As I wind down my first year if writing the BBA travel blog, I would like to look back at my favorite places I visited this year.
Best Beer Bar visited:
Beer Temple in Amsterdam. Many factors went into this decision, such as draft and bottle selection, friendliness of service, comfort and layout, and patronage. The beer list was pretty good (details: ), not the best selection I have seen, but really cool to see these beers across the pond. The bartender was really friendly and helpful. The layout was pretty cool. There were also lots of variety of seats from bar stools, dining tables, to lounge chairs, and even a couple seats outside. I even sampled the strongest beer to date there. I met the good people from Raise Your Pints in Mississippi there too.
Honorary mention: Blind Tiger Ale House in New York City. It could have been no.1 if seating and ease of access to the bar were better. Has great tap take overs.
Best Brewery Visit:
Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.
There are some great breweries in San Diego, and in terms of popularity, I would guess Green Flash is second to only Stone. The new, expansive tasting room is right on the brewery floor. You can buy cheap samples and inexpensive pints of all of their offerings right there. If the bartenders are not too busy, they will take time to talk beer with you. I would recommend a DD if you go!
Honorary mention: Port City, Alexandria, VA. In only its first year, this brewery came on strong. $5 for 4-5 5oz tastings. The Wit, Port, and two seasonal so far, are great on tap. great tasting room and tour.
Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL. (Orange Blossom Trail Location)
This was the toughest category to select a top place. Knightly Spirits had a superb selection of regional and national labels and international offerings as well. During my visit, it was the only time I mentioned I was writing a blog for the BBA at that point. The staff was super helpful in pointing out selections of Cigar City and Saint Somewhere bottles.
Further, I follow them on facebook and see that their prices are way cheaper and more reasonable than many other stores. Let’s take Dogfish Head 120 Minute. At the DFH brewery, 1 bottle is $7.50. Nearby liquor Stores in Delaware: $12. Two stores in Northern Virginia, $15! Knightly Spirits, $9. They understand that beers like this can make a lot of coin at once, but keeping the price more than reasonable, keeps clients for ever.
Honorary Mention: Norm’s, Vienna, VA. Friendly staff, great selection, reasonable prices. Loyal clientele.
Upcoming travel blogs for 2012:
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Spring Break preview Daytona Beach, FL
Lots from our Nation’s Capital,
The first ever BBA Road trip! Details TBA!
And who knows where else?