Good local beers/travel plans

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by goatroper, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. goatroper

    goatroper Been here awhile

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    Here's a scenario:
    I pull into your town, you notice my out-of-state plate and ADV sticker on the bike. The ADV sticker suggests that I might enjoy a beer, the license plate further tells you that I might not know where to find a tasty
    LOCALLY-BREWED beer. What would you suggest?

    Please tell us what a stranger would need to know to get the best beer of your region. Maybe somebody will put a beer tour together, who knows? Obviously, if y'all choose Bud from the KwikeeMart, we're not getting anywhere we haven't already been.

    Mods: feel free to toss this into another area as appropriate
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  2. Exurban

    Exurban Been here awhile

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    I just search through Beer Advocate in advance of where I'm heading (or Real beer, pubcrawler, etc.) If you are looking specifics though, SE PA has tons of great places for good beer. My problem when traveling is finding a motel within walking distance of good beer.
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  3. ezrydr

    ezrydr Dead Man Riding

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    Locally-brewed beer? In east Oklahoma? It is to guffaw.
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  4. goatroper

    goatroper Been here awhile

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    Would someone in the audience please reach out to ezrydr and lift him up ?
    Isn't there someone heading toward eastern OK who could drop off a proper craft made beer for an ADV brother?

    I trust someone hears your call, ez. Help should be on the way.


    Oh the humanity.....
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  5. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    If you'd really like to enjoy freshly crafted brewskies, you had better start planning your trip to the PNWet now!

    Here's a listing that was posted a little while back by GSHighlander -

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    Washington Brewery Listing
    I thought you all might enjoy having a copy of all the breweries located in the great State of Washington!

    The Breweries below are members of the Washington Brewers Guild, which is a great online resource, too.

    Input the addresses into your MapSource GPS program and go have some fun! Remember to drink responsibly.

    Enjoy!





    Alpine Brewing Company 821 14th Avenue Oriville, WA 98844 509-476-9662
    Bear Creek Brewing Company 7950 164th Avenue N.E. Redmond, WA 98052 425-498-2337
    Big Horn Brewing, Lakewood 10019 164th Avenue S.W. Lakewood, WA 98499 253-584-3191
    Big Time Brewing Company 4133 University Avenue N.E Seattle, WA 98105 206-545-4509
    Boundary Bay Brewing Company 1107 Railroad Bellingham, WA 98225 360-647-5593
    Diamond Knot Brewing Company 621 A Front Street Mukilteo, WA. 98275 425-355-4488
    Dick's Brewing Company 5945 Prather Road Centralia, WA 98531 360-736-7760
    Druids Brewing Company 29925 207th Avenue S.E. Covington, WA 98042 253-638-1200
    Elliott Bay Brewing Company 4720 California Avenue S.W. Seattle, WA 98116 206-932-8695
    Elysian Brewing Company 1221 E. Pike Street Seattle, WA 98122 206-860-1920
    Engine House #9 Brewing Company 609 N. Pike Street Tacoma, WA 98406 253-383-7707
    Far West Brewing Company 7281 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E Redmond, WA 98052 206-860-1920
    Fish Brewing Company 515 Jefferson Street S.E. Olympia, WA 98501 360-943-6480
    Georgetown Brewing Company 5840 Airport Way S. - Suite 201 Seattle, WA 98108 206-766-8055
    Grant's 1803 Presson Place Yakima, WA 98903 509-525-1900
    Hale's Ales 4301 Leary Way N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 206-782-0737
    Harmon Brewing Company 1938 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402 253-383-2739
    Heads Up Brewing Company 9960 Silverdale Way N.W. - Suite 6 Silverdale, WA 98383 360-377-2739
    Hood Canal Brewing Company 25877 Tytler Road Poulsbo, WA 98370 360-697-5455
    Ice Harbor Brewing 206 N. Benton Street Kennewick, WA 99336 888-701-2350
    Iron Horse Brewing Company 1000 Prospect Street Ellensburg, WA 98926 509-933-3134
    Issaquah Brewhouse 35 W. Sunset Way - Suite C Issaquah, WA 98027 425-557-1911
    La Conner Brewing 117 S. First, Box 397 La Conner, WA 98257 360-466-1415
    Mac & Jack's Brewery Inc. 17825 N.E 65th - Suite B-10 Redmond, WA 98052 425-558-9697
    Maritime Pacific Brewing Company 1514 N.W. Leary Way Seattle, WA 98107 206-782-6181
    McMenamins-Roy Street 200 Roy Street Seattle, WA 98107 206-782-6181
    North Fork Brewing 6186 Mt. Baker Highway Deming, WA 98244 360-599-2337
    Northern Lights Brewing Company 1003 E. Trent Spokane, WA 99202 509-242-2739
    Pacific Crest Brewing Company 19845 East Marginal Way S. Seattle, WA 98168 206-764-1731
    Pike Brewing Company 1415 1st Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 206-622-3373
    Port Townsend Brewing Company 330 10th Street Port Townsend, WA 98368 360-385-9967
    Pyramid Breweries Inc. 91 S. Royal Brougham Way Seattle, WA 98134 206-682-8322
    Rattlesnake Mountain Brewery 1250 Columbia Center Boulevard Richland, WA 99352 509-783-5747
    Redhook Ale Brewery 14300 N.E 145th Street Woodinville, WA 98072 425-483-3232
    Rock Bottom Brewing Company 550 106th Avenue N.E. - Suite 103 Bellevue, WA 98004 425-462-9300
    Rock Bottom Brewing Company 1333 Fifth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 206-623-3070
    Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery 320 Commercial Avenue Anacortes, WA 98221 360-588-1720
    Roslyn Brewing Company 208 Pennsylvania Avenue Roslyn, WA 98941 509-649-2232
    Scuttlebutt Brewing Company 1524 W Marine View Dr. Everett, WA 98201 425-257-9316
    Silver City Brewing Company 2799 N.W. Myhre Road Silverdale, WA 98383 360-698-5879
    Skagit River Brewing Company 404 S. Third Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273 360-336-2884
    Skye Book & Brew 148 E Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 509-382-4677
    Snipes Mountain Brewing Inc. 905 Yakima Valley Hwy Sunnyside, WA 98944 509-837-2739
    Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company 8032 Falls Avenue S.E. Snoqualmie, WA 98065 425-831-2337
    Walking Man Brewing 240 S.W. 1st Box 337 Stevenson, WA 98648 509-427-5520
    Water Street Brewing Company 639 Water Street Port Townsend, WA 98368 360-379-6438
    Whatcom Brewing Company 2234 Main Street Ferndale, WA. 98248 360-384-3132
    Whitstran Brewing 2880 Lee Road - Suite B Prosser, WA 99350 509-786-3883
    Winthrop Brewing Company 155 Riverside Dr. Winthrop, WA 98862 509-996-3183


