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jzal8

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2 Friends and I are planning to take a Road Trip from Central New Jersey to Denver Colorado in the early fall. Our plan is to take about a week driving out there.

On the drive out we would like to plan it so we have a roughly a 3 hour drive followed by a brewpub or brewery to stop at for lunch. Then another 2-3 hour drive to a destination of an early evening brewery and/or a brewpub for the evening, preferably in a town or city with a few options in walking distance of lodging.

Upon arrival in Denver, we'd like to spend 2-3 days there going around and checking out all the great brewpubs/breweries there.

Then on the way home I expect it to be a 4-5 day straight shot, preferably along a different route, where we plan to drive all day and stop around 5-6 in the evening for dinner and beers.

So how we are starting this plan is by using http://beermapping.com to each make lists of breweries and brew pubs that we each really want to hit.

This is an initial link to the google maps generic New Jersey to Denver Colorado Route:
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Below is the start of the first draft list of places we would like to go to. I'd love to hear suggestions from anyone who knows of great Brew Stops along the route I am traveling, or anyone who has feedback to share on any of the stops listed.

New Jersey:

• Flying Fish Brewing Co 18 Olney Ave #A Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003-1607 856-489-0061

Pennsylvania:

• Troegs Brewing Co 800 Paxton St Harrisburg, PA 17104-1652 717-232-1297
Red Bank to Troegs , http://www.troegs.com/
• Weyerbacher Brewing Co 20 5 6th St Easton, Pennsylvania 18042-4409 610-559-5561
• North Country Brewing, 141 South Main Street, Slippery Rock, PA 16057, phone: (724) 794-2337, northcountrybrewing.com/


Ohio:

• Mad Monk Beer Co Ltd 244 Fairborn Dr Hamilton, OH 4501 3-3589 513-421-9999

Michigan:

• Livery, The, 190 5th Street, Benton Harbor, MI 49022, phone: (269) 925-8760, liverybrew.com


Illinois:

• Goose Island Beer Co 1800W Fulton St Chicago, IL 60612-2512 312-226-1119
• Two Brothers Brewing Co 30 Butterfield Rd Warrenville, IL 60555-1 563 630-393-4800

Iowa:

• Raccoon River Brewing Company, 200 N 10th St, Des Moines, IA 50309, phone: (515) 362-5222, http://raccoonbrew.com/

Nebraska:

• Upstream Brewing Company 514 South 11th Street Omaha, NE 68102 phone: (402) 344-0200
 

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Flying Fish is literally .5 mile from my work and I believe it is only open for tours on Saturdays. I've never been there though...
 

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Illinois:

• Goose Island Beer Co 1800W Fulton St Chicago, IL 60612-2512 312-226-1119
• Two Brothers Brewing Co 30 Butterfield Rd Warrenville, IL 60555-1 563 630-393-4800

Two Brothers has moved into a bigger place, right near their old one. They have a new address.

www.twobrosbrew.com

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Not a brewery, but while in Chicago you might want to hit The Hopleaf.
www.hopleaf.com
 
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