A Craft Beer lovers Road Trip, Thanks to USA Today
USA Today put a together a pretty good readers choice list, but I thought it could be a little more enticing with some planning. Imagine a guys road trip (or girls) to the some of the best craft breweries, mid-Eastern part of the U.S. A week of Hell Yeah, in the name of craft beer. I will start with the info the kind people at USA Today provided but failed to see the potential of mapping out a buddies craft beer roadie (in this case for beer) list for the ages.
So…reserve a flight, rent a car and book hotel rooms for my road trip from USA Today's Readers Choice craft beer picks. I'm going to list the breweries, in my preference order for a getaway.
1. Hammond, Indiana
First stop, is in Hammond, Indiana. Where the hell is this place. I've never heard of it. According, to USA Today readers this brew pub makes the list. Hammond, Indiana is a city in Lake County, Indiana. It's also part of Chicago Metropolitan area. “Indiana's 18th Street Brewery brews up several varieties of beer in their Hammond brewpub, including Imperial Blud Imperial Russian stout, Temporal Purgatory pale ale, Here Comes the Wolf old ale and Sex and Candy American IPA. The brewpub also serves pub grub and dinner menus with house-baked bread and pastries”. (USA Today)
2. Cleveland, Ohio
The next stop of my list on my list is the best beer scene. This spot is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland made the list for having one of the best beer scenes in the nation. “They have stellar selections of established and up-and-coming breweries, beer bars, brewpubs, beer festivals and even thriving homebrew communities where novice brewers can get their foot in the door”. (USA Today)
3. Cincinnati, Ohio
What's new on the craft beer scene is Brink Brewing Company. According to Brink's website, “When we decided to jump off the brink and finally take the plunge into opening a brewery we knew we wanted to bring those values taught by Uncle Jack into our tap room. Therefore, Brink Brewing Company is a craft brewery that provides quality beers and a welcoming, comfortable tap room that creates a community…”. They have an array of articles including, Forbes magazine, Food and Wine and a few other elites to back their brew up.
4. Asheville, North Carolina
“Visitors to the New Belgium facilities in both Fort Collins and Asheville are in for a treat. Free 90-minute tours include beer sampling (of course) as well as stories of the brewery's history. After the tour, guests are invited to enjoy beers in the tasting room or grab a bite to eat from a rotating list of visiting food trucks”. (USA Today)
5. Atlanta, GA
Roadies Choice. ATL has an array of breweries, brewpubs, and festivals to add icing to your celebration your craft beer road trip. One of my face to visit with a fun atmosphere is Sweetwater Brewery. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable of the craft beer they serve and their 420 brew is good. To make your Atlanta experience more interesting Atlanta also offers a beer bus. Atlanta Beer Bus, “ Born out of a love for beer…and the fine breweries the city has to offer[…]A hop-on/hop-off, party shuttle servicing Atlanta’s most delicious breweries for only $15 per person all day!”
The last piece of advice for you craft beer scavengers….Sober up and Fly Home.