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  6. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    When travelling N/B on California's Hwy 101, stop in Buellton (between Santa Barbara and Santa Maria) at the Firestone Brewery. Take the Hwy 246 exit. Turn East on to 246, then left at the first light. Follow this frontage road through the first stopsign, continue straight 1/4 mi. to the brewery. Good stuff.
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  7. iamgumby

    iamgumby Apprentice

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    Nail her and keep her nailed for another hundred miles in any direction. Stop and ask again. :rofl
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  8. TRKTEK

    TRKTEK Been here awhile

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    Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

    Kingston Brewing Co. has a number of finely crafted ales, regular and cask conditioned....yummm:clap

    Tell them Steve sent you....

    Steve

    PS: 34 Clarence Street KIngston Ontario.
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  9. gsweave

    gsweave Yinz, blinkers are on, JACKWAD!

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    Kingston?


    Isn't that the home of Sleemans?
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  10. goatroper

    goatroper Been here awhile

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    Daytona is coming up- Does Florida provide any local choices? Don't get me wrong, this is not snobbery. I drink my share (and yours) of Bud, etc., but small breweries that make something unique and tasty also deserve support. We are living in a Beer renaissance in the US. What, if anything, is worth a sidetrip in the sunshine state?
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  11. jsap3071

    jsap3071 eggs or pot

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    Alpine Brewing Company 821 14th Avenue Oriville, WA 98844 509-476-9662
    Bear Creek Brewing Company 7950 164th Avenue N.E. Redmond, WA 98052 425-498-2337
    Big Horn Brewing, Lakewood 10019 164th Avenue S.W. Lakewood, WA 98499 253-584-3191
    Big Time Brewing Company 4133 University Avenue N.E Seattle, WA 98105 206-545-4509
    Boundary Bay Brewing Company 1107 Railroad Bellingham, WA 98225 360-647-5593
    Diamond Knot Brewing Company 621 A Front Street Mukilteo, WA. 98275 425-355-4488
    Dick's Brewing Company 5945 Prather Road Centralia, WA 98531 360-736-7760
    Druids Brewing Company 29925 207th Avenue S.E. Covington, WA 98042 253-638-1200
    Elliott Bay Brewing Company 4720 California Avenue S.W. Seattle, WA 98116 206-932-8695
    Elysian Brewing Company 1221 E. Pike Street Seattle, WA 98122 206-860-1920
    Engine House #9 Brewing Company 609 N. Pike Street Tacoma, WA 98406 253-383-7707
    Far West Brewing Company 7281 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E Redmond, WA 98052 206-860-1920
    Fish Brewing Company 515 Jefferson Street S.E. Olympia, WA 98501 360-943-6480
    Georgetown Brewing Company 5840 Airport Way S. - Suite 201 Seattle, WA 98108 206-766-8055
    Grant's 1803 Presson Place Yakima, WA 98903 509-525-1900
    Hale's Ales 4301 Leary Way N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 206-782-0737
    Harmon Brewing Company 1938 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402 253-383-2739
