Looking for breweries along 1-80
the problem with BA's "Beerfly" section is that towns are listed alphabetically, so if one doesn't know local geography (i.e., what towns are close to I-80 in the, what, dozen states it goes through), it can be pretty frustrating. So, I'd note that using Beer Mapping http://beermapping.com/brewery-maps/us-brewery-map/ in addition to Beerfly's reviews http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/ would probably be a good choice. Still, pretty time consuming, in both the planning - and the execution.
Me, I'd make sure to stop into St. Mary's, PA to visit Straub again (tho' there's internet rumors that the eternal tap is no longer open to the public, but again only RUMORS, I'd still check first since it's a drive off I-80), but then I'm an old timer. I'm sure there are a dozen (or a gross) more picks I could find these days, since things have "changed" since I made that drive a few times 2-3 decades ago...
Yeah, well, that's what I also said to the guy who reported the rumor, as told to him by a local in town. I suppose it's how well do you trust websites for accurate, up-to-date info. (I recall a shortlived NJ brewery who's website was still up a year or two after folding and brewpub and bar websites' taplists are often hopelessly out of date).
BUT, I did notice that a "new addition" to their webstore was a dummy license plate that reads "I drank at the Eternal Tap" that was added on June 14, 2010. Seems unlikely that'd be the case if they just shut 'er down. <g>
In the vicinity of Sacramento on I 80:
a) In Davis (15 miles west of Sacramento): Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery
I recommend primarily the Marzen or Hefe Weisen
b) As you get into Sacramento: River City Brewing Company
located in the downtown shopping mall. The shopping mall has been going
downhill for more than 20 years, but the beer and food are all right.
Nearby, also in downtown Sac: Pyramid Alehouse Brewery
and a few streets to the East, Brew it Up Brewery & Grill
Thanks all- a good start for the benefit of future cross-country trips!
The only new place we found was the Altitude Brewhouse in Laramie; some brews were better than others, but a nice stop overall. We also heard about (a day late) The Library in Laramie that is said to have a very nice IPA.