private equity investors since 2006, merged with Otter Creek Brewing / Wolavers Organic Brewing in 2010 and bought The Shed Brewery in 2011. We love LTB’s Vermont pride, farm fresh brewpub fare (try the hot wings!) and ridiculously good beer (especially after a few runs down the mountain!). And on a hot summer day, nothing beat wading into the Ottauquechee River with a nice cold one!

Beermaking (observation) in progress!

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Beer flight on deck = Harvest Ale, Summer Ale, Long Trail Ale, IPA, Double Bag IPA and Limbo IPA. Cheers!

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And because one beer flight is never enough at Long Trail, we are trying the Berliner Weisse, Mostly Cloudy Belgian Witbier, Imperial Pumpkin (8% ABV) and Pumpkin Ale – it’s that time of year again!

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Our trip to Long Trail would not be complete without a few roadies! Back up the truck…

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Back in the day, Long Trail used recycled Beck’s and St. Pauli Girl bottles in production. They’ve come a long way baby!

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This is where they ferment the beer at Long Trail!

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Take a hike in the Ottauquechee River at Long Trail!

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Hop’n Moose Brewing Company

Hop’n Moose Brewing Company was founded in 2015 (a busy year for American brewery openings!) by Dale Patterson, meeting demand for locally produced craft beer as Rutland, Vermont’s very first brewpub. Their 7 barrel brewing system keeps a dozen taps flowing steady with the good stuff! Not only does Hop’n Moose brew great beer, they also make a damn good pizza – try the buffalo chicken with your flight!

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Beer flight on deck = Lake Monster Lager, Blueberry Blonde (served with whole blueberries), Waloony Farmhouse Ale, Off White (witbier with orange peel), Heart of Darkness Coffee Porter (brewed with local co-op coffee), Swamp Jack (aged in Jack Daniels barrels), Head Doctor IPA and SolarCity IPA. Cheers!

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New Bohemia Brewing Company

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New Bohemia Brewing Company takes inspiration from Prague, the Bohemian beer making capital of old. Today’s Czech Republicans still down more beer per capita than any other (cheers!).

Brewmaster Dan Satterthwaite and NUBO partner Mike Hochleutner build on traditional European brewing methods with a wide range of deliciously fresh craft beer, all brewed on site in a sweet 3.5 barrel PDX Kettlewords system – she’s a beauty! NUBO Brewing is worth a trip to sunny Santa Cruz, California any day in our beer book. Check them out!

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