Beer Geek and I ditched the kids for a day and night of beer fun around Charlottesville. We recently discovered a nice triangle of a brewery and two brewpubs, as well as a nice B&B. We headed south around noon and got to Starr Hill Brewery with a bit of time to spare before their tour. We stopped at the tasting bar and got to taste all of their yummy beers. (Free, BTW and they are extremely generous). Here I am feeling nice and mellow about halfway through the tasting. I think I was watching the bartender explain their beers to someone. I thought Beer Geek was off taking pictures of brewing equipment, but apparently he was also snapping pics of me.
Stop 2 was Devil’s Backbone Brewpub. It was super busy, which was a bit surprising as it was kind of remote and we got there around 4pm. No worries though. We found seats at the bar and had a sampler and some green chili cheese fries. The beers were decent, but just off the mark from being really good. It’s a pretty new pub though, so I’m sure they’ll work out the kinks soon. Here I am at the bar, in front of all their taps.
Next we made a quick stop at our B&B, the Afton Mountain Bed and Breakfast. We checked in and then verified that some friends would be meeting us for dinner. Then it was time to head to the third beer tasting.
Blue Mountain Brewing has a small “bar food” menu – sandwiches and pizza and the like and REALLY good beers. We got a sampler and one of their pizzas – the brat pizza (I would later regret this). J and J, some of our really close friends, showed up and we got to hang out with them sans kids for the first time in probably 7.5 years! It was awesome to actually have a conversation without constant kid interruption. Here I am at Blue Mountain.
The evening was awesome, but the weather started getting nasty, so we headed back to the B&B. Unfortunately, I woke up at 11 with a horrible stomach ache, likely courtesy of the pizza, and I’m still having trouble eating anything other than bland stuff. It was a real bummer because the B&B had an awesome breakfast for us and I could barely eat any.
Here’s what we woke up to this morning:
My tummy ache has continued all day. We even went to our favorite Tex-Mex place with my parents this evening and I ate just a few bites. I tried running on the treadmill and barely made it 2 miles. Hopefully, I’ll feel better tomorrow. We are expecting 5 or so inches of snow tonight, so any running tomorrow will likely be on the ‘mill. Sigh.
All in all, it was an AWESOME weekend and I highly recommend all the places we went! I was able to get some neat stuff for the auction basket as well.
(I’ll add links later. I need to get some kids to bed now…)