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McCook, NE

Worth the effort…

… But come hungry.

Stopping in McCook, we hit the Loop Brewing Co, which is in the converted, historic railroad depot.
The recommendation came via a rather round-a-bout manner, but at least it paid off.



Back in Seattle, where they have Alaskan brews on tap. Waiting for the Alaska Air flight to take me back to Squarebanks. Of course, now that I’ve heard the upper Midwest may receive some snow tomorrow, I’m happy to return to the 55 degree Alaska temps and clear sunny skies.

Cheers to all of you who do not live in the warmer climes. You’ll be in my thoughts.

Pittsburgh: Logging brews, tracks, and hockey arenas

Heinz Field & PNC Park

Downtown Pittsburgh

The City of Bridges

On Saturday, before the Final, we went to “Fatheads” in the strip district for lunch & to meet with Tom’s neice & family. I had two of “Fatheads” own beers, which I had never tasted before. Quite the place, and well worth a visit if in Pittsburgh.
Two days before, we had hit the “Church Brew Works”, which quickly became one of my favorite all time brew pubs. Founded in 1996, and located in a restored Roman Catholic Church which was originally built in 1902, Church Brew Works offers some delightful beer in a wonderfully quirky setting.

Just prior to the championship game, we swung by the Penn Brewery, which is located in the old E&O Brewery Building. A slightly more traditional brewpub, but the beers were equally good, and I loved architecture of the old building.

Penn Brewery. Pure. Pittsburgh.

I thoroughly enjoyed Pittsburgh, although the traffic would make it difficult for me to mentally survive there. For a visitor, there is no rhyme or reason to the street layout, but with the rivers, hills, and old buildings it all adds to the cities’ charm. Even the walk down 5th Ave, from the hotel to the ice arena had a certain dangerous charm to it. It was obvious early in our walk that we were not in one of the more desireable areas of town. I suppose the half mile of broken auto glass was one of our first clues. Still, the ruins of the old homes, that in their day must have been something to behold, were cool to catch a glimpse of, as the vines and trees reclaimed the hill. And the old 5th Ave School, home of the Archers, that has been rebuilt into lofts… with high security parking… was worth the walk.

A little different hockey experience overall from Pittsburgh. The pre-game events were not well attended. In fact, it was a pre-event, live broadcast from the “Souper Bowl” near the arena that brought on our muggy running of the 5th Ave Gauntlet. Upon arrival, there were maybe a dozen people there, and I’m not convinced that half were hockey fans. We had a Yuengling to lessen our disappointment, then took our lapel pins as trophies and ran the gauntlet a second time.

Even on game day, is was not a problem to walk into the Souper Bowl and immediately find a table for four. I can’t think of any other Frozen Four where one could even get in through the door of a pub so close to the rink.

With all that said, the entire experience from the visits to racetracks… both defunct & active, to the hockey arena tours, Yale’s first title and the company of the travelers, this was one good Frozen Four.

Even though I haven’t come away with the urge to actually log my beers.




En route to Pittsburgh, we stopped last night at The Packing House in Galesburg, IL for dinner. Great food, and incredible atmosphere in the old Swift Packing House. Above is a pic from its heyday circa 1906.

We hit Pittsburgh today around 4pm. Trying to make a USCHO live broadcast, we walked down a rather rough 5th Ave to the area around the arena. The feed was a bit of a letdown, since there were approximately 5 other people in the bar, and it was hard to tell if they were hockey fans or not.

We had only one beer, ran the gauntlet back to the hotel, then took the van to Church Brew Works on Liberty. What a phenomenally cool brewery! The old church, built in 1903, was converted to a brewpub/dining hall in 1999. The beer was great, food decent, and the building was wonderfully eccentric.

Hockey tomorrow.

Now this…

ephamus brewery

… is a beer for the full moon. Usually, it’s wine that I’ll try based only on a cool label, but this is a brew I would love to try.

What made Milwaukee famous…

I think this has been sitting here for quite a long time. When did steel cans & pop-tops go out of style?