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Beer travel for Memorial Day: 10 options and more
Head to any state and you'll find a favorite local beer with quite the following. At HalogenLife, Kyle Anderson has come up with a favorite 10 beers in 10 states list to add perfection to a Memorial Day weekend trip. The list doesn't mean you should drink and drive your way across America. Instead, use it as a guide to the best beers whether you're beaching it, going on a picnic, or throwing a backyard barbecue.
Read on for Anderson's suggestions as well as other best beer options.
I'm quite fond of Barley's Brewing Company in Columbus. You'll have to go to this microbrewery restaurants to partake, however--unless someone brings you a sealed glass jug of it like a friend of mine once did for her husband. Her main job was figuring out how to keep it cold long enough to make it to Sturbridge, MA. This was back when a glass jug filled with liquid could be a carry-on bag.
My favorite beer and food pairing is Barley's Pilsner and sauerkraut balls. For a beer lover's experience, order a sampling of each arranged from the lightest to the darkest. It's a bit hard to find parking, but here's a tip. Park at the North Market and head in to buy Jose Madrid salsa and chips. Get your parking ticket stamped, and voila, parking has just become affordable. By the way, this is a family friendly place.
For beer to take on the road, try Great Lakes Brewing Company. Brewed in Cleveland, the beer never disappoints. Burning River is the one we bring home the most. Great Lakes Brewing also has a brew pub in the Ohio City section of Cleveland, but it's also easy to find at grocery stores and many convenience stores across Ohio.
If you're driving through Montana, try Bayern Brewing Company, the only German-style microbrewery in the Rockies. The brewery is located in Missoula, but you can find its beer elsewhere. Every summer when we head to Montana, this beer is one thing we look forward to. Not the only thing. One thing. Try Juergen's Bayern Pilsner.
Karen, the Gadling non-beer drinker vouches for St. Arnold's Brewing Company in Houston and expressed disappointment it wasn't on the list. Now it is. St. Arnold's is touted as Texas's oldest craft brewery. You don't have to be at the brewery to partake On Thursday nights from how through the summer, you can quench that beer thirst while listening to a Thursday night concert at Discovery Green. Because this beer is also bottled, you can take it with you when you head out of Texas. Before you go, take in a public brewery tour at 1:00 on Saturday. Tours are $5 and included beer tasting and a souvenir glass.
Here's Anderson's list. The article gives a run-down of what makes each beer a standout. Enjoy a beer adventure this Memorial Day. Just don't drink and drive.
- Seattle: Hale's Mongoose IPA (Hale's Brew Pub)
- Pittsburgh: Blast Furnace Oatmeal Stout (The Church Brew Works)
- New York: Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 (Brooklyn Brewery)
- Chicago: Half Acre Lager (Half Acre Beer Company)
- Los Angeles: Bonaventure Blonde Ale (Bonaventure Brewing Company)
- Minneapolis: Hope & King Scotch Ale (Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery)
- New Orleans: Abita Strawberry Harvest (Abita Brewing Company)
- Miami: Brother Dan's Double Stout (Abbey Brewing Company)
- Austin: Independence Freestyle Ale (Independence Brewing Company)
- Denver: Wynkoop Wixa Weiss (Wynkoop Brewing Company)