Category Archive: Breweries by Boat

Breweries by Boat: Rhodell Brewery

maria | September 13, 2013 | COMMENTS:Comments Closed

2013-09-12 17.09.02Located just four blocks from the Peoria Public Docks, the Rhodell Brewery in Peoria, IL is a perfect Brewery by Boat destination. This is a straight up brewery with no food, just good beer. The pub is located in an old industrial building and has a great feel to it. About a third of the floor space is taken up by a “Brew on the Premises” area, where aspiring home brewers can brew their own using Rhodell equipment. The rest of the space is an assortment of tables and the smallish bar.

Rhodell shares a block with several other restaurants. When we were there, they had a portion of the street closed to car traffic and many tables set out on the street. Musicians were playing live music and the atmosphere was laid back and festive.

The beers on tap were fairly traditional. The Rhodell website listed the following during our visit:

  • Imperial Hop Head – 8.5% ABV
  • Double D Double Amber Ale – 8% ABV
  • Hop Head IPA – 7% ABV
  • Oatmeal Stout – 6.5% ABV
  • Fall Fest Red – 6.5% ABV
  • Farmer’s Daughter Belgian Farmhouse Ale – 6% ABV
  • Tropical Wiezen – 4.5% ABV
  • Summer Sun – 4.5% ABV
  • Blueberry Vanilla Wheat – 4.5% ABV
  • Ryezen – 4.5% ABV
  • Cask Conditioned Honey Amber – 5% ABV
One West Coast Red and a Farmer's Daughter

One West Coast Red and a Farmer’s Daughter

Bruce had two Farmer’s Daughters (wink, wink!) and Maria sampled the Tropical Weizen (tasted like banana pineapple juice) and drank a Summer Sun and a West Coast Red. The Farmer’s Daughter is a traditional Belgian ale with just a touch of banana flavor. The West Coast Red is slightly hoppy, but a step down in hoppiness compared to an IPA. Summer Sun is typical summer wheat beer served with an orange slice. None of the brews stood out as being outstanding, but all were good, drinkable beers.


Category: Breweries by Boat

Breweries by Boat: Jamesport Brewing Company

maria | August 26, 2013 | COMMENTS:Comments Closed
Jamesport Brewery, Ludington MI

Jamesport Brewery, Ludington MI

As we travel on Improbable, we are always on the lookout for good breweries. It’s a fun and kind of unique experience to find a place you can visit by boat or walk to from a nearby dock. The Jamesport Brewing Company in Ludington, MI is one of those places.

Bruce and Maria have been going to Jamesport for a few years now. It’s relatively close to Bruce’s cottage (did we mention it’s for sale?), and was less than a block from our slip at Harborview this summer. The beer is good, the food is good, and it is always busy in the summer.

They have a variety of the standard brews – what Maria calls “beer flavored beer” – such as Kolsch, ESB, and IPA. In the winter they feature darker beers like their super awesome Smoky Porter. In the summer they generally have one or two wheat brews.

When we last visited, Bruce enjoyed the Blueberry Wheat, a light summer wheat with blueberries floated in the glass. Maria had the Badger Brown, which is a bit darker, but not too heavy for a summer’s evening.

We’re always open to suggestions of good brew pubs and microbreweries. If you know of any good places on the rivers between Chicago and Mobile, send them our way!

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Badger Brown

Badger Brown

Blueberry Wheat

Blueberry Wheat


Category: Breweries by Boat