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Beer is More Than Just a Beverage

Beer is More Than Just a Beverage

How many times have you and friends or family gotten together in the last year? Of those times how many of them involved beer? Beer is not just a beverage it is one of things, like food, that people come together to enjoy. From the first Olympia beer I stole from my father’s stash to the fabulous craft beer I enjoy at local breweries; beer is usually present at memorable moments. (Or not so memorable depending on how many I had). You don’t often hear someone say on a hot day, “Boy, I could really go for a cold grapefruit juice”. They say, “I really would like a cold beer.”

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Here Comes The Beer Connoisseur® Club 

Founder of The Beer Connoisseur® magazine Lynn Davis gets this and wants to help more people come together around beer. They want to be more than just a magazine. That is why they are currently running a Kickstarter Campaign for their The Beer Connoisseur® Club. The vision for this club is for it to become the world’s common place where people meet, share, learn and organize around beer.

AN ANNUAL FOUNDING MEMBERSHIP COSTS ONLY $35.00.
You receive a one year subscription (4 issues) to The Beer Connoisseur® magazine plus 12 months of ALL ACCESS to the new BeerConnoisseur.com that includes an interactive Beer School.

Club members receive an annual membership card proudly displaying their love for beer. The card brings special privileges and discounts from The Beer Connoisseur® Network Global Partners!

Not a Bad Deal for Only $35

The discounts from the The Beer Connoisseur® Network, the magazine subscription and the 12 month access to the interactive beer school are pretty cool benefits. What I am most interested in though is the concierge piece of the membership. How sweet is it that if you plan a trip and want to include beer in your travels the staff can make recommendations and arrange VIP experiences for you! That little nugget right there would be enough to get me to join. For this post I will be getting my first year of membership free if the project reaches its funding goal. Which hopefully it does because I am pretty sure I would renew after my freebie was up. Besides, think of the amazing things I’ll find to write about here just from the magazine and the beer school.

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What Are You Waiting For?

So come on…sacrifice one growler purchase and fill for a years worth of Beerutainment! Yes, that is a word, at least that is what the little voices in my head tell me. They are usually right. Except for when they told me to mix Slow Gin with Southern Comfort and a Miller Lite…that is a story for another time. The link to join the Club is scattered throughout this post, but here it is again just to make things easy: The Beer Connoisseur® Club. Now lets fund this!

Cheers and Ride On!

Jamie Lynn

 

**Note – I am receiving no other compensation for this post other than a FREE Club Membership if the project is funded.**

 

 

Graciela With a View

Tequila – Not Just For Those “Lost” Nights Anymore

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Tequila – Not Just For Those “Lost” Nights Anymore

It is girls night out, the music is loud, the drinks are flowing and eventually the tequila shots start arriving. After several shots accompanied by salt licked from various body parts the evening gets a bit hazy. That is how an “evening of Tequila” may have gone in your past. Now that you are older, and hopefully wiser, you can enjoy Tequila for its amazing elegant simplicity. Not just a way to inebriation.

It Pays to Post About What You Enjoy

One of the perks of having a stream of online posts about my enjoyment for spirits, wine, and beer is the periodic invitation to pairing dinners or events. Most recently I was invited to attend a Tequila pairing dinner at Beverly’s in the Coeur d’Alene Resort. The featured Tequila was El Mayor that is distributed by Luxco one of the nation’s leading beverage alcohol companies. It is always exciting to enjoy a creative menu paired with high quality alcohol.

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When I arrived at Beverly’s I was welcomed by their General Manager Justin Schorzman. His attentiviness was a pleasant surprise, as was his company at the dinner when he was able to sit for a few moments. After enjoying a glass of wine he made sure I was directed to the Coeur d’Alene Club Dining area for the dinner.

