Lowell Beer Works, Lowell MA

IMG_1263Lowell Beer Works is part of the Beer Works chain, which has 7 different locations. This is actually the location where the brewing and bottling happens. IMG_1264Each location also brews for their own location. We did not take a tour when we were there, though you can. This is a cool location, cool design and décor. They have a big bar inside. We sat outside on the front patio which was nice, they have umbrellas for the sun, or rain.

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Mark, looking over our beer options

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We both ordered a 4 oz Sampler of 4 Beers.IMG_1276  IMG_1275

Watermelon – 4.4% – IBU 22

Megan thought it had a good watermelon to beer balance. Did not taste like a jolly rancher, which Megan liked. Mark wasn’t as big of a fan, too subtle of a watermelon taste. Reminded him a little bit of a Budweiser, probable because it was a light golden ale. The beer came with a slice of Watermelon in it, that was a nice touch.

 

Haymarket Hefeweizen – 5% – IBU 24

We both liked this, a little bit of a different flavor for a Hefeweizen. Smooth and creamy upfront with a spicy secondary taste that hits in the back of the throat.

 

IMG_1277Bunker Hill Blueberry

Light in color, smells like blueberries. Lighter style beer than other blueberries we have had. Good blueberry flavor, good balance of flavors. Refreshing flavor, good for summer.

 

Salem Amber Hefeweizen

Not as light of a color, because it is an amber Hefeweizen. Gives it a different, slightly more robust taste. Has a hint of something at the end, maybe banana? Megan liked the Haymarket Hefeweizen better.

 

Double Apricot Saison – 8% – IBU 28

Good, not something Megan would typically order, but it sounded like an interesting flavor. It was a tart, light beer with lots of flavor.

 

Pale 2 (AKA Double Pale Ale) – 8% – IBU 85

Smells like a pale ale. Strong flavor, as expected, pretty standard, but not in a bad way.

 

Boot’s Nut Brown Ale – 4.5% – IBU 38

Pretty smooth, light body, good flavor.

 

Redeemer – 8.2% – IBU 38

Smells like a strong beer. Very hoppy and bitter.

 

Megan’s favorites were the Watermelon and the Haymarket Hefeweizen. There were so many beers that we didn’t try. They had 17 of their own beers on tap in May! A few beers were on ‘overtime’, they just had a little bit leftover they were selling. They did have some more ‘normal’ sounding beers, but we chose to try the most interesting sounding ones, or the ones we thought we would like.

 

IMG_1280  IMG_1282Potato Bacon Cheddar Spring Rolls

This was a cool take on potato skins. They were good, but unfortunately the ones Mark ate didn’t have any bacon in them. They could have used more bacon.

 

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cooked to perfection!

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Cheeseburger Sliders

Juicy, cooked well, good burgers.

 

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delicious!

Mudpie Dessert

 

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Our “Dessert time” serving of Watermelon beer!

Three different people took care of us, very attentive. Although it was lunchtime and not terribly busy, they were attentive. We have been at other places when it has been not crowded and the service was still slow, so we were very happy with this!

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a view at the bar

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beer to go!

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Lowell hours: Sunday – Thursday 11:00 AM – Midnight
Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM – 1 AM

SATURDAY & SUNDAY BRUNCH 11 AM – 2 PM
KITCHEN OPEN UNTIL CLOSE EVERY NIGHT

 

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Eagle Brook Saloon, Norfolk MA

Eagle Brook Saloon is located in Norfolk, MA. They have been open since 1981, before brew pubs were cool, and have been run by the same owners since then. IMG_1557 

We visited recently with Mark’s mom, Sheila, for dinner and drinks.

Unfortunately they don’t do flights, so we only tried 3 beers. They also don’t do Growlers, the beer is for on-site consumption only. We have been here before and had several of their pizzas and their Blueberry Ale. The Blueberry Ale is well known and is actually their best seller. They put blueberries in the cup when they pour the beer.

IMG_1561Baggy Knees Light – summer blonde ale

Everyone agreed it was a good summer beer, good taste, not too light though. Sheila said it had a heavier feel than Sam Summer, also had a good smell.

