Archive for May, 2017

Cavalier IDPA Match

By From • May 30th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

After a vacation week of too much food and too much a lot of beer, I rose early Sunday morning to shoot the monthly IDPA match at the Cavalier Rifle and Pistol Club. Despite still being somewhat worn out from the past week, I was looking forward t…

I guess we’ll see if the remote yields anything today

By From • May 29th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

Children release doves at the Ladies’ Memorial Association’s 151st Memorial Day Observance at the Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery in Fredericksburg, Va. on May 29, 2017. (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star)

By From • May 29th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

A Memorial Day Prayer

By From • May 29th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

On this last Monday in May, Americans stop to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. It is their sacrifices that helped to preserve the freedoms we value and enjoy today. Sadly, there are too many people in o…

Vacation Beer Notes

By From • May 28th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

We spent last week down at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The weather wasn’t suitable for much time on the beach, but the overcast and very windy days provided no obstacle to eating and drinking. As usual, we enjoyed mostly, but not exclusively, North Carolina beers during the trip.

One of our first stops was to fill a growler at Chip’s Wine & Beer Market. We selected Effortless IPA by Captain Lawrence Brewing Company of New York. This “session IPA” was a great accompaniment to the carry-out pizza we enjoyed after a long drive.

One of our favorite stops in the Outer Banks is TRiO Wine Beer & Cheese, so we stopped in on Sunday afternoon for lunch. I opted for a Maine Beer Company Peeper Ale. After finishing my beer and sandwich, I was debating about what to enjoy next. I noticed the bartender pouring something that was obviously on nitro. Looking closer I saw it was Belhaven Scottish Ale. This is a beer I’ve enjoyed in the past, but I couldn’t resist trying the nitro serving. I’m glad I did because it was delicious, and was a reminder to not so easily overlook this ale in the future.

It wasn’t until dinner on the second day of the trip that we finally got to the North Carolina beers. At a local seafood restaurant, we chose from a limited craft beer menu, but found Long Leaf IPA from Appalachian Mountain Brewery, and Foothills Carolina Blonde.

We made a much anticipated visit to Lost Colony Brewery and Cafe in Manteo. Formerly Full Moon Cafe & Brewery, it’s another of our favorite stops in the area. We enjoyed Nags Head IPA, Charon Stout, and Hatteras Red Ale with our lunch on the outside patio.

Relaxing on the deck one afternoon, we opened a couple bottles of Fille de Ferme from Wicked Weed Brewing. We had picked these up earlier in the week. The moderately tart Saison was quite refreshing.

During another dinner, I combined a seafood and pasta dish with Backcountry Black IPA by Deep River Brewing Company. I rarely opt for non-draft selections when I’m out, but this canned offering was quite enjoyable.

We hadn’t been to Outer Banks Brewing Station during our last couple of visits to the Outer Banks, so decided to stop in for lunch this time. The brewery doesn’t offer Pale Ales and IPAs very often, so I was pleased to see ‘Bout Time IPA while Colleen enjoyed a Hugh Hefeweizen with her meal.

We opted to forgo seafood one evening, choosing instead to have dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. For this meal I strayed from North Carolina selections and ordered a draft Modelo Especial. The beer was served in a frosted mug with a wedge of lime. I typically eschew cold glassware and fruit in my beer, but I drank this one as it was served, and yes, I enjoyed it.

Getting back to a seafood theme, a tasty lunch at the Salt Box Cafe found us enjoying Weeping Willow Wit from Mother Earth Brewing and Buckshot Amber Ale by Natty Greene’s Brewing. Natty Greene’s is one of those breweries that I don’t see too often but which never fails to disappoint. The Amber Ale was an excellent malty accompaniment to my Mediterranean Salad, topped with grilled fish of course.

For our final “seafood feast” of the trip, I started my meal with Weeping Radish Farm Brewery’s Maibock. This brought back memories as this was the first beer I had from the brewery years ago, when they were located in Manteo, and remains my favorite from the brewery. Colleen ordered a Limoncello by Deep River Brewing Company. This was a very flavorful American Wild Ale style beer, with a unique, lemony flavor. It truly did have a classic Limoncello-like flavor. The dinner capped off with Mother Earth Brewing Endless River Kölsch.

After returning home Saturday afternoon, we arrived to an empty refrigerator, so opted for one more dinner out, at Harry’s Ale House. Since I was back in Virginia, I selected a Virginia brewed beer to go with my meal. Lethe Pale Ale from Commonwealth Brewing Company provided a refreshing floral citrus and bitter balance in a low ABV beer. It was so good, I had a second.

It was a fun week of good food and tasty beer, and lots of each! There are still a couple off days left to enjoy before returning to work after the Memorial Day holiday. I suspect a few more beers await, but those will likely be coming from the fridge downstairs.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

Colonial Forge boys lacrosse celebrate their 11-7 victory over Riverbend for the VHSL Conference 4 title @forgeathletics1 (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star)

By From • May 26th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

Five O’Clock Friday: Stress Relief

By From • May 26th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Works for me…Hope you find some extra relief this weekend.
[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

Glad to have a sunny outdoor office today

By From • May 26th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

Players swarm Mountain View keeper Jenny Bullers after she successfully blocked a Marshall penalty kick, sealing the Wildcats’ victory in the 5A North regional quartfinal . (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star)

By From • May 25th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

Mountain View celebrates Megan Watts’ game-tying goal in tje second half of Thursday’s VHSL 5A North region quarterfinal against Marshall. (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star)

By From • May 25th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local