Thank Goodness There Were No Tacos

There I met two representatives from Luxco; Jon Stowell, Northwest Division Manager, Marla Mendez, Northwest State Manager and Graciela Gonzalez co-owner of El Mayor Tequila. We enjoyed some great conversation before the dinner, with everyone being in agreement that not seeing tacos on the menu was a very good thing. It is nice when a chef takes some initiative with his pairing choices instead of doing something you traditionally expect.

Appetizer Ely Mayor Tequila Dinner

Colossal Prawn Cocktail with Pineapple Cocktail Sauce, Avocado, Fresno Chili, Pacific Crab, Cilantro & Lemon

Before the dinner started Graciela walked us through the entire flight of Tequila, the company history and tasting tips. I think everyone was fascinated by the stories and learned something new during her presentation. Did you know that the best way to smell your tequila before drinking is from three fingers away from your nose? Well now you do!

Taking Flight With Tequila

The flight included these El Mayor varieties:

Blanco: This 100% agave tequila is unaged. Its crisp, light body with just a hint of pepper gives your favorite mixed cocktail the perfect sophisticated twist.

Reposado: This 100% agave tequila is aged in white oak barrels for up to nine months. El Mayor Reposado is elegantly structured and balanced and is perfect for sipping or for mixing that special tequila cocktail.

Anejo: This 100% agave tequila is aged for a minimum of 18 months in white oak barrels. El Mayor Añejo is highly sophisticated, masterfully crafted and is designed for slow contemplative sipping.

Extra Anejo: This 100% Weber blue agave tequila is aged for a minimum of thirty seven months in white oak barrels.

Each flavorful sip was enhanced by the interesting history and traditions of the company as told by Graciela. These Tequila’s are definitely ones you can sip straight from the glass or use as the highlight of crafted cocktails. After tasting each one I was looking forward to how the food would highlight what I just experienced. I was not disappointed!

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Fried Corn Tortillas, Lime Creme Fraiche, Cilantro

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Fried Corn Tortillas, Lime Creme Fraiche, Cilantro

Each Course Was a Tastebud Orchestra

Every single course played out like a symphony of herbs, spices, fresh ingredients and artistically crafted Tequila. Chef Tyler Schwenk did a wonderful job of creating simple yet elegant dishes with just the right amount of spiciness. It all worked together to construct an evening that those attending wouldn’t soon forget.

Bacon Wrapped Filet of Ribeye topped with Southwestern Wild Mushroom Salsa, Ancho Demi-Glace, and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Bacon Wrapped Filet of Ribeye topped with Southwestern Wild Mushroom Salsa, Ancho Demi-Glace, and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

From the appetizer to the main course the culinary concert played my tastebuds like a finely tuned guitar. Who would have thought that after those courses a simple dessert like Beignets would be able to live up to the big finish you expected. It not only provided a big finish, but if I wasn’t already full, I would have called for an encore!

Beignets Dusted With Cinnamon Sugar and Chef's Dipping Sauces.

Beignets Dusted With Cinnamon Sugar and Chef’s Dipping Sauces.

New Favorite Tequila Or “Lost” Night Taste Elevator

All in all it was a great evening of conversation, delectable bites, smooth yet flavorful tequila and an all around GREAT experience. Of the varieties we tasted I would have to say my favorites would have to be the Anejo and Extra Anejo. The flavor profiles of those two fit best with my personal taste preferences, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the other two as well. Each one has something to offer depending on the situation, drink you are fashioning or most importantly your mood! I suggest you try each one for yourself. I am sure one of them will become your new favorite Tequila. Or at the very least…make the “lost” nights taste better!

Cheers and Ride On!

