After Wedding Party and Wrapping it Up

After the wedding, and after the photos, we went out to dinner in Bar Harbor and out for drinks! Jack, Ryan, and I walked around town in the misty night and got lobster rolls before we met up with the rest of the party!


Drinks and shots!


The next afternoon we went climbing in Acadia National Park, which was gorgeous! All of the climbs were right next to the water. It was easy to see that the base of some of the climbs were normally underwater! Luckily it was low tide.

After we headed back to the house and Jack and I split the bottle of Allagash Curieux that we picked up when we were at the brewery!


This beer can truly be enjoyed at any time. Its light and refreshing, yet complex and boozy. Moments after this picture was taken, I paired it with a fantastic ice cream sunday. What a treat!

ps- Maine was cold!

Rob’s Birthday Pub Golf Bar Crawl

And suddenly it was that time of year again, Rob’s birthday. I always look forward to Rob’s birthday with a mix of excitement and utter terror.

For his birthday we always go out for a day of Pub Golf. We (usually) dress in plaid, argyle and golf themed attire, and go bar to bar drinking the prescribed drink to make par, a birdie, or an eagle.

This year’s pub golf was in Adams Morgan, DC. We began the pub crawl at the Black Squirrel, and here’s our birthday boy now!


I usually go all out and dress up for pub golf, but I was trying to not get completely shit faced this year. I thought that if I didn’t dress up it would discourage me from drinking a bit.

Jack decided to go for a twist on the golf attire, he went with Frisbee golf!


I actually skipped the first few bars, and just stuck with waters. (See, not wearing a costume seemed to help!)

Soon I couldn’t take it anymore, and when we got to a bar that a some good beer offerings and not just the regular bland macros, I had to get a beer! The first good beer I was able to find was Allagash Curieux, which I’ve had many times before, but it was a welcome sight.



Later in the evening, Ryan and I found some tasty porters! We got the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter by Great Lakes Brewing out of Cleveland, OH at 5.8% abv.


This has got to be one of my all time favorite porters!


Shenanigans were had! We went to more bars that I can even recall! I only had a few beers but I tried to wait till we went to bars that had a decent offering. I went for quality not quantity. I think my head thanked me the next morning for that!

A Night Out With Kristen and Mark

Jack was once again out of town, so I went out with Kristen and Mark! Good thing I did because they took me to some new places!

Frist we went to Penn Social where I was not disappointed. They have a large chalkboard up with their beer offerings on tap. On the far right hand side of the chalkboard they have “Specialty Beers” with 10oz pours. Of course I got a specialty beer.

I started the night off with the Blue Point Sour Cherry by Blue Point Brewing Company of Patchogue, NY at 9.2% abv.

I ordered this beer not knowing what to expect, I asked the bartender if it was a lambic to try get any information on it, but the bartender didn’t even know what a lambic was. fail. But on the plus side, when I got the beer I was completely surprised! It turned out to be an Imperial Stout! With a name like that I would have never guessed!

Anyway, quite a beer. Thick and smooth, very light on the cherry but the sour and tartness shows through a bit more. Chocolate that mixes well with the hints of cherry. Roasted malts, coffee and dry finish. Wow, I would certainly order that again!


Later when we moved on to another bar for dinner, Mark, Kristen and I all split the Allagash Curieux by Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, Maine at 11% abv.


You can never go wrong with this beer. It’s a bourbon barrel aged triple and packs quite a punch. Not only in alcohol content but in taste!

Not overwhelming, but very delicate notes of citrus and honey, an earthy vanilla, mouthwatering, not at all dry. Oh yes, and bourbon! This makes a great bottle to split, it was the perfect amount to split three ways!


After dinner, we went to yet another bar, called Iron Horse. I really liked the décor in this bar! There were old school motorcycles everywhere! And they had a pretty good beer menu!

