Thursday, February 24, 2011

Whet your whistle…

Your innkeepers at Innteractive Inns would like to share some of their local breweries to whet your whistle!  As always drinking sensibly and responsibly is #1!

The craft beer industry is hewn into the bedrock of our national culture and heritage and its recent up sweep in interest and popularity seems to bespeak a trend back to that level of quality and craftsmanship. We'd like to bring together the best regional breweries nearby the Inns on this blog, all showcasing their finest flavors - from ales to porters, pilsners to stouts - for your road trip planning to your tasting and learning pleasure. 

Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast
Rocky Mount, Virginia
  1. Shooting Creek Rebel Ale and Buffalo Brown Ale (American Brown AleBlue Ridge Better Bitter from Shooting Creek Farm Brewery Floyd, Virginia. (Shooting Creek Road is a notorious moonshining route not far from The Claiborne House B&B.)
  2. Track 1 When it comes to making Great Beer we have a One Track Mind!  a Munich Dunkel, and Loose Caboose A Beer You Can Get Behind, a big beer with big flavor! Dam Lager (a seasonal lighter beer celebrating life around Smith Mountain Lake)  Roanoke Roadhouse Brewery, Roanoke Virginia
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Gillum House Bed & Breakfast
Shinnston, West Virginia 

Alpha Blonde AleAnderson's Kettle Bottom Brown AleCherry BombshellCoal City StoutOld Morgantown Amber AleTwo Weeks LagerZack Morgan's Pale Ale


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The Grey Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast
Blackstone, Virginia
1.  Extra Billy's Steak & BBQ in Midlothian, VA (1hour from Blackstone)
craft brewed beer - American ale, red ale, pilsner, and 2 specialties (brewed on site)

2.  Legend Brewing Co., Richmond  (1 hr 10 mins from Blackstone)
The oldest brewing company in Central Virginia (celebrating 17 years Feb 27)

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White Cedar Inn
Freeport, Maine

Southern Maine Craft Brewers:
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McDowell-Nearing House
Muncie, Indiana

Thr3e Wisemen Brewing Company
This brewer is Scottie Wise.  His microbrewery is in Noblesville, IN, a suburb of Indianapolis.  Started out with a restaurant in Muncie Scottie's Brewhouse, now has restaurants close to campuses at IU, Purdue and in Indy.  His microbrew just opened.  Makes his restaurants family friendly-- a magician shows up on most weekends-- but it's mostly for the college crowd.  Lots of football fans like it too.  
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Woodridge Bed and Breakfast
Pearl River/Slidell Louisiana
Abita Beer - - Abita Amber is their signature brew, but some prefer the Andygator or try one of their seasonal blends - such as the Strawberry Harvest Lager which in on the shelves now.

Covington Brewhouse
- - try Pontchartrain Pilsner or Bayou Bock or as you may guess for local flavor -  Strawberry Ale

Heiner Brau - - German beer flavors and names Kolsch (o with 2 .. on top not in my font selection) for the light beer lover and Maerzen for the Bavarian in you.  Seasonal brews include Mardi Gras Festbier, not that anyone drinks during Mardi Gras;)))

New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Co
. - - brewed in what is known as the Irish Channel, current brews are NOLA Blonde, NOLA Brown, and Hopitoulas, with seasonal  brews like Hurricane Saison...

Crescent City Brewhouse
- - in the heart of the French Quarter - wet your whistle on flavors like Red Stallion or Black Forest - Brewed like the Old World

Lazy Magnolia - - this is dedicated to the real south with brews like Southern Pecan Nut (made with real roasted pecans, yummm) Southern Gold - local honey in every sip, Jefferson Stout - a sweet potato cream ale and Indian Summer - golden wheat spiced with orange peel and Coriander.    
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Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast
Charlottesville, Virginia
  1. South Street Brewery in Charlottesville VA (Open for tastings and dinner evening hours only)
  2. Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet VA (Starr Hill is an actual brewery only. So tastings are only on Sat and Sun at a cool little bar set up in the middle of the brewery)
  3. Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton VA (15 miles west of Charlottesville. Popular Brewery/Pub with outside deck serving lunch and dinner)
  4. Devil's Backbone in Roseland VA (Brewery/Restaurant)

When you think of Monticello, the home of our 3rd president, Thomas Jefferson, you probably think of Jefferson's many contributions to our nation - architecture, political thinking and many others. Do you think of beer, though? Well, it seems that Jefferson was a pretty avid brewer, in addition to his many other talents. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation has partnered with Starr Hill Brewery to revive Jefferson's ale recipe and it will begin selling the beer at Monticello, as well as in area restaurants.

According to Starr Hill Brewery, the Reserve Ale is a bit different from what most people are used to today. That's to be expected, though - Jefferson worked with local ingredients. Starr Hill is doing this as well. They'll be using both wheat and corn, and they'll even use hops that are grown right on the plantation, just like Jefferson did in his day. The beer is unfiltered, but it offers earthy aromas, as well as citrus aromas.
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The Maguire House B&B
Ashburnham, Massachusetts

Popular Brewpubs in our area:

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Innformation provided for your reference and trip planning, we are not responsible for hours of operation or changes to any of the breweries listed, please contact them on the links provided for more details.

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