If you get the chance and are a little west of Denver, try the Tommyknocker Brewery & Brewpub in Idaho Springs, CO. Besides their beers they also brew their own Root Bear and a variety of Cream Sodas and you can order them online at http://tommyknocker.com/ourSoda.html
Also in Idaho Springs is The Buffalo Bar and Beau Jo’s Pizza.
Here’s a link to the Brewery Homepage. http://tommyknocker.com/ourBeer.html
Also if you’re in the Eau Claire, WI area try the Northwoods Grill & Brewpub. They also brew their own Root Beer and Creme Soda. (it looks like they don’t sell them on the website but you might give them a call) Btw the Elk Burgers are pretty good here. http://www.northwoodsbrewpub.com/beers.html
The Gilded Otter in New Paltz, NY – excellent beers and great food too! A great stop if you’re in the Hudson Valley…
I love brew pubs that make their own root beer. It reminds us all of prohibition, when some breweries were able to sustain a while longer by making root beer, while many many more breweries vanished. It has taken years and years to see new breweries pop up in our cities and small towns. It’s nice to give root beer a place along side its ale, lager, beer and stout friends.
My husband and I enjoy going to the Marietta Brewing Co. when we visit his family. Although I don’t drink beer/ale/stout and can’t speak to their quality, they have very good homemade root beer.
I’ve always been partial to the Weeping Radish Bavarian Restaurant and Brewery in Manteo on the Outer Banks of NC. Love the beers, AND the Food!
Agreed, Wandering! We used to have a couple of others here that were better..but they’re gone now. And some of the others mentioned, Dogfish in DE, Outer Banks brew co in NC, and even "The Original Saratoga Springs Brewpub" upstate are really good.
But again, for a local, the amber at Brew Haus is a decent mug of beer.
Hubby is anxiously awaiting the opening of Stone Brewery’s World Bistro and Beer Gardens in Escondido now that they have completed the new brewery and relocated from the teeny-tiny place in San Marcos.
We’ll check it out as soon as available and I’ll let you know…
Jennifer4 – what’s the name of the place in Fresno that brews Bridalveil Ale? They have a good cooked-to-order-omelettes, all-you-can-eat brunch. Brew rootbeer, too, I think.
The Black Forest Brew Haus in Farmingdale NY is a great place for micro brews. They’ve always got a selection of at least 5 or 6 that are brewed on site in their brew rooms, as well as a full menu of German & American dishes.
Good bar also, with "dueling pianos" on Friday nights.
Growlers to go also available.
Capitol City Brewing – Washington, DC. Beers tend to be on the hoppy side (Ameber ale is nearly an india pale ale style in flavor), but good overall. Food is good too. Service was excellent.
They’ve expanded locations (uh oh, they became a chain) to include the Inner Harbor in Baltimore and a second downtown, DC location. The original is best located at 8 Massachusettes Ave, NE right next to Union Station.
Ok, so this isn’t a brew pub, but if you like beer, then you must go to the Brickskeller Saloon in D.C. (1523 22nd St. NW) with over a 1000 beers to choose from, you can’t go wrong…unless you order a beer made in Moscow, yuck! Service is slow, but hey, don’t drink so fast…jeesh!
DuClaw Brewing Company in Fells Point, Baltimore. I really like DuClaw’s beers. But, please, what ever you do…don’t eat here. The food is mediocre and the service is terrible. My suggestion is to sit at the bar and only have barley sandwiches.
Appalacian Brewing Company in Gettysburg, PA. Ate there last night. Chicken Piccata was awesome. Husband had a Cajun Penne Chicken dish that was also wonderful. We don’t drink, so can’t comment on the brew
Great Lakes Brewing Co in Cleveland, OH. Very good beer and food.
The Brew Kettle, also in Cleveland. Great Bar-B-Q
Bells/ Kalamazoo Brewing Co in Kalamazoo, MI
Dark Horse Brewing in Marshall, MI. Good pizza
Lake Superior Brewing Co in Grand Marais, MI., Beers just ok, fantastic whitefish, and a beautiful location.
The already mentioned Penn Brewery in Pittsburgh
The McMenamin’s empire has been alluded to earlier. At one time, I had visted most of them, but that was back when there their numbers were around a dozen or so. The Wilbur’s Jumbo Deluxe burger with a large order of Positron Fries, all washed down by a pint or two of their Hammerhead Ale or Terminator Stout, is pretty tough to beat.
Those who haven’t had the good fortune to spend some time in Oregon and experience a few of these establishments would enjoy spending some time just browsing through their website. Check out a few locations like Edgefield and the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse. The McMenamin’s conglomeration is unique.
My first actual experience with a microbrew was a bottle of Sam Adams at the Olde City Tavern in Philly back in the summer of 88, however I will always consider my first real experience in Seattle approximately 6 months later with a Pint of Hales Pale Ale at the Old Timers Cafe in Pioneer Square. I longed for real beer for nearly four long years in New York before I moved to Seattle. Since then the microbrew craze took off with its heigh in the mid-late 90’s. Sadly it seems to have cooled off with alot of brewpubs going under and being taken over by the brew pub chains like Hops and Rock Bottom. Jim Eats was right about Portland Maine having a decent amount of BrewPubs. Grittys is one of my favorites. Burlington Vermont also has a fare share for a city of its size.
I sorta figured if anybody would know anything about brew pubs, it would be Ort. I am not much of a beer drink although I have been known to imbibe a bit too much Canadian which I have been seriously cuyting back on that. Almost to the point of no use.
Ort,Knoxville is not known for its cutting edge brew pubs but it now has several. Calhouns on Bearden Hill on Kingston Pike has had one in operations for many years. There a few in the downtown area but I cannot comment on the quality.
If you got the Caddy running, perhaps you could make a trip to Knoxville and we could check them out.
Paul E. Smith
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