Those of you that followed our blog throughout the year may remember a couple of topics that we intended to treat as recurring posts; craft brews and favorite quotes.
As it turned out, we never really got around to keeping up with that idea on either topic. So, here we are sharing our two favorite quotes and our list of favorite craft brews.
Regarding the craft brews, we did here from a few of you about this blog “feature”. It truly made our day when a couple of our friends let us know they were headed to Moab, UT for a vacation and planned to check out one of our favorite craft brews, Dead Horse Amber Ale, at the Moab Brewery based on one of our posts!
Here are a few more brews to check out if you are ever in the area. We are certain we could have a great trip around the country just trying out local craft beers 🍻!
Each beer appearing in this list will be awarded from one (🍺) to five (🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺) pints, depending on our tastebuds.
August 29, 2017 – Gran Marais, MN – 🍺🍺🍺 Boundary Waters Brunette brewed by Voyaguer Brewing Company. Their Boundary Water’s Brunette is a wild rice brown ale. We liked it enough to grab a growler-to-go for our stay in Grand Portage, MN.
August 17, 2017 – Custer, SD – 🍺🍺🍺🍺 Armstrong Ale brewed at the Buglin’ Bull bar. Characterized by its boldness and rich-redish color, just like it’s namesake, General George Armstrong Custer, this malty extra-special bitter ale has a bold sweetness with a full body. We really wanted to get a growler to go but they were all out of growlers. Too bad because we both loved this brew!
August 14, 2017 – Moose, WY – 🍺🍺🍺🍺 Teton Amber brewed by Grand Tetons Brewing Company located in Victor, ID. Teton Amber is a full bodied, American-style amber with a rich copper color which comes from the roasted Crystal and Munich malts. They use Idaho Cascade and Super Galena hops to achieve the unique, fresh flavor and smooth finish that is long and complex on the palate. Originally brewed in 1989, this is their longest standing Signature beer. After all these years it’s still a brewery and regional favorite. A true beer drinker’s delight. We had to give this one four pints because we had that many, more than once, while staying at our absolutely favorite National Park.
August 7, 2017 – Bozeman, MT – 🍺🍺🍺 Mountain Nectar and🍺🍺🍺 Sticke Shift are both brewed by MAP Brewing Company. Siobhan really enjoyed the Mountain Nectar, a seasonally available brew while I preferred the Sticke Shift which is available year-round. Sticke Shift, a German Alt Amber and Gold Medal winner at the 2016 NABA, has an even balance between hops and malt, which results in a very clean and drinkable beer.
August 6, 2017 – Kalispell, MT – 🍺🍺🍺 Rope Tow Pale Ale by by Kalispell Brewing Company. This crisp, copper-colored ale delivers a pleasing balance of malt from 2-Row, Munich and Crystal paired with a good dose of floral, citrus hop aroma from Cascade and Kent Golding. A nice sunny day on the roof-top patio in downtown Kalispell, a wonderful place to taste!
July 26, 2017- Port Townsend, WA – 🍺🍺🍺 Men’s Room Red brewed by Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA. This red ale is amber in color with a light hop aroma and toasty malt finish. It is brewed for The Men’s Room Radio Show 99.9 KISW The Rock of Seattle. We enjoyed a few while sitting outside on a second-floor deck overlooking Port Townsend Bay on the Puget Sound.
July 22, 2017 – Eugene, OR – 🍺🍺🍺 Dead Guy Ale brewed by Rogue Ales. An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using their proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.
July 21, 2017 – Eugene, OR – 🍺🍺🍺🍺 Hombre brewed by Hop Valley Brewing in Eugene, OR at the Eugene Tasting Room. This was one of those Amber Ale brews available on the Tap List at that time. Who knows if it is or will be available again? We certainly enjoyed a few on the patio on a sunny Saturday afternoon in downtown Eugene.
June 1, 2017 – Moab, Utah – 🍺🍺🍺🍺 Dead Horse Amber Ale brewed by Moab Brewery in Moab, UT. This beer is a traditional English mild ale with a well-balanced malt-to-hop ratio. This one is worth coming back for again and again.
May 29, 2017 🍺🍺🍺 – Montrose, CO – Fat Tire Ale brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. This Belgian-style ale contains English floral hops, subtle malt sweetness and spicy, fruity notes from Belgian yeast create a balanced yet magical combination.
May 5, 2017 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺 – Downtown San Diego – Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale, brewed by Mother Earth Brew Co. located in Vista, CA. This brew is golden to pale in color, medium body, low bitterness and a thick white head. Ahhh….so good!