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Old 01-02-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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Good local beers/travel plans

Here's a scenario:
I pull into your town, you notice my out-of-state plate and ADV sticker on the bike. The ADV sticker suggests that I might enjoy a beer, the license plate further tells you that I might not know where to find a tasty
LOCALLY-BREWED beer. What would you suggest?

Please tell us what a stranger would need to know to get the best beer of your region. Maybe somebody will put a beer tour together, who knows? Obviously, if y'all choose Bud from the KwikeeMart, we're not getting anywhere we haven't already been.

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Old 01-03-2008, 04:56 AM   #2
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I just search through Beer Advocate in advance of where I'm heading (or Real beer, pubcrawler, etc.) If you are looking specifics though, SE PA has tons of great places for good beer. My problem when traveling is finding a motel within walking distance of good beer.
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:19 PM   #3
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Locally-brewed beer? In east Oklahoma? It is to guffaw.
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:27 AM   #4
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A cry in the wilderness

Would someone in the audience please reach out to ezrydr and lift him up ?
Isn't there someone heading toward eastern OK who could drop off a proper craft made beer for an ADV brother?

I trust someone hears your call, ez. Help should be on the way.


Oh the humanity.....
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:31 AM   #5
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Wink Pacific Northwet Craft Breweries

If you'd really like to enjoy freshly crafted brewskies, you had better start planning your trip to the PNWet now!

Here's a listing that was posted a little while back by GSHighlander -

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Washington Brewery Listing
I thought you all might enjoy having a copy of all the breweries located in the great State of Washington!

The Breweries below are members of the Washington Brewers Guild, which is a great online resource, too.

Input the addresses into your MapSource GPS program and go have some fun! Remember to drink responsibly.

Enjoy!





Alpine Brewing Company 821 14th Avenue Oriville, WA 98844 509-476-9662
Bear Creek Brewing Company 7950 164th Avenue N.E. Redmond, WA 98052 425-498-2337
Big Horn Brewing, Lakewood 10019 164th Avenue S.W. Lakewood, WA 98499 253-584-3191
Big Time Brewing Company 4133 University Avenue N.E Seattle, WA 98105 206-545-4509
Boundary Bay Brewing Company 1107 Railroad Bellingham, WA 98225 360-647-5593
Diamond Knot Brewing Company 621 A Front Street Mukilteo, WA. 98275 425-355-4488
Dick's Brewing Company 5945 Prather Road Centralia, WA 98531 360-736-7760
Druids Brewing Company 29925 207th Avenue S.E. Covington, WA 98042 253-638-1200
Elliott Bay Brewing Company 4720 California Avenue S.W. Seattle, WA 98116 206-932-8695
Elysian Brewing Company 1221 E. Pike Street Seattle, WA 98122 206-860-1920
Engine House #9 Brewing Company 609 N. Pike Street Tacoma, WA 98406 253-383-7707
Far West Brewing Company 7281 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E Redmond, WA 98052 206-860-1920
Fish Brewing Company 515 Jefferson Street S.E. Olympia, WA 98501 360-943-6480
Georgetown Brewing Company 5840 Airport Way S. - Suite 201 Seattle, WA 98108 206-766-8055
Grant's 1803 Presson Place Yakima, WA 98903 509-525-1900
Hale's Ales 4301 Leary Way N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 206-782-0737
Harmon Brewing Company 1938 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402 253-383-2739
Heads Up Brewing Company 9960 Silverdale Way N.W. - Suite 6 Silverdale, WA 98383 360-377-2739
Hood Canal Brewing Company 25877 Tytler Road Poulsbo, WA 98370 360-697-5455
Ice Harbor Brewing 206 N. Benton Street Kennewick, WA 99336 888-701-2350
Iron Horse Brewing Company 1000 Prospect Street Ellensburg, WA 98926 509-933-3134
Issaquah Brewhouse 35 W. Sunset Way - Suite C Issaquah, WA 98027 425-557-1911
La Conner Brewing 117 S. First, Box 397 La Conner, WA 98257 360-466-1415
Mac & Jack's Brewery Inc. 17825 N.E 65th - Suite B-10 Redmond, WA 98052 425-558-9697
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company 1514 N.W. Leary Way Seattle, WA 98107 206-782-6181
McMenamins-Roy Street 200 Roy Street Seattle, WA 98107 206-782-6181
North Fork Brewing 6186 Mt. Baker Highway Deming, WA 98244 360-599-2337
Northern Lights Brewing Company 1003 E. Trent Spokane, WA 99202 509-242-2739
Pacific Crest Brewing Company 19845 East Marginal Way S. Seattle, WA 98168 206-764-1731
Pike Brewing Company 1415 1st Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 206-622-3373
Port Townsend Brewing Company 330 10th Street Port Townsend, WA 98368 360-385-9967
Pyramid Breweries Inc. 91 S. Royal Brougham Way Seattle, WA 98134 206-682-8322
Rattlesnake Mountain Brewery 1250 Columbia Center Boulevard Richland, WA 99352 509-783-5747
Redhook Ale Brewery 14300 N.E 145th Street Woodinville, WA 98072 425-483-3232
Rock Bottom Brewing Company 550 106th Avenue N.E. - Suite 103 Bellevue, WA 98004 425-462-9300
Rock Bottom Brewing Company 1333 Fifth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 206-623-3070
Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery 320 Commercial Avenue Anacortes, WA 98221 360-588-1720
Roslyn Brewing Company 208 Pennsylvania Avenue Roslyn, WA 98941 509-649-2232
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company 1524 W Marine View Dr. Everett, WA 98201 425-257-9316
Silver City Brewing Company 2799 N.W. Myhre Road Silverdale, WA 98383 360-698-5879
Skagit River Brewing Company 404 S. Third Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273 360-336-2884
Skye Book & Brew 148 E Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 509-382-4677
Snipes Mountain Brewing Inc. 905 Yakima Valley Hwy Sunnyside, WA 98944 509-837-2739
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company 8032 Falls Avenue S.E. Snoqualmie, WA 98065 425-831-2337
Walking Man Brewing 240 S.W. 1st Box 337 Stevenson, WA 98648 509-427-5520
Water Street Brewing Company 639 Water Street Port Townsend, WA 98368 360-379-6438
Whatcom Brewing Company 2234 Main Street Ferndale, WA. 98248 360-384-3132
Whitstran Brewing 2880 Lee Road - Suite B Prosser, WA 99350 509-786-3883
Winthrop Brewing Company 155 Riverside Dr. Winthrop, WA 98862 509-996-3183


