Monday, December 6, 2010

More Family, a Rider and a Brewery

Some more relatives recently came to town to attend another wedding. They didn't want to make two trips for two different weddings, but part of the reason for the trip was to help celebrate our daughter's wedding last month. One evening we met them at a local brewery/restaurant for dinner and fun. The brewery has been here for many years, but I admit that it had been a long time since I had eaten (or drank) there. They make various types of beers of their own and you can easily find something to your liking anywhere from a pale wheat beer to some ales and a stout. I am not a big beer drinker, but have been known to imbibe on occasion. With relatives in town, the celebration was on.
They usually have 6 kinds of beer available. Each production run is a little bit different to make it interesting. You can order samples of each beer, which I did, so we could decide which one we liked. Here they are lined up in order of darkness, the stout at the left, the wheat pale ale at the right. There were only a couple I didn't really like and it was difficult to decide which one to order. Of course I felt it necessary to finish off most of the samples first.
These relatives were from Jayna's side of the family, had previously lived in the Wichita area, but now live in the Vancouver WA area. They want us to visit out there next summer. My threat is that maybe I should venture northward to Vancouver BC so I could bother Bobskoot. We'll see. You never know.
One of the relatives is also a rider, owning both a Ninja and a Honda. We didn't have a lot of time to chat about riding, but he told me a funny story about his first bike. He traded an old Chevy El Camino for the bike. He rides with a couple of different groups, one with mostly sport bikes and the other is more of a cruiser group. He likes riding with both groups for different reasons. It was fun chatting and getting to know him a little better.
Some people opted for pizza to eat, others for quesidillas and sandwiches. I, in a supposed health kick, opted for a soup and salad combination. All the food was good and we talked, laughed and drank for some time.
Jayna and I both ended up ordering the stout which was quite good. It had been a long time since I had a beer like that. It was somewhat mellow and very tasty.
Should I call this "beer porn"?


  1. Sounds like a delightful evening.

    One of the local scooter clubs meets-up at a place that is a brewery/restaurant. I suspect similar concept. Here the pumpkin ale was quite a hit with those who tried it. So many more choices when it comes to beer than when I was younger.

  2. Keith,
    Pumpkin ale? Not sure I would like that, until I taste it of course, but sounds a bit unusual. Then again, I am frequently surprised. The stout was better than I thought it would be.


  3. I have been on a beer jag lately. must be the season. I hope I'm still in the mood when next I come by (as the actress said to the bishop).

  4. cpa3485: Not being educated in the joys of beer I would require some guidance when we next meet. Samples would be good. Portland is only 5 hours south of here, or 4 hours north via Ninja.

    are you riding Max all the way from Wichita ? It's nice having something to look forward to

    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

  5. Conch,
    I have never really liked beer a lot. Just some, and there are some times when it tastes really good. This was one of those nights. Hate to admit it, but I, like Jack, am a bit partial to rum.


  6. Bobskoot,
    It would be fun to get together if we get out there this summer. Be a shame to get that close and not get up to BC. My son has been there and raved about it. I'd love to see a bit of it myself. We'll have to see how tax season works out this year (moneywise).


  7. Cpa3484.9999999999999999999-1/2:

    I am already working on 'plans' . I should give you a call as soon as I find your phone number . Why don't you catch a ride with Jack, there is room on his trailer . . . just open your window if you don't like cigar smoke.

    Wet Coast Scootin