    Heads Up Brewing Company 9960 Silverdale Way N.W. - Suite 6 Silverdale, WA 98383 360-377-2739
    Hood Canal Brewing Company 25877 Tytler Road Poulsbo, WA 98370 360-697-5455
    Ice Harbor Brewing 206 N. Benton Street Kennewick, WA 99336 888-701-2350
    Iron Horse Brewing Company 1000 Prospect Street Ellensburg, WA 98926 509-933-3134
    Issaquah Brewhouse 35 W. Sunset Way - Suite C Issaquah, WA 98027 425-557-1911
    La Conner Brewing 117 S. First, Box 397 La Conner, WA 98257 360-466-1415
    Mac & Jack's Brewery Inc. 17825 N.E 65th - Suite B-10 Redmond, WA 98052 425-558-9697
    Maritime Pacific Brewing Company 1514 N.W. Leary Way Seattle, WA 98107 206-782-6181
    McMenamins-Roy Street 200 Roy Street Seattle, WA 98107 206-782-6181
    North Fork Brewing 6186 Mt. Baker Highway Deming, WA 98244 360-599-2337
    Northern Lights Brewing Company 1003 E. Trent Spokane, WA 99202 509-242-2739
    Pacific Crest Brewing Company 19845 East Marginal Way S. Seattle, WA 98168 206-764-1731
    Pike Brewing Company 1415 1st Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 206-622-3373
    Port Townsend Brewing Company 330 10th Street Port Townsend, WA 98368 360-385-9967
    Pyramid Breweries Inc. 91 S. Royal Brougham Way Seattle, WA 98134 206-682-8322
    Rattlesnake Mountain Brewery 1250 Columbia Center Boulevard Richland, WA 99352 509-783-5747
    Redhook Ale Brewery 14300 N.E 145th Street Woodinville, WA 98072 425-483-3232
    Rock Bottom Brewing Company 550 106th Avenue N.E. - Suite 103 Bellevue, WA 98004 425-462-9300
    Rock Bottom Brewing Company 1333 Fifth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 206-623-3070
    Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery 320 Commercial Avenue Anacortes, WA 98221 360-588-1720
    Roslyn Brewing Company 208 Pennsylvania Avenue Roslyn, WA 98941 509-649-2232
    Scuttlebutt Brewing Company 1524 W Marine View Dr. Everett, WA 98201 425-257-9316
    Silver City Brewing Company 2799 N.W. Myhre Road Silverdale, WA 98383 360-698-5879
    Skagit River Brewing Company 404 S. Third Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273 360-336-2884
    Skye Book & Brew 148 E Main Street Dayton, WA 99328 509-382-4677
    Snipes Mountain Brewing Inc. 905 Yakima Valley Hwy Sunnyside, WA 98944 509-837-2739
    Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company 8032 Falls Avenue S.E. Snoqualmie, WA 98065 425-831-2337
    Walking Man Brewing 240 S.W. 1st Box 337 Stevenson, WA 98648 509-427-5520
    Water Street Brewing Company 639 Water Street Port Townsend, WA 98368 360-379-6438
    Whatcom Brewing Company 2234 Main Street Ferndale, WA. 98248 360-384-3132
    Whitstran Brewing 2880 Lee Road - Suite B Prosser, WA 99350 509-786-3883
    Winthrop Brewing Company 155 Riverside Dr. Winthrop, WA 98862 509-996-3183


    A most exhaustive and excellent list. I have been to a few of these places and tried a small number of these beers (limited budget). While personal preference will always rule the day, a few comments:

    Big Horn Brewing aka The Ram. Brewery attached to a restaurant. Their food is comparable to say Bennigans or TGI Fridays. The beer is OK but nothing to write home to Mom about. They have roughly 5-7 varieties to choose from. My personal favorite is the Hefeweizen. Can't compare to the Germans, but still damn tasty. The Ram in Lakewood is a bit of a dump. Go to the one on the waterfront in Tacoma.

