Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pilgrimage Pours, Bermuda Shorts and Virginia Creepers


9/23 - 9/24 -  We attended our second ever Pilgrimage Festival this weekend over in Franklin and I was pleasantly surprised at the craft beer choices available...almost as abundant as the great performers they had throughout.
Listening to The Texas Gentleman and  drinking a Michigan craft beer.  Bell's Brewery was a big sponsor of the festival and dominated most of the craft beer choices there.  I didn't mind.  Those Yankees make some great beer!  First off for me was the tasty and hoppy Oatsmobile Ale.  Next was their decent Amber Ale.  I strayed from the Bell's Reservation next with a solid Oktoberfest Gemutlichkeit (2017) from Wiseacre Brewing out in Memphis.
New beer, new band...the tart Oarsman Ale from Bell's Brewing (MI) and Walk the Moon from Cincinnati.

9/24 - Sounding like a young Robert Cray, Devon Gilfillian, had a great set to start Day 2 off with at the new Shady Grove Stage.  While I didn't have any beer at the festival today, I did start the day off with a Hop Lift IPA from Third Street Brewing  (MN) that I got at our local Aldi's grocery store and brought with me.  It was really, really good, but, hey, what do you expect from Aldi?  
9/29 thru 10/8 - We took a cruise from Baltimore to Bermuda, and then to close out the week when we got back, we spent a few extra days in Northern Virginia checking out some wineries and, of course, some breweries.   

I even had a beer I could check in on the flight up to BWI as I saw that Southwest was carrying the Oktoberfest ale from Leinenkugel Brewing (WI).  It wasn't great, but it beats the hell out of their usual choices of domestic, mass-produced swill, and it was free since I had some Southwest drink coupons.  Cheers!




When we got to Baltimore, we went and got a late dinner and a couple beers at the local DuClaw Brewing over at the Arundel Mills Mall .  The beer was decent.  I had the Hop Hammer IPA that was nice and hoppy, and a bit disappointing DLF Coconut Caramel Chocolate Ale.  Their food was outstanding however.
One of of faults I have against cruising is that the beers available on-board are usually pretty unexciting.   The Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas was no exception, but it was actually better than some I have been on and did at least have some choices other than Bud or Bud Light.   Since we did get the unlimited drink package,  because it was such a good deal, I got what I could to check in to my UNTAPPD app.  I had a Paulaner Hefe-Weizen Natural Wheat out of Germany that was decent, plus an Amstel Light lager and a Newcastle Brown Ale (because I never checked them in before).  Other decent stuff I had on the boat that was already checked in were some Sierra Nevada Pale Ales, Guinness Stouts and Red Stripe Lagers.

I loved Bermuda, but was surprised to find they don't have a national beer like many other island nations.  Not that I am big fan of weak lager beers like Red Stripe (Jamaica), Kalik (Bahamas), Belikin (Belize) or Balashi (Aruba), I still always look for what a new-to-me country has to offer.  Thanks to Ashlee, I did find a small craft brewery inside an English pub near our dock called The Frog and the Onion where I had a decent Trunk Island Pale Ale from Dockyard Brewing.  I also had a sip of Ashlee's nice Black Anchor Porter.   
VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS...OF BEER! 

10/5:  Our very first stop after getting back to port and driving to Northern Virginia was Vanish Farms Brewing in picturesque Leesburg, VA, where I had their amazing 6-pack flight.  From left to right was the superb Farmhouse Table Ale; the excellent and tangy Mango Smoothie IPA; the solid Session IPA; the good Fresh Hop Pale Ale; their top-notch flagship IPA, Ghost Fleet; and the amazing Imperial Ghost Fleet IV double IPA.  Very impressive from start to finish.
Little did I know I was on the LoCo Virginia Ale Trail which means this area is chock full of great little breweries...I may need to come back soon!

