|Outside New Glarus Brewing Co.|
|Copper kettles at New Glarus|
|Inside New Glarus' brewery|
They were fairly busy when we arrived, so we snagged two seats at the bar. We were thrilled to see both Tart and Red on tap, so we ordered one of each for our "free" beers. For lunch, we enjoyed a perch sandwich (me) and grilled cheese (Brewslut). Afterwards, we ran into our friends from Alabama, Jim aka "Uncle Jedi" and his wife Joan. They too had succumbed to an "early night" after the previous days festivities. "There's not much else you can do after Great Taste but sleep," said Uncle Jedi. Brewslut and I wholeheartedly concurred!
Next door, we picked up a few 1/4 kegs of New Glarus Red and Tart for our friend Chris, who was gracious enough to pay for two full tanks of gas in exchange for "muling" home the kegs for him. We also got to enjoy a few pints at his house when we got home, as well as a growler for "later use!"
And now for something completely different...
CHICAGO TRAFFIC LICKS BALLS!
Enough said about that.
Our next stop was a Deuane-recommended brewpub in Michigan City, IN called Shoreline Brewery. We arrived during "pitcher night," when Shoreline boasts $8 for a pitcher of one of its house beers. Always the frugal (OK, cheap) patron, I opted for a pitcher of the Sum Nug IPA, which hit the spot. (Editor's note: Curious about the name, I checked out Shoreline's website and found that it is brewed with Summit and Nugget hops. So that answers that question!) We also were a bit peckish, so we ordered a vegetable tray that featured yams, beets and other items with bleu cheese. It was quite tasty! We enjoyed pleasant conversations with some locals at the bar, two of which ended up giving us 3/4 of a pitcher of Stella Blue, a light ale with a hint of blueberry. While we didn't finish the pitcher, it was still pretty tasty. In speaking to some other locals, we realized that our plans to return to Three Floyds were foiled due to the fact that we drove more than thirty miles in the opposite direction. Epic geographical fail! Not wanting to backtrack, we tried to put together a "Plan B" for our final stop before retiring to our hotel somewhere in the middle of Indiana. We were pleased to find that we were very close to Greenbush Brewing Company, a new brewpub that had already been recommended by numerous folks at Founders earlier during the trip. And let me tell you... I'm actually glad we experienced this little mishap, because it was one of my favorite stops on the trip!
|Tap handles at Greenbush|
|Pleeps enjoying the Greenbush sampler tray|
The next morning, we were ready to head home, but not after a stop for lunch at the Buckeye Beer Engine just outside Cleveland in Lakewood, OH. Last time we drove through, we decided to stop at The Brew Kettle, producers of Ringneck Brewing Company beers. This time, we wanted to hit the Beer Engine, not only for the beer, but also for their great lunch specials. Brewslut and I pulled up a seat at the bar and we each ordered the Spicy Black Bean Burger, which hit the spot. While the Beer Engine boasts many great craft taps, we opted for the local Buckeye beers - myself, a 76 IPA and Brewslut, the Cleveland Porter. I had forgotten how much I liked 76 IPA. This is a cool little place with a varied beer selection and great staff (our bartender was particularly friendly). Plus if you stop during lunch hours, you will get $1 off select pints and $2 off burgers and sandwiches. Sweet deal, eh?
|Buckeye Beer Engine tap handles|