The final stop on our brewery tour was Bavarian Barbarian Brewery in Williamsport, PA. This place has only been open for a little over a year and I had not heard too much about it. Since it was close to Bullfrog, we decided to give it a chance.
The brewery itself is in a small warehouse, but fits the operation perfectly. It is very neat how you can see the entire operation from the bar.
I normally do not like IPA beers, but the hop content in this IPA was not overwhelming. Most IPAs will try to overpower your tongue with the hops, but the hops in the Weldspatter compliment the rest of the ingredients nicely. I definitely recommend the beer, even for those who do not like IPAs.
This beer is built on malts and has an excellent nutty flavor. It has a deep, dark, rich color about it and was pleasant to drink. This is one of the two beers I filled my growler with, and I enjoyed it the second time at home.
I am a big fan of winter seasonals, especially ones that are this good. The First Snow Ale tastes a bit like a ginger bread cookie. In a way, it reminds me of Left Hand Snowbound Ale, which I highly enjoy. I like all of the flavors that are brought out in drinking this beer. I filled my second growler with the First Snow Ale.
The stout was in par with other oatmeal stouts. It has a nice smooth taste and a deep brown color. It wasn't overpowering with its taste, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It is definitely worth getting a glass of the stout.
It was interesting to hear how the brewery alters ingredients in their wheat beer depending on the season. The winter version of the wheat is excellent and was my buddy Matt's favorite beer of the day. He filled his growler with the wheat. The multitude of flavors included in this beer make your tongue work to process them all.
It should be noted that I will be returning to Bavarian Barbarian Brewery whenever I can. I will also try to catch up with the brewery at any beer festival that they are at. I highly, highly recommend trying their beers. I'm sure you will find one that you like.
The Smoked Porter tasted exactly as it sounds. There was a very strong hint of smoked flavor, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Overall, it drank pretty smooth. I'm not sure how many one could drink in one sitting, but it is a very good beer.
I thought the Dread Double Red had the perfect amount of hops, which followed by a nice little bite at the end of a sip. I like how the beer is very cloudy and drinks very smooth.
I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Cheese Steak and I was not disappointed. It has a great flavor and is very filling. I highly suggest the sweet potato fries on the side. Everyone's meals looked good and I know everyone left the place stuffed.
I think Bullfrog Brewery is a must-visit brewery. The atmosphere is very welcoming. The back wall is covered with growlers from various breweries, so it also gives me a few more breweries to visit.
A couple of friends and I took a road trip up US 11/15 to three breweries on Valentine's Day. It was a great day, and this post is the first of three, each one relating to one brewery.
The first brewery on the trip was Selin's Grove Brewery, located in Selinsgrove, PA. It's pretty easy to find, right on Main Street, and is a very quaint little brew-pub. We did not eat there, but the food looked amazing, especially the bread used for the sandwiches. On to the beers:
The first beer I had was the Solstice Dubbel. This beer was well rounded. The spice that is added to the beer was soft, but very complementary of the beer. I really liked the darker color of the beer, but it was a light tasting beer.
I really liked this beer and how it was served out of a gravity tap. Since it comes from the gravity tap, it was served rather warm, which allows the drinker to experience the full flavor of the beer. It had a nice compliment of hops and definitely had a warming property about it.
The pilsner was a very clean tasting beer with no after taste. This is a great beer for the warmer weather, as it is not filling and it is refreshing. I definitely recommend, especially to people who like lighter beers.
The Brown Ale was excellent. It is a lighter brown ale that does not have an over-powering hop flavor. I think was threw me off is that the brown ale drinks a lot like a porter, as it is smooth and a little thicker. I think this was the most impressive beer out of all of them.
I really recommend checking out Selin's Grove Brewing Company. It is a small town brewery with big tastes. I will be going back and definitely checking out the food.