At home at the South Side Saloon

The next night, I feel like I got to see everybody! Including my favorite bartender, Joe! (don’t worry, this was a somewhat planned photobomb)

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I started the night off with the Old #38 Stout by North Coast Brewing Company of Fort Bragg, CA at 5.6% abv.

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Dark, dry, roasted malts. Semi-sweet chocolate, earthiness, light smoke.

And I got to hang out with my ladies, Tara and Cindy!

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I was looking for something that I either hadn’t had before, or that it’d been a long time. With a little help from a bartender, I hunted down a new beer! The Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale by Williams Brothers Brewing Company of Alloa, Scotland.

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Roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, plum, raisin and …elderberry? Subtle but not too sweet. Almost no hops and well hidden alcohol. Interesting and different, worth trying again.

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To finish off the night I went with a tried and true, The Flag Porter by Darwin Brewery of Sunderland, England at a nice easy 5% abv. This is one of the reasons I really like this beer, it’s a nice sipper and doesn’t continue to get me wasted!

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Say good bye to the long hair! The next day I got it chopped!

Back in Johnstown

A couple of weeks ago, I headed back to Johnstown for the weekend! Of course, the first place I head in town is the South Side Saloon! I was meeting Dan to catch up and so while I waited I tried a new beer!

The 2X Stout by Southern Tier Brewing Company of Lakewood, NY at 7.5% abv.

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A very well done milk stout! Smooth, chocolately, creamy. Hints of coffee, hints of alcohol. Sweet but not sickening, sweet lactose, somewhat dry finish. I need to find this again!

And of course I couldn’t pass up my favorite mixed beer: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Kasteel Rouge. They were both on tap and layering them is just heaven.

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Such a great mixture of creamy chocolate and as you work your way down, you get hints of cherries. Kasteel Rouge is good on its own, but I love it with a bit of creamier stout mixed in, it gives it such great body and mouthfeel.

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Dan and I got to catch up and chat too!

Thanks for the Palm!

I’d like to give a big shout out “Thank You” to a friend of my Dad’s named Randy! He must have noticed that I haven’t tried Palm yet and sent a few with my dad to give to me!

And he’s right! Crazy as it seems, I’ve never had a Palm before! (Brouwerij Palm, Steenhuffel, Belgium, 5.4% abv) It poured a beautiful, bright, clear golden-amber color. It looked so crisp and inviting!

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Smells and tastes of Belgian yeast, slight citrus and apricot fruitiness, moderate to high carbonation, dry finish. This beer would be perfect for summer and the beach! It was quite refreshing.

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So good that I had to take it out on the back deck to enjoy it outside!

Thanks Randy! I hope your most recent maple wheat beer comes out well! I’ve never had a maple wheat beer, but it sounds like a fantastic idea!

Sweed’s Homebrew and Aerial Silks

After a mid-week climbing session, Jack and I decided to finally open and try one of Sweed’s homebrews!

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I was pretty excited! It poured dark and delicious! Roasted malty goodness and it complimented dinner perfectly! Good luck on your next batch, Sweed!

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And now for something completely different…..

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I’ve been taking aerial silks classes! What a workout!

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Cheers!

A Mid Day Beer with Novak!

Poor Novak, she broke her pinky horribly and needed surgery and pins! Needless to say when I picked her up for lunch, she was pretty drugged up! haha! So we headed over to Fireworks for some lunch and I had a beer!

I ordered the Brugse Zot by the Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik/ De Halve Maan of Bruges, Belgium at 6% abv.

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I feel like its been a while since I’ve ordered the Brugse Zot. I feel like for a while, I drifted away from Belgians and began to drink more porters and stouts. But I always forget just how wonderful they are! I need to go back and heavily re-visit this beer style.

Pours a beautiful deep golden hue. Earthy Belgian yeast, light citrusy, creamy but with moderate, lively carbonation. It’s a really good Belgian Pale Ale.

It would be super nice to visit this brewery! wink wink!