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Pub Crawling & Great Dining Across the U.S. and Draft Beer Dispensers
No doubt about it, one of the greatest pastimes for beer lovers is pub crawling. There's nothing like an ice cold beer, great food, and a road trip across the U.S. If you're planning a road trip and you want an experience to remember, then this guide to some amazing pubs will lead you in the right direction.
Whether you begin your journey in good old Cali or the "Big Apple," there's a pub you're sure to enjoy.
1. The Chieftan Irish Pub & Restaurant 198 5thSt. San Francisco, CA 94103
Traveling through San Francisco? If so then this Irish pub has great reviews. With a four star rating, Kilkeeny Irish Cream Ale, lamb burgers and yummy fish and chips, this pub is a must see. Is it authentic? You'll have to stop in and see to judge for yourself. It's one of the great recommendations for this fabulous city.
2. The Highland Stillhouse 201 2nd St. OregonCity, OR
This Oregon charmer is a Scottish pub with a great selection of beer and a fabulous whiskey bar. The menu includes good ole' fish & chips, Scotch Egg, Braveheart sausage and so much more. Enjoy live music, a casual ambiance, lunch, dinner, and late night fun.
3. The George & Dragon Pub 206 N. 36th St.Seattle, WA 98103
Located in the Fremont neighborhood, this is a young, hip pub that offers some great British food and fantastic beer. By all accounts, most Brits feel that the food is so authentic it transports them back to London. There are a variety of beers on tap including Strongbow, Carlsberg, and Boddingtons. It's a great place to watch a game and take in some fish & chips,and Sheppard's Pie.
4. Finley's Pub 375 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO 80209
Headed for Denver, Colorado? If so then you need to stop at Finley's. This is a basic Irish pub that comes complete with great burgers, thick cut Irish bacon and fresh greens. The menu is versatile serving Shrimp & Grits and Sheppard's Pie at the same time. The food is considered to be excellent; the drinks are plentiful and inexpensive.
5. The Idle Rich Pub 2614 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX 75204
This is a classic pub in the heart of downtown featuring a dark, cool atmosphere, a nice patio area, lots of beer to choose from and magnificent food. The cheese boards and bleu cheese fries are known to be fabulous and the Fried Shrimp Baguette is to die for. It's a busy pub that offers Smithwick's on draft as well as Irish whiskies like Middleton and RedBreast.
6. The Avenue Pub 1732 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA
Located in the Central City, Lower Garden District this amazing find is noted for its advanced selection of beer. By all accounts this pub offers pages and pages of beer including the NOLA Mecha Hopzilla and a great combination of hops and IPA. There's plenty of scotch, bourbon, and whiskey for those who don't drink beer. But by far, this pub is a beer lover's paradise. Recommended meals: Grilled Cheese Club with waffle fries and the Oyster Sandwich with spinach dip and cocktail sauce.
7. Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant 1265 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139
Offering a great atmosphere with an amazing happy hour, this pub is a great stop if you're visiting the Miami Beach area. The food is considered better than average pub fare and the drinks are reasonably priced. Most surprising are the European imports they have on tap and in the bottle. Reviews suggest that the Mussels and Sheppard's Pie are great tasting and the service is polite and friendly.
8. Village Pub & Beer Garden 1308 McGavock Pike Nashville, TN 37216
If you're a country music fan and plan on venturing into Nashville, then you're guaranteed a treat when you stop at the Village Pub &Beer Garden. There's plenty of local craft beer on tap and tasty stuffed pretzel sandwiches. There's Sweetwater IPA on tap, fabulous Mules, Glasgow scotch, pretzel buns, a great happy hour and with patio music to boot.
9. McGillin's Olde Ale House 1310 Drury St. Philidelphia, PA 19107
If you're looking for a classic pub bar atmosphere, this is it! The bartenders are fabulous and are trained in making a variety of drinks. It's one of the oldest bars in the city and boasts an amazing New York Stripsteak, hot wings, and bangers. The 1860 IPA is known to be crisp and refreshing, especially when served by polite and friendly staff. All in all you'll enjoy great drinks, great food, and great hospitality.
10. O'Sullivan's Bar & Grill 8902 3rd Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11209
Good old Brooklyn, NY. You can't go you New York with visiting O'Sullivan's Bar & Grill. Beers here are poured into a frosty mug, something a lot of pubs aren't doing anymore. Recommended snacks: Flings, stuffed mushrooms, roast beef, and burgers. The Chicken Parmesan Hero rivals the Italian pizzerias in the area and the Sheppard's Pie is perfect comfort food in the winter. With large plasma TV's throughout, ice cold beer, great food, and sports what more can you ask for?
Want to make your own beer? According to the Beer Smith, to brew homemade ale you'll need the following equipment:
- A Large Pot: Use a 3 gallon pot, a larger one will generally result in fewer spills.
- Tubing & Clamp: You need this to siphon and bottle the beer. A 6 ft. section of 3/8
- ID food grade plastic tubing will work. Clamps are available at your brew store or online.
- Fermenting Bucket: You'll need a 5 gallon plastic bucket with a lid or a glass carboy. If you can afford it, purchase a glass carboy as they are easier to keep sanitized and don't leak. If you get a carboy you may need a large bottle brush to clean it.
- Air Lock and Stopper: Sized to fit your fermenter
- Bottle Filler: This is available from your homebrew supplier and should be sized to fit on the end of the siphon tubing.
- Thermometer: You'll need afloating thermometer with a range of 0-100 C or up from 32-220 F.
- Bottles: You'll need just over 2 cases of 12 oz bottles to bottle 5 gallons of beer. Don't buy twist-off bottles. Use high quality bottles that require a bottle opener.
- Bottle Brush: This isn't required but you might want a small brush to get your bottles clean.
- A Bottle Capper: A hand driven device to cap your bottles. This is also available from your home brew store.
- Bottle Caps: New bottle caps sold at your brewing supplier. You'll need about 50 caps for a 5 gallon batch.
- Sanitizing Solution: As beer relies on yeast for fermentation, it's prone to contamination, so everything must be sanitized before use. Household bleach can be used, but it must be thoroughly rinsed to prevent contamination. Check your brew store for better alternatives like iodophor and starsan.
Once you have the equipment you need, there are a variety of resources for recipes. Below is an IPA. It has a 4-star rating and might be a great place to start.
Your first Brew
All grain Indian Pale Ale
- 2-1/2, pounds pale malt
- 5 ounces, crystal malt (80L)
- 5.5 AAUs, bittering hops (1 ounce of 5.5% Willamette)
- 1/2 ounce, finishing hops (Willamette)
- Wyeast #1028: London ale
This is a 2-gallon batch. Mash in 5 quarts 132 degrees (140 degree strike heat). Adjust mash pH to 5.3. Boost temperature to 150 degrees. Mash 2 hours, maintaining temperature at 146-152 degrees. Mash out 5 minutes at 168 degrees. Sparge with 2 gallons of 165 degree water. Boil 90 minutes, adding hops in last hour. Add finishing hops 5 minutes before end of boil. Ferment at 70 degrees, 6 days in primary, 4 days in secondary.
This recipe was found on Beer Recipes.org. For more ideas and other options, this is a great resource for beer lovers. If you're looking for beginner advice, visit all http://recipes.com/.There are extensive instructions on making beer at home that anyone can follow.
Whether you're drinking from bottles or dispensing through draft beer dispensers, you'll enjoy the best homemade brewed ale!