Friday, August 28, 2009

Hartwood 10-miler

Ran the first race in VA. A 10-miler out in the country. Finished in 1:18:07. I was happy about the time, since it was 9 minutes faster than my last 10-miler (Cherry Blossom 10-miler in 2006), until I got the final results...12 out of 21 in my age group. Sonya finished 1:20 and some change...good enough for 4 out of 24 in her age group. The course was great...all out in the country, lots of hills, and it was unseasonably cool in the morning. Tons of food at the end, and best of all a free pint glass...too bad they didn't fill it up.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Starr Hill Box Set

Discovered a great beer last week. Went to lunch and had an IPA from Starr Hill Brewery out of Charlottesville. An outstanding A+ on draft. After lunch, stopped at Total Wine & More in Fredericksburg...their collection blows away any beer store in Hawaii. Saw that Starr Hill had a sampler, so picked it up. All 4 beers were great...favorite was the Pale Ale....too bad the IPA wasn't in this pack.

Pale Ale-A, PQ=44
Jomo Lager-A-, PQ=41
The Love (Hefeweizen)-A (really smooth for a Hefe...the banana/clove taste wasn't overpowering like I find in a lot of American Hefeweizens), PQ=44
Amber Ale-A-, PQ=41

At $12.99, this was a great deal.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

KY Beers

Kentucky is not known for its beers, but I had to try them while I was there. It took some effort to get the beer, as OC is a dry county. Did the research and found that there are 2 microbreweries in the state, Bluegrass Brewing Co and Kentucky Brewing Co. Found the store that sold the Kentucky Ale, and stopped by to pick up a couple of six packs. I was looking for a couple of packs off the shelf, as it was going to be several hours before we reached a refrigerator. I asked the lady working at the store, who didn't take the cigarette out of her mouth before she told me they didn't keep any beer other than Bud, Busch Light and Miller Lite on the shelf...what was in the fridge was all they had. So, the purchase had to wait before we headed home.

Made my first trip through a drive-thru for alcohol. The boys were convinced they could get a milk shake.

First up was the Bluegrass Brewing Company's Nut Brown Ale. By far the best of the 3. Really was an average ale, drinkable and possibly chuggable. Drank 2 of 'em. At $8.99, I thought it overpriced. Grade=B-, PQ=21

Next up were the Kentucky Brewing Company offerings. I started with the Bourbon Barrel Ale. I like bourbon and I like beer, so this should've been win-win, but it was far from a winner. This stuff smelled like bourbon, which isn't a bad thing normally, but when you're expecting beer it just doesn't feel right. They must've left a lot of bourbon in the barrels, before the beer was poured in. The taste of bourbon is strong. Really, this tasted like a bourbon beer mixture, with the bourbon flavor overpowering the beer. Yet the beer was still there, making this a horrible concoction slightly better than the Fruity NAs of the middle east. Grade=D, PQ=5.45

Their other offering, Kentucky Ale wasn't that great. An average ale at best that's very overpriced. Grade=C, PQ=11.

Next time I'm in Kentucky, I'll stick with the bourbon.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

On the Bourbon Trail

On our drive from KY to VA, we made a couple of stops along the Bourbon Trail.

First stop was Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg. There, we met Master Distiller Jimmy Russell...a nice guy that chatted with us for quite awhile.

We followed it up with a stop at Woodford Reserve. Didn't get to take the tour, but sampled the chocolate bourbon balls. Good stuff.