Friday, November 2, 2012

Gatlinburg Babymoon - Smoky Mountain Brewery

What's a trip out of town without a stop by a local brewery?

As we were walking the strip Friday night, we stumbled upon a little shop called "Brew-Ha-Ha." Naturally, I had to check it out.

Inside, there was a pretty good selection of beers, as well as equipment and ingredients for home brewing. I have to admit I was a little proud that they were carrying some local BBC.

Here's their FaceBook page in case you're in the area.

I ended up walking away with a 6-pack of some new beers to try, most of which were from the local Smoky Mountain Brewery.

Little did I know the brewery was literally just around the corner. We stopped by to check it out since we were still looking for a place for dinner, and to our surprise the actually had a vegetarian section on their menu. While it wasn't extensive, it was definitely more than any other restaurant we walked by.

It was still too early for dinner, so we walked the other side of the strip back to the hotel to rest up a bit before dinner.

That's when I discovered that our room had a wine/bottle opener attached to the frame of the bathroom door.


Seriously.

I'm still on an IPA/hoppy kick lately (maybe I'm trying to hold onto summer for as long as possible?), so when we got back to the room I decided to try the Smoky Mountain IPA that I picked up.


Turns out this is a seasonal release for them.


For an IPA, it was just okay. There was a metallic flavor that I noticed immediately, and it was definitely lacking in hops for my liking.

After resting we walked back to the other side of the strip to have dinner at the brewery.

Over dinner I had their porter and Oktoberfest, both of which were really good. The porter was a little light for my liking (I sound like a snob, huh?), but I think I just prefer my darker beers to have a little more mouthfeel than I used to.

I have no complaints about the Oktoberfest. I'm no expert, but they totally nailed it in my opinion.

On Saturday I tried another one of their beers I picked up the night before -- a pale ale.


This beer was outstanding. It had a nice level of hops -- quite a bit more than the IPA, surprisingly -- and it was well-balanced.

But once again, this beer had that same metallic taste to it. Since I didn't notice it at the brewery with the draft beer, I'm thinking it might be coming from their bottling process or the caps they use.

Even so, it's always fun to try new local beers when you travel somewhere.

If you missed the other parts of our Gatlinburg Babymoon, you can see some of the cool things we saw here and here, and you can see one of the prettiest places I've ever visited here.

I'll be back soon with some more really awesome pictures from the waterfall we hiked to!

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