Well, no trip to a city is complete without a look at a local brewery. East End Brewing Company was highly ranked, so we made our way over to check it out.
The red building is located along a residential street, but we found some parking a little further down. Outside, there are two rows of picnic tables in a concrete parking lot behind a fence for brewery-goers to sit, and inside, there were a number of tables as well.
You can get a flight of three for $8, so I went with Strawberrye, Monkey Boy and Big Hop, their flagship. We took these outside and sipped away. I liked the strawberrye, which didn't so much taste like strawberries as much as it smelled like it. A bit sour, which I like. The Monkey Boy is a hefeweizen, which I typically love. This one was decent, a little heavier than I anticipated. And the Big Hop is definitely hoppy and a bit bitter. Overall, not bad.
The ambiance leaves something to be desired. Picnic tables on concrete, behind a fence, while you stare at the house across the street. Any sort of greenery or some sort of view would make this feel like something other than a concrete jungle. But for decent beer, I think people make do.