|The BBA crew in front of the Steam punk Tree House at Dogfish Head|
|Bar Hop. Oysters and Beer!|
Best Beer Bar Visit:
Bar Hop Toronto, ON. If you read my Toronto travel beer blog, you will know I loved this place. With 24 outstanding Canadian craft beers on tap and fresh oysters shucked in front of me; this is a no brainer! From the cask ale I had to the triple chocolate stout, I was in heaven.
Honorable mention goes to Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA, for its good food and killer beer list.
Best Brewery Visit (a tie!)
|awaiting beer at Troegs|
|Inside Dark Horse|
The other brewery that stuck out was Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshal, MI. This was the second brewery we visited on day two of our Michigan Beer trip. I could have stayed at the brew pub all weekend. Everyone we met at Dark Horse was awesome; and their beers fantastic. We even voted their Plead the 5th the #1 beer reviewed by our panel!.
Bottle Shop (a tie!)
During our Michigan beer trip, we met up with a BBA follower, Daniel, who works at Tiffany's Wine & Spirit Shop in Kalamazoo, MI. I went there shortly before flying home and was able to pick up almost any beer from Michigan that I wanted. There was also a good representation of craft beers from around the country.
|Michigan beers at Tiffany''s|
please note I have yet to write my Cleveland beer blog, but it should be published within a week of this blog.
Best beers I found traveling:
Last year I didn't include my favorite beers I had while traveling, but two beers really stuck out to me that I feel need to be mentioned. For this, category to work, it can only be beers I find while traveling that I can not get anywhere else. So Pliny the Elder or Hopslam could not be on this list.
|Troegs Scratch #58 triple mango IPA|
When I stumbled across this year's number one beer bar in Toronto, I also stumbled into an amazing beer from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery that would set a new standard on chocolate stouts...and musical collaborations. The beer, a triple chocolate stout collaborated with musical act Bare Naked Ladies; Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Stout! This beer just seemed perfect to me. I usually can only drink a little bit of stouts like this; but not this one. I was ready to consume the entire keg! If anyone can get me a bottle of this, I sure I can make a more than worthwhile trade!
So that's my beer travel in review. 25 breweries, 3 countries, hundreds of beers and lots of great people. This year is lining up to be just as fun.:
San Diego (again)
Happy New Year!
Richard Hartogs (BBA travel writer)