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Lots of Good Tastes on Sunday Funday! September 16, 2019

Filed under: Brewery To Try,Diva's Brew-ha,Hopp Diva Blog — Hopp Diva @ 9:44 pm

My wedding anniversary was on September 10 and because it was during the week Forrest had no intention of going out to dinner.  I mean who goes out on a “school night”, right?  I know he is a funny guy!  Well, I decided that if I had to wait we would not be going to anyplace we had been before and besides he promised me more adventures this year.

I did some google stalking about a town I had heard a great deal about but had not really ever stopped in.  The town was  South Haven.  Although it was past Labor Day there was still quite a bit of activity.  I made a list of Vineyards I wanted to try out, a few places to eat and of course some breweries.

Our first stop was at a really nice vineyard with a beautiful tasting room.  The Vineyard was called Cogdal, .  The woman who help us was great!  Very knowledgeable as well as very customer service oriented.  She was no pushy and listened to what I enjoyed in a wine and it’s hard to find a good dry red wine in Michigan.

Our next stop that we enjoyed was right in the heart of South Haven called Warner Vineyard Tasting Room, .  Here the tasting was a bit different because Forrest and I were given the choice to get the flight of wine and go outside to sit and enjoy.  I really liked that unique part of the tasting.

Of course we can’t just try wines because Forrest is more of a beer guy and I knew his fun meter was about done for.  We found a place to have a bite to eat that was on a boat and decided where we would go next.  There was a brewery right down from the Warner tasting room but we were far from impressed.  We had to ask if they had their own brewed beer!  Seriously????  They didn’t encourage their beers or try to sell them at all.  Forrest did try a couple but they were lacking.  However we did find another brewery that has only been around for a few months and it was FABULOUS!!  The guys working were not only knowledgeable but interesting to talk to about their beers.  The brewery is called Harbor Light, They have a huge beer list, some light snacks and they make their own orange soda!

This brewery was a great find for us and we highly recommend you visiting it when you get the chance.  I found at least 6 beers that I sooooo want to make some donuts and beer marshmallows out of.

So all in all our Sunday Funday adventures were pretty solid.  So until next time……

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White Flame Does Not Flame Out September 8, 2019

Filed under: Brewery To Try,Diva's Brew-ha,Hopp Diva Blog — Hopp Diva @ 10:16 pm
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This past weekend was one filled with soccer games (4 in all) and trying out a new brewery.  We were in Hudsonville Michigan. Our last game on Saturday was at 8:00pm and much to my husbands surprise there was a brewery just across the street.

We had not heard of White Flame Brewery ( 5234 36th Ave, Hudsonville, MI)  and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the beer.  I called ahead to the brewery before the game was finished and told them the time we would arrive and ordered two different sandwiches, The Guido and The Billy Club.  We arrived in time for my husband to order his flight just before our sandwiches were delivered.

Forrest tried a flight of 5 different beers.  As usual I am not going to tell you all the flavors he tried because as you know with breweries they don’t always have the same thing on tap when we were there versus when you can make it.  The flavors had some very unique names such as “Kentucky Kiss”.  Just hearing the name would not suggest the beer was a Barrel Aged Scotch Ale.  This is normally not a beer Forrest would try because we have a guy in our brew group who continues to try and replicate this and well let’s just say it’s not too tasty.   Forrest  turn to me and said after he took his first sip “this is what a Scotch Ale should taste like”.  Needless to say I was not a fan which is probably not a big surprise but hey, he was happy.  He felt the beers had good mouth feel and the flavor profile was spot on.

How was the food you might be wondering????  My sandwich was pretty good (Billy Club) and I liked the pretzel bun it was served on.  I think my only issue was the Ranch Dressing that was on the sandwich.  I know I am probably the only person on the planet that is not a fan of Ranch.  Forrest commented that his Guido was sufficiently spicy although there was a bit too much Italian Dressing for his taste.  He loved the potato chips that came with our sandwiches.  The homemade chips were seasoned with rosemary and garlic.  You also get a choice between a regular dill pickle and a spicy dill pickle.

If you are in the Hudsonville Michigan area, be sure to look up White Flame Brewery.

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