Vancouver Has the Meats, Especially at Siegel’s Bagels

After a cross-continent flight, a frustrating journey to my AirBnB and discovering that Vancouver doesn’t have Uber or Lyft, I needed some late eats in meat form.

One of the most coveted food items that Canada does well beyond poutine is smoked meats. We’re talking pastrami and corned beef. Montreal is the epicenter of the Jewish deli meats, but you can find a quality eatery in all parts of country.

To kick off my stay in Vancouver, I made it to Siegel’s Bagels, the 24-hour destination for amazing Jewish meats and breads. The open all night location is in the Kits Points section on the south island, south of downtown. Tucked in an unassuming strip mall, it’s a place that locals go pre- and post-night out drinking.

Starting with the bagels, the Montreal-style is smaller than it’s American-counterpart and a bit denser. As you can see with the posts before, you have basic flavors along with my more flavorful varieties.

For your filling, you can go no thrills with cream cheese and lox, which I was debating getting one to go. Or, go for the meats, pastrami, salami, turkey, etc. Smear it with some spicy mustard, pickle and cole slaw and ohhhhhhhh baby. As the locals say, “Oh yah, that’s ahhh good.”

For dessert, you got a rainbow of rugelach that with only set you back a dollar. I went with the cinnamon and chocolate.

While the joint is rather small and later on in the night, the tables do get packed and messy, it’s a little slice of heaven. If it just gets crowded take it outside and sit on the sidewalk. Rough it a little.

 

BrewDog Columbus Poised to be America’s Premiere Craft Beer Destination

Finally, my last post on my epic, career-defining beercation road trip. I end it the state capital that is synonymous with good times …. Columbus?

To back up, BrewDog is one of the reason I’m a craft beer fan. When I visited Edinburgh in 2012, my first night I visited one of their first bars and instantly fell in love with their punk rock attitude towards beer culture. Above anything, above their philosophy and design aesthetic, they make some of the best beer in Europe. Since then, every time I’m near one of their pubs I have to stop in to see if there’s something I haven’t had.

Now they are setting themselves up to take over America. Previously, you had to search specialty bottle shops to find their imported goods. Last year, they completely their first American production facility and tap room in Columbus, OH.

Welll, it’s not EXACTLY in Columbus. It’s just outside of the city in Canal Winchester. You pass a few large strip malls on the way there. It was about 20 minutes from the center of the Columbus.

When I did there, the ground had just broken of the BrewDog Hotel, which will feature a beer fridge in the shower.

More importantly, the beer brewed there was being served. In the past couple of months, the beer is being distributed outside of Ohio.

Which is why the BrewDog crew settled in that area … central location in America, and probably some tax breaks from the state.

The BrewDog Columbus tap room is the largest one I’ve been to. It has a full-service restaurant, game room, meeting center and merch shop. I threw down some coins on the Star Wars pinball game. Anytime I can drink some craft beer and pinball is alright by me.

The place feels like a wonderland of everything good about craft beer, good food and having a laugh. Case in point, you buy a $5 beer for the chefs and they will cheer in return. I did not, but somebody else did. You then hear a big holler from the kitchen. Not sure it was worth $5, but anything to lift their spirits.

As for the beer, four of the flagships are being brewed in the USA. Only Punk IPA was available to go in cans, but since then, all is available where ever craft beer is sold.

Here’s what I had:

  • Punk IPA
  • Jet Black Heart Sout
  • Elvis Juice IPA
  • Hazy Jane IPA
  • Hop Fiction Pale Ale
  • Dead Pony Club
  • Cocoa Psycho

The BrewDog Columbus also serves guest taps as well. Depending on when you go, they might import in a few special releases from their Scotland facility.

This is a new beer mecca in USA, alongside Hill Farmstead, all of Portland, Russian River, Stone, Sierra Nevada, etc. Once the hotel is built, the place will surpass any other brewery operation.

Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewing Offers Crazy Beers in a Chill Setting

Unfortunately, there is no WKRP in Cincinnati museum, landmark or point of interest in Ohio’s second city (or third or fourth depending on who you asked). So if you found your Cincinnati-style chili, then beer is always a good alternative.

Rhinegeist Brewery was going to be my destination because I’ve heard of them, but a few of my beer travelers I met along the way that I was mad to not visit MadTree. Thus, I made it my second stop while passing through.

My first impression was that the place was huuuuuuuuuge. I didn’t even go outside. When I did, I was like, dammmmmnnnn, you people got space. So you won’t have trouble finding a place to enjoy your beer.

The five-year old brewery is quickly just as popular as Cleveland’s Great Lakes or Akron’s Hoppin’ Frog as the go-to beer for locals. MadTree has amazing array of beer selections.

That’s why I had to get two flights and a couple of six-packs to go to be all in of MadTree.

Even though they had a full food menu, I stuck to the beer:

  • Axis Mundi Russian Imperial Stout
  • Basic Batch Golden Belgian Blonde
  • Shade Gose
  • Happy Amber Red Ale
  • Cuppa Coffee English Mild
  • I’m On An Oat!!! Oatmeal Stout
  • PSA (Proper Session Ale)
  • Lift Kolsch