Jamie Lynn

In the spirit of full disclosure: I attended this pairing dinner Free of charge in exchange for posting to social media during my attendance at the dinner (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). The opinions are all my own and the company never asked for a positive review in exchange for the dinner. The blog post was my idea :)

Some Other Things:

Interesting Tequila Facts: It should be noted that there was a noticable increase in sales over a 10 year period of premium tequila. There was an increase of almost 350% from 500,000 cases in 2004 to more than 2 million in 2014 purchased.  (It should also be mentioned that overall sales of Tequila from cheap to premium increased 60% in that same time period.) You can read more about that here: Tequila Rising: America’s Next Go-To Drink

Or…want to impress your friends? Try these cocktail recipes after you find El Mayor at your favorite liqueur store. elmayor_recipes

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Try a Mexican Mule This Weekend

Mules don’t have to be from Russia to be refreshing. Case in point: this Mexican variety with #ElMayor Blanco. You can always call it a burro if you’d rather. Ingredients:2 oz. El Mayor® Blanco¾ oz. lime juice¼ oz. agave nectar2-3 dashes mole bittersGinger beer Instructions:Fill a copper mug with ice.Add all ingredients and stir. Top off with ginger beer.Garnish with a lime wedge.

Posted by El Mayor Tequila on Friday, May 29, 2015

Mules don’t have to be from Russia to be refreshing. Case in point: this Mexican variety with #ElMayor Blanco. You can always call it a burro if you’d rather.

Ingredients:
2 oz. El Mayor® Blanco
¾ oz. lime juice
¼ oz. agave nectar
2-3 dashes mole bitters
Ginger beer

Instructions:
Fill a copper mug with ice.
Add all ingredients and stir.
Top off with ginger beer.
Garnish with a lime wedge.

Posted by El Mayor Tequila on Friday, May 29, 2015

Monks Blood and Cookies

Yes Virginia…Monks Blood and Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies Do Go Together

Rainy days always dampen my mood, but there are two things that can make me feel happy! Have had some Monks Blood in my refrigerator for awhile and thought it was the perfect beer to crack open on this droopy day.

Monks Blood on my Mac

After doing the “eyes are getting older” arm movement, (there are those of you who know exactly what I am talking about), I was able to read the description on the can. Now mind you, I waited to read it until after having a couple sips …didn’t want to cheat. It is described as a Belgian Style Dark Ale brewed with Cinnamon, Vanilla, Oak Chips and Dried Figs. Enjoyed the flavors except I couldn’t pick out the cinnamon in the first few swallows.

Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chip Cookies

Did however taste it after I decided to sneak a couple of the Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chip Cookies my oldest daughter had made. The cookies not only brought out the cinnamon, they enhanced the sweet/tart taste of the figs. I am not a fan of eating “just” figs, but figs in beer I can do. All in all, it was a pretty good beer. Will definitely be drinking the second can in the icebox.

Downpour be damned! I am in my happy place – here in my living room – during American Craft Beer Week – upping the endorphins – with some chocolate – and calming my soul with beer. Life is good!

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Author Jamie Lynn Morgan

Hipmunk City Love: Where To Find Craft Beer in Milan Italy

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Hipmunk City Love: Where To Find Craft Beer in Milan Italy

Microbreweries have been booming in Italy over the last few years. With over 500 now in northern Italy, Milan in particular is full of places to taste some of the best Italian craft beers. Even if you want an English Pale Ale or an America IPA you’ll find everything you like. Many Milan hotels are close to the breweries, but for a cheap stay try the Cervo Hotel with rates starting at around $78 per night. You could do some sightseeing on the Open Bus Milan tourswhile visiting these four breweries near the hotel.

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No IPAs but You’ll Still Have a Bitter Beer Face

You won’t find any IPAs at Lambiczoon. What you will find are Belgian lambics, a kind of naturally fermented sour beer. The first sip may be disconcerting, but once you get used to their vinegary aftertaste, you’ll become a fan. Sit at the counter of this comfy place and start with a Framboise, a sour beer made with raspberries. Some say that Lambiczoon also makes one of the best burgers in town. Open hours are Monday to Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., and Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Visit One of the Biggest Craft Beer Producers in Italy

The Italian craft beer movement owes a great deal to Teo Musso, the man behind Baladin brewery. Started as a microbrewery in the small village of Piozzo, Baladin is now one of the biggest craft beer producers in Italy. Take a seat at this simple pub and enjoy the atmosphere. It is a mix of an English brewery, a speakeasy, and an Italian trattoria. While you’re there, try the cacio e pepe chips made with melted pecorino cheese and freshly ground black pepper. Open hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 6:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m.

