It’s been a hectic couple of weeks with a bachelor party in Los Angeles and a wedding in Denver, and both trips surely did not leave me wanting for beer (i.e. I’m taking several days to dry out before Wilco at Big Sky Brewing Co. - or at least trying to.)
Probably the best place I checked out was in Anaheim, Calif., before watching the Angels get shut out by the Diamondbacks. The brewery’s called Noble Ale Works and it’s a little hole in the wall in an industrial park less than a mile from Angel Stadium. (more…)
For me, nothing will take the place of a good, old-fashioned road trip to check out a brewery. But this comes close. Take a few minutes and check out the new Brewery Tour from Blackstarbeer.com. It’s a look at the transformation going on at Great Northern Brewing Company in Whitfish, and it’s one of the nicer Web sites I’ve seen in a while.
Some of the best aspects might be the videos they have posted, particularly the one where they ask people if they can define some interesting brewing terms. So what do you think grist is?
Since the elusive Montana spring seems to be in full swing in early March, it’s a good time to start thinking about your next craft beer road trip. Much like exploring the micro regions of France’s wine country or other such adventures, much of America can be broken down into large craft brew regions and even small micro regions, complete with different food varieties, brewing techniques and interesting locals to intermingle with.
PubQuest came to my attention via Facebook the other day, and I thought I’d share it with you, since navigating the country’s many microbreweries can be a tough yet ultimately rewarding job.
Check out PubQuest’s detailed craft brewery map. I’m a map fanatic, so I can study this thing for hours on end. In fact, after viewing it, I really want to make a swing through far eastern Washington, where I noticed a lot of tiny breweries that I never knew existed.
And if you’re interested in Montana craft breweries, check out my beer map dedicated to those breweries. I’ll be adding pictures and video tours to the map soon, so check back often for those details and more.
So who is up for a eastern Washington craft brewery road trip?
View Larger Map of the Montana craft breweries.