August 4th was IPA Day! I used to not be a fan of IPAs and found them too bitter, but my palette has thankfully since matured. My trip to Great Falls, Montana led to an abundance of new and locally brewed craft beers. The Black Eagle IPA, by Black Eagle Brewing Company, was one I found while I stocked up on different brews at the Class 6 at Malmstrom AFB.
It’s no secret that I love lavender. The smell. The taste. It’s refreshing and calming at the same time. I personally use culinary lavender in tea, smoothies, and while baking pastries, so I was naturally excited when I found the Forbidden Lavender by No Label Brewing Company while I was in Texas.
There is nothing like a good beer after a long day of traveling and exploring. After sight seeing in Kyoto, jumping on and off trains to see the shrines and temples, and finally the Nishiki Market, we came across the Craft Man Beer House next door to a restaurant serving kobe beef.
I volunteered to be a Designated Driver for work, so this will be my last alcoholic drink for the next week. But it is a lovely and sunny Sunday and I wanted to enjoy it with a new beer I had just tasted.
I attended a local wine and beer tasting at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum on Friday, and it was a very well organized and fun event. I was hoping there’d be more folks my age in attendance, but the aviation ambiance and local booze made it completely worth it.
I figured that since this blog mentions beer and because I love beer, I might as well write about beer. And booze. Because they’re both so great and they get everyone together and it’s a perfect way to wind down after a long week…or day. I’m not a beer connoisseur by any means: I drink what I like and am usually willing to give different brands and types of beer a chance. Same goes with wine, cocktails, hard liquor, you name it. Especially if it’s local.
Except Jaegermeister. That stuff tastes like cough syrup and I refuse to drink it.
After no alcohol for five months, a friend of mine and I opted for a couple beers while staying near Bishkek for a night before flying back home. The strongest beer available was the Балтика (Baltika) 9, which is 8% alcohol in a fairly large bottle. And I had two of them.
The beer wasn’t that great but oh the buzz that followed.