Friday, April 22, 2016

We Went to That Brewery

We needed some groceries and decided to head to Cottonwood and pick them up at the Safeway store.  All went well with this plan until we got out on the highway and changed our plans.  Rather than go grocery shopping we googled Craft Breweries and came up with That Brewery in Cottonwood.  Plugged the address into the phone gps and off we went in search of a cold beer.

It wound up being in an industrial area and the phone directions got us close but we wound up coming in the back way.  The brewery is in a warehouse and doesn't advertise their presence that well.  We knew we were in the right place when some people came stumbling out of the door.

As soon as you enter the brewery you can see the vats and equipment right in front of you.  They were preparing to add a couple more brewing vats to the brewery due to the increased demand for the beer.  The increase is expected to triple their output.

 They had 8 craft brews on tap and offered a "flat of beer" ( 6 samples in 4oz glasses for $7.00 ).  Since neither of us care for Stout beers, we wound up with only 6 choices for our tasting.  Easy solution to making a decision which ones to try first.

 They had a chalk board behind the beer taps that labeled what was available.  I usually like an Amber beer but felt their version of it came up short.  Gerry liked it better which was a surprise to both of us.

Note the baking tins on the bottom left.  They put the sample glasses in the tins.  Unique idea.
 Off to the side they had a small sitting area where you can enjoy the beer.  We chose to sit at the bar so I could question the bartender about the brewery.  She had worked there a couple years and knew a lot about it and it's history. She also mentioned their location in Pine AZ, giving the brewery another plug.

There was a small game table, a checkers board and also their section to sell t-shirts and other items about the brewery.  

 They were loading beer kegs while we were there and opened the freezer/cooling room to move a pallet of kegs in there.  I asked if I could get a picture of the room and they said fine.  It was very cold in there and I didn't linger very long in getting the picture.

If you have followed my blog for a while you know that we like to visit wineries and breweries when they are in the area.  We've found some great wines and beers this way and have had a good time tasting the product.  Overall I didn't care that much for any of the beers that I tasted except for one that was ok and had good flavor.  Gerry liked more of them, but she doesn't like a heavy beer so that was understandable.

After the brewery tasting we wound up at Panda Express for an early dinner.  Gerry was in the mood for some Chinese food and we've had good luck at Panda Express in the past.  Our luck ran out in this one and neither of us liked our meals.  If it was our first stop at a Panda Express it would be our last one.

After the meal we went to Fry's grocery store rather than Safeway.  We never know exactly where we are going until we get there.  The Fry's in Cottonwood seemed to have higher prices on just about everything we were looking for. Guess we will have to give the Safeway store a chance and go there later in the visit.

Both of us had upset stomachs by the time we got back to the motorhome and think there must have been something bad with the Panda Express food.  It wasn't anything serious but the food didn't settle that well.

We watched The Amazing Race on tv and enjoyed it except for the snakes.  Gerry hates snakes and can't stand to see them, let alone carry one around her neck.  I suppose if we were contestants, it would have been my task or we would have had to take the penalty and wait it out.  They did eliminate two more contestants and are heading down the back stretch for this season.

The weather has been fantastic since we arrived.  It's been in the 70s and 80s during the day with a nice breeze to make it comfortable outside.  Nights have been cool and that makes for great sleeping weather.  What more could a person ask for?

I've noticed a lot of the RV bloggers have gone back to their homes and are preparing to shut down their blogs until something interesting happens or they go back on the road this fall.  I know how they feel when we stop for the summer and I can't think of anything interesting to blog about.  

That was our day, how was yours?

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