Before dinner tonight in the movie-set cute town of Purcellville, Virginia, we stopped in Jack's Run Brewing for a four-bang flight that was from right to left:  the goodbye-to-summer Berry White Raspberry Wit, the smooth Happy Ending Cream Ale, the robust yet light Mornin' Joe oatmeal stout and the outstanding Afterburner Mango-Habernero IPA.  I also had a sip of Ashlee's solid Haunted Harvest pumpkin ale.

10/6: You are looking at the only survivor of a mission I tried to carry out to sneak three good beers onto the cruise ship.  Since you are allowed a bottle of wine each to carry on and since Ashlee and our friend, Bethany, were getting the unlimited drink package and didn't need to bring wine, they agreed to bring bomber bottles of beer on for me and hope they would pass for wine bottles.  It didn't work...for the most part...they let this one in because it said wine on the label...lol...whatcha gonna do?  I decided to save this one and not drink it on the boat since I too bought the unlimited drink package and instead toted it all the way Fairfield, Virginia, in a Styrofoam cooler to drink in front of a tee-pee (long story).  I give you the Vivid Sauvage Belgian Style IPA Aged in Red Wine Barrels from Green Flash Brewing (CA).  After all that trouble, it wasn't all that great, but I drank it  anyway for the story.

10/7:  Is there anything better than good beer with a view?  If you don't think so, this place is heaven.  Dirt Farm Brewing up on Blue Ridge Mountain in  Bluemont, VA, is easily one of my Top Ten favorite breweries now not only for their great product, but their outstanding locale.  This pic is of the terrific Boots Off IPA.  I also had their decent Milk Stout and a taste of Ashlee's solid Peter Peter Pumpkin ale.  I also finished the shandy my friend, John, ordered mostly because he doesn't like beer.  It was their Straw golden ale and their own grape soda.  Not to shabby for a shandy. 

Later on at dinner back in Leesburg, I had a Punkin Ale (2017) from Dogfish Head Brewing (DE) with my dinner at Lightfoot Restaurant.

I would love to have a cold one with Jack Nicholson! 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Autumnal Brews News

Saturday, 8/26 - We were invited to a pay-per-view fight party tonight of the much-ballyhooed boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor .  Even though I was the designated driver, I brought a  variety four-pack of beer from Lebanon Wine and Spirits since it was a long night with a lot of under-card fights before the main event.    I started with an excellent can of Spruce Tip IPA from Goodwood Brewing in Louisville, KY.  Next up was a decent tallboy pint can of Dino Breath IPA from Tailgate Beer here in Nashville.  I ended the night with a pretty good American Kolsch from Boulevard Brewing (Kansas City) as Mayweather wore down McGregor in a 10th-round TKO. I held on to my fourth new brew and  will enjoy it by the pool later this week probably.  (Editor's update note:  The fourth one was the Berliner Blood Orange sour by Yazoo Brewing here in Nashville that I just couldn't get into.  Sours are still not my favorite by a long way.)

Ashlee and I were two of the few at the party who thought Mayweather would avoid the upset.  Ashlee even guessed the round and almost the exact time by less than a minute.  Who knew she was such a boxing savant! 
Sunday, 8/27 - My friend Wayne invited me to the third preseason game for the Titans today and it was a pretty bad outing for boys in baby blue.  Good thing it's the preseason, but they got some work to do to get ready for the regular season.  We left around the third quarter since it was hot and the product on the field was not.  We headed over to East Nashville for some good food (and a beer for me) at the new Noble's Kitchen and Beer Hall.  Afterwards, I stopped in Mt. Juliet and  caught the really good flick, Wind River, from one of my new favorite directors/writers, Taylor Sheridan.

I had a decent Berry Blonde 2017 ale from Mayday Brewing over in Murfreesboro with my tasty catfish sliders lunch.

