Tag Archives: craft beer

NOLA Brewing Company

24 Mar

IMG_1157Last week I went to visit my grandparents in New Orleans. I had to make a point to stop by one of the local craft breweries, and there just so happened to be one very close to where we were shopping one day. The NOLA Brewing Company is two blocks away from Magazine Street off Tchoupitoulas Street. (I’d like to hear you try to pronounce that if you’re not familiar with the area).

It had a two story taproom with rooftop access and a view of the Mississippi River. They had the most expensive flights i’ve come across at $10 for four IMG_1155pours. I went with a raspberry sour called Desire, a pineapple habanero IPA, the Irish Channel Stout, and a porter that I forget the name of. I’ve learned from the few sours i’ve tried that i’m not a fan, but this was the best i’ve tried. They kind of fall into the same category as cider for me. I’m just not able to drink more than one at at time and they just don’t taste like beer. The pineapple habanero wasn’t very pinapple-y or spicy. The Irish Channel Stout wasn’t my favorite stout ever but I decided to take a 4 pack of pint cans home so I could bring a piece of New Orleans with me, which I think was $10.

The taproom had a small menu, which I didn’t really pay attention to since we were full from Juan’s Flying Burrito. Now THAT is some good eats. The beer was mediocre and the bartender was meh. If I lived there i’m not gunna lie, i’d IMG_1191probably go back to try more since they had i’d guess close to 20 beers on tap, but it wouldn’t be my first choice. Worth popping your head in if you’re area, but definitely not the 12 hour drive from Tampa.

 

Cigar City Brewpub

23 Mar

I forgot to blog about my trip to the Cigar City Brewpub in Tampa before I went on vacation last week. I’m getting pretty bad at this. I’ve had a few of Cigar City’s beers before and had even visited the taproom a few years back, but it had been awhile so I went with a flight to try more than one.  I went IMG_0941with the hard cider, Maduro Brown Ale, Space Race and Barley Berry Jam. The only reason I know this, by the way, is not from superior memory, but from this awesome app on my phone called Untappd. It’s how I “check-in” or log my new beers. It’s like Facebook, but for you and your beer drinking friends. But that’s another post.

Anyways, I remember liking them all, the Space Race the most, which I think was a stout. But again not the biggest fan of the cider. Just too sweet for my taste. They had a ton of beers on tap so there is definitely something for everyone. No, I don’t remember how much the flight cost.

The dinner menu had a good variety and I went with the empanada of the day, which happened to be something with buffalo chicken when I went. It was pretty good; i’d eat it again. Nicole was a total copycat and got the same thing, but our other two friends went with the flank steak, which looked delicious, and the mac n cheese with ropa vieja, which I can attest was delicious. We had an appetizer of caprese salad, which was fresh and filling. Overall for the price it was a good deal. The decorations inside were cute too with use of beer barrels, bottles, cans, etc in all the furniture and walls. I don’t think i’d drive that far again just for the beer, but if you’re in the area it’s definitely worth stopping by.

Two Henrys Brewing Company

17 Jul

IMG_20140713_131458I recently purchased an Amazon Local deal for $20 that included a five beer flight at Two Henrys Brewing Company in Plant City as well as a growler (large resealable glass container) with a gallon of beer to take home. I went this last Sunday with a coworker and we had an awesome time. Two Henrys Brewing Company is owned and operated by the same owners of Keel and Curley Winery and is run on the same facility. There are two separate bars inside, one geared toward wine and one with the taps, but you can taste the beer or wine from either.

The flight consisted of five separate 5 fl oz glasses, which I believe is normally priced at $7.50. There is a fairly large menu of about seven brews and their cider to choose from, but that changes IMG_4266seasonally. My favorite was the Slow Boat to Cuba which was a stout brewed with Cafe Bustelo. My least favorite was the cider; it tasted very earthy, almost like dirt.

I ended up taking home the Saison in my growler that had notes of raspberry in it because the Slow Boat to Cuba couldn’t be bottled due to sediment, which I was very sad about. The growler, which I think was normally $17.50, is a good deal if you’re planning on taking it to a party or drinking it that day, but because it doesn’t hold carbonation it’s best to drink it as soon as possible. Obviously I had to get a Two Henrys glass for $2.50 to drink my Saison in, which was totally worth every penny.

Tours of the winery and brewery are available on the hour from 1-4 p.m. on the weekends. It’s $5 and you get a little history and science lesson. The brewery is about a year old and was named after Henry M. Flagler, who helped develop the east coast of Florida with his railroads and oil industry, and Henry B. Plant, who helped develop the west 20140713_153456coast of Florida with his railroads and hotels. Quite a few restaurants and retailers carry some of their beers (check out their website for a full listing) but our tour guide mentioned they will have a canning machine soon which will make their products much more accessible to consumers.

This brew hub is definitely an up and comer to be noted and worth the try.