I usually will take time every day to see what's going on in the area and I noticed that this week seemed to be laden with beer events. This is a good thing as Martha would say.
I'll tell you what was really good today...dips. My favorite dips are from The Creative Wedge in Virginia Beach. The smoked Gouda and balsamic and onion are my favorite and made in shop.
Back to the beer. After I picked up my dips and went across the street to Whole Foods Virginia Beach's The Porch. The Porch was celebrating it's first birthday with a Secret Stash tapping featuring an Ommegang Take the Black Stout and Firestone Walker Double DBA. I had a DBA and headed out to Grape and Gourmet for their Thursday night beer tasting.
Gabe was manning the table at Grape and Gourmet and my favorite was the Schlafly Tazmaniian IPA. Surprising because I'm not a huge hophead but this was very aromatic and didn't have the "armpit" quality super IPAs usually have.
(Yeah, I know, don't hit me because I don't worship IPAs)
After the tasting I headed to Norfolk; Norfolk Taphouse and 80/20 Burger Bar were having tap take-overs. The Taphouse had 4 beers from Bell's out of Michigan. I got a sip of the Two Hearted Ale and I liked it. I bumped into a couple of friends too; they were having dinner after hearing about the event on i-heart-food.
Next stop was 80/20 Burger Bar down the street. Young Veterans Brewing Co. took over the taps with their whole line up. Pineapple Grenade went first and early but I had a the Even Keel for the first time. It was very good. Bumped into Bill Averett a local wine consultant I know and Tom & Neil from YVBC hanging out. Chatted for a bit, finished my drink and started for home.
I figured I'd do one more stop on the way home and drove up to Cook Out. It's a new fast food joint and I heard the burgers were decent. I grabbed a Char Burger and some fries and to take home. I swear by the time I ordered and had the bag in my hands it was 60 seconds. They're super fast.
Fun night all in all, a lot of running around but it's nice to see everything happening around town. Oh, since I wasn't able to make O'Connor Brewing Co.'s Thirsty Thursday, I had one at home in their honor.