9/2 - 9/5 We took a long weekend trip up to Boston and I found some great beer within that four-day span:

Bean Town or BEER Town...let's find out!
9/2-  I had a very good Working Class Hero saison from Cambridge Brewing with my lunch at Il Pesce at Eatly.  It went very well with my tasty swordfish dish.

Along the Freedom Trail we stopped in the country's oldest tavern, The Bell in Hand, where I had a solid Wolf Pup Session IPA from Golden Road Brewing (CA).

Over in Cambridge after checking out the Harvard University campus, I had a good Keeper IPA from Castle Island Brewing (MA) on the guest tap of John Harvard's Brewery and Ale House.  I also had a sip of Ashlee's surprisingly good Blueberry Shandy from Ipswich Ale Brewery (MA) also on the guest taps.  My UNTAPPD app did not speak highly of the house beers here, so I passed on them, but it is a nice "Haaahhvaad bahhh" nonetheless.
Harvard campus entrance
9/3 -  We took a great food tour through the beautiful North End of Boston today and our last stop included a local beer tasting as well as a regional cider.  We had a few swigs of the tasty Pukwudgie Pale Ale from Down the Road Beer Company in nearby Everett, MA, and an impressively dry and crisp cider called The Dirty Mayor from Citizen Cider in Burlington, VT.
Cool artwork on these Down the Road Beer Company cans
After the tour, we doubled back to our first stop on the food tour at the Boston Public Market and wandered down Hopster's Alley for a look at their great craft beer selection as well as an opportunity for a tasting of four of Boston's own Hopster Brewery's wares:  I had the 292 brown ale that was great, the hop-heavy Comet Moteuka IPA (my fave of the bunch); the Comet Citra IPA that was way more citrus than hops; and finally the Newtonian IPA which was also highly citrus but had a good hop finish.

We finished quite the beer-heavy day with an excellent dinner and beer flights at The Ginger Man. I have wanted to stop by the NYC location of this regional chain of beer bars and never got the chance, so this was an exciting find for me.  I had an outstanding flight of four 5 oz. new-to-me beers (left to right in the photo below) that included the super-smooth Wee Heavy Scotch ale (cask-conditioned) from Fyne Ales (Scotland), the hop-bombed Sip of Sunshine double IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids (VT), the accurately-named a tiny beautiful something pale ale from the Maine Beer Company, and the decent Fat Boy double IPA from Big Elm Brewing in nearby Sheffield, MA.
I also had a taste of each of Ashlee's  good and Belgian-heavy four selections which included:  the Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout from Uinta Brewing (Salt Lake City), the Hazard Belgian pale ale from Bent Water Brewing (MA), the Brother David's Double Abbey-style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing (CA), and the Matisse saison from Night Shift Brewing (MA).
My favorite Boston subway stop.  I got me an Ale-wife...as long as it's a good brown ale!
9/4 - We met a co-worker of Ashlee's and her boyfriend today for lunch back in the North End at the Florentine Cafe and I had a decent Hobo Life session IPA from Lord Hobo Brewing (MA) and an OK Leisure Time lager from Jack's Abby (MA).
A DUCK's-eye view from the Charles River in Boston
Before our city tour on the famous DUCK amphibious vehicles, we had a drink at a nice outdoor bar by the New England Aquarium called The Reef.  I had a pretty good Sweet Spot golden ale  and an OK UFO White Ale from Boston's own Harpoon Brewery (their IPA was one of my first loves in the heavy hops category many, many moons ago).

