Name: Jersey Cyclone Brewing
Location: Somerset, Somerset County, New Jersey
Beer to try: Imperial Storm Cloud and Red Skies At Night
Notes: Later taproom provides flights and growler.

It was our first time to Jersey Cyclone, which has been open for just under nine months. Having become accustomed to small breweries with small taprooms, spaces barely more significant than a two-car garage, when we walked in, we were pleasantly surprised by the size of the space. We walked past the tables and high chairs and sat at the bar but then remembered we needed to take a tour of the brewery. It's the law in New Jersey.

Sep 1, 2019, Jersey Cyclone Brewing, Someerset — FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

This was not my first brewery tour, but I always have questions. The staff was friendly and answered my questions. Back at the bar, we ordered two flights of four, one for Bhavna and one for me. We completed our first flight while conversing with a man at the bar. I love how the beer culture is so inviting.

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I enjoyed the Red Skies At Night, a Saison brewed with hibiscus, ginger and lemon peel. It smelled great.

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I ordered the second flight of four to complete my tasting of the eight beers on the tap list, including the Imperial Storm Cloud, which the brewery describes as:

Hot and hazy summer days bring dark clouds and strong storms just like our Imperial Storm Cloud. Once again, we used a large portion of flaked oats and wheat in the mash to provide a rich mouth feel. Subtle caramel malts were added to provide balance and sweetness to the massive dry hop additions. We selected a delicious blend of Idaho 7, Amarillo and Australian Ella hop to provide bold tropical and citrus forward flavors of Mango, Tangerine and Passion Fruit.

We both enjoyed Storm Clouds, and I like the Red Skies at Night, so we took home a growler of each.

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Name: Grove Roots Brewing Co.
Location: Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida
Beer to try: Tropical Dilemma, a 4.4% crisp, refreshing sour with strawberry.
Notes: Huge tasting room provides flights, pints, growler fills and cans, and individual release bottles to go. Bocce ball and corn hole in the yard. Kid and dog-friendly.

When we travel, BHavna and I enjoy trying out the locally brewed craft ales. If we can, we prefer to visit the local craft ale breweries, meet the brewer if possible, and try out a flight of beers. Winter Haven does not have a lot of breweries, but from our experience, Grove Roots Brewing in downtown Winter Haven is an excellent choice.

We ordered a flight, a mixture of sours and IPAs, and sat at the large bar in the spacious taproom. Behind us, some kids were playing with their chocolate labrador retriever. Outside, under the watchful eye of their parent, some more kids were playing corn hole and splashing about in the bocce ball court, which was filled with water from the early morning rain.

My brother called, just as I completed my flight. When I told him where we were and invited him to join us, he hesitated. He had never been to a brewery and was under the impression it was like a sports bar. He was concerned that the kids would be unwelcome. But Grove Roots Brewing is across the street from one of his favourite breakfast restaurants, Egg Haven. He arrived, got the tour of the menu, my niece and nephew ordered ice cream and soda pop, while my sister-in-law relaxed. A few hours later, we went outside to capture some family photos before heading off to Circle B Bar Preserve.

Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO1000), © Khürt L. Williams
Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO640), © Khürt L. Williams
Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO1250), © Khürt L. Williams
Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO2000), © Khürt L. Williams
Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO1250), © Khürt L. Williams
Tropical Dilemma by Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO2500), © Khürt L. Williams
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Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO640), © Khürt L. Williams
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Name: Kane Brewing Co.
Location: Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Beer to try: Head High IPA, a 6.5% ABV that uses Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Chinook and Columbus hops
Notes: Huge tasting room provides flights, pints, growler fills and cans and individual release bottles to go.

Kane Brewing, Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.005 sec at f/4.0, ISO6400), © Khürt L. Williams
Kane Brewing, Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.004 sec at f/4.0, ISO2200), © Khürt L. Williams
Kane Brewing, Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.004 sec at f/4.0, ISO1250), © Khürt L. Williams
Kane Brewing, Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.004 sec at f/4.0, ISO1000), © Khürt L. Williams
Kane Brewing, Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.008 sec at f/4.0, ISO6400), © Khürt L. Williams
Kane Brewing, Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.005 sec at f/4.0, ISO6400), © Khürt L. Williams
Kane Brewing, Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.004 sec at f/4.0, ISO3200), © Khürt L. Williams
Kane Brewing, Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.004 sec at f/4.0, ISO2200), © Khürt L. Williams