mason’s brewing company – the hulkster

Name: The Hulkster
Location: Mason’s Brewing Company, 15 Hardy St,
Brewer, ME 04412
Protein: two beef patties from local Maine farms
Bun: Non-potato
Toppings: white American cheese, cheddar, grilled onions, lettuce, cold smoked tomato, hop sauce
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: House cut fries from local potatoes
Price: $17

Notes, etc.:
I stumbled across this place on the way home from Acadia NP thanks to friends in the area. I normally don’t order massive burgers, but since this was a post-camping meal, I was feeling quite hungry!

The Hulkster is the largest burger they have on the menu, boasting two (maybe 1/3 lb) local beef patties, two types of cheese, and a bunch of toppings! The airy, toasted, fresh bun held up to the weight & juiciness until the last couple bites when the bottom half started to fall apart. The meat was cooked medium rare (by request) and the toppings complimented it nicely. Every bite had a perfect mix of everything, as the burger to bun ratio was on point. The accompanying house cut fries were a cut larger than shoestrings and were perfectly salted and crispy.

Definitely worth stopping by if you’re heading to Bangor or passing through along I-95. You can grab an excellent burger and a solid house beer while taking in the view of the Penobscot River.

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triumph brewing company: princeton – triumph burger

Truth. I’ve never been to Triumph Brewing Company in Old City, Philadelphia. I love beer and I honestly have no answer why I’ve never gone. My new job has put me up in Princeton, where Triumph’s original brewpub is located. Last week, I finally made it out for some brews and dinner.

Their burger, named the Triumph Burger, sounded good. It’s made up of a Pineland Farms grass-fed beef patty topped with romaine lettuce, tomato, and red onion. I paid $0.75 for the addition of cheddar.

It was cooked medium rare and was the perfect size for the fresh bun, which held together through consumption. There were no bites without a good balance of burger and bread. The burger wasn’t super juicy, but it had a great charcoal grilled taste. Accompanying the burger are fries (not house-cut), pickles, a side of ketchup, and a side of a special sauce/aioli. My friend ordered the pastrami sandwich and his didn’t come with the aioli, so I assumed it may be used to accompany the burger. I put some on the burger and definitely took the flavor up a notch.

Triumph Princeton has a pretty relaxed atmosphere in downtown Princeton. The burger was good as well as the beers. I’ll definitely be returning here after work sometime.

Triumph Brewing Company: Princeton
138 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542

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appalachian brewing company – switchback burger

I was stuck in Harrisburg in need of a place to watch multiple NHL playoff games while having dinner and a beer. Multiple people suggested I check out Appalachian Brewing Company and sit at the bar. Without many other options, me and my friend checked it out.

To start off, I had the Trail Blaze Brown Ale and a Brewer’s Cheddar Ale Soup, which was made from their Water Gap Wheat Ale. I also gave into the urges to have another burger on my trip. They offered four different kinds and I went with their “Best Burger Grill Off” winning one, the Switchback Burger.

The Switchback Burger is made up of an 8 oz. Angus beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, provolone, capicola, bacon, caramelized onions, and BBQ sauce (made from their house root beer). It’s sandwiched between a brioche roll and served with house made chips.

This burger was huge. It was easily one of the tallest burgers I’ve had in a long time. The burger was cooked to a slight medium and wasn’t as juicy as I’d hoped. Luckily, the toppings tasted so good that it made the burger quite enjoyable. The house made chips were pretty good, too. The burger went down nicely with a glass of their Hoppy Trails IPA.

I had a great time here. The bartender was really friendly, and she already had all the TVs at the bar tuned into hockey! I’m sure no trip out to Harrisburg in the future will be without a visit to Appalachian Brewing Company.

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101

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lancaster brewing company: harrisburg – prime burger

Since I was going to be in Harrisburg for almost a week, I did some research on some places to check out. I don’t remember Lancaster Brewing Company having a spot out there a couple years ago, but they certainly had one this time.

The Prime Burger comes on a fresh bun with cheddar, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. It’s accompanied by house cut fries and a slice of a house pickle. Like most of my other recent burgers, it was overcooked to medium. It wasn’t bad though. The burger had a pleasant char from the grill and tasty bacon. The burger was also appropriately sized for the bun.

