|It may not look like much, but it's got it where it counts.|
Jason and I both reflected on whether we'd been there before and I could only think of visiting relatives, graduation parties or birthdays or weddings with cousins, or uncles or aunts. I think. And J. thought he'd only done pit-stops on the way to somewhere else. Oddly enough, that's where the city got it's start. Founded as a stage coach rest stop between St. Paul and Dubuque, Iowa in the 1850's, it really got it's groove when Dr. William Mayo got into town a little bit later and set up shop. The Mayo Clinic is now world-famous, of course, and the main thing going in Rochester town.
Musing on the subject of these sojourns, we thought that three brewery visits in one day was probably best. But there was no way around doing four in Rochester. That's how many they have, and if we were to do only three, there's nothing else nearby to lump that left-off fourth into another visit in communities nearby. These are the kind of thoughts we have. And so we drive the hour and a half into Rochester and easily meet up with our first stop. LTS Brewing. Short for Life's Too Short, which must also be short for Life's Too Short To Drink Bad Beer. It's not a bad mantra, if you take it to heart. If only others in the city felt the same way....but I'm getting ahead of myself, here.
It's in an industrial park, a nondescript building, and the interiors are par for course of every average taproom around. Tables and chairs, popcorn and games, nice little beer-related decorations, clean and tastefully appointed. Nice enough.
|kolsch, saison, IPA, and alt.|
In Jason's set: Fun Belgian blond, Illumination Belgian IPA, Browncoat brown ale, and an oatmeal stout.
|Illumination IPA, Belgian-style.|
|Daniel Wagner, eldest son of my sister|
Jean, and recent transplant to Rochester,
has joined our beer-y caravan, and is
enjoying a CTRL-ALT-DEL.
I would have enjoyed sampling some more beers here. They seem to know what they are doing and are putting out quality ales. I had considered whether I should take home a growler, but don't really want to keep adding to my collection at home. I didn't think to call ahead and see if they fill other growlers than there own, but I could see that they did, as I watched another patron get his Kinney Creek growler filled with LTS beer. I sincerely hope that happens more than the other way around. If this brewery succeeds, it speak well for the taste of Rochester.
It was time to move on and head to stop #2. My nephew Dan had joined us and when we got there, our number would grow to four. It's good to share the fun, and as we'll soon see, the pain, as well.