After the tour out on the patio at a restaurant near the aquarium called Tia's,  I grabbed a tasty can of Entitled IPA from Entitled Brewing (MA) that had a ton of hops in it.
On our way to see the Boston Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays at beautiful and historic Fenway Park tonight, we stopped next door at the very cool Cheeky Monkey Brewing for a tasty snack and a couple beers.  I had their West Coast IPA which was terrific.  I was pretty much beered-out believe it or not after that and did not have a cold one inside Fenway Park...and I kind of regret that.  Thanks, Boston, for a great time and some great beer along the way!  
9/9, 9/10, 9/17 - I was in Chattanooga the last couple weekends for family stuff.  I had a flavorful Rope Gun Rye from the nearby Hutton and Smith Brewing at Crust Pizza in Red Bank.  The next day I had a Battle Ground saison from Mantra Artisan Ales (Franklin, TN) that was pretty good.  The next weekend I stopped at Heaven and Ale and had a couple 10 oz. beauties including the excellent Hammer 58 IPA (photo above) from Terrapin Brewing (Athens, GA) and an interesting Belgian-style IPA called the Cerebral Predator from Calf Killer Brewing over in Sparta, TN.
9/20 - It was Poker Night in Lebanon again tonight and I was making plans to stop by Lebanon Wine and Spirits to get my usual variety four-pack when I got a text from my friend, Quintin, that he was bringing a "good amount" of beer for us to consume during the game.  Quintin has great taste, so I know he would bring some good stuff and I was right!  He brought some bomber bottles that I partially partook of including a smooth Noggin Knocker milk stout from Burnt Hickory Brewing (Kennesaw, GA), a tasty Black Belle Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Blackstone Brewing in Nashville and finally a strong but excellent Superbad imperial stout from Gigantic Brewing (Portland, OR) that I had to drink with no chips in front of me when I ran my flush draw into pocket aces with no help on the turn or river...who knew he had them...you only get AA less than half a percent of the time...


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wandering the Path of Beer Totality - Solar Eclipse 2017

8/1 - It was Poker Night in Lebanon again tonight and I had a very special beer given to me by one of my poker pals, Quintin.  It was a pint bottle of Pliny the Elder  double IPA from Russian River Brewing in California. This beer is considered by many as the "best beer in the world."

Now don't get me wrong, it was very, very good and had great hoppiness, but I am not ready to say it was the best I have ever had.   But I greatly appreciate Q getting a hard-to-acquire bottle for me.  

I had  two other new-to-me beers from Lebanon Wine and Spirits tonight also.  They were the not-hoppy-enough Lupu-Luau IPA from Dogfish Head Brewing (DE), and the decent Shiner Strawberry Blonde ale from Spoetzl Brewery (TX).   It would have been three new beers, but I didn't last that long in the tournament.  Blah.  So I had the Urban Farmer saison from Good People Brewing (AL) the next day at the pool.

8/4 - 8/6 -  We took a great long weekend trip up to one of our favorite regional areas:  Brevard, North Carolina, to cool off in the mountains with some friends.

OK, that's clever, but don't be dissing the name IPA, people!
We rented a great house near town and I cracked open a tasty Pernicious IPA from Wicked Weed Brewing in nearby Asheville as soon as we got there and enjoyed it out on the roomy deck.  We went to dinner the first night there at the Magpie Meat and Three in Brevard that has great food and an impressive craft beer list.  I started wtih the DIPA from Mikkeller in Denmark.  Next up was the dark and sweet Coffee Pecan Porter from Ecusta Brewing here in Brevard.   I also had a taste of Wayne's Peach cider from Bold Rock Cidery  (VA) which wasn't bad.

Back at the house I closed the evening out with an impressive Hopness Monster IPA (great can logo below) and a really good King Winterbolt Winter Ale.  Both were from Catawba Brewing  in nearby Morganton, NC.

After a great day of mountain water fun at Sliding Rock Falls and underneath Looking Glass Falls, I spent the evening back at the house doing some tasty grilling and consuming a few more great craft beers including a terrific King of the Mountain double IPA from Boojum Brewing over in Waynesville, NC.  Then a solid Wolf Among Weeds with Whole Cone Citra from Golden Road Brewing (CA) and finally a tasty Trickster IPA from Green Man Brewing over in Asheville.

