So, I'm in Philadelphia supporting my wife. She is a Staff Developer for A.V.I.D. and is leading a math strand of their summer institute. Don't worry if you don't know what A.V.I.D. is or a staff developer or a math strand. Those things have nothing to do with beer. The important thing is that we left the kids with grandma in Columbus, OH; so I get to hang around, write music, see friends, and...wait for it...drink BEER.
I hit up a brewery, a sports bar, and the hotel restaurant today and had four good beers. Not bad ratio bay any means.
First up was the Barrel-Aged Bier de Garde from Nodding Head Brewing. Don't let the little glass fool you, this was not a dainty beer. Since it was aged in Burgundy Barrels it had the aroma of wine. The front end was sweet; the middle was bright and refreshing, and the end just a hint of bitterness to remind you that you're drinking beer. It's a very good beer.
This is the Monkey Knife Fight also from Nodding Head. It is a pale lager spiced with ginger and lemongrass. I haven't had a beer like this before, and I'm not sure I would drink something like it on a regular basis. However, it was an interesting flavor and on a warm to hot midday in a city I found it refreshing.
At the sport's bar I had the Yard's just off Walnut: a Belgian Brown collaboration between the Fieldhouse Sportsbar and Yard's Brewing. I failed to take a picture of it, but it was a decent brown. I plan to tour yard's before the week is out; so more about it later. In the evening, my wife and I hit the hotel restaurant, and I had this beer to the right. It's a Lancaster Milk Stout. I liked it, and I do believe my heart will always belong to stouts (or maybe I should say my liver). Anyway, it had a rich middle and very clean end. The front end was maybe a little watery, which keeps it as just a good solid stout but not great like the Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout which I have written about before.
All in all, a fine day for beer tourism. Tomorrow, I am headed up to NYC to see a friend. I hope to find some tasty brews as well. I'll let you know what I discover.