Old School Pub in the Working Class Lambrate District

Birrificio Lambrate is one of earliest artisanal breweries in Italy, with its own beer pub in the working class Lambrate district. The setting is exactly what you would expect from an old school pub. Try the delicious Ghisa, a smoked stout, which receives awards at every beer competition. A second site opened more recently at via Golgi 60, not far from the first one. There you will find Bavarian-style food as well. Open hours are Monday to Sunday from 12:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m.

Nothing Fancy Here but the Beer Is Great

Although Bere Buona Birra didn’t invest much in décor, it is a fun place to spend a quiet evening. The beer choices are great, with rotating drafts and a well-stocked self-service fridge. The staff is very knowledgeable, and you can even bring in or order food. Keep in mind this place opens early, but it also shuts down quite early. That makes it great for beer shopping and for day drinking. Open hours are Monday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Rome may have the Colosseum and southern Italy has three hundred days of good weather each year. Northern Italy, however, has good craft beer that’s well worth a visit.

 

Jamie Lynn Morgan is a blogger from Northern Idaho with an interest in tourism, dining, beverage, and bicycling. She now contributes to Hipmunk’s new Hipmunk City Love Project.

Spend a Weekend Exploring “Beer City” Philadelphia

“Blog Post Type: Planning a Trip to a City”

Always known as a beer city, Philadelphia was once the greatest brewing city in the Western Hemisphere. More than 90 breweries operated in Philadelphia, but Prohibition brought the brewery boom to an end. The decline continued all the way into the 1980s. Things are different today. Philadelphia has regained its reputation as a premier brewing city. Where can you taste acclaimed beers? What breweries can visitors tour? Read on to help you plan your weekend trip to Philadelphia.

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Start In the Center

It is impossible to get to all the great beer spots in a single weekend. This itinerary highlights the places that everyone should visit. There are many Philadelphia hotels to choose from, but centrally located is The Sheraton Society Hill Hotel. Once you check in, get yourself ready for a weekend of food and brew. Keep in mind that you can get just about everywhere via public transportation or by walking.

Friday Evening Beer Snapshot

Start by taking a short walk to National Mechanics Philadelphia Bar and Restaurant. It is less than a mile from the Sheraton. The beer choices number more than 30 and the menu is full of well-prepared pub food. This makes it a great place to eat dinner and enjoy your first round of beer. Try not to overdo it as you have more beer adventures ahead.

Full Day of Beer on Saturday

After having breakfast, it is time to explore a Philly brewing staple. Philadelphia Brewing Co. is open for tours Saturdays between 12 and 3 p.m. They don’t serve food, but are happy to sell you all the tasty beer you can drink. The brewery is a 3 mile walk or 40 minute ride via public transportation from the Sheraton.

Now it is time for food. Head back toward the hotel and stop at the Standard Tap the first gastropub in the country. After eating and imbibing, take a few moments to explore the shops on 2nd and even get yourself a treat. Then it is time for a nap before heading out for a beer filled evening.

McGillin's Olde Ale House

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Saturday Night Libations

As the night begins remember beer drinking is a marathon, not a sprint. Your first stop of the evening is Tria at 12th and Spruce about a mile from the hotel. Match up some beer with 3-5 cheeses and chat with the knowledgeable staff. Once finished there take a short walk to check out Fergie’s, (the most authentic Irish pub in town), and McGillin’s Old Ale House, (opened in 1860). Both offer great beer selections. Finish off your evening at 9th and Federal; it is a Philly tradition to end the evening with a Philly Cheese Steak.

