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March 2022 NEWFOUNDLAKELIFE.COM Page 11 Traveler’s Rest is Becoming One of the BestCommunity
 By Donna RhoDes
BRISTOL – Those looking for great food and spirits served up in a rustic, relaxing atmo- sphere have a new spot where they can gather with family and friends or just enjoy a cozy cou- ples night out at Traveler’s Rest Brew Pub in Bristol.
Adjacent to Pleasant View Bed and Breakfast, Traveler’s Rest has been a long-time dream of Don Milbrand. So when he and his wife Heidi purchased the B&B, he began to look into how he could turn the barn into a tavern as his contribution to their venture.
Plans were made, permits were applied for, and construc- tion began a couple of years ago. In the meantime, Milbrand was also brewing his own brands of beer in the barn, and late this past December, he was pleased to welcome the public to Travel- er’s Rest Brew Pub.
Milbrand said he began brewing beer in 1993 when he realized he had a taste for “qual- ity beer on a Bud Budget.”
“I started making my own so that I could drink good beer cheap,” he said with a grin.
The taps at Traveler’s Rest offer as many as six of his in- creasingly popular brews. On tap, a couple of brews are Cas- cade’s Big Air Pale Ale, named for the couple’s champion dock diving dog, along with Favorite Niece Red Ale, which is a trib- ute to his “favorite redheaded niece” Abbey. The inventory is
for a Relaxing Night Out in Bristol
 Traveler’s Rest Brew Pub owner Don Milbrand is shown serving some of his locally crafted beer to guests Pauline and Mike Burton recently on one of their many return visits to his new business on Hemp Hill Rd. in Bristol.
A rustic, cozy atmosphere awaits all who drop by Traveler’s Rest for locally crafted beer, wine, and spirits, as well as delicious appetizers, Panini’s, special Sunday entrees, and desserts. Photos by Donna Rhodes
Space, Stoneface IPA, and the Vienna Lager Litherman Ama- deus were also available.
“We’re just trying to keep it all local,” Milbrand explained.
(Please note that these selec- tions are subject to change as other brews become available).
For those who prefer more commercial, domestic beers, Traveler’s Rest carries a few of the national name brands along with hard seltzers and Hermit Hard Cranberry Apple Cider, which is locally made.
At Traveler’s Rest, wine lov- ers can also enjoy Bristol’s own Crazy Cat Winery’s white and red wines, while a few New En- gland distilled spirits, neat or on the rocks, can be found on the menu, too.
It isn’t all about the brews and spirits, though. The food is just as wonderful.
Once Milbrand’s wife, Heidi, is done attending to her B&B inn duties, she heads back into the kitchen to whip up delicious appetizers, soups, home-cooked meals, and desserts for the brew- pub customers. The menu can vary, but chips and salsa, large delicious pretzels and honey mustard, nachos (with or with- out toppings of your choice), and even a charcuterie board filled with cold cuts, cheese, and other finger foods are among the items that can start every- one off. There is also a Caesar Salad, Soup of the Day, Panini of the Day, an Open Face of the Day, and flatbread dishes
to munch on. On Sundays, it’s
“Sunday at Gran’s,” a delicious meal derived from dishes just like grandma used to make. Se- lections vary weekly but can in- clude meatloaf, mac and cheese, and other comfort foods. If you miss out on them on Sundays, just like Grandma’s house, there may be some delicious leftovers still available on Monday.
Her menu doesn’t stop there, though. The specials on the board also include desserts of the day that will surely inspire a “cheat day” for those dieting. In addition, coffee, soft drinks, and either iced tea or hot tea are available for those who pre- fer non-alcoholic drinks or for after-dinner enjoyment.
The response for the new business has been positive since Day One, with many satisfied customers returning to Tavern’s Rest Brew Pub for their hospital- ity, food, and beverages.
Pauline and Mike Burton of Hebron are one of many who have been back several times to enjoy the atmosphere as well as the great food. “It’s just cozy, warm, and inviting here, and their beer is really good too!” said Mike.
Traveler’s Rest Brew Pub is adjacent to the Pleasant View Bed and Breakfast Inn at 22 Hemp Hill Road in Bristol. Hours of operation are 4-9 p.m. Friday through Tuesday, closed Wednesday and Thursday.
 rotated periodically with other beers in his repertoire, includ- ing Traveler’s Rest Best Bitter, Porter’s Porter, Watchdog Wit, and Lady Shay Russian Impe- rial Stout.
That’s not all, however. Mil- brand also offers Guest Drafts
and Premium Guest Drafts when they are available from other nearby breweries. Re- cently Concord Live Free Lager, Great Northern Moose Juice, and Woodstock Frosty Goggles were among the guest brews, while the NEIPA Concord Safe
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