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Looking for breweries along 1-80

We'll be driving across on 1-80 and thought I'd ask if anyone cared to recommend worthy beer stops along the way. We don't have an itinerary, so anywhere along that route is great.

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  1. Go to BeerAdvocate.com and check the beerfly. It is a great resource and it is free to sign up in you don't belong. It will give you breweries, brewpubs, beer bars, bottle shops anything beer related you might need.

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    1. re: jparson

      The Crescent Moon in Omaha is a fine, fine bar with excellent microbrew selections, lots of hard to find midwest beer options, 2 miles from I-80 at 36th and Farnam:

      http://beercornerusa.com/indexmoon.html

      draft list on this page:

      http://beercornerusa.com/fnd.html

      1. re: joypirate

        Ah, I wish we'd seen this in time- we were looking for a good stop in Omaha. Maybe on the next pass.

    2. 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/u... 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...

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      1. re: JessKidden

        According to their website, the "Eternal Tap" is still open to the over 21 public during office hours- thanks for the tips.

        1. re: WCchopper

          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>
          http://straubbeer.com/catalog/product...

          1. re: JessKidden

            I make it a policy never to trust the "local in town" about rumors. So I might make the detour out of pure spite. Any stops once we get to NJ?

      2. There is a Budweiser brewery on I-80 in Fairfield California.
        This may not be what you are hoping for, though.

        1. 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

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          1. re: bclevy

            3 Floyds brewpub in NW Indiana isn't far from I-80.

          2. 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.