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Chris Davis from Indiana is reading A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews May 30, 2012 - 5:53pm

Sometime this Fall I want to road trip for about a week and hit as many micro breweries as I can.  I figure since you folks are spread out around the country I could get some input about the best craft beers from your neck of the woods. 

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. May 30, 2012 - 6:30pm

Well, I live near the Jim Beam distillery and Four Roses distillery. And Wild Turkey can't be too far from here either.

As for beer, hit up the Anheuser Busch brewery in st louis. 

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer May 30, 2012 - 6:40pm

In the Kansas City area, we've got a few, but the big one is Boulevard Brewery. Their Unfiltered Wheat can be found in almost any bar or store in the area. Their Pale Ale is great, and if you like harder beers, they have a Smokestack Series that has yet to disappoint. You have to be careful with the Smokestack Series though because they are a lot higher in alcohol content than your standard domestic and it can hit you all at once.

If you are in the Kansas City area, I hear the tours are good.

http://www.boulevard.com/wp-content/themes/boulevard960/ageverify.php?r=...

In Lawrence itself, Free State Brewery is a popular restaurant/microbrewery. They have great beers, good food, and a cool atmoshere.

http://www.freestatebrewing.com/

I reccomend the Ad Astra Ale, but the stout is great and you can get it as an ice cream float.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig May 30, 2012 - 6:51pm

If you are up in MD, try Flying Dog Brewery. It's nationally distrubuted now, but it's damn good beer. 

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Christian Williams from Hyde Park, NY is reading Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill May 30, 2012 - 6:59pm

A couple of my favorite IPA's from the Northeast:

Ithaca Beer Co., Ithaca, NY - Flower Power IPA

New England Brewing Co., Woodbridge, CT  - Gandhi-Bot Double IPA

The Alchemist Brewery, Waterbury, VT - Heady Topper Double IPA

Wormtown Brewery, Worcester, MA - Be Hoppy IPA

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter May 30, 2012 - 7:05pm

My husband brews this stuff: http://www.whistlerbeer.com/

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig May 30, 2012 - 9:26pm

Cool!!!!!! 

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz May 30, 2012 - 10:32pm
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Chris Davis from Indiana is reading A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews May 31, 2012 - 3:30am

@sparrow stark, I definitely want to hit Maryland one day of the trip so I can drop by Flying Dog and Brewer's Art, I have most of the flying dog bottles on a shelf at home in a little Ralph Steadman shrine, the tough call I have to make is if I want to go east or west. Going out to MD will make it tough to hit up Portland.

@Jack, Boulevard's Seventh Glass is in my top 5 on favorite all time beers amazing stuff.

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Chris Davis from Indiana is reading A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews May 31, 2012 - 3:33am

@Bekanator, that Bear Paw Honey Lager looks delicious

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter May 31, 2012 - 5:40am

@Chris - They do actually use real honey; my husband's always meaning to ask if he can buy some from the guy who delivers it every week.

My favourite is the Whiskey Jack.

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Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading Mario Kart 8 May 31, 2012 - 7:53am

@Jack, hey I didn't realize there was someone else on here close by. I might be moving to Lawrence in about 6-8 months because I want to go to the college there. (Laurance in Lawrence, that will be fun.)

 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig May 31, 2012 - 9:32am

@Chris, I understand that. I'm bicoastal, I'm always having to make hard decisions about vacations.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer May 31, 2012 - 2:45pm

@Chris, I love the Seventh Glass. I had a four pack at an organization meeting. We were handing out scholarships to high school students. I was sure that the daughter of one of the members was openly flirting with me, halfway through my third bottle. That's when I realized I might be a little drunk, and she was just happy to get a scholarship.

@Laurance, Lawrence is a great town with a great attitude towards writers, and artists in general. There are definitely worse places to go for college, just don't get sucked too far into the parties and not finish. We are pretty used to the environment here killing a few college careers.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz May 31, 2012 - 3:11pm

I'm bicoastal.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz May 31, 2012 - 3:14pm

Oh, and btw Jack, I loved your Flash story. You were in my shorter short list of six. I wish I could have picked all six.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer May 31, 2012 - 3:22pm

@Chester, Thanks, I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I'm glad someone else won, though. I am starting my Master's degree this month, along with it being Camp Nanowrimo, so I wouldn't get as much use out of the workshop as I would like. Once I get the time commitment for graduate school figured out, I'll probably join the writer's workshop regardless.

But it is always nice to know anything you write is appreciated, so many thanks, indeed.

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Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading Mario Kart 8 June 1, 2012 - 11:38am

@Jack I've noticed they have a few really cool things going on for writers, I had a friend that got poetry published in a thingy there that even had a launch party like the old fashioned days. I'm already two years into college, but looking to set up shop closer to some bigger cities. Being 45 minutes from KC it's starting to look like such a place, plus I can just transfer into the dorms until I'm up on my feet.