Saved the Best for Sunday

Just a thirty minute walk from the hotel you will find Monk’s. They don’t just have a beer list; they keep their beer collection cataloged in a three-ring notebook. Order brunch or lunch and toast your weekend with a tall draft.

Of course, this is just a sample of the amazing food and drink in Philadelphia. You will need to plan your trip and go experience it for yourself.

 

Jamie Lynn Morgan is a blogger from Northern Idaho with an interest in tourism, dining, beverage, and bicycling. She now contributes to Hipmunk’s new Hipmunk City Love Project.

Hipmunk City Love: Seven Best Party Hotels in New York City

Nightlife in New York is world-famous and the hottest spots in town are hotel bars and lounges. People go to hotels for different reasons. Some to sleep, others for spas, and some for celebrity-chef restaurants. Then there are those who go for the nightlife. Here is a list of seven hotels that are best for party goers. At these hotels a night of “staying in” is not a night of watching pay-per-view movies.

New York’s Only Swim Up Bar

Room Mate Grace, near Times Square, provides affordable rooms with a party atmosphere. A four-foot-deep pool open 24-hours features the city’s only swim-up bar. With a DJ five nights a week it has a club-like feel. There are also organized parties, such as Wednesday gay pool parties.

If You Are Willing to Wait in Line

DJs spin regularly at Above Allen at the Sixty Les. This lounge has a deck area and retractable roof. It is a members only club, but if you wait long enough in line you may get just get in. Take in views of the Manhattan skyline while rubbing elbows with beautiful people.

Find The Loud Young Crowd

Looking for where the twenty and thirty somethings spend their evenings? You will find them at the Soho Grand where the music gets loud. Having to push your way to the bar is not uncommon. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, get a bit crazy when the DJ is there spinning the tunes.

Enjoy a Luxury Stay and Exclusive Rooftop Bar

Sixty SoHo has newly renovated guest rooms and suites done in big city style. This feeling continues at A60 one of the most exclusive rooftop bars in the city. Only card-carrying members and hotel guests get into the club. Unlike some members-only clubs it isn’t that easy to get in without a connection.

Two Different Parts of Town With Different Ways to Party

Hotel Gansevoort is the first full service luxury hotel in Manhattans Meatpacking District. Five years after it opened, Plunge, the Gansevoort’s rooftop lounge, still draws crowds of twenty and thirty somethings. While they are not enjoying the nightlife they can take in the skyline view.

After the success of the original property in the meatpacking district, the Gansevoort Park Avenue brings a slice of glamor to the New York nightlife. There’s an impressive amount of space to party with a large list of venues that include the Plunge lounge that runs across the top floor of the hotel and out to the pool deck.

Hotel Guests Get to Move to the Head of the Line

Wanting to rub elbows with the hip, beautiful, and famous? The Gramercy Park Hotel‘s Rose Bar is one of the places they meet over drinks. Being a hotel guest gives you an advantage if people are waiting to get in. You move to the head of the line! It is best to reserve a table through the concierge, but even that isn’t a guarantee.

New York City has perfected the art of partying. Now go eat, sleep, drink and play at any one of these seven New York hot spots.

 

Jamie Lynn Morgan is a blogger from Northern Idaho with an interest in tourism, dining, beverage, and bicycling. She now contributes to Hipmunk’s new Hipmunk City Love Project.

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Reenergize At the 21c Cincinnati On An All Girls Vacation

Blog Post Type: Summary of a City Guide

While spending time with your loved ones, colleagues, and acquaintances is important, every woman needs a good “girls only vacation”. The 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati in the center of downtown Cincinnati’s arts district is the perfect place! The Cincinnati Museum Hotel opened to acclaim and continues the mission to share innovative new art and ideas with the public. It is next to the Contemporary Arts Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The Museum is open to the public free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Exhibits include rotating curated exhibitions, multi-media installations, poetry readings, film screenings, artist lectures, and live performances.

