Dinner with the Parents

I got to choose where we met up for dinner and I chose my favorite restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, the Bilbo Baggins.

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I love this place! They have cool Hobbit themed murals upstairs, stained glass windows, and heavy wooden tables. Oh and of course a fantastic beer menu!

We were in no hurry so we had a round of beers before we even ordered appetizers. I started off with a pretty hefty beer, I got the Blithering Idiot by Weyerbacher Brewing Co of Easton, PA at 11.10% abv.

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With that kind of alcohol content I can see that its aptly named. I’ve been very pleased with the Weyerbacher selections I’ve had so far this year, so I decided to keep going and work my way through their offerings.

Sweet and boozy, caramel and butterscotch. Wow, the alcohol really hits you. Full bodied and thick, almost viscous. Better as it warms. But a very over-the-top beer.

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And then we had appetizers and dinner! LAMB! In my mind, beers and lamb is just heaven!

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The next beer I got was the Nostradamus by Brasserie Caracole of Falmignoul, Belgium at 9% abv.

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I got this beer because I don’t think I’ve ever had anything by that brewery before!

Fairly high carbonation makes for a tingly mouthfeel. Subtle and complex, cherries and caramel, bready yeast and warming alcohol. The alcohol is a bit more subtle and blends in well.

Hi parents!

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And honestly, how could I end my night without a Duchess de Bourgogne? (of Brouwerij Verhaeghe of Vichte, Belgium at 6% abv)

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So, so good I just cant say no when I see it on the menu! Tastes like sour apple vinegar in the very best way. I know that doesn’t sound like the tastiest description, but trust me, it fantastic. Well carbonated, cherries and slightly acidic. Tart and crisp.

My parents let me choose their beers all night, and I hope they were as happy with their picks and I was with mine!

Snowshoe Beers

During the final day of skiing in WV, the conditions starting deteriorating and I saw people getting hurt and loaded onto the litters almost every run. So around lunchtime, I called it quits for the day and headed inside to shower and get started on some beers!

First up I had the Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat Stout by Tallgrass Brewing Company of Manhattan, Kansas at 5% abv. Ok and I have to admit, I really only got this beer because 1.) it was in a can 2.) the name! haha!

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Quite dark, roasted malt, some light chocolate and sweet creamy milk flavors. But unfortunately not stand out. Its just not very complex. Which is ok! It tastes how it should for a milk stout.

Next, I really changed it up. I opened the Midas Touch by Dogfish Head Brewery of Milton, DE at 9% abv.

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This beer is truly one of a kind. Quite a lot to handle actually! Between the high alcohol and the overwhelming flavors, it’s a lot to process! I usually drink this beer when I really want something sweet and wine-like.

Hits you with lots of honey and grapes. I would have almost said concord grapes, but its technically muscat grapes. Very full grape flavor, not artificial, and dry.  High carbonation, but easy to drink, the alcohol is also well hidden even though its 9%.

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And of course the Duchess. Can I ever go on a trip without bringing her? One of my all time favorites.

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Brought a big bottle to split, the Kasteel Donker by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck of Inglemunster, Belgium at 11% abv.

Pours with slightly reddish hues. Sweet, caramel, plums, brown sugar, slight spiciness, Belgian yeasts.

The ladies challenged Ryan (the toughest, strongest man we know) to arm wrestling. I even joined in, and used my feet, but no go. What a day, by the end I was exhausted, haha and drunk!

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