Beer and Pavement

The Weekend that Was

Posted in Life by SM on May 23, 2011

Since starting this blog, I’ve tried to limit the number of posts that just tell you what I did. Well, I’ve been a single parent for most of the last week and will continue for all of this week. So, I have time for nothing more than share a few images from my weekend.

The weekend started with this…

Stone’s Cali-Belgique IPA started off the weekend (and would be enjoyed on Sunday as well). The Hopry’s review got me to thinking that I needed to give this beer another try. The first and last time I tried it was the big Stone night here in town and I was not that impressed. Of course, I was following up several beers that are all a load on their own. So, making this my first of the weekend allowed me to enjoy this beer unscathed. Upon further review, the Cali-Belgique is what its name suggests: a California-style hopbomb with the delicate presence of a Belgian yeast strain. What a great summer beer this is going to be with it’s tartness only balanced by the fruity bitterness of west coast hop bills.

Later on Friday, I obtained the services of a sitter and caught what I hoped to be the lineup of the summer. Believers put on their typical jive-inducing set. Richard the Lionhearted (sorry, no pics turned out),played a tight set of new and old songs. Jerusalem and the Starbaskets brought home their dirty, drunken version of rock music before I had to sneak out to relieve and pay said sitter. It was a nice night to catch up with some friends and release a bit from my week as a single parent.

My kid’s first rock show happened. It was Sunday evening at an ice cream parlor. We sat down with our ice cream and watched Dubb Nubb and Cory Taylor Cox play folk music as it stormed outside. As you can see from the picture, my kid and her friend from her Montessori school rocked out, mostly pogoing the night away.

My busy weekend finally ended the way most weekends should end: with a beer. Boulevard’s Tank 7 is easily one of my five favorite/go-to beers.

Hopefully, there will be more full-fledged posts this week as next week will be a bit thin with a long-awaited vacation on the horizon. Bare with me. I have ideas for some good posts in the coming months.

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  1. Lyrics, Libations, and Life said, on May 23, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Seems like a pretty good weekend despite the responsibility of being a single parent this weekend.

    • builderofcoalitions said, on May 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

      It wasn’t too bad. We still have another week ahead of us, though. Luckily, there’s a beer tasting on Tuesday I may attend (assuming the sitter can come through).

      • Lyrics, Libations, and Life said, on May 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

        Nice, what is the tasting for?

      • builderofcoalitions said, on May 23, 2011 at 11:07 am

        My beer club gets together at least once a month to taste beers under a particular theme. This month’s is Black IPA’s and Rye beers. Members also bring whatever homebrew they happen to have. Neither of my current batches are ready and I don’t think I have one BIPA/Rye beer in the cellar. We normally prefer beer from out of market, but I will have to buy local today.

  2. Pizza Cottontail said, on May 23, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I forgot to mention, you’ve sold me on the Believers. I downloaded the tracks a couple weeks ago and pretty much have them memorized now.

    • builderofcoalitions said, on May 23, 2011 at 10:41 am

      My hope is that during their time off they record some more and pass it my way. They really are that good.

  3. Steve said, on May 23, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Those beers look and sound delicious. I’m off on a beer-based adventure this weekend and will report back if I taste anything good.

    I tried the Meantime “Famous Belgian” last week. Not only was it very expensive, it really was a disappointment. It was far too gassy (from the keg, perhaps?) and apart from an initial honey taste was pretty nondescript. I was expecting a beer full of flavour and personality, and instead got a generic beer.

    Hopefully my future beer updates will be more positive!

    • builderofcoalitions said, on May 23, 2011 at 11:08 am

      They were/are good. That’s too bad about the Meantime. That is the worst when an expensive beer is so-so. I can even handle something so extreme that it’s hard to drink, but meh for top-dollar is worse.

      • Steve said, on May 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

        Definitely. I was bracing myself for a bit of a challenge, and thought that even if I didn’t like it I could have fun picking out the flavours and seeing how it changed as it warmed up. Instead, I got generic beer. *sad face*

  4. G-LO said, on June 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Love the pics! I’ve been wanting to try the Stone Cali-Belgique ever since I had my first Belgian IPA (Raging Bitch). Sounds fabulous!


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