We recently had date night at one off our favorite beer spots, Rustico.
I prefer sitting in the bar area since there is a better beer atmosphere, and we were lucky enough to get seats!
I started by ordering a set of tasters.
Sorry it’s a bit dark, I didn’t feel like annoying the Hell out of everyone around me by using a flash.
From left to right:
Alvinne “Demi” Sour Ale
Bayerischer Bahnhof Berlinerweisse
The Bruery Sucre, maderia barrel aged and about 14.7% abv
The Alvinne beer was my favorite, but the Sucre had such a strong kick off alcohol, it made it hard to drink. The Sucre had a very stong aftertaste of walnuts. There was much more to this beer than just the abv.
So dark, I apologise! Cheers!
A small family get together and tons of birthdays called me home for a weekend. Of course we went out to the best bar in Johnstown, Tulune’s South Side Saloon!
I started the night with Founder’s Smoked Porter which they had on draught, nice!
Then I took a different suggestion from bartender Jerry and went with a more summery beer, the Blue Star Wheat Beer Brewed by North Coast Brewing of CA.
Now seemed as good a time as any to finally get around to trying the Dogfish Head 61 Minute IPA.
The 61 was almost a mix of an IPA and red wine. Much more flavorful and intricate than the 60. I quite like it and would look for it again. You can really taste the grapes.
The crazy birthday ladies! So many June babies!
The weather had been so beautiful recently that we have been having a lot of back porch and picnic beers!
The other day, I had the Weyerbacher Quad, it’s so decadent.
And later we made it outside next to the Potamac for a lazy afternoon of reading and sipping. We split the Allagash Fluxus, an American Porter brewed with blood oranges.
Slightly unusual, very faint citrus flavor. Quite enjoyable though.
We finished of the day with a stroll through Old Town Alexandria and we stopped at Virtue Feed and Grain for a light dinner.
I had the Dogfish Head 90 Minute with my dinner.
I love the summer! It’s so much easier to pop in somewhere for a cold beer!
At some point on the trip I had these random beers.
The Caldera Pilot Rock Porter.
And also the Sneak Attack Saison by 21st Amendment Brewery.
Throughout the week I had quite a few of the following beers.
The Secret Stash Stout by Finch’s Beer Co of Chicago, IL.
Somehow this was always the beer I chose to sip on in the hot tub at the end of the day.
I also had the local West Sixth Lemongrass American Wheat by West Sixth Brewing Company of Lexington, Kentucky.
A great beer to go with my burger at the Rockhouse for dinner.
The Maui CoCoNut Porter by Maui Brewing Co in Lahaina, Hawaii was another go to beer of the trip.
I’m so happy all these amazing beers are available in cans!
My favorite climbing trip of the year! I love Kentucky! I don’t love the nine hour drive took get there though.
I took mostly cans on this trip since they are lighter than bottles and are more portable to the crag. Having a beer after a day of climbing is a treat!
I had the Avery White Rascal, nice and light, very refreshing and still palatable when warm too, although later in the trip Andy was kind enough to let me throw my beers in his cooler!
Also by Avery, Ellie’s Brown.
Instead off camping, the six of us split a cabin and lived like kings! It was quite luxurious to have two beautiful clean bathrooms and hot showers! And we even had a hot tub, perfect for soaking the sore climbing muscles and downing more beers!
Jack’s birthday was pretty low key this year, it may have been that I failed to plan something awesome, but we walked up to Circa in Clarendon to join a few friends for dinner.
I felt like I was ready for summer even though it was still pretty chilly out and I ordered the Bell’s Oberon to start.
Much lighter and out of the norm for me.
Then I switched to the Ommegang Rare Vos which was also on draught.
Sorry for the underwhelming picture.
After dinner we decided to extend the celebration and we all walked over to Lyon Hall, which has a pretty decent beer menu.
I had the 21st Amendment Monk’s Blood, not my favorite brewery, but probably their best beer, in my opinion.
And it comes in a can!