    Elysian Brewing is located in the Pike Place Market (if memory serves correct). Never tried the beer, but the atmosphere alone is worth the trip. Pike Place Market is a very interesting place to just hang out and people watch.

    Hales Ales: good, strong beer. Can't go wrong with it.

    Harmon's: Another brewery attached to a restaurant. The beer is comparable to the beers at the Ram. The location is what makes the difference. You are smack dab in UW country with lots of college girls. After a while, what beer? If you have money left over and are there late enough, stumble over to The Loft afterwards. Lots of ladies there.

    Mac and Jack's. :bow :bow :bow Brudda, their African Amber will make you wanna slap your mama. I had this beer for the first time at Safeco Field at a Mariners game. It was like liquid crack to me. Slightly bitter but, man alive it is good! My favorite beer, hands down. They sell it at a couple other places, but they don't bottle it. :cry I have yet to make the pilgrimage to the brewery, but it is definitely on my bucket list. By the way, a plastic cup of this liquid nirvana at Safeco costs $8. As much of a cheap f**k as i am, I will pay that price. Mariners first, M&J always.

    Redhook is well known around these parts and is a damn fine beer. When I have the cash, Redhook is a fine investment. Always leaves you wanting another. My liver is much pleased by this beer.

    Now if you are a cheap bastard like me and only on occasion splurge, allow me to recommend three courses of action:

    Down and out: Roll yourself a homeless around these parts and you will more than likely find a can of Steel Reserve around his (or her) person. Nasty as hell, tastes like a cross between cream soda, vomit and rubbing alcohol. Imagine a can of hammered ass...like that would taste, only worse. But it will put your head in a tailspin after 2 cans. 12 pack @ $4.99 at Arco in Lakewood by Western State (go figger).

    Budget Beer: Henry Weinhard's. A 12 pack costs anywhere from $8.99 (Fred Meyer) to $10.99 (Albertsons in Lacey). They have two fairly good beers that I recommend, Classic Dark and Blonde. Both are of excellent quality for the price.

    Splurge: head to the Gravity Beer Market in Olympia. The young lady behind the counter is very friendly and knowledgable and they have scheduled tastings for the myriad of beers they sell. Pricey, but man, it's worth it. Money well spent.

    Enjoy!
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  12. jsap3071

    jsap3071 eggs or pot

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    Sorry, I meant to add this. A plug for Gravity Beer Market:


    Tuesday Tasting
    January 2008


    Our Tuesday Tastings start at 5pm and go until 7pm. Stop on by the shop and try a different beer for only a buck. This is a great way to try something you may not have had a chance to experience yet or maybe it will remind of you a beer you ejoyed back in the day. Either way, we are pouring something each and every Tuesday for your taste buds to enjoy.

    January 8th- Port Brewing Wipeout IPA
    January 15th- New Belgium Trippel
    January 22nd- Rogue American Amber
    January 29th- Victory Stormking Stout

    Proper ID Required
    Monthly Supplier Tasting
    Friday January 25th

    We are pleased to announce that on Friday, January 25th we will have the Deschutes Brewery here for our monthly supplier tasting. Norm Cartwright will be present to pour us some of the great beers being released by Deschutes this month along with a few from their year round offerings.

    The Abyss Imperial Stout
    Green Lakes Organic Amber
    Buzzsaw Brown
    Inversion IPA
    Cascade Golden Ale

    The cost is $5 per person along with a valid ID. The tasting will run from 5pm until 7pm.


    We continue to grow our inventory for your drinking pleasure. We currently have over 900 items on the books with our floor count over 600 different beers at this time. We are always looking to bring in new and exciting products, so keep on stoping by the shop to check out the new arrivals.

    As always, please let us know if there is something you would like to see on the shelves and we will do what we can to make it happen as long as it is available to us.

    Again, thanks for all of your continued support!

