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The Berghoff Restaurant and Brewery

The Berghoff Restaurant and Brewery has been a Chicaco landmark since 1898, when Herman Joseph Berghoff opened the restaurant. The German-born Berghoff was an Indiana brewer during the late Nineteenth Century who sold his wares at the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893 and saw a growth opportunity in the Windy City.

Berghoff’s orignal Dortmund style beer sold for a nickel. Today The Berghoff Restaurant is mostly catering and a popular lunch spot for busy corporate Chicago folks in the downtown Loop area. Try the Wiener Schniztel and any of the German style favorites: Berghoff’s Lager, Berghoff Hefe Weizen, Berghoff Pale Ale, Berghoff Dark or one of their seasonal beers (Winter Ale, Summer Solstice Wit, and Oktoberfest) when you’re in town – those five penny beers are going to run you back six bucks though. Cheers!

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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Triple Rock Brewery and Alehouse

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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!

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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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Bixel Brewery

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Bixel Brewery has operated continuously as a saloon since 1861! It is located in Columbia State Historic Park.

Columbia, California was known as the “Gem of the Southern Mines” after prospectors discovered gold in the neighboring Sierra Nevada foothills during the California Gold Rush. Those were the days!

Columbia’s historic district includes Bixel Brewery in the old Alberding Building of 1851- a National Historic Landmark! Bixel’s house beers on tap include Columbia Gold (Blonde Ale), Pinelog Pale Ale & Railtown Steamer!

Taster’s choice = Pinelog Pale Ale! Cheers!

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Bring the pooch, because Bixel Brewery is dog friendly! They won’t mind at all rolling around the floor among countless discarded peanut shells.

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And for the non-imbibing Bixel Brewery patrons, give their house brewed root beer a go!

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