We stopped by for a tasting and tour and found some good aspects, some not so good aspects.
When we first arrived we checked in to do the tour and were asked if we wanted to sample the beers. But of course! First though we had to park our car. When we came back a large group had arrived and were sampling the beers. No problem we figured we'd just wait and sample after the tour.
When the server had finally finished with the large group, who seemed to take forever, and sampled every single beer I'm sure, the tour was ready to start but she asked if we wanted to sample. We said yes thinking that this might be our only opportunity. We felt very rushed through the beers and we certainly didn't sample as many as the large group. I'd especially liked the sound of the chocolate stout but that was just one of many that we didn't get to sample.
If you bought a glass you got a free pint to take on the tour, I did that, hubby didn't as he was driving. The glasses were really reasonably priced so I thought this was a really good deal. The tour started and the server brought my beer in to me.
The tour with Bruce?? was very informative and he was really good. The large group however seemed to hog the tour and we felt a bit pushed out. Another small thing - he was very softly spoken and so we struggled to hear him sometimes over the machinery, it was only when we went downstairs to the bottling part where it was quiet that we heard everything he said. We couldn't fault his knowledge or enthusiasm though.
After the tour, which probably lasted about an hour, we browsed the gift shop for a while and also managed to sample the chocolate beer - only because I specifically asked though. We'd always planned to buy beers, obviously only if we liked them!
We bought 2 6'ers of Hoptical Illusion, and 2 large bottles of the Chocolate Milk Stout, plus the glass. I have to say that we'd probably have bought more had we not been rushed through the tasting - Hoptical Illusion was the only one i really remembered as it was the first one. The Chocolate Milk Stout is omg ah-may-zing, totally delicious! We'd have bought more Chocolate Milk Stout to take home had I not been worried about it exploding in my luggage during the flight!
From what we remember, from the rushed tasting, the beers were good but not great. They may well have been great had we been given more time to sample and decide though. The stand out beer for us by a mile was the Chocolate Milk Stout.
We would return if in the area, no need for the tour this time, but we'd certainly like a more leisurely tasting, and we'd certainly want to try all the beers on offer this time. We'd definitely buy more of the Chocolate Milk Stout!
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