#121 – Charleston Brewing Co in Charleston, WV

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(1) THE BREWERY & OUR EXPERIENCE

Our final brewery visit in West Virginia was to Charleston Brewing Co located in the city with the same name. The head brewer, Ryan Hastings, was unfortunately in Ohio at the time of our visit so we were not able to meet him in person; however, he kindly chatted with us over the phone for about half an hour before we went inside to check out the brewery. He told us that they use a ten hectoliter high efficiency brewing system (HEBS) from I.D.D. Process and Packaging which features a mash filter rather than a traditional lauter tun. We also learned that a different business, Black Sheep Burrito & Brews, occupies the same space and manages the entire restaurant. Though beer is brewed on site by Charleston Brewing Co, it is then sold and ‘distributed’ to the restaurant for serving. Beers are listed according to three flavor categories – malt driven, hop driven, or yeast driven – and there are 16 taps in the restaurant as well as cask conditioned ales available. We spent a good amount of time there sampling their brews while we munched down on some amazing brunch and definitely suggest that you do the same when you’re in town!

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Month 9 Stats!

Below you will find our total stats for the months of
January + February + March + April + May + June + July + August + September:

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[Border Photos!]

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[Glacier National Park]

We are now 3/4 of the way through our trip! 273 days into the year and have 92 days left to go…

We truly want to thank everyone who has helped us make it this far! Friends and family for their support, new friends we have met along the way for offering a place to stay or even just meeting up for a drink and a conversation, and especially the breweries for being so open and welcoming.

Unique brews responsibly tasted: 4,530 (+651 from last month)
Breweries visited: 522 total: 286 official & 236 bonus (+84)
States visited: 42 & DC & 3 Canadian provinces (+8)
* Check out all of our Border Photos!

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Our (very tentative) schedule through the end of the year!

We’re getting close to the end of our year-long trip and have a rough schedule of where we are going to be and when through the end of the year. If you have contacts at breweries or can offer up a place to stay in these areas, shoot us an email at: BrewsTravelers365@DallasBrewScene.com.

** Remember: this schedule is extremely tentative and dates will definitely change, though the areas we are going to and number of breweries are solidified.
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Photos of North & South Dakota

Note: There are 4 separate slideshows in the post below; the first is photos of our drive from Bismarck, ND to the Badlands in SD, then the Badlands at Sunset, then the Badlands at sunrise, then a slideshow of the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, and Jewel Cave

The drive from North Dakota to South Dakota [Click an image to open slideshow]

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Month 8 Stats!

Below you will find our total stats for the months of
January + February + March + April + May + June + July + August:

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[Border Photos!]

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[A banana car that drove by - Michigan]

We are now 2/3 of the way through our trip! 243 days into the year and have 122 days left to go…

Unique brews responsibly tasted: 3,879 (+652 from last month)
Breweries visited: 438 total: 249 official & 189 bonus (+72)
States visited: 35 & DC & 2 Canadian provinces (+2)
* Check out all of our Border Photos!

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#133 – Roughtail Brewing in Midwest City, OK

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(1) THE BREWERY & OUR EXPERIENCE

Immediately after leaving COOP Ale Works back in mid-May, we drove across town to meet with the guys at Roughtail brewing. When we arrived, co-owner Blaine Stansel greeted us before having to commit to a 12th Round challenge that involved their 12th Round Strong Ale and 12 minutes of time. It was quite entertaining, so we were all in a good mood the rest of the time. While chatting with him and the other co-owner, Tony Tielli, we learned all about Roughtail’s business model, beers, and history. There are many attributes about the brewery and beers that are quite unique, so we can assure you that Roughtail Brewing will satisfy your thirst whether you’re trying them offsite or at the brewery. A new taproom was opened quickly after laws changed to allow breweries to pour samples, so stop by and tell them hi for us when you’re in town!

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