The wife and I went to Galena, IL to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary, (Oct 31st)…3 days and two nights of eating, Miata abuse and brewery touring…
We managed to hit four breweries in the area and I thought that was worth a report.
We got to town on Sunday and for lunch we hit the Galena Brewing Company
in downtown Galena.
New place…only been open for one year. Kind of a brew pub, but they bottle and distribute locally. Lunch was very, very good good and we did the sampler option on their beers. They only sell their beer, (I did hear someone ask for a Miller Lite), five year rounds and a couple of seasonals.
We very much liked their IPA, and I thought their oatmeal stout was also excellent, and my wife liked their amber ale.
Their website says they do tours everyday at 3 and 6pm, so we went and killed some time after lunch and returned about 2:55 and asked for the tour…
They seemed a little surprised and had to make a call…about 20 minute later, the owner, Warren, showed up and gave us a tour…just us, as no one else in the place wanted to go.
So we had a private tour… :mrgreen: $5 for the tour and one beer.
Turns out the owner is/was an extract home brewer. Living in the area, he felt the town needed this business, so he acquired the building, bought the equipment and hired a brew master. He can only do 10 barrels at a time and since the distribution started taking off, he is having a hard time meeting demand and is planning on expanding.
It was a very enjoyable experience and the informal tour/conversation was very interesting as a new home brewer,
Next up – Potosi Brewing