Thursday, July 22, 2010

Beer, Beer, and More Beer!

So, aside from getting to sample some new beers over the next week or so for our Tuesday Night Tastings, Sarah and I are planning some new beer inspired trips.

Last Saturday, we once again trekked to the land called Old Orchard Beach, Maine for some fun with my family. My parents are seasonal campers at Wild Acres Camp Ground, which is located about a 5 minute walk to the beach. When we showed up, much to our surprise, we wound up arriving to an empty camper. So, after downing a couple RedHook Brewery Rope Swing Summer Pilsners, we decided to go to our favorite local spot - Jimmy the Greeks.

If you're a beer lover and you ever find yourself in OOB, you have to stop at Jimmy's (we are found of calling it Yimmy's). If I counted correctly, they have 48 taps, and over 60 bottles. They have waaaaay too many good beers to list, but they are all craft taps - with the exception of Miller Light. We were also told by our Beer Goddess that they are renovating their back room/club area, and are adding another 40+ different beers back there too.

Unfortunately, we didn't have our camera on us (for some reason we left it in the camper), so we'll have to give a full review of it later. 30th birthday is next week (can't quite believe it...). In celebration, we'll be heading into town Saturday to FINALLY take a tour of the Harpoon Brewery in Boston (been there twice, never for a tour), followed by dinner and plenty of drinks at the Atlantic Beer Garden - both located in the Seaport District. I'm very excited for both!

If that wasn't totally kick ass by itself, we're also going back to one of our favorite spots on the 29th (my bday)- the Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain, MA. Not only do I get to hang out at a brewery, but it's an official rally for the American Homebrewers Association (AHA). This means Sarah and I will get to drink great beer, eat some cool bbq from Northeast Catering, and have a chance to win cool prizes thanks to Beer & Wine Hobby (The rally is only available for AHA members, but there is still time to register! You can do it online, or sign up next Thursday at the door).

Between these two brewery visits, I can't think of a better way to celebrate my 30th birthday!

On top of that, we're in the planning stages of visiting Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME, which was rated the #1 Beer Bar in World by Beer Advocate Magazine for the fifth year in a row. They have over 35 Belgian beers on tap, with over 700 additional "well kept" bottles.

We're also going to revisit the Tuckerman Brewing Company in Conway, NH as we didn't take pictures and notes when we visited them last summer. Who knows, maybe we'll find another place to stop at on the way back through?!?

If you know of any great spots along the New Hampshire and Maine borders, or along the coastline of the North Shore in MA that we should visit, please let us know! We're always looking for suggestions!

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