On our recent trip to Williamsburg, we had to stop in at Alewerks Brewing Company for a taste. Their pumpkin beer is consistently one of my very favs, so we wanted to try out some of their other flavors. And if Matt ruled the world, he would visit every craft brewery, coast to coast.
We stopped by the Williamsburg Cheese Shop for a picnic and headed over. The tap room was rather small..
…but the staff were very friendly! And the beer selection ample.
Matt did a tasting and I tried only a sip of each (driver). I really liked all of them – from the light Wheat ale like a Blue Moon to the thick and rich Coffeehouse Stout.
While dining at Chowning’s in Colonial Williamsburg, we tried the Old Stitch and the Tavern Ale, both by Alewerks and both wonderful! Dark, nutty, and malty.
But by far my favorite that Alewerks makes (other than the pumpkin!) is the Brewer’s Choice Bourbon Barrel Porter. Of course, because I heart bourbon! It is made with a special Caribbean unrefined sugar and the bourbon barrel flavor is strong. (So is the ABV – it’s 10%!) LOVED this beer!
We might have brought home a bottle or two : )
Our picnic was delish –
I had a hot smoked salmon sandwich with house dressing on pumpernickel
LOVED it! Instead of your typical slimy smoked salmon (which I love) this was a flakey smoked fish – much like a cooked filet. The house dressing was pretty smashing as was the watercress sandwiched in-between.
Matt had prosciutto and provolone on focaccia with sprouts – extra cheese on the side
I also loved that the Cheese Shop sells end pieces for $1. We grabbed a bag and enjoy a few hunks with the two stinky cheeses we picked out to go with the picnic.
Good cheese. Good food. Good beer!