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The Brewery at the Norwich Inn

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The Norwich Inn has a long and storied history, going back to 1797. President James Monroe dined at the Inn in 1817 during the first year of his presidency while exploring what was at that time America’s Northern Frontier by horse.

Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse came to the Norwich Inn much later, in 1993, and remains true to it’s Vermont small batch roots, producing only enough beer for the Inn’s Restaurant and Pub guests  (including 22 oz, cases and 5-gallon kegs to go). They are known for finely crafted English Style Ales and Lagers and using only the freshest ingredients, including hops from their on site hops garden, making this a shining example of Vermont farm-to-bottle goodness.

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The Victorian style Inn as it stands dates back to 1890.

Today’s selection includes a Bohemian Pilsner, Old Pewt Pale Ale, Whistling Pig Red Ale, Private Stock ’15, and Second Wind Oatmeal Stout. Out favorite in the Belgian Strong Ale! CHEERS!

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Brewmaster Jeremy Hebert pipes the finished beer straight from the brewery into Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse in a nearby building on the expansive Norwich property.

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Nowich is one of the few towns in America with an interstate public school system. Local students study alongside those from Hanover, New Hampshire, across the Connecticut River. Indeed, the two towns are intertwined culturally and economically by proximity to Ivy League educator Dartmouth College. The Brewery at Norwich Inn is a great place to stop when you are visiting Dartmouth as it is only a mile and change down the road from campus. Check them out at 325 Main Street when you’re looking for a fresh beer and a taste of Vermont!

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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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Chico

We have been looking forward to our pilgrimage to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Beer Mecca – in Chico, California, for many years! Sierra Nevada is of course one of our all time favorite craft beers. Sierra’s legendary American Pale Ale is often times our go-to at the bar, whether New York or San Francisco or somewheres between, when it’s found on tap.

Founded in 1979 by home brewers Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi (today independently owned by Ken & Family), Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has grown to be the largest craft beer producer in America behind Yuengling and Samuel Adams. We can see why – they make truly awesome beer!

Original beer art abounds at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, California.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company purchased this shiny vessel and another just like it from a defunct German brewer for the price of scrap back in the day! It took them awhile to save up even more money to get them back in their original shape and brewing again, but they made it work!

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You may ask how does Sierra Nevada brew over 1 million barrels of beer per year?! Massive fermentation tanks like these come in handy, and they are just the tip of the brewing iceberg!

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Cases of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale coming down the bottling line at – what a beautiful sight!

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One of the best parts of the beer tour at Sierra Nevada is that you get to sample many of their offerings for free! You start off with the original Pale Ale to get you in the beer tour mood and finish off in their beautiful old world bar and sample another half dozen fresh beers each in their own glassware that optimizes the aroma and experience of each taste.

Of course, even after imbibing a few free beers from the brewery tour, we try a few additional beers at Sierra’s brewpub that are only available in Chico or the Berkeley Torpedo Room. Beer flight on deck! Bigfoot (barleywine aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels), Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale (made with New Zealand hops), Beer Camp #141 Blue Baltic Porter and Knightro! We’re in Beer Heaven. Cheers!

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Standing Stone Brewing Company

Standing Stone Brewing Company
Standing Stone Brewing Company

What a beautiful sunny day for a beer flight here at Standing Stone Brewing Company! Standing Stone occupies the historic Whittle Garage in downtown Ashland, Oregon. Ashland happens to be the #1 town to live and work as a filmmaker according to Movie Maker Magazine, and is home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival!

Ashland is absolutely gorgeous, and so is this little brewpub right in the heart of town. As for beers? All are made with 90% organic/local ingredients, including from their very own farm a mile down the road – now that is farm-to-bottle California fresh craft beer!

The Whittle Garage only cost $6K to construct in 1925 but the Amarotico family spent 100x that amount (inflation, much?!) transforming the once blank slate into its current warm, post industrial form in 1997. Serious craftsmanship abounds around the brewery. Here’s where Standing Stone makes their delicious and nutritious brewskis!

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Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery! We are in the brewery big leagues now! Any self respecting Pacific Northwest beer quest deserves a stop in Portland, Oregon (a.k.a., Beertopia or Beervana)!

Deschutes Brewery Portland
Deschutes Brewery Portland

It truly is Beer Heaven out here. Portland is home to more breweries (and strip clubs) per capita than any other American City! Seriously though, we love it here at Deschutes Brewery, located in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District. The Pearl District is a bustling hub of galleries, shops and of course brewhouses (more opening up each monty)! Oh hoppy day!

Mount Hood is featured prominently throughout Deschutes Brewery’s Portland brewpub. Here is a beautiful example of hand crafted beer art!

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Rogue Ales & Spirits Portland

Rogue Ales & Spirits was founded in Ashland, California in 1988 by Nike alumni Bob Woodell, Rob Strasser and Jack Joyce with a mission “to brew the finest varietal ales & spirits in the world!” Mission accomplished! Rogue Ales holds a special place in our hearts, embodying all we love in a brewery – farm to bottle freshness, community beer and a revolutionary spirit.

Rogue has come a long way since their original Ashland location…all the way to Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District! Today’s beer flight at the brewpub = Issaquah White Frog Ale (Witbier), Double Chocolate Stout, Wasted Sea Star Purple Ale (brewed with purple corn nectar!) and Morimoto Soba (Buckwheat) Ale! Cheers!

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