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Old 01-05-2008, 10:31 AM   #6
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Please tell us what a stranger would need to know to get the best beer of your region. Maybe somebody will put a beer tour together, who knows? Obviously, if y'all choose Bud from the KwikeeMart, we're not getting anywhere we haven't already been.

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When travelling N/B on California's Hwy 101, stop in Buellton (between Santa Barbara and Santa Maria) at the Firestone Brewery. Take the Hwy 246 exit. Turn East on to 246, then left at the first light. Follow this frontage road through the first stopsign, continue straight 1/4 mi. to the brewery. Good stuff.
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Old 01-06-2008, 07:59 PM   #7
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Nail her and keep her nailed for another hundred miles in any direction. Stop and ask again.
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:24 AM   #8
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Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Kingston Brewing Co. has a number of finely crafted ales, regular and cask conditioned....yummm

Tell them Steve sent you....

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PS: 34 Clarence Street KIngston Ontario.
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:33 AM   #9
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Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Kingston Brewing Co. has a number of finely crafted ales, regular and cask conditioned....yummm

Tell them Steve sent you....

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PS: 34 Clarence Street KIngston Ontario.

Kingston?


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Old 01-16-2008, 05:46 AM   #10
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How about for Bike Week?

Daytona is coming up- Does Florida provide any local choices? Don't get me wrong, this is not snobbery. I drink my share (and yours) of Bud, etc., but small breweries that make something unique and tasty also deserve support. We are living in a Beer renaissance in the US. What, if anything, is worth a sidetrip in the sunshine state?
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Old 01-17-2008, 11:21 PM   #11
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Alpine Brewing Company 821 14th Avenue Oriville, WA 98844 509-476-9662
Bear Creek Brewing Company 7950 164th Avenue N.E. Redmond, WA 98052 425-498-2337
Big Horn Brewing, Lakewood 10019 164th Avenue S.W. Lakewood, WA 98499 253-584-3191
Big Time Brewing Company 4133 University Avenue N.E Seattle, WA 98105 206-545-4509
Boundary Bay Brewing Company 1107 Railroad Bellingham, WA 98225 360-647-5593
Diamond Knot Brewing Company 621 A Front Street Mukilteo, WA. 98275 425-355-4488
Dick's Brewing Company 5945 Prather Road Centralia, WA 98531 360-736-7760
Druids Brewing Company 29925 207th Avenue S.E. Covington, WA 98042 253-638-1200
Elliott Bay Brewing Company 4720 California Avenue S.W. Seattle, WA 98116 206-932-8695
Elysian Brewing Company 1221 E. Pike Street Seattle, WA 98122 206-860-1920
Engine House #9 Brewing Company 609 N. Pike Street Tacoma, WA 98406 253-383-7707
Far West Brewing Company 7281 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E Redmond, WA 98052 206-860-1920
Fish Brewing Company 515 Jefferson Street S.E. Olympia, WA 98501 360-943-6480
Georgetown Brewing Company 5840 Airport Way S. - Suite 201 Seattle, WA 98108 206-766-8055
Grant's 1803 Presson Place Yakima, WA 98903 509-525-1900
Hale's Ales 4301 Leary Way N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 206-782-0737
Harmon Brewing Company 1938 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402 253-383-2739
Heads Up Brewing Company 9960 Silverdale Way N.W. - Suite 6 Silverdale, WA 98383 360-377-2739
