Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast

Lake Erie Ale Trail

Not everyone is a wine lover.  There are some people who prefer beer to wine.  The Erie Visitor’s Bureau has put together the Lake Erie Ale Trail–so in the interest of providing more information for our guests, Assistant Innkeeper Paul and I ventured out to visit some of the breweries on the trail.

Brewerie at Union Station

Because we are wimps, we only made it to two in the afternoon that we had. (I should say…I am the wimp, and I was driving).  First we stopped at The Brewerie at Union Station.  I have to admit, I have never been to Union Station in the 13 years of living in this area…and it is beautiful.

It is a train station, and there are many well-appointed tables and areas to sit and enjoy.  There were 8 beers to sample when we were there, and we tasted all 8, which ranged from some lighter ales to stouts.  My favorites were the Big Easy (a seasonal, so it might not be there when you visit) and the Amber, while Paul absolutely loved the Girl Stout Thin Mint!   There is a pub menu..we ordered the pulled pork tacos…yum!

Selection of Beers at Brewerie.


Our second stop couldn’t have been any more different!  As elegant and impressive as the Union Station venue is, Lavery Brewing Company is cozy and neighborly.  They are a bit hard to find, and you walk through the outside maze of the bottling area to arrive at the tasting area.  The staff is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their beer.


Lavery gift shop

Here we tried six beers (now you know why only two breweries).  My favorite was the Space Monkey, while Paul liked the Liopard Oir (hmm, they say it is made for ladies, crazies and connoisseurs). 

We ordered the charcuterie plate to go with, that had some very tasty smoked cheeses, venison sausage and chorizo.

Our host at Lavery Brewery

 If you are a beer lover…mark your calendar for Saturday, April 18, the 9th Annual MicroBrew Festival with 30 craft brewers and 20 home brewers….two sittings, at the Brewerie.

Until next time…..

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