On our way home Sunday after checking out even more waterfalls (including Sunburst Creek below), Ashlee and I stopped in beautiful Waynesville, NC, and had a great lunch at the Boojum Brewing Taproom downtown.  With my meal I had their strong Triclops Tripel and their excellent Hop Fiend IPA.  

Our friend, Charly, who was with us in North Carolina for the weekend gave me a couple Canoe Paddler kolsch beers from Leinenkugal Brewing (WI) to take home which I enjoyed at the pool the following week.

8/10 - We attended the first of four consecutive weeks of Live on the Green concert series in downtown Nashville tonight.  The headliners were two of our favorites:  Michael Franti and Spearhead, and St. Paul and the Broken Bones.  We opted for the backstage VIP tickets which gave us great stage-viewing access and unlimited free food and adult beverages including some decent craft beer.
I started backstage at Live on the Green with a pint can of the solid W.A.C. pale ale from Fat Bottom Brewing here in Nashville.  I followed that up with Fat Bottom's Ida Golden Ale which was decent.

8/13 - I went on another Nashville brewery crawl today with my friends Craig and Barry before the Roger Waters' Us + Them show at the Bridgestone Arena

Our first stop was at one of my local favorites, Southern Grist Brewing, where I had very hoppy Loud Whispers pale ale and then their very good Underbite cream ale.

Next stop was also in East Nashville at Smith and Lentz Brewing where I started with the German Cologne kolsch which had a great apple finish.  I moved on to splitting a hoppy flight of samplers with Barry who shares my love of the wicked weed.  We had the Honkypox Dry Hopped Session Ale which turned out to be one of my favorites of the crawl, then the California Orange IPA which was way too smooth for its 7.5 ABV.  Then we had the OK El Curato IPA and finished with the Sock Tan Pale Ale that was decent.  I do like that Smith and Lentz are foraying into the IPA zone but I sure think they need to hop up the hops if they are going to stay there.  They do German-style beers the best.  Maybe they should stick to them? 

We continued the crawl at Bearded Iris Brewing where I had the Chief of Chiefs IPA that was solid.  Then it was on to Little Harpeth Brewing where I had the Mosaic IPK kolsch that I really liked.  We did a quick stop at The Picnic Tap in the Farmer's Market where I had the good Kolsch by Turtle Anarchy Brewing also here in Nashville.  Dinner was next at Tennessee Brew Works where I had their City Winery Collab 2017 Belgian strong dark ale with my gator tail (interesting combo!).  Before the show we stopped in the HQ Beercade for some classic video games...and beer, of course and I had a Vivid Sauvage Belgian tripel from Green Flash Brewing (CA).

The show was great (ableit I was a little drunk during it thanks to the long brewery crawl we did), but I still managed to hear the music, see the great visuals and have a Zombie Monkie porter from Tallgrass Brewing (KS). 

8/16 - I took a day of from work today to check out the Titans preseason practice with the Carolina Panthers out at Baptist Sports Park.  It was a lot of fun despite the humid temps.  Afterwards I  saw the stark, historic film, Detroit, over at the Green Hills theaters (with new recliners seats!).  No beer, but a fun day.
Marcus is back!!!
Cam Newton looking more like a DE than a QB.  He's a monster, ya'll!

8/19 - We had tickets to see Dan Layus open for Will Hoge tonight at a sold-out show at 3rd and Lindsley and I had a terrific Session Player IPA from Blackstone Brewing here in Nashville with my dinner.

8/20 - Since I am not a big bourbon drinker, I volunteered to be the designated driver today to take Ashlee, and our friends, Jeremy (who is a big bourbon fan) and Amy up to check out some of the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky.  We had a fine day with stops at the beautiful Maker's Mark Distillery campus, the relatively new Limestone Branch Distillery and the historic Old Talbott Tavern in Bardstown where I did manage to find a Cougar Bait Blonde ale from Country Boy Brewing over in Lexington.

