A couple of months ago, me and my better half took an adventure north. In the last post, you read about some of our trip. I chose to split this trip up into two post because it was such a big trip. But, I did get lazy and postponed the second part. Sorry.
We flew into Baltimore and took the train to DC. Of course, I went to the beverage cart to see what they had to drink on this 30 minute journey. And here's what I found.IBUs (there's that term again) and usually has a higher alcohol content to help balance the beer. Anyhow, not only was this beer available, but it was bottled only seven days before. That's pretty impressive in my book. When you get on a train, you expect train stuff, not fresh beer. I highly recommend the Amtrak from Baltimore to DC, great experience.
The next day, I went on a morning run through the National Mall. I have to say that if you want do some easy sight seeing by yourself, that's the way to do it. I ran from my hotel through the mall in about an hour. I saw a ton of government buildings, monuments, and stuff! The evening we arrived in DC, we had a great dinner at a nice farm to table restaurant called Founding Farmers.
|My view from the Lincoln Memorial, I had a Dream.|
But soon after, I ventured to a nice little brew pub called the District Chop House. We didn't eat dinner there that night, but there was some football to be watched, so I was allowed to go participate. While there, I discovered their Bourbon Barreled aged Stout and Holy Moly was it good. This really dark stout had all of the typical characteristics of a stout, but then add the flavors from a bourbon barrel. It was pretty awesome, I highly recommend this beer if in the area.
So, after hanging with some friends in DC and seeing some sights, me and the bride took off to Vermont. The small amount of time we got to spend in Burlington, VT was fun. It is a cool town and the home of Ben and Jerry's ice cream!
Next stop on our tour was a very famous brewery. A brewery that most people have heard of or will hear of one day. This brewery is located about 45 minutes east of Burlington, VT in a little town of Waterbury. The Alchemist brewery is a cool place and they sell great beer.
|The Alchemist Cannery|
The Alchemist only makes one beer, Heady Topper; and all of their beer is canned. This beer is recommended to be drank right out of the can, but for us purist types it pours a hazy orange color. A lot of folks say they get a peachy aroma from the can, but really don't. But then again, I don't really smell well. When you drink this beer, the aroma really does carry along with the hop flavors, meaning the bitterness is really balanced with the hop aroma. Nice Beer, I would also recommend a taste, if you are up that way. Oh, and not to mention it ranks high in the world ranking of beer. To see where, click here.
I know, this is a lengthy post, but I am almost done. Next stop on our journey and last subject of this long ramble of a blog post is Montpelier, VT. We stayed the night there and found this cool beer bar that had some tasty food as well. We stumbled into Three Penny Taproom, where we found some beers made by Hill Farmstead. Hill Farmstead is located about an hour north of Montpelier and a little too far for a visit. So, I was happy to find a couple of their beers.
Pictured first below is Edward. Hill Farmstead names all of their beers after ancestral roots and I think it really helps give each of their beers a little more identity. Edward is a fantastic Pale Ale that will not disappoint. Nice hop aroma balanced with a clean hop flavor backed with a nice malty finish. I wouldn't mind being able to get this down here in Florida. A man can dream, huh?
Well, I will not keep you any more and I hope you enjoyed reading my rambles. We had a great trip up north and hope to visit again.