A Midsummer Day’s Brew

August 25, 2015 by sam  |  No Comments

Very few things are better than an ice-cold beer on a hot, midsummer’s day. So for all of those beer lovers out there, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite NoWait breweries to journey to! So let’s rejoice, and raise our glasses to a good ole-refreshing brew.

Hofbrauhaus, Newport, KY. Want to drink like Bavarian kings? Well here at Hofbrauhaus, you can! All beer is created in-house, using recipes that trace back to the Duke of Bavaria, over 400 years ago! These beers are easy on the palate, yet tasty and refreshing. While you’re here, you must try their most popular beer trio: the ever so hoppy premium lager, the dark and mysterious dunkel, and the rich, yet fruity hefe weizen. Careful of that first sip, you may never want to stop!

Ex Novo Brewing Co, Portland, OR. This brewery is a true rarity, blending fine craft beer with positive social change. That’s right, Ex Novo is a non-profit brewery committed to donating 100% of their net profits to impact social justice both in Portland and around the world. You’ll find not only unique flavors but also, uniquely named brews — Stiff Upper Lip Best Bitter, At Her Majesty’s Pleasure, and the Most Interesting Lager in the World. So at Ex Novo, you’ll be changing the world, glass by glass!

Mountain State Brewing, Morgantown, WV. Owners Brian and Willie were raised on easy drinking beers and homemade wine, and decided to combine the two in their first batch of homebrew. And voila, the largest full-scale, microbrewery and distributor in West Virginia was created! While here, you must try the Rumsey Rock Porter, which is filled with bold hops and chocolate currents! All beers are incredibly dynamic, so you can’t go wrong with any item on the menu.

Dust Bowl Brewing Company, Turlock, CA. Innovation is the name of the game at this California brewery. Dust Bowl is passionate about those layers, meaning you’ll never find one brew with a singular flavor! That’s right, a surprise burst of flavors in every sip! From Hops of Wrath IPA, which is, chock-full of five varieties of hops on hops on hops, to Super Tramp Fruit Wheat, which is a drinkable wheat fruit wine blended with strawberry puree! With a strong lineup calling out extreme alcohol and those massive hops, this will give you the kick in the rear that you need!

New Holland Brewing Company, Holland, MI. Referring to their beer as “art in fermented form” shows the craftsmanship in their libation. Why not indulge in Sundog Amber Ale, which has sweet caramel undertones and a nutty finish, to Monkey King Farmhouse Ale carrying fruity currents and subtle hints of pepper! And this is only the beginning! New Holland also distills their own spirits on site: Clockwork Orange liqueur, Cash & Smoke whiskey, and various other gin, rum, and vodka products. This place really has it all!

Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA. Victory is one of the oldest breweries in the country, so it’s safe to say that they know how to do it right! While here, you must try their HopDevil IPA. Bold, spicy, and whole flower hops are the perfect formula for this menacingly delicious classic. Or why not indulge in Moonglow Weizenbock, which features fruity and spicy flavors and aromas galore! You will find yourself tasting cloves, tart apples, and bananas, leaving your taste buds tingling from this flavor explosion!

Evil Czech Brewery, Mishawaka, IN. With a slogan like “it’s too short to drink bad beer, but there’s always time for evil beer,” you know you’re getting a great craft brew. Evil Czech Brewery combines old world European craftsmanship with new world innovation, creating an out of this world food and drink menu. Their beer menu has some heavy hitters like Stalin’s Darkside and Blackbeards Delight, in addition to some lighter, sweeter brews such as Gypsy and Lucky Dog. Whether you want big hops, maltiness, or something crisp and clean, you’ll find a brew with a balance of the finest ingredients here!

Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH. The heart and soul of this brewery lies within the shiny brewing vats that serve over 250,000 pints of their beer each year! For starters they nail their sours, create hoppy legends, and mix a variety of interesting flavors into their crafts such as blueberry, sweet chocolate, roasty coffee, pumpkin, cilantro, toffee, and many others! This is definitely an experience you’re taste buds don’t want to miss out on!

The Church Brew Works, Pittsburgh, PA. Transformed from an old Catholic Church lies this trendy brewery in the up and coming neighborhood of Lawrenceville. Sample one of their heavenly brews with names like Celestial Gold, Pious Monk Dunkel, and Pipe Organ Pale Ale. Their beers have raked in tons of awards and honors, so you know you’ll be getting a ridiculously good beer here!

Empire Brewing Company, Syracuse, NY. Sustainability is fundamental at this contemporary downtown bar, grill, and brewery. Empire prioritizes using the freshest and highest quality food and libation for guests, whether it’s fruits, vegetables, and herbs from their very own garden, to locally raised, grass-fed angus beef, to hops grown by their own brewers, you know you’re always getting the best of the best! This place truly is a beer lovers paradise with over 40 unique beers to indulge in. From Two Dragons which has a fruity aroma and transitions into a full on earthy tea flavor, to a Cherry Stout which tastes like a chocolate covered cherry, to Deep Purple which is brewed with Concord grapes giving the beer a fruity, tart, and dry flavor. As you can see, you can’t go wrong with anything here!

Restaurant Spotlight: Pizza Man Milwaukee

July 8, 2015 by sam  |  Comments Off

My favorite pie? Pizza, of course. From the wood-fired thin crust, to the sharpness of cheese that lies in harmony with the sweet puddles of sauce, to the savory mélange of toppings, that all come together to create that irresistible aroma that keeps us hooked for more.

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Decompress and Dine Out This Fourth of July

July 2, 2015 by sam  |  Comments Off

Get your red, white, and blue attire ready because the Fourth of July is just around the corner! Too lazy to fire up the grill? No problem! Plenty of restaurants are open, so kick back, relax, and leave it up to the pros! We’ve compiled a list of the most patriotic restaurants to dine out at and enjoy the holiday. Continue Reading »

Cincinnati Spotlight: Restaurants You Must Try

June 30, 2015 by sam  |  Comments Off

First Watch. Freshness is key at this daytime breakfast, brunch, and lunch café. This restaurant chain is at the vanguard of the health-conscious sector of the food industry. Whether you’re ordering a superfood kale salad, or one of their many freshly squeezed juices using all natural fruits and vegetables, or a protein-packed, power breakfast quinoa bowl, they keep nutritional value without sacrificing flavor. Continue Reading »

Gluten Free? No Problem.

June 25, 2015 by abigail  |  Comments Off

We know that while sticking to a gluten free diet, it can be hard to find good restaurants and enjoyable meals. With the number of people with Celiac and those who are gluten-intolerant rising, why should you be forced to stay at home and cook when you can go out and dine on the town? We have compiled a list of our favorite restaurants that have gluten-free menus with not only edible, but delicious. Continue Reading »

Welcome to NoWait – Fat Heads Brewery and Saloon Cleveland!

June 24, 2015 by sam  |  Comments Off

Let your inner fat self rejoice as our mecca has finally arrived on NoWait! Scour through the Fat Heads menu and you’ll find that any craving you may possibly have (no matter how strange) can be satisfied here. From plump, juicy wings that can be smothered in over 15 different sauces, to the 5 napkin minimum munchies, and how could I forget headwiches, which are sandwiches that are literally the size of your head. Can you believe that this is only the beginning? That’s right. You certainly don’t want to miss out on a half-pound of beefy goodness in a triple bypass burger, the thick rick, or the parma sutra which is a bacon cheeseburger topped with a pierogie! Then take a look at the wide array of stone oven pizzas, burritos, and big fat melts to sink your teeth into. Continue Reading »

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