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Old 10-09-2009, 09:11 PM   #1
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So, I'm in the midst of trying to plan a tour of the breweries of the Midwest. I have a group of friends interested in going, and we'll make it a nice road trip. I was hoping to get your input, because, to be frank, I'm not that familiar with the good breweries/brewpubs (thus the reasoning for the trip in the first place!)

Below is my proposed "route". This trip is AT LEAST 6 months out, and I'm more than flexible. If you know of any breweries or brewpubs in the area that you like, I'm open for suggestion. I'd like to try and hit the whole gambit, from tiny little hole-in-the-wall brewpubs to large scale brew and bottling plant tours. I'd also like to try and hit every state at least once.

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Old 10-09-2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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Your new best friend http://beermapping.com/ ( http://beermapping.com/brewery-maps/us-brewery-map/)

Also might as well go to Boulevard in KC much better than 75th.

75th is good and has good food but not worth driving to KC for IMO.

Also hit Dark Horse, Founders and New Holland in MI.

also Schlafly in StL

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Old 10-09-2009, 09:39 PM   #3
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The best tour I've been on by far has been at Lakefront Brewery in downtown Milwaukee. You can go on the way to New Glarus. It's considered the "Animal House" of tours, make other tours seem a bit weak.

By the way, I'm very jealous of your trip, have fun.

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definitely hit boulevard, if you're in KC you can't miss this one.

and lakefront in WI is possibly the best tour i've ever been on, the tour guides are great.

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Old 10-09-2009, 09:47 PM   #5
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There are actually 4 breweries in the Quad Cities: In addition to the Front Street Brewery in Davenport one has just recently opened (don't recall its name, haven't been there yet) and across the River in Moline, IL there's the Bent River Brewery and in Rock Island, IL is the Blue Cat Pub & Brewery.

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Your new best friend http://beermapping.com/ ( http://beermapping.com/brewery-maps/us-brewery-map/)

Also might as well go to Boulevard in KC much better than 75th.

75th is good and has good food but not worth driving to KC for IMO.

Also hit Dark Horse, Founders and New Holland in MI.

also Schlafly in StL
Wow, that BeerMapping thing WILL be my new best friend. I think I might just go hit up a bar I found on there tonight.

I can't believe I forgot about Founders... I considered New Holland, and it's still on the short list. I'll consider Dark Horse as well.

According to you guys I need to check out Boulevard, so I'll put that on the list.
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The best tour I've been on by far has been at Lakefront Brewery in downtown Milwaukee. You can go on the way to New Glarus. It's considered the "Animal House" of tours, make other tours seem a bit weak.

By the way, I'm very jealous of your trip, have fun.
Good thinking. Lakefront and New Glarus def need to be on the list. I need to revamp my trip through Wiscansin...
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Capital Brewing in Madison is on the way to New Glarus.

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The Hideout in Grand Rapids MI has great beer.

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Old 10-10-2009, 04:15 AM   #10
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Omaha, Nebraska has 3 good brew pubs. Not on the scale of what you are looking for probably, but each brews their own great beers.

- Nebraska Brewing Company just obtained permission from the bureaucrats for the label for their fathead, an oak aged scottish ale. This is a great beer.

- Upstream Brewing Company makes some good beer.

- Lazlos makes some good beer.

- A new brewery, Lucky Bucket is a new brewery in Omaha. Their first pre-prohib lager is average (in my opinion), but the guy who owns it has some great stuff going on and would probably be extremely happy to take you on a tour.

As far as personal experience goes hanging out with the folks at each place, Nebraska Brewing Company's owner and brewer are great guys and will have some drinks with ya, show you their operation, and talk about pretty much whatever you want to talk about.

Upstream and Lazlo's (Empyrean) are great places but I've never chatted with their brewers or the owners.

It's a bit off your route though, looks like by 2 hours to the west (if you are going through Des Moines).


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