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    Default Beerneuring #13

    Last stop of the night was Bluejacket. This was the first time I have ever had a beer inside at Bluejacket. It was nice inside... Kind of "romantic", even.

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    (This is kind of a running joke, but last year on the brew tour, I caught a picture of Jan and Dane staring at each other... This year, they were staring at a commercial for an electronic bible...)

    Anyway, I had their Lazy Jane, which an Imperial IPA. It was a touch on the sweet side, but overall not bad.

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    It was a great time and I am grateful for all the awesome folks that came out and rode in the drizzle with me for an entire day of beer drinking. We should definitely do it again sometime soon! (But maybe not seven breweries on a Sunday again; waking up this morning was a little rough...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunyata View Post
    So, in order to attempt to catch up (futile with Jon in Australia, I know), I took a little brew tour yesterday.
    I have one more to post that's probably bending the rules a bit and will be subject to sjclaeys approval, but we get on a plane in about 4 hours to come home. Didn't make it to as many breweries as I'd hoped, but so many of them are only open Thurs-Sun and we had wedding and wedding-related activities Sat and Sun so it really cut into our beerneuring time.

    Your beer tour is quite impressive, though. I'm not sure I would have been able to bike home.

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    Beerneuring #3 at Bloomington Brewing Co at Crosstown on 10th St across from my IU freshman dorm. I again did a tasting flight, this time it was six, Kirkwood Cream Ale, Ruby Bloom Amber, Quarrymen Pale Ale, Java Porter, Hoosier Harbor IPA, and non-alcoholic root beer. And yes, they all tasted like beer, except the porter which had a slight coffee flavor and the root beer which tasted like sassafras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunyata View Post
    So, in order to attempt to catch up (futile with Jon in Australia, I know), I took a little brew tour yesterday.

    The first stop was supposed to be Cap City, but they apparently changed their hours without telling anyone. So, the first stop was Heritage in Clarendon.

    I had their quite delicious double IPA, Double Taxation. It was hoppy with a bit of a bourbon bite at the end.
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    Then, someone pointed out that the Double Taxation was not actually brewed at the Clarendon location and the only beer they brew locally was the Heritage Brewing House Amber Ale. Oh darn. You mean I have to have another beer?!
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    It was not as good as the DIPA, but was sweet with a hint of honey. Not bad, but not something I would get again if a better choice exists.
    Good on you for following the Beerneuring rules at Heritage. Next year there might be a new rule to deduct points if a brewery tour is held without the Beerneuring Brewmaster knowing beforehand!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjclaeys View Post
    Good on you for following the Beerneuring rules at Heritage. Next year there might be a new rule to deduct points if a brewery tour is held without the Beerneuring Brewmaster knowing beforehand!
    Doh! I am a terrible beerneuring participant. Will ensure invites are sent from now on.

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    Default jrenaut #16 - The Crafty Squire, Melbourne, VIC

    So let me tell you a story about a zoo, a brewery with a single beer brewed on-site, a busted helmet, and a busted bike chain. If this doesn't count for a beerneuring point, so be it - it was totally worth it anyway.

    On our last full day in Australia, we went to the Melbourne Zoo. It's not like the DC Zoo - in addition to the animals, there are all sorts of little pathways that lead nowhere, but LOOK like they might lead to animals. I think we took them all. It was a long, warm day. We saw two lizards gettin' it on. The male climbs on the female's back and bites the loose skin at the back of her neck (Like a mom cat picking up her babies, but less mixed-company appropriate). We saw koalas and kangaroos and lemurs and some elephants up really close. It was a good day.

    On the way home, we stopped for a drink at The Crafty Squire and saw this:


    IMG_20180226_164412315_HDR by Jon, on Flickr

    I feel that this sign captures the spirit of this ride and this day.

    The Crafty Squire is a brewpub for James Squire and it turns out while they have a full taplist of their own beers, they only brew ONE on-site. It is the Statesman, an American wheat pale ale, pictured here with a souvenir from the zoo (as well as our tab card, but we've closed out, so it won't help you).


    IMG_20180226_170841691 by Jon, on Flickr

    The beer was fine. It was neither terribly wheaty nor terribly pale, but after a long hot day of walking around, it hit the spot. Bear in mind we have not biked anywhere yet. We had to return all the rental bikes already.

    Luckily, Melbourne has bikeshare, both docked and dockless. After sending the wife and kids home on the tram, I went to the nearest bikeshare station. Unfortunately, most or maybe all of Australia has a mandatory helmet law, which is probably the #2 reason Melbourne isn't Amsterdam, after the fact that drivers refuse to yield under any circumstances. Often the bikeshare stations have free helmets to borrow, but this one didn't.

    As luck would have it, Melbourne is like DC in that people leave their dockless bikes near bikeshare docks. One of the dockless bikes had a helmet! It was broken. But I used it anyway because TAKE THAT silly Australian laws.


    IMG_20180226_183008155_BURST000_COVER_TOP by Jon, on Flickr

    This photo actually doesn't do justice to how broken the helmet actually was.

    So things are going well - I'm nearly home, just stopped at a light in traffic, waiting for green. The light turns, I start to go, and CRUNCH and then I nearly fall over because the pedals are suddenly spinning with nearly no resistance. Turns out I snapped the chain.


    IMG_20180226_182305295_HDR by Jon, on Flickr

    Again I was in luck, and I was mere feet (Ok, they were meters) from another bikeshare station, and I switched bikes and managed to get home.

    In any event, I don't believe this ride obeys the letter of the law for a beerneuring point. I think it obeys the spirit, but I throw myself at the mercy of the great and powerful sjclaeys to tell me whether this one counts.
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    Bardo is open for the season, and they've improved the bike security.Click image for larger version. 

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    Beernuering #4, Cap City in Shirlington. I enjoyed Die Hauptstauter Dunkel, just like in the old country.

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    I should have looked up the Purcellville breweries (or any out that way) before I headed out on today's ride and I had no idea there were so many possibilities. I tried to find the Corcoran since it a sign on the W&OD, but no luck even though I stopped at the Taco Bell/KFC next door. I also tried to stop at Dragon Hops brewing, but it wasn't open and there were building permits taped on the front door. Since I knew where Old Ox was and i had never been there I just decided that would be acceptable. I ended up getting there 25 minutes after they opened for Beerneuring #5. I got a four tastings flight, Port Barrel Aged Sir Oxelot (Belgian Quad), Black Ox, Kristin's Passion (Mexican Hot Chocolate Porter), and Bier Copper Ale (Altbier). Yes, they all tasted like beer (or bier).

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    Default jrenaut #17: Right Proper Brookland

    So Right Proper has the Haxan, one of their flagship beers. It's a coffee porter. It's pretty good. At the moment they also have a couple of different variations, and i had the Death and Haxes, which is a Haxan with coconut and cacao. It was quite pleasant. I also had a Raised by Wolves, which I've had a million times but it's still good.


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