    Address:
    Gravity Beer Market | 1001 4th Ave | Olympia | WA | 98501

    Website:
    http://gravitybeermarket.com/
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  13. Sparkdaddy

    Sparkdaddy aventurero

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    Colorado has a few. :1drink

    By Randall Blake, Colorado may just be the Napa of beer breweries in the United States. What better way to get a Rocky Mountain high than to slurp some of the best suds the state can offer? Denver itself ranks first in the nation in beer production per capita and second in the number of breweries. Colorado is home to four of the top-50 brewing companies in the nation. Just about everywhere you go, there is a brew pub. With 92 breweries statewide, Colorado is ranked third in the country in volume of brewpubs and craft breweries. It is also ranked as the number two beer producing state in America, just behind California, producing over 21,000,000 barrels in 2005, according to the 2007 Brewer's Almanac Have a designated driver or hire a cab and enjoy beer heaven.

    Also check out the Great American Beer Fest in Denver in October.
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  14. Eurobiker

    Eurobiker Vintage Cat Herder

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  15. jingrah

    jingrah Trying not to be a n00b

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    This web site has attempted to put together a list of brews and their locations.... It needs work though: It lists the mega-brewers along side the locals along side those silly brew pub chains. But it's an OK start. You can pick out the local looking ones and do more research on them.

    http://beermapping.com/brewery-maps/us-brewery-map/

    My favorite local brew is on there, but you have to zoom into the area and separate the mega-lagers from the good stuff.
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  16. FotoTEX

    FotoTEX Long timer

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    Luchenbach Texas and Lone Star Beer. Or maybe a Shiner Bock. Gotta love it. Plus excellent area roads.
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  17. kluts

    kluts The Lost Tourguide

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    The original post or so suggested linking a good brew stop to a nearby place you can stay.

    Great riding is rewarded by great breweries in Northwestern California. Just a couple:

    Hopland Brewing--On 101 in Hopland, CA 11 miles south of Ukiah. Hopland's brewhouse is the mother of microbreweries where the microbrew craze got started. Mendocino Brewing (Red Tail Ale) with a brewery in Ukiah is the direct offspring. There is a B&B across the street. Also there is a cooperative winetasting room just north of the brewpub with great offerings. Oh yeah and a bonus is a great breakfast at the Bluebird Cafe across the road from the pub. Purty waitresses too. Wakes youse up in the AM!

    North Coast Brewery (Or is it Lost Coast?) on HWY1 in Ft. Bragg, CA. GREAT beer and there are tons of motels within a short walk.

    Lost Coast Brewery (Or is it North Coast?) Downtown Eureka, CA. This one isn't as good as Bragg's but is still really good. 3 blocks to motels.

    Yeah, I get the above names confused but the location and taste is correct.

    Eel River Brewing Co. Fortuna, CA. Just off 101 on the Eel River side, this place has a classic Porter and Stout that are heaven. BEWARE, they climb over 9%. Almost every brew here is good. You are one block or closer from motels. A fav is Best Western there. They have a hot tub and are biker friendly. Also right behind it is a campground that is reasonable and clean. Can't go wrong here, it's a mile from HWY36, what is considered to be the Holy Grail of roads in California with 140 giggling miles of near non-stop curves.

    And what's at the Central Valley end of 36? Go south just a few miles down 99 (60 about) to Chico, and you have Sierra Nevada Brewing's own brewpub with beers not available in bottle and a great restaurant. Oh, yes, and a motel nearby. :clap
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  18. Tetched

    Tetched Local Village idiot

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    Well goatroper,I see your in NE Ohio.So if you ever make it to Marietta,Ohio along the Ohio river stop in at the Marietta brewing Company- Locally known as The Brewery.They have from Pilsners to darks.The brewmaster even rides a 650 Beemer

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    great food and atmoshere
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  19. Tetched

    Tetched Local Village idiot

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    :thumb


    All of a Pa is a great ride and adventure
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  20. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    Check out Wolf Pack Brewery in West Yellowstone, MT. The owners are sort of bipolar - great one time and horrible the next. They fired the whole staff last summer and had to close during the height of tourist season. :huh I heard they were back open again. Like much of town, most of the restaurants are only open for the summer tourist season and winter snowmobilers. Beers are good though expensive - priced for touri$t$. I really enjoy the Smoke Jumper - an unusual smoky beer that is worth trying if available. I've been there a few times and have enjoyed the food, especially some of the more unusual pizzas.
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