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Top 10 Breweries

Isolation has given me a great opportunity to review our travels over the past year in the context of a topic near and dear to my heart…Breweries! We have visited many; many great ones, many Ok ones and a few so-so ones. Here are our 10 favorites…best enjoyed while drinking a beer!

10. Alvarado Street Brewery – Monterey Bay, CA
This was a very cute courtyard brewery that made pretty good beer. We enjoyed an afternoon there after visiting the Aquarium.

9. Russian River Brewing Co – Sacramento, CA
On recommendation from Chris Farland. This brewery did not disappoint!

8. Yukon Brewing Co – Whitehorse, YT
Fine little place in Whitehorse, good beer and they served whiskey too! Extra bonus!

7. Klondike Brewing Co – Skagway, AK
Nice little brew pub, we stopped in after getting off the ferry from Juneau!

6. Denali Brewing Co – Talkeetna, AK
Fun place, great beer!

5. Coastal Dayz Brewery – Ft Meyers, FL
We met Paul and Mary here while staying in Pine Island, FL. We enjoyed meeting the owners, Lisa and Greg, who are friends of the family.

4. 49th State Brewing – Healy and Anchorage, AK
We had a great time in both the Anchorage and Healy locations. They make Great Beer and decorate with bizarre taxidermy! Photo with Paul on their deck overlooking Anchorage.

3. St. Elias Brewing – Soldatna, AK
This was a small place near Kenai, they do a great job. If you get there, taste the Willawaw IPA!

2. Alaskan Brewing –  Juneau, AK
This is our long standing favorite, they had a chance to be number one but they stopped making the Winter Ale!

1. Rogue Ales – Newport, OR
Rogue won by far! They make a lot of REALLY GOOD BEER!!! Combat Wombat, Batsquatch, Dead Guy  in Whiskey Barrels….and it was a short bike ride from our campground on Newport Beach. We will be back!!!

And my tattoo!

Honorable Mention – Costco in Oregon
For the best Costco bomber selection ever!