A few updates...
Original Gravity is still much the same, but have added some 'saner'' beers to the rotation, including more sessionable offerings. Didn't grab a sausage, but they were still available and looked good.
A new place to me was Uproar Brewing. Nice taproom, not special, not bad. Beer was ok. I don't recall the names of the ones I had. I tried a New England IPA. a West Coast IPA and had a quick sample of a hoppy Pilsner. The two IPA tasted like they had the lined reversed with the NE having more NW character and the NW having more NE character. I asked if it was a mistake and they insisted not. The Pilsner was actually the better of the three. I should have started with that. I was very well executed. Hoppy yes, but still had a good fresh bread/biscuit taste and aroma too. The real surprise was the food. It was really good. When you walk into that place, you don't initially realize there is a kitchen, despite there being menus. I could even recommend it for the food alone.
The only other place I had time for was Floodcraft. It was an unexpected surprise. It is in a local Whole Foods and is apparently owned by them. Some sort of new concept. Nice rooftop patio tap room. The beer was outstanding. They also had some guest taps, but I stuck to their list. The clever thing is they are right near the train station, so I had a bit of time to kill before hopping my train to San Francisco, which afforded me a nice opportunity to pre-lube and sample several of their offerings. It wasn't clear if they plan to roll out this concept in other stores or cities. Keep an eye out.
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