4/9 - I had the day off in Chattanooga today as our elderly cat, Mabel, was scheduled for anther chemo treatment for oral cancer. After we dropped her off, Ashlee and her mom, Evelyn, and I stopped by the Breu Haus in North Chattanooga for a tasty lunch and a couple of half pints for me including the super-sweet Lizard of Koz stout from Founders Brewing (MI), and the brackish-looking, but good tasting, Brother Tommy's Black Wit from Calfkiller Brewing up in Sparta, TN (photo above).
I got back home tonight in time to head in to Nashville to catch a movie, the odd and a bit disappointing, Isle of Dogs, at the Green Hills Theater (with recliners). I am not a big fan of animated or stop-motion films anyway, but the trailer for this one intrigued me, but I came to find out pretty quickly that all the funny lines were in that trailer. Ho-hum. Before, at least, I had a couple of great half-pints at the 12 South Taproom from another new-to-me brewer, Knee Deep, out of California. I had their excellent Lupulin River IPA (photo above) and their Imperial Tanilla double porter.
4/11 - OK, so I don't bring beer to Lebanon Poker Night this month because I was running late, but then my pal, Quintin, gifted me with a couple new ones that he was given recently. I cracked open the pint can of Bright IPA from Tree House Brewing (MA) which was super hoppy and delicious. And then I proceeded to take down the 9-man tourney for a tidy $600 profit! Nothing like free brews and free money!! Thanks, Q, for the beer and the bread!
4/12 - I had the second gift beer from Quintin tonight at home while watching the Predators take on Colorado in Game 1 of the opening round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It turned into a rally-beer because we were down 1-0 when I opened it and we won 5-2 by the time it was empty! It was pint can of an imperial stout called PM Dawn from Trillium Brewing (MA) that was terrific.
|The pre-game show included a very cool projection onto a curtain lowered just above the ice. Brad Paisley killed it with his national anthem (also right in front of me) rendition.|
Between the first and second period in Bridgestone Arena, I celebrated our first goal from Kevin Fiala with a can of Napolean Complex pale ale from Wicked Weed Brewing (Asheville, NC).
4/15 - Holy Nirvana, Batman! I headed back up to Hendersonville today to catch the political thriller flick, Beirut, which was pretty good, only to stumble upon Growler USA and their SIXTY beers on tap (photo above) in the same mall complex as the movie theaters. How did I miss this place before and why have I never heard of it!!?? I had intended to go back by the local Half Batch Brewing after the movie, but had to check out this place instead. Their beer list was very impressive and even included some Half Batch beers and many other local and regional offerings. Their prices were good with $2 and $3 five-ounce pours to let you try several without getting totally snockered. The food was good too. I had an ahi tuna appetizer that was excellent. I had three of their new-to-me 5 oz. drafts including a tasty Release the Kraken milk stout from DESTIHL Brewing (IL), a decent Hakuna Matata IPA from D9 Brewing (NC) and a nice Lost Hive pale wheat ale from Ghost River Brewing (Memphis). I will CERTAINLY be back here ASAP!
|See at the bottom of the poster, it was originally scheduled to debut on my birthday, but Hollywood moved it up a week without consulting me, but it all worked out for the best in the end.|
|4/23 - Not a win, but a good second place finish tonight online. Shoulda had first |
|4/26 - I went with my pal, Wayne, to opening night of Avengers: Infinity War in IMAX at Opry Mills. What a great, bold and thrilling movie! Probably my favorite one in the Marvel Universo so far.|
4/27 - 4/29 We took sort of a whirlwind trip down to New Orleans for a long weekend in the Crescent City including our first-time attendance to Jazz Fest.
|4/28 - Our main purpose of the trip was to finally get a chance to check out the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival that always brings in a great number and variety of musical artists. This year was no exception as we saw some really good new-to-us bands to start the day and closed out the evening with Bonnie Raitt and then Sir Rod Stewart who put on a helluva show in replacement of the ailing Aretha Franklin. The layout and organization of the festival is great and we will definitely be back. My only complaint was the lack of craft beer available. I did find a RecreationAle IPA from Terrapin Brewing in Athens, GA, which I have had before and is solid, but I sure would have liked to have seen some local Crescent City brewers represented here.|
|Oh, and the food's pretty good here in NOLA: I had two cups of this shrimp and okra gumbo at the festival.|
|And the scenery's not bad either. What a unique and beautiful place!|