Hood Canal Brewing Company 25877 Tytler Road Poulsbo, WA 98370 360-697-5455
Ice Harbor Brewing 206 N. Benton Street Kennewick, WA 99336 888-701-2350
Iron Horse Brewing Company 1000 Prospect Street Ellensburg, WA 98926 509-933-3134
Issaquah Brewhouse 35 W. Sunset Way - Suite C Issaquah, WA 98027 425-557-1911
La Conner Brewing 117 S. First, Box 397 La Conner, WA 98257 360-466-1415
Mac & Jack's Brewery Inc. 17825 N.E 65th - Suite B-10 Redmond, WA 98052 425-558-9697
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company 1514 N.W. Leary Way Seattle, WA 98107 206-782-6181
McMenamins-Roy Street 200 Roy Street Seattle, WA 98107 206-782-6181
North Fork Brewing 6186 Mt. Baker Highway Deming, WA 98244 360-599-2337
Northern Lights Brewing Company 1003 E. Trent Spokane, WA 99202 509-242-2739
Pacific Crest Brewing Company 19845 East Marginal Way S. Seattle, WA 98168 206-764-1731
Pike Brewing Company 1415 1st Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 206-622-3373
Port Townsend Brewing Company 330 10th Street Port Townsend, WA 98368 360-385-9967
Pyramid Breweries Inc. 91 S. Royal Brougham Way Seattle, WA 98134 206-682-8322
Rattlesnake Mountain Brewery 1250 Columbia Center Boulevard Richland, WA 99352 509-783-5747
Redhook Ale Brewery 14300 N.E 145th Street Woodinville, WA 98072 425-483-3232
Rock Bottom Brewing Company 550 106th Avenue N.E. - Suite 103 Bellevue, WA 98004 425-462-9300
Rock Bottom Brewing Company 1333 Fifth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 206-623-3070
Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery 320 Commercial Avenue Anacortes, WA 98221 360-588-1720
Roslyn Brewing Company 208 Pennsylvania Avenue Roslyn, WA 98941 509-649-2232
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company 1524 W Marine View Dr. Everett, WA 98201 425-257-9316
Silver City Brewing Company 2799 N.W. Myhre Road Silverdale, WA 98383 360-698-5879
Skagit River Brewing Company 404 S. Third Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273 360-336-2884
Skye Book & Brew 148 E Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 509-382-4677
Snipes Mountain Brewing Inc. 905 Yakima Valley Hwy Sunnyside, WA 98944 509-837-2739
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company 8032 Falls Avenue S.E. Snoqualmie, WA 98065 425-831-2337
Walking Man Brewing 240 S.W. 1st Box 337 Stevenson, WA 98648 509-427-5520
Water Street Brewing Company 639 Water Street Port Townsend, WA 98368 360-379-6438
Whatcom Brewing Company 2234 Main Street Ferndale, WA. 98248 360-384-3132
Whitstran Brewing 2880 Lee Road - Suite B Prosser, WA 99350 509-786-3883
Winthrop Brewing Company 155 Riverside Dr. Winthrop, WA 98862 509-996-3183


A most exhaustive and excellent list. I have been to a few of these places and tried a small number of these beers (limited budget). While personal preference will always rule the day, a few comments:

Big Horn Brewing aka The Ram. Brewery attached to a restaurant. Their food is comparable to say Bennigans or TGI Fridays. The beer is OK but nothing to write home to Mom about. They have roughly 5-7 varieties to choose from. My personal favorite is the Hefeweizen. Can't compare to the Germans, but still damn tasty. The Ram in Lakewood is a bit of a dump. Go to the one on the waterfront in Tacoma.

Elysian Brewing is located in the Pike Place Market (if memory serves correct). Never tried the beer, but the atmosphere alone is worth the trip. Pike Place Market is a very interesting place to just hang out and people watch.

Hales Ales: good, strong beer. Can't go wrong with it.

Harmon's: Another brewery attached to a restaurant. The beer is comparable to the beers at the Ram. The location is what makes the difference. You are smack dab in UW country with lots of college girls. After a while, what beer? If you have money left over and are there late enough, stumble over to The Loft afterwards. Lots of ladies there.

