We have a local brewery here in Hampton called St. George Brewery that I recently have tried a few of the brews from. Some of our local stores and restaurants carry the beer, and I've had the chance to sample a few of the different beers. Tried a Giolden Ale last night over at Sam's when we brewed his latest, so after lunch today I stopped by the brewery. I've been meaning to stop by because I wanted to see if I could get kegged beer from them for my kegerator. Turns out it is less than 5 miles from my house. What a cool experience! First off, there was a batch being brewed, so the smell was like walking into heaven. The brewery is right there when you walk in so you could see the tanks and everything, and I started talking to the guy brewing. He happened to be the president/owner of the place. Really nice guy. He immediately asked if we wanted to see the operation, so I of course said YEAH! Got to see the whole process and the bottling /kegging equipment and all that. He let my wife and I try a brand new seasonal they just finished--straight from a keg that hasn't even hit stores yet. Its a Vienna lager that was way awesome. Awesome refreshing summer brew.
Anyway, wanted to share the experience. I was completely impressed by how nice the owner was. I hadn't ever seen a real brewery and its operations up close and personal like that. It was really neat.
If you ever see the beer, pick up a six pack. My faves so far are the pilsner, the golden ale and now the Vienna lager. The porter isn't that great (too coffee-like to me) and I sampled the IPA off draft today and really liked it as well.
Here's the website if anyone wants to check out the beers....