After being on the road for so long and then reaching areas on the east coast where we’ve been before, Kristie and I were ready to head home. The only problem is that we still had two more days left and two more states to hit. We decided to change our final itinerary which originally had us going to Atlantic City for the night. Instead the new plan would be meet my sister in New Jersey at a brewery and then stay at her place in Philadelphia. It’s a nice compromise which allowed us time to relax and not have to worry about finding a hotel in Atlantic City. Before getting there, we still had a day’s worth of activities ahead of us.
Before leaving Ocean City in the morning, we felt we should head to the boardwalk and see the Atlantic Ocean. It was a pretty uneventful stop as we spent maybe an hour walking around the pretty empty boardwalk. We stopped for smoothies at an Orange Julius and then I ended up winning a Minion at a crane game at the arcade. It’s good to know I haven’t lost my skills (luck) while I was away.
We were off to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware for lunch. We ate at the Dogfish Head brewpub there. This is a place we have visited before, but it left a good enough impression on us that we felt we should go back. The food selection was quite excellent, but there wasn’t anything too crazy this time around in the beer department. The last time I was there I had a brewpub exclusive called the Black and Red, which basically tasted like a Robitussin Stout. Weirdly enough, I think I liked it. Unlike last time we visited Delaware, we decided to drive to the actual brewery in Milton to attempt to go on a tour. Sadly, we arrived too late and missed our tour opportunity. The tour guide seemed pretty humorous so I bet it was a good tour. It’s okay though because we got to hang out in the taproom and try some beers. The coolest thing at the brewery was the giant steampunk treehouse that sits out in front. It definitely has a Dogfish Head feel to it. It was getting late so we had to be on our way.
Saving the worst for last, we reached New Jersey thus completing our visit to the 48 continental US states. We met my sister at Flying Fish Brewery, which was conveniently close to Pennsylvania. This actually marks the third separate time that she has met up with us on our journey making her our most visited travel companion. As I went to go order a flight of beer for me and the girls, the bartender said, “I can only serve you after you watch a video over there.” I thought she was joking, she was not. She explained that in New Jersey, brewery visits have to be “educational” so you can only be served beer if you go on a tour or watch a short video on how beer is made. I rolled my eyes and went to the detainment section to watch a brief video about beer. We all sort of enjoyed the absurdity of it all. Once the video was over, we were permitted to go to the bar and order our flights of beer. Overall, it wasn’t a bad Jersey trip, possibly because it was a short Jersey trip.
It was definitely nice returning to my sister’s place in Philly. It was the first familiar place that we’ve been to in over two months and it was very comforting realizing we’d be home the next day. The stop at my sister’s place was short lived to just drop off our car. It was nice being chauffeured around for a change as we went out to dinner at the Manayunk Brewing Company. I felt it had pretty solid food and beer, but I believe this was the one place on the entire trip which didn’t have a sticker or business card with a logo on it for me to attach to the cooler. That was kind of a bummer. What wasn’t a bummer though was going back to my sister’s house and going to bed. Visiting three breweries in three different states in one day is exhausting.