Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Brewery Project: Benchmark

I'm not going to beat around the bush about Benchmark Brewing Co.  I liked it.  I really liked it.  Organically themed, there is lots of wood, open beams, rock & plant elements, and plenty of space to roam around in.  The interior evokes a sense of peace, encouraging you to leave the cares of the day outside, while you enjoy the warm atmosphere and cold beer inside.  One thing you don't need to leave outside is the family.  All ages are welcome.  Highchairs are available for the youngest of patrons, and homemade orange soda flows from one of the taps so that young ones can enjoy a tasty beverage as well.  A hallway leading to the back of the building opens up to a food truck dock, allowing you to enjoy some good food with your drink of choice.  The people are equally warm and inviting.  The total package is rounded out with some very solid brews.  Each beer I tried, including a Blond, Brown, Oatmeal Stout, IPA, Double IPA, and an American Saison, were excellent representations of their individual styles.  Moderate on alcohol (with the exception of the 9.5% Double IPA) the beer's strength lies in its flavor rather than it's alcoholic punch.  This is the mark of a truly great brewer, and this is truly great beer.  They're shooting to set the standard for craft beer, and I believe that's exactly what they've done!

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