With lunch at Maker's Mark Distillery's new cafe, Starr Hill Provisions, I had my first-ever Ale81 which evidently was once made by distillers  here in Kentucky who got shut down by Prohibition, switched to soft drinks and never came back due to the success of this drink.  It's tropical ginger taste is unique and tasty, but I am not sure about the name...who you tryin' to trick?

8/21 - The  2017 Solar Eclipse finally happened today and we were in "The Path of Totality" with almost two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day.  It was an amazing event to witness.  We threw a pool party to celebrate and I got myself a unique-to-me four-pack of craft beer for the occasion at Lebanon Wine and Spirits.

I started the day with a Stone Mocha IPA which was very interesting.  This California brewery continues to be my favorite of all time.  Next up was a tasty Pumking pumpkin beer (fall is coming!) from Southern Tier Brewing (TX).  I donned my eclipse glasses as the event started and gazed in wonder from our pool with a can of Screaming Cock Pale Ale from Blackberry Farm Brewing  (Walland, TN). Photo above by my good friend, Wayne Hutton.  Last up was another Stone Brewing creation, the Enjoy By 09.04.17 Unfiltered IPA which was dynamite.  
How could I enjoy an eclipse without a bottle of Sol cerveza lager?  This was actually a leftover birthday present from Robtoberfest from my friends, Patrick and Michelle, but it definitely seemed fitting.

Cheers to the weird and wonderful world we live in!!  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summer Lovin'...havin' a beer...or two...or three...oh, just stop counting!

6/15 - Ashlee and I checked out the new location for Fat Bottom Brewing on the west side of Nashville tonight before a Third Eye Blind concert downtown.  The food was great and the beer was decent.  I had the 2 Hop Shakur West Coast IPA and a sip of Ashlee's Two Piece ginger pale wheat ale,

 I finished at Fat Bottom with the oddly bright-colored Wallflower Spring Saison that was sour but full of power.

6/23 - Why can't this be my work truck?  We stopped by Lebanon Wine and Spirits tonight and Grayton Beer Company (Santa Rosa Beach, FL) was there giving out free samples.  I tried the decent 30A Beach Blonde Ale , the Salt of the Gulf sour gose which was an interesting sour/saline mix, and the ho-hum Fish Whistle IPA...way too malty for an IPA in my opinion.
6/23 - I finally got to check out the awesome new HQ Beercade in downtown Nashville tonight where you can play classic arcade games for free while sipping a good selection of craft beer.  I have actually never played the beer-inspired Tapper  video game before tonight, but it was kind of fun and challenging.  I had a King Buffalo stout from Tallgrass Brewing (KS) while there.


6/26 - Great soundtrack.  Decent movie, but I was expecting a bit more.


We celebrated the 4th in Chattanooga and I had a ChickBock maibock from Chattanooga Brewing after a fun day on the Chickamauga Lake...see below

Just for the record, no beer was consumed before this occurred...
7/6 -  Stopped by Homegrown Taproom on my way to the movies tonight and had the honor of  grabbing a glass of the George Dickel Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter from Nashville's own Tennessee Brew Works.  This was only my second original check-in on UnTapped and it was a dandy with its beautiful chocolate linger


I finished up with a Wise Blood IPA from Wild Heaven Beer (GA) before meeting my friend, Wayne, to see the new
Spider-man: Homecoming in IMAX at Opry Mills.  Glad to see Marvel Studios finally get this franchise done right!

7/8 -  I had an Acme-Rooster Brew pale wheat ale from Fat Bottom Brewing  made especially for Acme Feed and Seed with a sushi lunch on our way to see the USMNT take on Panama in the opening round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament at Nissan Stadium here in Nashville.  We kissed our sister with a tie today, but went on to win the 2017 Gold Cup!!

7/13 - Excellent acting by Andy Serkis again.  Story line was a little sloppy, but an entertaining film and trilogy overall.

