and other good things
The granddady of 'em all is the Real
Beer Page. This page has every link to everything you could ever want
to know about beer.
Locally, we try and sample the wonderful brews at Trap
Rock Brewery in Berkeley Heights, NJ as much as possible. Stop in and
ask Charlie the master brewer for a sample of whatever he is working
Christine and I traveled to Belgium in March 1998 to meet friends and
sample some of the wonderful beverages. They are unique beers which are
very different from the beers of the Northwest US or of the UK. Our Belgian
favorite is made by the Trappist monks at Orval.
In addition, the location is absolutely beautiful....if you are ever in
the south of Belgium (or north of France), I recommend it highly. Other
incredibly good Belgian beers are made by Chimay,
also a Trappist monastery. Note that the monks even maintain the web page
here!! Leffe has a slightly cheesy homepage,
but their beers are good nonetheless, and they have a nice page with links
to other beer sites.
For our honeymoon in August 1997, we traveled around the beautiful state
of Oregon in search of good beer (do you see a pattern to our trips?).
We hit 16 breweries in 10 days!! Some of our favorites included:
There are also many great brewpubs and beers in Seattle and the rest of
the Northwest (and elsewhere)....
Rogue Brewery in beautiful Ashland,
OR, home of the hop-alicious Rogue Red. Absolutely the best American beers,
at least according to CTV. Christine's favorites are from...
Deschutes Brewery in Bend,
OR. Their Obsidian Stout is dark and tasty and smooth and yummy and their
beers are top notch across the board.
The McMenimans beer empire in
Oregon and Washington is impressive. Although their beers are not as distinctive
as Deschutes or Rogue, they have some of the coolest pubs around. They
have converted old poor farms, schoolhouses, and dance halls into beautiful
brewpubs all over Oregon. In fact, we spent a part of our honeymoon at
a a fantastic B&B outside of Portland with a brewpub and winery on
The Lucky Labrador brewpub in Portland
is also recommended, as is Bridgeport,
Portland Brewing Co, although
the only Portland Brewing beer I really like is McTarnahans Amber.
A foine pub to visit if you are ever in
Seattle is the Elysian Brewpub
in Capitol Hill. Nothing better than a Dragon's Tooth Stout on a misty
own Grants Ales.
the beer that started the microbrew craze in Seattle. They now have a brewery
in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which is a replica of the Woodinville, WA,
brewery. Try their Double Black beer made with Starbucks
coffee! Redhook has made conststently good beer throughout the years, just
don't buy the stock.
Juneau, Alaska's Alaskan
Brewing Co,, makes a fine amber ale.
If you are in New Hampshire ever,
try the cool Portsmouth Brewery.
There is some guy who has sampled thousands
of beers just so that he could give you ratings of them all. He claims
that Beer is My Life.
Granted, it's not beer, but we love Wine
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