In an idyllic town on the shores of Lake Ontario lies one of the oldest continuously operating microbrew pubs in New York state, the Sacket's Harbor Brewing Company. This family-owned brew pub housed in an old railroad station is home to award-winning Thousand Islands Pale Ale and War of 1812 Amber Ale. Hear how owner Tom Scozzafava and brewmaster Andy Gersten find ongoing inspiration to create truly delicious well-balanced beers season after season.
Based in a tiny artisan brewery in Cardiff, Simon Doherty works tirelessly at crafting some of the very best examples of rare and unique beer styles from all over the globe. He makes high quality, additive free beers not otherwise found in this neck of the woods.
Many of today's microbreweries creating sophisticated craft beers started as homebrew enthusiasts who were able to turn their passion into real successful businesses. Almanac Beer Company, a new startup brewery in San Francisco, continues to follow that tradition while using influences from the Bay Area's rich food culture to produce a truly unique beer.
Wander off the beaten path in the Cascade Mountains to the small town of Oakridge and you'll find a little piece of jolly old England ready to welcome you with an Imperial pint. Brewers Union Local 180 invited us to Oregon's only Real Ale public house and brewery to sample their hand pumped cask conditioned ales and hear their story for Hopstory #4.
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