Monday, July 9, 2012

This Blog is Interrupting My Vacation!

Not really.

Although, between jaunts to the the beach, stops at ice cream shops, the aquarium, and yes, Medieval Times, I have quaffed a few beery treats—treats, I might add, unavailable in the great state of New York. I think that's one of my favorite parts of traveling south for vacation—the beery discoveries. The grocery stores down here offer a mind boggling selection of brew. It's like Christmas morning strolling into the beer aisle at Lowes, Krogers and (my personal favorite) The Piggly Wiggly—so much new beer and only a week to try it.

On the way down, I grabbed a hoppy sixer of Charlottesville, Virgina's own Northern Lights IPA—brewed by Starr Hill Brewery—while we pit-stopped for the night in the northern suburb of Richmond, Ashland, Virgina. Trust me when I say, a few beers are a necessity while spending the night in a hotel room with a three-year-old and a six-year-old. After making landfall in Conway, South Carolina, at my parents place, the past three days have brought pints of New Belgium Fat Tire at dinners out; bottles of Shiner Heffeweizen while feeding the turtles in my folks pond, with Will; The Rabbit-Duck Amber and Highland Brewing Company St. Terese's Pale Ale while grilling steaks and burgers in the sweltering 100° temps, just the other side of the door at my folks air-conditioned haven.

What will the next five days bring? That remains to be seen, but I suspect it will involve heat, the ocean, southern drawls and unexpected beer—and that's a burden I'm willing to accept! 

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