Utah 2012 – Religion and Beer

After growing tired of the country life (and to mostly give our legs a break), Wife and I headed into the urban jungle for a taste of Salt Lake City. After a stop off at the Visit Salt Lake Information Center (mostly to spy on the competition), we enjoyed an afternoon of religious history and the oldest painkiller of them all…beer! Continue reading “Utah 2012 – Religion and Beer”

She Found a Beer She Likes

On Saturday, Wife and I rode down to the Lafayette Hotel to enjoy the Citybeat Festival of Beer. With our small cups we enjoyed the beautiful weather (the rain never came) and chatting with our friends.

Wife was a great sport and tried multiple beers. I started her off with a light hefeweizen (women like the wheat beer), she tried it and sadly was not too impressed. However, with Liz’s help, Wife tried the Maui Brewing Company’s Mana Wheat and actually liked it. I think the infused pineapple helped.

She later had a cider (once we found it) and did not fall in love. She said that the beer made the cider too sweet for her. The same thing happened years before with wine.

For me, my personal favorite came from Knee Deep Brewing. Their Tanilla Porter tasted great. It had the thickness of a stout (which I am not that big a fan of) with a slight coffee flavor and a nice sweet vanilla aftertaste. Someone commented that it tasted like a milkshake.

The Big Bland Night Out

Last night, Wife’s sister Diana and brother-in-law Don-Lee (with a rare Friday night off) made the long drive from Murrieta (just north of Temecula) to visit and enjoy the nightlife of Normal Heights (@normalheights). The first stop was…you guessed it, the Blind Lady Ale House (@blindladyale).

Don-Lee and I attempted the Blind Lady’s Annual Big Bland Blind Taste Challenge. For the price of a 48 pack of Natural Ice ($7.20) and the chance to win a $100 gift card to the Blind Lady, the bartender poured us 6 small unmarked glasses of the following award-winning beers: Bud Lite, Coors Lite, Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Pacifico, and 1-Year-Aged PBR. Below in the pictures you can see our correct guesses (well we don’t know yet, but feel really good about them).

After Blind Lady’s last call, we enjoyed great tacos from Corner Market (no, really, they are good, cheap, and the perfect night out food). Then walked down to the Triple Crown and imbibed another round. To finish of the night, Don-Lee and I engaged in the age-old Irish tradition of Car Bombs with some country-rock at the Ould Sod.

I will say it again, living within walking distance of great food and multiple watering holes is awesome. Now we will wait for the Annual Adams Avenue Pub Crawl (@adamsavpubcrawl) this summer.

[Update] Man, we were way off. Here’s the order of the beers in the Big Bland Blind Tasting Challenge flight (you can see ours in the pictures below):

  1. Miller High Life
  2. Bud Light
  3. 1-yr-old PBR
  4. Coors Light
  5. Miller Lite
  6. Pacifico