My friends Sarah and Jason purchased a growler deal through 1500 ESPN Deals which includes fills at eight breweries, including Brau Brothers Brewing Co. in Marshall which is just under three hours away. With the arrival of spring, we knew it was time to pack up some snacks, grab the growler and hit the road.
Considering how much time I spend in the city, it’s fun to drive through farm country now and again. We admired the farm equipment, a barn with a smiling face on it, and noticed that quilting shops and chiropractors seem to be the staples in every town. Traffic was light and we made great time.
Brau’s tap room is spacious and laid back, and you can’t miss the fire truck parked behind the bar.
Yes, it’s real.
We grabbed a booth and owner Dustin Brau’s daughter chatted with us about beer until we all settled on what to get – she was very helpful! The tap room has food available, and I had given Dustin a heads up that we would need something vegan. We could choose between salads, sandwiches and wraps and I decided on a faux chicken wrap with fresh spinach, tomatoes and cucumbers.
While we waited for our food, Dustin offered us a tour and holy cow, the place is huge! They have a separate barrel room which smelled wonderful, there’s a cooler room full of bottled beer, and he told us that they host dinner parties in the back. Dustin was so great to talk to; we could have stayed for hours.
Chris ordered a flight and decided the Village Prude as his favorite. It’s a Belgian Blonde Ale, and Sarah and Jason also liked it enough to select it for their growler. Dustin told us they’re going to sour some of it and call it the Village Tart which I think is an excellent idea! I love hearing the unique ideas that craft breweries have.
As we talked with Dustin, he recommended we check out Grandview Valley Winery on the way back. We had planned to stop at a winery anyway, so we figured we might as well follow his advice!
We enjoyed driving in among the vineyard and envisioning what it’ll look like in a couple months when everything is green again. Jason and I each ordered a glass of wine while Sarah and Chris went with a tasting. I enjoyed my Frontenac Gris, although it could have used a little extra something. It was easy to drink but more flavor or carbonation would have been welcome. Sarah especially enjoyed the tasting and purchased a few bottles to take home.
The winery also has a good selection of craft beer and they serve pizza, but we were still too full from Brau to try out the food. Maybe next time!
Oh, and if you noticed the sign in the photos, we did not experience the attack waitress while we were there.
I’m so happy the four of us took the time to make this trip. And even though it was a lot of driving for one day, it didn’t really feel like it (maybe Sarah feels differently since she did all the driving!).
Where’s a fun place you’ve gone for a one-day or overnight road trip?