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!

After Thanksgiving

The day after Thanksgiving in Johnstown, where can you find us? Tulune’s Southside Saloon of course!

Upon entering, I saw Joe (my favorite bartender ever) behind the bar and he gave me a bottle of his home made wine! Thanks Joe! I haven’t tried it yet but I cant wait till I do!

Best of all, I got to catch up with my ladies Tara, Cindy, and Lisa!

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I couldn’t resist and started off the night with another Southern Tier Crème Brulee Stout mixed with Kasteel Rouge. Such a delicious treat!

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The bar was packed but we managed to get a table!

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Next, I ordered a Delirium Noel by Brouwerij Huyghe of Melle, Belgium considered a Strong Dark Ale at 10% abv.

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I ordered it on tap, and the bartenders must like me there because I got a huge pour into a really big glass! I know, the glass looks average, but I was expecting a smaller Delirium glass. This was quite a bit to drink and when I finished, I was beginning to feel the alcohol!

I love the Christmas beers! It’s a great holiday beer that isn’t too strong with the spices. Sweet like plums and cherries with very little hops. The alcohol is very well hidden. I think this is a much better beer than their Delirium Tremens. I hardly every order the DT but I will order the Noel whenever possible!

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Next up, I didn’t know what I wanted. It was really crowded, getting to the bar or the beer cooler was going to be a challenge. Luckily bartender Greg came by and I told him generally what I like and to surprise me!

He came back with the perfect beer! Thank you Greg! And it was a beer I’ve never had before! I got the Harpoon Chocolate Stout by Harpoon Brewery of Boston Massachusetts at 5.9% abv.

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Lots of bittersweet chocolate, and almost a dry aftertaste. Maybe that’s because its not super sweet. (Although I did switch to this after having a very sweet beer, maybe it just tastes burnt chocolatey bitter by comparison) I was surprised by Harpoon. I would definitely have this beer again!

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One thing I cannot and will not do at the Saloon is take shots. Especially their “Taints” the energy drink they mix in is just to candy sweet for me, but apparently everyone else loves them!

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You go, Tara!

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Eventually we moved into the back room where there was a band playing and as the night wore on, I ran into a couple of familiar faces! Shannon and I got to catch up for a bit over a beer!

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And that must be it for the night because we were all pretty smashed, and my pictures from here on out are completely ridiculous and nonsensical!

Like this one….

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Haha!!

Redbeard’s Birthday!

Saturday night, we stopped at the saloon and picked up a 6 pack of random stouts and porters and headed to Redbeard’s for his birthday celebration!

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Redbeard knows how to have a good bonfire! No shortage on things to burn!

Throughout the night I drank:

Dragonhead Stout by Orkney Brewery, Scotland, 4% abv

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I think I was expecting a bit more out of it, but it was a satisfying stout but a little thin and watery tasting to me. Nice roasted malts, slight coffee, bitter chocolate, a dry finish.

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Mmm and then La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue brewery in Canada. It’s a tripel at 9% abv, at least I found a glass for this one! They did a very good job making a Belgian tripel. Nice spice and warm alcohol, very complex. Moderate carbonation but it still stays creamy tasting.

Random photo of the night:

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Jack says hi! (I promise his nose isn’t broken!)

The Land of Death and Shadows

This is what Jack jokingly calls Johnstown, PA, where I am from. Yes, it has super shitty weather and we never see the sun, but it’s where I call home, and I have a blast every time I get to come back and chill with my Johnstown friends. I actually had to come back because my driver’s license expired and I needed to get a new one with a new picture and everything (haha, yes, I still have a PA license!)

Friday night, I was feeling a little under the weather with a lot of sinus pressure, but we still made it out to my favorite bar on earth, Tulune’s South Side Saloon. This is the bar where I began to learn about good beer. As soon as I walked in I saw Joe, who has been voted Johnstown’s best bartender a few years in a row now. He really knows his beers. Every time I  walk in he updates me on what’s new and knows exactly what I will like and what I should try. This time when I walked in, he was pretty busy but he came over and gave me a Chimay bottle opener, win!

I got the Troubadour Obscura, which is from Belgium and is considered a mild stout.

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Unfortunately I couldn’t really smell anything and it really took away from the taste and experience of the beer. Luckily, I’ve had this beer many times before and I was able to appreciate the taste that I knew I was missing out on.

I was worried I wouldn’t get to see Tara and Mike since they had to go to a wedding in Ohio the next day. Mike had to work, but Tara made it out for a little bit!

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I ended up only having that one beer because not being able to taste anything was really depressing. But being back in my favorite bar with my favorite people made up for it!