What would a trip to Rutland, Vermont be without a stop at Hop ‘n Moose Brewing Company?! While the Green Mountain State has more breweries per capita than any other, you probably still have to drive a ways to find one depending on location. This is idyllic New England after all!
Hop ‘n Moose is like a beer oasis in Rutland, a.k.a., Rut Vegas, a city of nearly 20,000 with but one little brewing company that could. And they certainly can! Since opening in 2014, Hop ‘n Moose has built a loyal following (including ourselves) and a reputation for brewing a wide variety of Vermont fresh Ales and Lagers.
Brewmaster and owner Dale Patterson got his start home brewing before opening the brewpub, which is Rutland’s very first! Patterson, essentially a one-man-brewing-show, seems able to harness super-brewing strength and keeps a dozen taps of Vermont fresh house beers flowing at all times! We highly recommend the Rutland City Red and Swamp Jack (Jack Daniels bourbon barrel aged Stout)!
Last but not yeast: Marsh Monster!
Steve Donahue and Tom Clark founded Santa Clara Valley Brewing in 2013 with the goal of “providing our friends and neighbors with a selection of fine handcrafted beers created with the highest quality ingredients.” We’d say they’re doing a pretty bang up job on that, which makes SCVB the first stop on our San Jose brewery tour!
SCVB’s Electric Tower IPA pays homage to the neighborhood’s historic San Jose Electric Light Tower of 1881, one of many so called ‘moontowers’ that illuminated nighttime cityscapes across Europe and the U.S. in the late 1800’s. It packs a heavy wallop of West Coast IPA+ness to remind you not only where you came from but where you’re going…for another beer!
Two other flagships – Peralta Porter and New Almaden Red -compliment a wide selection of experimental and one off brewskis. Check them out at 101 E. Alma St. in San Jose! CHEERS!
The Berkeley beer quest continues at one of America’s original brewpubs – Triple Rock Brewery, founded by legendary craft beer brothers John and Reid Martin in 1985. Fast forward 30 yeras and they own and operate Jupiter Beer (also in Berkeley, California), Drakes Beer (San Leandro) and Big Time Brewery (Seattle)…not too shabs! The Martins clearly have a recipe for success in the beer business, and this is where there remarkable beer story began!
Perhaps no other Berkeley brewery embodies the college spirit like Triple Rock, itself an institution of beer knowledge and the preferred public house of professors and pupils alike. Cheers!
Beer flight on deck at Triple Rock Brewing: Lead Belly (Ales for ALS), Rye Smile IPA, The Constable (made with Vermont yeast), Pinnacle English Pale Ale, SHE Idaho #7 (Single Hops Experience), Black Rock English Porter, Small Talk American Pale Ale and last but not least Red Rock American Red Ale. CHEERS!
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!
Second course at Jupiter Beer = this perfectly balanced Nitro Imperial Porter!
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!
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!