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OT: Ohio/Central/Western PA microbrewery recommendations

Post by StillMadAtSlobber » Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:35 pm

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Next week me and a friend from Downingtown (west of Philly) will be driving to north of Cleveland to hangout with a college buddy for the Superbowl.

If you could hit a couple micro breweries on the way or back, what would you choose? For what beers in particular?

Previously we have hit up Fatheads and Burning River in the Cleveland area.

Any place within an hour of Downingtown or Philly we know.

We have also stopped at Strouds and Troegs before. I am hoping Nugget Nectar will be out when I am up there.

I haven't hit up Church in the burg, I think they are still open. That would also allow a Primantis stop in Oakland.



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Post by Pabst » Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:11 pm

StillMadAtSlobber wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:35 pm
We don't have a General forum anymore so I am posting this here


Next week me and a friend from Downingtown (west of Philly) will be driving to north of Cleveland to hangout with a college buddy for the Superbowl.

If you could hit a couple micro breweries on the way or back, what would you choose? For what beers in particular?

Previously we have hit up Fatheads and Burning River in the Cleveland area.

Any place within an hour of Downingtown or Philly we know.

We have also stopped at Strouds and Troegs before. I am hoping Nugget Nectar will be out when I am up there.

I haven't hit up Church in the burg, I think they are still open. That would also allow a Primantis stop in Oakland.
What area of Cleveland will you be in?

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Post by Pabst » Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:20 pm

If I'm going to recommend anything in the Cleveland area, it will be Ohio City. Great Lakes Brewing is the main restaurant/brewery and it is excellent.

Market Garden, Hansa, and Forest City are all within 2 blocks of Great Lakes. Disclaimer: They're all fairly new and I don't have much experience with any of them.

Platform brewing is about one mile away, and is quite good as well.

Edit: apparently there are 3 other breweries in Ohio City that I hadn't even heard of (Bookhouse, Saucy Brew Works, Bad Tom Smith) within the same neighborhood.

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Post by chippedhamsandwich » Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:26 pm

Hoof Hearted Brewing in Columbus.

Beer is amazing go there

https://hoofheartedkitchen.com/

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Post by R_S » Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:26 pm

I was looking at your likely driving route. have you been here http://bubesbrewery.com/ Mt Joy, PA not too far off the turnpike. Very unique place.

Also, Chambersburg PA has two good little breweries http://www.roypitz.com/ they have a location in Philly also. So you may be familiar

the other is called Gearhouse. https://gearhousebrewingco.com/

both places also have excellent food. Especially Gearhouse. Try the steamed buns.

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Post by steelheadtrout » Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:10 pm

There are so many breweries I don't know where to start. I'll start anyway...

1). East End (Larimer): Excellent beers, perhaps the most famous is "Big Hop". They now have food onsite.

https://www.eastendbrewing.com/

2). Brew Gentleman (Braddock): Award winning beers

https://www.brewgentlemen.com/

3). Voodoo Brewery (Homestead)

https://www.voodoobrewery.com/

4). Helltown Brewery (Export PA, worth a detour just to see Export)

https://www.helltownbrewing.com/

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Post by Ice » Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:42 pm

Dancing Gnome is amazing in Gibsonia.

Strange Roots, formerly Drai Laag is wonderful.

Agree on Voodoo and Brew Gentlemen.

There's so many good ones now, though. The Pittsburgh scene is exploding.
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Post by Professor Half Wit » Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:21 am

Listermann's in Cincinnati is spectacular.

https://listermannbrewing.com
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Post by BethlehemSteel » Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:29 am

StillMadAtSlobber wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:35 pm
We don't have a General forum anymore so I am posting this here


Next week me and a friend from Downingtown (west of Philly) will be driving to north of Cleveland to hangout with a college buddy for the Superbowl.

If you could hit a couple micro breweries on the way or back, what would you choose? For what beers in particular?

Previously we have hit up Fatheads and Burning River in the Cleveland area.

Any place within an hour of Downingtown or Philly we know.

We have also stopped at Strouds and Troegs before. I am hoping Nugget Nectar will be out when I am up there.

I haven't hit up Church in the burg, I think they are still open. That would also allow a Primantis stop in Oakland.
I saw nugget nectar at the store this weekend so it must be on tap in Hershey
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Post by SteelerDayTrader » Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:29 am

Federal Taphouse in Lancaster has over 100 craft beers on tap. You and your companion can get your hipster craft beer on over 100 different ways :lol: 8-)

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Post by Ice » Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:05 am

If you're in Lancaster, there's a Voodoo location, Columbia Kettle Works 2nd Gear, Funk Brewing in E-town, South County Brewing in nearby York County.

If you want to do the taproom thing, Hunger N Thirst has a beer selection and food menu that blows the pretty crappy, kind of Guy Fieri looking Federal Taphouse out of the water on every level. They have a great bottle shop and gourmet deli attached to the restaurant space, as well.
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Post by Dan Smith--BYU » Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:08 am

Speaking of Western PA booze, any suggestions on a good local rye?

I did try a PA rye called Dad's Hat which was not very good.

Fan of Sazerac, Whistlepig (obviously), Pikeville as a general guide.

Gotta be a good one somewhere, after all Monongahela is Whiskey Rebellion country.

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Post by steelheadtrout » Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:42 pm

For Rye, you can try Wigle Whiskey:

https://wiglewhiskey.com/

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Post by Dan Smith--BYU » Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:26 pm

Sadly, BevMo does not carry Wigle, but does carry Dad's Hat, which is not very good.

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Post by StillMadAtSlobber » Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:03 pm

Thanks for the responses

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Post by StillMadAtSlobber » Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:13 pm

We skipped the burg, since we driving through at 1:30 and Dancing Gnome wasn't open.

We got up Platform and on recommendation we hit up Nano. Great food there.

I got 4 4 packs or 6 packs from platform

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Post by Ice » Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:17 pm

Nice! Sorry DG wasn't open, but sounds like a great time.

Just got back from the DBC release down at the beach :D
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Post by StillMadAtSlobber » Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:12 pm

We briefly hit Troegs on the way back. First time seeing Hershey, Google Maps took us exit Turnpike from West Harrisburg (83) instead of past and back. Had A Nugget, not as good as I remember. Picked up merchandise, a 6 of Nugget and a crowler of the Java Stout.

We'll hit Tired Hands Fermentarium before heading to the airport.

I'll be checking 2 bags with as much beer as I can.

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