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Brewery Reviews

Whether I have an in-depth interview with a brewer (Brewery Spotlight) or just pop in on my personal beer explorations (Brewery Snapshot), I visit a lot of breweries. Brewery Reviews highlights some of my favorite breweries in the United States and beyond.

Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Mother Bunch Brewing and the Story of a Modern Alewife

I thought a great way to wrap up my mini-series on Phoenix’s craft beer scene was with a Brewery Snapshot on Mother Brunch Brewing. I visited Mother Bunch Brewing last September on a whirlwind tour of breweries lead by Arizona Brewery Tours. As my guide for the day, Hoppy Motto, explained, our itinerary included breweries in the “Beermuda Triangle” – Mother Bunch Brewing, Helton Brewing, Helio Basin Brewery, and Wren House Brewing….

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel

April Craft Beer Report – NoDa Brewing, Triple C Brewing, Wilmington Brewing Company, Front Street Brewery, Flytrap Brewing

Whether a brewery sends me a courtesy sample, I visit a brewery on a press trip, or I just stop in a brewery because beer, I drink a lot of beer. Each month, I summarize my favorites in a craft beer report. April marks the end of my wife’s favorite beer season of chewy stouts, rich porters, and hearty winter warmers and the beginning of my favorite beer season of bright hops,…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Good City Brewing – Bringing West Coast Hops to Milwaukee

As I wrap up coverage of the Twin Cities, this edition of Brewery Spotlight provides a glimpse at where The Wandering Gourmand is going next – Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I chose to highlight Good City Brewing first because the brewery epitomizes everything about Milwaukee’s rebirth in craft beer. While Milwaukee is the original Beer City, USA (the birthplace of Pabst, Miller, Schlitz, and Blatz), the city was slow to participate in the beer…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel

March Craft Beer Report – Four Saints Brewing, Left Nut Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Basic City Beer

Whether a brewery sends me a courtesy sample, I visit a brewery on a press trip, or I just stop in a brewery because beer, I drink a lot of beer. Each month, I summarize my favorites in a monthly craft beer report. March was a tough month for beer. I was sick for most of the month. The little beer I did drink, I really couldn’t taste. Thankfully, I was healthy…

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February Craft Beer Report – Catawba Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Pizza Port Brewing, Burgeon Beer Company, Benford Brewing

Whether a brewery sends me a courtesy sample, I visit a brewery on a press trip, or I just stop in a brewery because beer, I drink a lot of beer. Each month, I summarize my favorites in a monthly craft beer report. February was off the charts good beer-wise. In fact, I had a hard time narrowing this list down to something publishable. Alas, I know readers don’t want to read…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Surly Brewing – Great Beer, Even Better Food

February’s edition of Brewery Snapshot, featuring Surly Brewing, pauses coverage on Northern Ireland for a moment and foreshadows where The Wandering Gourmand plans to take readers next – to the Twin Cities. I was in Minneapolis last May for a travel writers’ conference. And, of course, no conference is just about the conference for me. It’s also about exploring the local craft beer and food scene any chance that I get.  …

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Travel

Brewery Snapshot – Boundary Brewing in Belfast, Northern Ireland

I’m pretty stoked about this month’s Brewery Snapshot, which features Boundary Brewing in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Not only does the post paint a bright future for what’s in store for Northern Ireland’s craft beer scene, it also kick starts a new series on the blog focusing on beer and food in the once troubled country. I couldn’t think of a better way to launch a series on Belfast than with Boundary Brewing….

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Brewery Snapshot – Good People Brewing in Birmingham, Alabama

In this month’s Brewery Snapshot, I dropped into to Good People Brewing in Birmingham, Alabama. Good People Brewing is one of the first breweries that comes to mind when mentioning Alabama craft beer. As Good People Brewing is the oldest operating brewery in Alabama, most consider them to be pioneers in the state’s growing craft beer movement. While I’ve sipped on several Good People Brewing beers on my various trips to Alabama,…

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Brewery Spotlight – Summit Brewing in St Paul, Minnesota

Mark Stutrud, Founder and President of St Paul’s Summit Brewing, is that brewery legend not many have heard of unless they live in the Twin Cities area. While the brewery he founded 30 years ago is the 29th largest brewery in the country, 75% of those 130k barrels are sold within Minnesota.     In an industry where it seems like weekly a favorite craft brewery sells out to big beer in…

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Brewery Spotlight – Rocket Republic Brewing in Huntsville, Alabama

Housed in a non-descript warehouse on the frays of Huntsville, Alabama is a brewery that draws a hearty crowd of regulars and newcomers alike. Rocket Republic Brewing derives its name from owners John and Lynn Troy’s love for Huntsville, Alabama and owners Eric and Tatum Crigger’s love for Key West, Florida. The geeky, fun, and rebel-rousing theme is found throughout the brewery, which strives to push the local beer scene by slowly…

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