When looking for a weekend distraction we decided on touring the Sprecher Brewery. The big choice was between the $8 tour or the beer ancd cheese tasting for $20. Well we like cheese and beer so it was time for an adventure! The tour does not compare to a mega brewer like Miller, but you get a closer look at what is going on and have plenty of opprtunity to ask questions(as long as little kids don't keep dropping cups and distracting everyone). The Sprecher story is one of not accepting what everyone else was doing and bringing the world some better beers! After the standard tour the people on the tasting get taken to a seperate area. We tasted 10 different cheeses and beers paired with them. John and Sue did a good job of pointing out flavors to look for and what you may find. It was amazing that a horseradish cheese could make all the hoppiness and bitterness of an IPA competely disappear! After the 10 samples we were permitted to visit the beer garden to get a small taste of something that we hadn't tried and as much soda as we would like. It's great to see how Sprecher has continued to evolve from that very first tour in the new brewery I got to go on 23 years ago!
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