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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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Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge

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The fifth stop on our epic Berkeley brewery quest brings us to Hoi Polloi Brewing. Viet Vu, son of a brewmaster, graduate of Doemens Academy (a part of World Brewing Academy) in Munich and Devils Canyon Brewing Alum, opened Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Beats Lounge with his brother Giap Vu in 2014. The brewing family tradition continues in earnest at this intimate 3 barrel brewpub where people of the City of Berkeley enjoy fresh house brews and select guest taps while rubbing elbows and making fast friends with the locals, all between fistfuls of truffle oil popcorn. Check them out on the corner of Alcatraz Ave. and MLK Jr. Way! CHEERS!

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Trumer Brauerei

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Trumer Pils USA traces its brewing roots back to 1601, when Archbiship Wolf Dietrich certified the original brauerei in Salzburg, Austria. Napoleon torched the holy brewery in 1800, leaving nothing but a trail of thirst in his wake.

Trumer rebuilt at some point before striking brewing gold in Berkeley, California, where production of their signature Trumer Pils has boomed since 2004. Hop in any weekday afternoon (call ahead) for a FREE guided brewery tour which includes a fresh pilsner to wash it all down!

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Peek inside Trumer’s 50 barrel brewing system!

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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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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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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Berkeley Torpedo Room

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company crafts their ubiquitous beer in Chico, California, of course. But the Craft Beer Gods smiled upon Berkeley greatly when Ken & Co. launched the Torpedo Room on West Berkeley’s hipster/yupster-friendly Fourth Street.

We love Sierra for many reasons – innovation, consistency, freshness – but perhaps most importantly convenience (can you tell we’re from New York?!). You can find Sierra practically everywhere you turn, and for a fairly reasonable price! Similarly, if you happen upon the City of Berkeley, you know you’ll find the freshest and finest Sierra craft beer at the Torpedo Room each and every visit. Many of Sierra Nevada’s beers are available only in the Torpedo Room or up in Chico, so feel free to try a bunch! They offer generous tasters for as little as a couple-to-three bucks and change each. Pair a beer flight with a local artisanal cheese plate!

While there is no brewing performed on premises (yet), all of Sierra Nevada’s latest and greatest flow from the multitude of taps at this Beer Mecca extension. We topped off our latest trip with one of Sierra’s year round offerings – Hop Hunter IPA, brewed with hop oil distilled right in the fields of the brewer’s Chico farm. That’s farm-to-bottle freshness right in Berkeley! CHEERS!

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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!