I scanned over the beer menu and my eye immediately caught the Petrus Oude Bruin, which I attempted to order. The bartender took a look at me and tried to warn me away from it and asked if I’ve had it before. I actually get this a lot. And I’m not offended by it, in fact, I take it as a somewhat of a compliment. Its always fun seeing the look of realization that crosses their face that I also know my beer. Anyway, the keg had just kicked and needed to be replaced but was not going to happen any time soon. Even though they were packed the bartender, who really knew his beer, took his time to point out a few good beers on the menu and even give me samples!

I sampled and ordered the DuClaw 31, a Munich Dunkel Lager, by DuClaw Brewing Company of Bel Air, MD at 5.1% abv.


If you know me, you know that German style beers and lagers are usually not my thing. Well this was awesome! It poured nice and dark, and tasted exactly like a tootsie roll! It wasn’t particularly thick and creamy, maybe a little allspice? Dark bread and caramel. Like drinking a tootsie roll. The unusual taste was very cool. I would certainly get this again just to make sure I’m not wrong about the taste, and if I’m not its worth getting again.

Beer in Pictures

I’m still alive! I’ve just been super busy recently, and I really slacked on the blog, oops! So I have a week’s worth of beers that I drank that I need to post. Many of them are repeats. I tried lots of new beers while we were camping and my descriptions wont do them justice, I was a bit drunk at the time!

OK, from the beginning. Steeler game at Chris’s house. I just grabbed a few beers from the fridge and headed over. Very depressing game.




I love going to Chris’s for games, he makes great food, awesome condo, and the cutest beagle ever! You know how I feel about these beers—love em!


Wednesday was my birthday, but Jack was out of town, so earlier in the week Jack picked up a bunch of delicious fruit, bread, cheese, and desserts from Whole Foods and we went out for a motorcycle picnic! Again, I just grabbed a beer from the fridge.


Kinda low key for my birthday, but I knew we would be partying it up for the weekend and wanted to keep it chill.


Thursday night we got a bit of a late start but we left for the New River Gorge for a weekend of climbing and rafting! Yes, rafting too! As climbers we always see the river and say that one day we will go rafting. Thanks to Ryan and Kristen, who thought up and organized the trip, we were able to get a bunch of people to commit!

Friday, Jack and I  climbed at Tattoo wall down in Bubba city and were joined by Kristen and Ryan! It was a bit cold, but the climbing kept us warm! Here’s Kristen rocking out her first climb of the day!

novak climbing 2

That night we hit up the Secret Sandwich Society in Fayetteville for the first time! The sandwiches were amazing! They have really unique flavor combinations and house made sauces and jams. They also have a pretty good beer list!

Once we were stuffed we headed back to camp, managed to get a pretty good fire going, and cracked open some beers! A big thank you to Kristen for packing a whole bunch of yummy beers to celebrate my birthday!

Since they were big bottles we shared

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout


Smooth, creamy, slight coffee, medium-full body, dry finish. I will have to have it again sometime soon, out of a glass, to give it the respect it deserves.


Ahh! Ryan proudly displays our next bottle, New Belgium Tripel, with smoke in his eyes! I really enjoyed this beer, but it tasted like bananas to me! Also, everyone in the DC area is flipping out because New Belgium beers are starting to be carried in the grocery stores in the area!



This next one we did not share. haha! But we each had an Old Chub Scotch Ale by Oscar Blues Brewing Co.


And last but not least we split, Kristen’s personal favorite of the night, Allagash Curieux, a bourbon-barrel aged Tripel.


Bourbon, caramel, oak, medium body, full mouthfeel. This is such a good beer! And with its 11% abv, this is the one that put us to bed. By this time we had a couple more people finish their ride down and join us round the campfire. Also, pretty cool, Ryan set up his slack line for us to get a little practice and entertainment. A slack line is a strange offshoot developed by climbers. Its very similar to tight tope walking. You don’t use a long pole, and once you get good you do amazing, mind-blowing tricks. We just practiced getting up on it and taking a few steps.

But here’s a sick video so you can see what I’m talking about. (its kind of a long video, but skip the intro that lasts the first full minute.)

Im gonna have to end this post here, but Part II will be up very soon!