We departed from Annville bright and early on the morning of August 7th at around 6:20am (at "the ass crack of dawn," according to Brewslut). We hit Sheetz down the street for iced coffee, and we didn't stop until we reached another Sheetz in western PA for a piss break. Our first beer destination of the day was Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, OH. I hadn't been there since our inaugural Thanksgiving beer-cation with Deuane and Carolyn back in 2008. We landed at 12:15pm, only 15 minutes behind schedule. We were both pretty hungry... and thirsty, of course. Our first beers of the trip were Rye of the Tiger (a 7.5% rye IPA) for me and Truth, Justice and the American Ale (a 4.9% pale ale) for Brewslut. For lunch, I enjoyed the summer chicken salad with strawberries, pine nuts and goat cheese, while Brewslut opted for the vegan burger.
|Pleeps... poster monkey for The Pour Travelers!|
|Smaller brewing capacity than you'd think!|
|Downstairs at Great Lakes|
|One of the coolest Mug Clubs ever!|
|Lots of pics from Dark Horse Brewing Company|
|Outside Bell's in Kalamazoo, MI|
We had plenty of time, and we were also enjoying a conversation with some patrons, so we ordered a sampler flight, which included the following beers: Roundhouse India Red Ale, Hopsolution DIPA, Java Stout, Expedition Stout, Lager of the Lakes, and La Batteur French Farmhouse Blonde Ale. We shared the sampler tray, and by then it was time to hit the road.
|Inside Bell's Eccentric Cafe|