The main reason I went to LBC was to have some brews! I started off with the Double Chocolate Milk Stout. Following that, I ordered a sampler which I split with a friend. The sampler came with 12 beers, 3 of which were special blends. The 9 beers were: Country Cream Ale, Milk Stout, Strawberry Wheat, Gold Star Pilsner, Celtic Rose, Fest Beer, Lancaster Lager, Amish Four Grain Pale Ale, and Hop Hog IPA. The 3 special blends were a Chocolate Covered Strawberry (75% Milk Stout, 25% Strawberry Wheat), Strawberry Rose (50% Strawberry Wheat, 50% Celtic Rose), and Hog’s Milk (Milk Stout, Hop Hog IPA). My favorite was easily the Double Chocolate Milk Stout.

Lancaster Brewing Company
469 Eisenhower Blvd.
Harrisburg, PA 17111

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dogfish head brewings & eats

This past weekend I went down with a friend to run in Dogfish Head‘s annual Dogfish Dash 5K which is held at their brewery in Milton, Delaware.

Since we’ve never been down to Dogfish Head, we wanted to make a weekend out of it and hang out at their brewery and brewpub, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, in Rehoboth Beach all day/night. The race was on Sunday and we arrived early afternoon on Saturday. We didn’t realize we needed to make reservations for brewery tours, so we canceled that plan and just went to the brewpub.

120 min ipa & repoterroir

The wait was about a half hour, so we grabbed our first round at the bar, some 120 Minute IPA and Repoterroir. Repoterroir is a collaboration session lager between Dogfish Head, Allagash, Avery, Lost Abbey, and Sierra Nevada. It was a super earthy beer and very enjoyable. Unfortunately, it was kicked by lunchtime on Sunday. Glad I got to try some Saturday though!

The appetizer we got was the Woodgrilled Wings which were covered with a Palo Santo Marron BBQ sauce!

lawnmower & chicory stout

Next round of beer was a Lawnmower and Chicory Stout. The Lawnmower was very reminiscent of Festina Peche, minus the peachiness.

fish tacos

The main dishes we ordered were the Fish Tacos and The Indulgence Burger. The tacos consisted of buttermilk fried dogfish, apple slaw, chipotle aioli, and cilantro. They were served with rice and beans. Really enjoyed the dogfish. It was pretty meaty since a dogfish is actually a type of shark. Anyone know where I can get some? I’d like to try cooking with it!

the indulgence burger


The Indulgence Burger comes topped with a beer battered onion ring, house made bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy the burger. It was ordered medium rare but was a bit on the dry side. The fries were not a strong point either.

peanut butter vodka

During lunch a friend who’s visited Dogfish Head in the past texted me saying that I shouldn’t miss the peanut butter vodka if it’s available. So our next round? A shot of peanut butter vodka. This stuff was ridiculous (in the best way). The vodka had a cloudy color and smelled like fresh peanut butter. Upon smelling it, we decided we were going to sip and enjoy this instead of shooting it. You bet I savored every drop. I also left the brewpub with a full bottle purchase of this stuff. It’s that good.

The next half round was a shot of wasabi vodka split between us two. I wasn’t too keen on getting it but friend wanted to try so why not. This I did shoot, and it wasn’t that pleasant in my opinion.

The following round consisted of a flight of beers: Black & Red, Shelter Pale Ale, Tweason’ale, 75 Minute IPA (cask), and Chateau Jiahu.

crab & corn chowder

That concluded Saturday lunch and we picked up race packets before leaving. A much needed nap at the hotel happened before we attempted to come back to the brewpub for dinner. At that point though, the wait was three hours. Dinner at the brewpub did not happen Saturday night.

antelope sliders

Sunday morning after the Dogfish Dash at the brewery in Milton, we headed back for one last meal at the brewpub before heading home. The only round was their 75 Minute IPA on cask and Chicory Stout. The foods were the Crab & Corn Chowder, Antelope Sliders, and Fried Pickles. The standout dish here were the Antelope Sliders. They were slightly gamey but tasted great. The meat was cooked much better than the burger. It also came with grilled onions and a truffle aioli. That burger would have been incredible had they used antelope or cooked it the same way.

fried pickles

This weekend was such a great time. I’m totally coming back down and definitely signing up for the dash next year. I forgot to mention that I had a nice complimentary My Antonia post-race on Sunday!

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
320 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

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