 IMG_1560Paint Pony Pale Ale 

It wasn’t as hoppy as Mark was expecting, they describe it as a light body, hoppy aroma style. Sheila liked it, could drink it, unlike a lot of the the other ‘weird beers’ we have here try. Megan got hints caramel.

Dog’s Breath Bitter

Megan thought it taste like and amber, it was a little too strong for Sheila. Mark liked it, hoppy, good flavor with a little something extra.

‘Ale with an attitude’ This is a highly hopped, very strong version of the traditional English ‘Bitter’. Clean, crisp with a copper color and very dry finish.

 

Sheila had ordered a Sam Summer, and was happy with her choice, until she tried the Baggy Knees Light and the Paint Pony Pale Ale! Now her Sam Summer seemed too light and not quite as flavorful.

 

They have the best deal around- order any small pizza, get a small cheese pizza free! Dine in Only, after 5 pm The pizza is typical bar pizza, but has some interesting flavors, including Chicken Caesar (and yes- it’s good!).

We ordered a Chicken Parm pizza, and got the cheese free for an appetizer.

 

IMG_1568Chicken Parm

Not too much sauce, good amount of chicken, was spread out well, nice and cheesy.

 

IMG_1567Cheese Pizza

Good as well.

 

IMG_1571Mark ordered the Fish Taco, which was a Thursday night special. Very good, tons of fish, the cole slaw lettuce mix was really good and added a lot of flavor to the taco.

IMG_1572Greek Salad Wrap

It was a good wrap, a little surprising that it had bannan peppers in it, Sheila picked most of them out.

 

IMG_1573Chipotle Ranch Chicken Sandwich

 

IMG_1566Definitely has a saloon feel to it, dark wood, exposed beams, good atmosphere.

 

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Monday – Sunday

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery, Saco, ME

On a recent Sunday afternoon, we decided to take a drive to the Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery, located in Saco, Maine. Taylor has the pleasure of joining us.IMG_1110

 

From their website: “The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery is a 14-barrel brew pub, specializing in hand-crafted beer and home-style food.  We use the finest malts and hops available to create the freshest array of beers – flowing directly from our in-house brewery. Ales, ambers, lagers, cask-conditioned specials – our selection is constantly changing to reflect the seasons and the brewer’s whims!”

 

Located in a cool area of Saco, Maine in an old converted Mill. There was a river and other Mill buildings around. We didn’t have too much time to explore, but it seemed like there was other cool stuff around.

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fun and different way of presenting what’s on tap!

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casual dining room

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each wall was decorated with maps and other interesting pieces about the area

 

We ordered a flight of beersIMG_1118

 

Tented Kilt Scottish Ale

Light style Scottish ale that made Mark giggle at the name, took Megan and Taylor a minute to get it.

 

Bug Lager

Megan didn’t like it. We think it was made just to appease people who don’t like craft beer. Tastes like a cheap beer with a hint of something else, maybe lime.

 

Impact Pale Ale

Very hoppy pale ale.

 

Tarbox Cream Stout

Creamy like the name says, good flavor, almost a light body.

 

1762 Rye IPA

Mark enjoyed this, almost a toned down IPA, good flavor, not overly hoppy.

 

Dunkel John’s Band

A distinctly German beer, kind of plain though.

 

Brickhouse Bitter, Cask Conditioned

Mark liked it, lighter than expected for a cask conditioned beer.

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Taylor got the Horny Margarita. It was the best Margarita she has ever had! IMG_1117 IMG_1123

 

 

Mark had Not Your Momma’s Meatloaf, really good.IMG_1129

Megan ordered a chicken burger with sweet potato fries.IMG_1130

Taylor ordered wings and fries.IMG_1128

 

The food came out very quickly and everything was very good. Prices were reasonable. The wait staff was good and very attentive.

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What’s On Tap Now

Alewife Ale

Bug Lager

Impact Pale Ale

For Richer or Poorter

Dog Days Summer Wheat

I Do Brew

Summer Bitter Summer Not

GUEST TAP

Slum Brew My Better Half

Baxter Daughters of Posiedon

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Open for lunch & dinner from 11:30am-10pm Daily
Bar is open until 1am, or everyone leaves. Whichever happens first