From our time old tradition of the Busch, Lemp, and returning champ Griesedieck to the newer hops houses of Sixth Row Brewery and chain Granite City Brewery, we have a lot of hops houses to hop to this fall and winter!
I have a few prerequisites of my idea of a good brewery. Here’s my list:
• There has to be a good mix of pale ale, stout, and a good hefeweizen on the list. No hefeweizen equals no more money spent by me.
• If there isn’t a flight or sampling menu, you call yourself a brewery? I want to try more than just one type and I don’t necessarily want to get drunk every time I go out.
• If you can’t go seasonal, I will go home! Beer should change with the season just like foods and wines do, so get with the trend.
• Pairing is a plus. I do need help knowing what food goes best with what entree.
• And speaking of entree, you better have something more than popcorn, burgers, and beer nuts. If I wanted those to eat, I would go to the dive bar on the corner, not schlep across the metro area to go to your brewery.
• The menu should be diverse but doesn’t have to be terribly extensive. With that said, you do need to have more than a couple of sandwiches on the menu. Get the idea? Balance in beer, balance in menu.
• I still say Schlafly’s rocks on all the above categories. Sixth Row Brewing Company-good beer, flights available, good roast beef sandwich, but not many choices on the menu. Granite City- Ok beer, overly extensive menu- probably the result of ‘chaining’ themselves.
I think we will need to make it a priority to hit at least one new brew house a week on date nights so that we can try more of them out! What is your favorite and where do you think I should spend my hard earned beer money?
Happy Holidays and happy drinking!
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