So Many Amenities You Won’t Want to Leave

21c Cincinnati has renovated and energized the historic Metropole Hotel building. The property includes The Spa at 21c; Cocktail Terrace, a seasonal rooftop bar; and Metropole restaurant, featuring a menu that revolves around a custom-built, wood-burning fireplace. The design integrates many of the building’s original features, including the exterior terra-cotta tile, a sweeping staircase leading to the second floor ballroom, and the original mosaic tile floors in the restaurant and elevator lobby. Spend your ladies vacation, pleasing your palate in your pajamas with room service, enjoying a spa treatment, or browse one of the exhibits in the museum.

Metropole Is The Perfect Place to Quench Your Thirst or Grab a Bite

Metropole, in the hotel, offers a contemporary take on old world cooking techniques. The menu focuses on dishes cooked in a custom-built wood-burning fireplace. An ever-changing menu showcases the region’s sustainable farmers and producers. Featuring hearth roasted meats, fish and vegetables; grains; and homemade charcuterie. The bar and lounge invite you in to explore rotating craft beers on tap, craft cocktails with farm fresh ingredients, a number of Kentucky’s finest Bourbons and Ryes, and old and new world wines. You will feel at home with the original mosaic tile floors, arched windows, and architectural details, establishing the warmth and vitality of this historic gem.

If You Do Decide to Venture Out

Downtown Hotels in Cincinnati, Ohio are close to many great attractions. 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati is definitely one of those hotels. Let it be your home base for your Queen City adventure. Make it memorable. As a hotel near Great American Ballpark, it gets you closer to many exciting downtown Cincinnati events. Attend a Cincinnati Reds or a Bengals game, hang out at Riverfest, or revel in Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati. It’s so easy to get around to experience fantastic shopping. From upscale malls, the world’s finest jewelry and department stores, and funky little boutiques. Cincinnati is a pedestrian paradise, with riverside parks, bridges for walking, and old riverboats on which to drink, dine, or even attend the theater.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or elaborate just a few days away with some women you trust. Call your girlfriends and plan your next ladies vacation in Cincinnati at the 21c Cincinnati!

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Enjoy a Two Day Craft Beer Experience in Cincinnati

Blog Post Type: Expert Opinion Piece

The greater Cincinnati area saw a boom in craft breweries. In a short period, Rhinegeist, MadTree, Double Barrel, and Ei8ht Ball are now household names among beer nerds. This is in addition to some of their older brethren at Fifty West, Cellar Dweller, and Blank Slate. Beers being produced easily rivals that of other established beer towns on the west coast or up north by the lakes. When visiting to experience the brewery scene, plan two to three days to see everything. Brewing stops are a bit spread out, so plan for transportation and travel time.

Planning Your Brewery Tour

Visiting a brewery is the single-best way to experience beer. You get to see the beer-making process plus meet and talk to the brewers. Most of all, you can sample beers that are as fresh as possible, straight from the source. To be safe, don’t try to visit more than three breweries in a single day. Take your time and make it a several-day excursion.

Plan carefully for safe transportation. It’s easy to get caught up in tasting beers at one or more breweries and then not be safe to drive. Plan a taxi or designated driver for day trips, and find cheap hotels in Cincinnati for longer trips. PLEASE don’t drink and drive.

A Beer Experience That Combines New and Old

Start your tour with these three breweries, two of which are in the same historical neighborhood.

Rivertown Brewing Company’s ales and lagers are well-respected and widely available. If you’d like to take a tour, they are available on request with a reservation. Call at least a week ahead to check availability.

Rhinegeist’s beers are big, bold, and not afraid to stand out. The brewery is in Over the Rhine, which has brewing heritage, and the building is actually the old Moerlein bottling building from 1895.  

Christian Moerlein is one of the classic names in Cincinnati brewing history. The brewery we know today opened in 2004 by Gregory Hardman. The brewery offers tours and has a tasting room.