Mac and Jack's. Brudda, their African Amber will make you wanna slap your mama. I had this beer for the first time at Safeco Field at a Mariners game. It was like liquid crack to me. Slightly bitter but, man alive it is good! My favorite beer, hands down. They sell it at a couple other places, but they don't bottle it. I have yet to make the pilgrimage to the brewery, but it is definitely on my bucket list. By the way, a plastic cup of this liquid nirvana at Safeco costs $8. As much of a cheap f**k as i am, I will pay that price. Mariners first, M&J always.

Redhook is well known around these parts and is a damn fine beer. When I have the cash, Redhook is a fine investment. Always leaves you wanting another. My liver is much pleased by this beer.

Now if you are a cheap bastard like me and only on occasion splurge, allow me to recommend three courses of action:

Down and out: Roll yourself a homeless around these parts and you will more than likely find a can of Steel Reserve around his (or her) person. Nasty as hell, tastes like a cross between cream soda, vomit and rubbing alcohol. Imagine a can of hammered ass...like that would taste, only worse. But it will put your head in a tailspin after 2 cans. 12 pack @ $4.99 at Arco in Lakewood by Western State (go figger).

Budget Beer: Henry Weinhard's. A 12 pack costs anywhere from $8.99 (Fred Meyer) to $10.99 (Albertsons in Lacey). They have two fairly good beers that I recommend, Classic Dark and Blonde. Both are of excellent quality for the price.

Splurge: head to the Gravity Beer Market in Olympia. The young lady behind the counter is very friendly and knowledgable and they have scheduled tastings for the myriad of beers they sell. Pricey, but man, it's worth it. Money well spent.

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Old 01-17-2008, 11:32 PM   #12
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Sorry, I meant to add this. A plug for Gravity Beer Market:


Tuesday Tasting
January 2008


Our Tuesday Tastings start at 5pm and go until 7pm. Stop on by the shop and try a different beer for only a buck. This is a great way to try something you may not have had a chance to experience yet or maybe it will remind of you a beer you ejoyed back in the day. Either way, we are pouring something each and every Tuesday for your taste buds to enjoy.

January 8th- Port Brewing Wipeout IPA
January 15th- New Belgium Trippel
January 22nd- Rogue American Amber
January 29th- Victory Stormking Stout

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Monthly Supplier Tasting
Friday January 25th

We are pleased to announce that on Friday, January 25th we will have the Deschutes Brewery here for our monthly supplier tasting. Norm Cartwright will be present to pour us some of the great beers being released by Deschutes this month along with a few from their year round offerings.

The Abyss Imperial Stout
Green Lakes Organic Amber
Buzzsaw Brown
Inversion IPA
Cascade Golden Ale

The cost is $5 per person along with a valid ID. The tasting will run from 5pm until 7pm.


We continue to grow our inventory for your drinking pleasure. We currently have over 900 items on the books with our floor count over 600 different beers at this time. We are always looking to bring in new and exciting products, so keep on stoping by the shop to check out the new arrivals.

As always, please let us know if there is something you would like to see on the shelves and we will do what we can to make it happen as long as it is available to us.

Again, thanks for all of your continued support!

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Thumb 92 Breweries in Colorado

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By Randall Blake, Colorado may just be the Napa of beer breweries in the United States. What better way to get a Rocky Mountain high than to slurp some of the best suds the state can offer? Denver itself ranks first in the nation in beer production per capita and second in the number of breweries. Colorado is home to four of the top-50 brewing companies in the nation. Just about everywhere you go, there is a brew pub. With 92 breweries statewide, Colorado is ranked third in the country in volume of brewpubs and craft breweries. It is also ranked as the number two beer producing state in America, just behind California, producing over 21,000,000 barrels in 2005, according to the 2007 Brewer's Almanac Have a designated driver or hire a cab and enjoy beer heaven.

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Here's a scenario:
I pull into your town, you notice my out-of-state plate and ADV sticker on the bike. The ADV sticker suggests that I might enjoy a beer, the license plate further tells you that I might not know where to find a tasty
LOCALLY-BREWED beer. What would you suggest?

Please tell us what a stranger would need to know to get the best beer of your region. Maybe somebody will put a beer tour together, who knows? Obviously, if y'all choose Bud from the KwikeeMart, we're not getting anywhere we haven't already been.

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This web site has attempted to put together a list of brews and their locations.... It needs work though: It lists the mega-brewers along side the locals along side those silly brew pub chains. But it's an OK start. You can pick out the local looking ones and do more research on them.

http://beermapping.com/brewery-maps/us-brewery-map/

My favorite local brew is on there, but you have to zoom into the area and separate the mega-lagers from the good stuff.
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