7/14 - Cheers, Nashville!!  I had a terrific Fugli IPA - Oskar Blues Brewery (NC division) as we boarded the brand-new Pontoon Saloon boat tour on the Cumberland River tonight with several of our friends.  It's a BYOB activity and I did just that with a nice variety four-pack from Lebanon Wine and Spirits.  Next up was  a solid Nebraska Brewing IPA (Oct 2016 - ).  What a perfect night for a cruise!

The best of the night was the Puff imperial IPA from one of my favorite craft breweries,  Sixpoint out of Brooklyn, NY. 

 OK, I did NOT know there was a lighthouse in Tennessee.  What a little beauty!  I finished the evening with a refreshing Lime Pilsner from Uinta Brewing (UT) 

7/16 - We had a small pool party for our Kiwi visitor, Mel, today, but I seemed to have got all the good presents.  My friend, Nate, brought some small-batch recently-tapped brews from New Heights Brewing here in Nashville.  First up was the excellent White Oak Wood-Chip Aged Navel Gazer imperial stout.  Then the above-pictured Dark American Oak imperial stout which was also amazing.  I also had a can of  Home Rule pale lager from Atlas Brewing (Washington, DC) that Nate brought as well as a Lost Souls IPA from Evil Twin Brewing (Brooklyn, NY). and finally an UNSTOUTTD stout also from Evil Twin Brewing.  Did I mention I really love my friend, Nate?  
7/18 - I had an Embrace the Funk Foeder # 2 American wild ale from local Yazoo Brewing with dinner at Party Fowl in Nashville tonight.  It was very sour and that made me very dour.

7/20 - Amazing film and a must-see in IMAX! I will put it in my Top 5  Favorite War Films but it's still behind Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down....and probably Platoon.

7/21 - My long-time friend, Chris, came up from Chattanooga today and we did a short Nashville brewery crawl before a Steve Earle and the Dukes' first-ever-headlining show at The Ryman.  Our first stop was New Heights Brewing where I had a Beerded Recluse strong ale.  We moved on to Czann's Brewing where there was no new beer for me, but some valuable free downtown parking. Plus, Chris had never been here.  My friend Nate joined us while at Czann's and then we all Uber-ed over to Jackalope Brewing next where I had the interesting Peach Tea Pale Ale.  Next, we walked next door to dinner at Party Fowl.   With dinner I had a beautifully cloudy and hoppy 1927 IPA from Tennessee Brew Works also here in Nashville. Nate didn't go to the show with us, but my old childhood friend, Jeff, and his date, joined us for the excellent show.  The openers were Lucero who were also pretty good.  Lead singer, Ben Nichols' gravelly voice is definitely more intoxicating than the weak Music City Light lager I had at the show from the Music City Beer Company (in Nashville?...sounds mass-produced and sketchy).   Back home after the show, we took a late night dip in the pool with a couple of Two-Hearted Ales from Bell's Brewing (MI) that Chris brought up.  What a good, good day of beer, music and camaraderie! 
7/27 - It was poker night in Lebanon tonight and I got another great variety four-pack from Lebanon Wine and Spirits to get me through the long periods of being card-dead.  I started with the good Special Regular IPA from Wiseacre Brewing (Memphis), then the Cedar Creek Brew Company IPA from Indiana that had an unpleasant aftertaste.  Batting third was the excellent Belgian-style Bourbon Barrel Quad from Boulevard Brewing (KC).  The finale was the almost-perfect Duck-Rabbator Dopplebock from Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery (NC).   

I described this movie as "The Fifth Element on steroids."  Really enjoyable sci-fi flick.  Before the movie at Opry Mills, I had dinner at Homegrown Taproom and three half-pints including the fairly weak Hipster Dance Party double IPA from East Nashville Beer Works,  the nice Bousiller Belgian pale ale from Mantra Artisan Ales over in Franklin, TN, and finally the best of the stop:  the tasty Tropjack IPA from Blackstone Brewing here in Nashville.