Go Mad On Day Two

Hopefully you had so much fun on day one that you are ready to tackle another day of great beer. The tour includes just two breweries, leaving you time to visit any number of other great beer spots in Cincinnati.

MadTree is known for being the first craft brewery in Ohio to put its beers in cans. They offer several beers that are taproom only and worth the trip. There’s also a food truck on site most days to grab a bit to eat.

Mt. Carmel Brewing originally started in a small farmhouse in 1924 but re-opened in 2005, making the beers their current brews. Tours of the brewing facility are available Saturdays at 1pm.

If there is an opportunity to buy some beer to take home at any of your stops, do so! It’s fun to pull out a bottle from a brewery a few weeks later. Treat the trip as an opportunity to try something new and to have fun; just don’t over-do it!

Jamie Lynn Morgan is a blogger from Northern Idaho with an interest in tourism, dining, beverage, and bicycling. She now contributes to Hipmunk’s new Hipmunk City Love Project.

Visit Rochester for Real Beer Week and Expo

Blog Post Type: Summary of a City

First came wine lovers, and now there are lovers of beer. Rochester has plenty to keep beer fans happy, including an entire week dedicated to great beer. Usually known for the region’s wines, Rochester is developing a reputation for brewers and their craft. Brewed from hops, barley malt or wheat, Rochester craft brews will give you plenty to explore and enjoy.

Real Beer Week and Expo

The Rochester Real Beer Week in June around Father’s Day features an amazing series of craft beer events for every palate. There are beer launches, happy hours, tastings, pairings, pig roasts, clam bakes, concerts, games, tap takeovers, Father’s Day specials, and a burlesque show.

The anchor event of the week is the “Rochester Beer Expo,” an annual craft beer tasting event. Local business owners from the South Wedge neighborhood joined forces to bring you a street party with over 80 different craft beers. Along with craft beers you can find ciders, locally made cheeses, and local eats such as Cajun BBQ, fresh pizza, poutine, German and Italian sausage, wraps and sandwiches.

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Photo by Cara Mason Rea via Trover.com

Stay On the Cheap to Stay the Whole Week

Because you will want to stay in Rochester for the entire week, you will want to find cheap hotels or vacation rentals. Here are a few options to get you started.

Stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, where you’ll be near the airport and the University of Rochester. Enjoy the complimentary, hot “Be Our Guest Breakfast” buffet each morning and an evening hospitality reception on Tuesdays and Thursdays with complimentary cocktails and snacks.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Rochester South sits in the business district and is convenient to Sports Centre at MCC and the university. The hotel does not have the evening receptions like the Country Inn & Suites, but it has a complimentary continental breakfast.

If you really want to stretch your cash, this Airbnb listing could be what you are looking for in the “South Wedge” of Rochester. The description states that it is clean, spacious, and quiet in an amazing neighborhood. According to the photos, it looks like a small one-bedroom bungalow. At $45 a night, it doesn’t get much cheaper.

Explore the South Wedge

Even though there will be plenty to do at Real Beer week, you may want to spend some time exploring The South Wedge area. Rich with history, the area is home to two National Historic districts, with two local Preservation districts within the boundaries of the neighborhood. Keep yourself sober with a historic walking tour of the area, or explore many long-established specialty businesses. Some of those businesses are Cheesy Eddie’s, Premier Pastry, Lux Lounge, Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, Boulder Coffee, Thread, Open Face Sandwich Eatery, Mise En Place Market, Solera Wine Bar, and several others.

Rochester is one of the most creative cities in the nation. Be ready for delectable surprises when it comes to the food and drink at Real Beer Week. Get planning so you can get packing.

 

Jamie Lynn Morgan is a blogger from Northern Idaho with an interest in tourism, dining, beverage, and bicycling. She now contributes to Hipmunk’s new Hipmunk City Love Project.