The Nottoway Plantation Beer Fest is this Saturday and if you’re a craft beer lover in/near South Louisiana, you won’t want to miss it. The beer lineup looks excellent, throw in some homebrews, and you’ve got the makings of a good time. Plus you get to visit beautiful Nottoway Plantation in White Castle.
Hope to see some of y’all out there.
My wife has been wanting to go skiing for probably as long as I’ve known her, I was a little hesitant. I’ve spent my entire life in the South, so the idea of cold weather flat out scares me. The only thing I knew about skiing was that it was expensive. I mean I would certainly entertain the idea if the timing was right. Finally the opportunity presented itself with a friend of our’s 40th birthday. He wanted to go skiing and was able to convince 14 friends to join him. I still don’t know how we got that many to go or how we were able to stay pretty coordinated for the entire trip, but I gotta say, we had a blast. We passed on formal lessons, instead relying on our buddy and I picked it up without much of an issue, Amanda wasn’t as quick, but she was an expert on the greens by day three.
We started the trip off with some snow tubing then a visit to a local brewery. No shortage of those in Colorado. Snow tubing was a great intro to winter recreation.
The next three and a half days were spent in Breckenridge trying to avoid major injury. I’m happy to report that everyone made it back to Louisiana unscathed. Breckenridge is a cool town with tons of ski options. Everyone was without child for 5 days, so we lived it up. We certainly can’t party like we did back in college, especially after skiing all day, but we had a great time.
I chickened out on bringing fly equipment and according to a couple of the fly shops I stopped in that may have been a mistake, but packing ski equipment and fishing equipment would have been a chore. I’m glad I didn’t because I really didn’t leave myself any time to fish, I had too much fun skiing. We’ll do it again in the future, after all we own proper clothing now, it would be a shame to see it only used once. I am hoping to make it out West again when it is quite a bit warmer and fishing is the primary activity. I’m also happy to report the cold weather didn’t bother me, I was very comfortable, even on the slopes. That Columbia makes some damn fine clothes, for any activity.
My beer coverage has been slacking as of late, so let’s catch up. December’s beer of the month was the Parade Ground Porter from Tin Roof. Tin Roof is my local brewery here in Baton Rouge and this is my favorite beer that they offer. It’s a smooth drinking brew packed with coffee flavor. I like it and I don’t even drink coffee, I wouldn’t judge if you woke up and drank one of these in the morning instead.
Tin Roof’s winter seasonal is a “robust porter brewed with a special blend of New Orleans Coffee Company mocha and French roast coffee. This smooth brew is full of coffee and chocolate flavor,” per the Tin Roof website. I’m not the only local blogger that’s a fan, here’s what everyone has to say:
And the Valley Shook!
The Ale Runner
Bite and Booze
Beer of the month for November is Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. Not only is it one of my favorite IPAs and no doubt one of the best in the land, but it also features a brook trout on the bottle and packaging – in that regard I like to think of it as the fly fisherman’s beer. Sadly you won’t find Bell’s in Louisiana, which is something that I hope changes in the near future, but you can find it in Georgia, which is where I was able to find it last week. What Bell’s has to say about the Two Hearted Ale:
“Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of Bell’s house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.
Alcohol by Volume: 7.0%
Original Gravity: 1.064
Shelf Life: 6 months
Dates Available: Year Round
Available Packages: Bottle (6-packs), 16 oz. cans (4-pcks) and draft”
What the beer geeks have to say about Two Hearted Ale:
I didn’t do a good job of posting my monthly staples, beer and fly, in October so I am doing it now. The beer of the month for October was the Milk Stout Nitro from Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Colorado. I got turned onto milk stouts by an old high school pal of mine one night when I was back home for Thanksgiving. He did a little bartending while in college up at Indiana, so I was privy to his recommendation. I wasn’t much of a stout drinker at the time, but a good milk stout will certainly turn a man. I’m not sure if the Nitro is what we were drinking, but it has been my favorite of the style thus far. I’m kind of bummed that the one time I went through Longmont, CO I didn’t make it over to the brewery, we went to Oskar Blues instead (not too shabby for Longmont to have both Oskar Blues and Left Hand in the same town). There is a damn fine fly shop in Longmont and plenty of good fishing nearby so maybe I’ll make my way up there again in the future. This is a Nitro:
And this is how you pour it – hard:
What the beer geeks have to say about it: