#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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Photos of Montana & Glacier National Park

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We recently took a small detour to go check out Glacier National Park and took a ton of photos. There are 3 slideshows below:

1- our first day at Glacier
2- our second day at Glacier
3- photos from our drive through the rest of Montana

Note: these are not all of the photos; we also took more on a camera that we will be posting up later.


Glacier, Day 1 (clicking any image will open slideshow view):


Glacier, Day 2:


Drive through Montana:

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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#132 – COOP Ale Works in Oklahoma City, OK

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(1) THE BREWERY & OUR EXPERIENCE

After taking a short break back in our home town of Dallas, TX, we started off our second leg of the trip by heading north into Oklahoma to visit COOP Ale Works in Oklahoma City. While there, we spoke with co-founder JD Merryweather about the brewery; he told us that COOP had just celebrated their 5 year anniversary about a week and a half before our visit. To celebrate the occasion, they held an event that included live local music, food trucks, and over 20 beers on tap. We were also informed that the brewery has six year-round flagship beers – F5 IPA, Elevator Wheat, Horny Toad Blonde, Native Amber, Gran Sport Porter, and DNR Belgian-style Dark Ale – but they also do a lot of small batch recipes and firkins. Later on, JD (who is also President of the Oklahoma Craft Brewers Guild) gave us insight into beer and breweries in Oklahoma before we had to head to our next stop!

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