Valentine Distilling

Ferndale, MI This was a happy accident. I was at a different pub and saw Mayor Pingree as a drink on the list. I got all excited and had to ask. Ends up, this is a line of alcohol named after my Great Uncle Hazen Stuart Pingree who was both Mayor of Detroit and Governor…

Farmington Brewing

Farmington, MI I sat outside on a sidewalk I must have put miles on as a youngster. I would ride my bike through downtown to get to the houses of friends, and later a boyfriend. I would see movies at the discount theater in the adjacent building. I marched down these streets in parades while…

Valentine Distilling

It started simple enough. My sister and I went out to explore the small town of my youth. We planned to imbibe while out, so we stopped at a couple bars. I was innocently reading the menu and saw my last name. WHAT? My name is not common at all so that was a surprise….

CaskCades

Puyallup, WA I was staying with friends in preparation for some airplane travel. I had a day to prep for my little trip, run errands and regroup from my last stint at camp. I got antsy later in the day and took off walking. I had seen signs with directions towards an antiques district, and…

Riverport Brewing

Clarkston, WA Beer and popcorn – does it get any better than that??? Hint: No, it does not. This place is not new to me and did not disappoint. New this run was a pepper beer (think Jalapeño) and a barleywine. As always, their beer is solid. I appreciate good beer and they have it….

Millwood Brewing

Millwood, Washington I have a long and deep history in the beer culture in and around Spokane, WA. Our relationship goes back 8 or 9 years when the home brew club was five people meeting at someone’s house. Now, there are breweries popping up all the time and most are by former club members. In…

Immersion Brewing

Bend, Oregon Nice little place with very new and shiny looking equipment. I enjoyed the visual appeal of all the copper kettles and grain bins. The bonus was a “brew it yourself” area in back where a nice young man worked with you, or you and your friends, to choose from their menu and brew…

Cascade Lakes Brewing

Bend, Oregon I was at one of their two sites, called The Lodge. It is fully staffed, decent menu, and has all the beers. Situated at a round-a-bout so there was no shortage of sights while sitting outside tackling my taster tray. No little snacks on the menu, which kind of sucked. The beers were…

Madras Brewing

Madras, Oregon It was a quiet weekday, but the beer was solid and the food good. I got a steak salad. The Mexican Stout was very interesting and seemed to give me something new each sip. The outlier was a blood orange blonde and it was also good. Nothing bad going on here. I give…

Hop and Brew

Sisters, Oregon This is not a brewery. This is a tap room with some food. Not bad vibe, but not a great location. I got a sample tray of mostly stout. I would say the beers were 50% good, and then not so good. I give the place 3.5 beers as I do enjoy a…