On the Road Again.

7 Jun

Being off the bike has been good and bad. It’s a nice change of pace, but I cant wait to get back in the saddle for good. I plan to take the Niner out tonight to the Belmont ‘races’ tonight and maybe the Wiss this weekend if its dry. Can’t wait to cruise some single track on the mountain bike! But when you cant ride the only other thing to do is enjoy nice beers and work on other projects.

The last week has been Philly Beer Week. We haven’t done all that many events but Monday night had a nice line up. First up was Brouwerij De Molen, a small brewery out of from Bodegraven, Holland at Monk’s Café. The brewer and his wife were there along with 7 of their beers. They were debuting a collaboration with the owner of Monk’s Café, De Molen Rook & Leer (Smoke and Leather). Like most of there beers, this one was something id never had before, a smoked imperial porter aged in whiskey barrels with brettanomyces. Think boozy without the kick, smoky, and a tad sour, it was excellent. Not sure if itll be out in the world anytime soon as they said it still needed to sit another year or so.

We tried a few more of their offerings, De Molen Bakker vort Brouwer (imperial stout aged in Port barrels, then in malt whiskey barrels), De Molen Mooi & Meedogenloos (an excellent quad!), De Molen Vlaams Lief & Leed (their sour offering), De Molen Vlaams Lief & Leed Kers (sour w/ cherries), and  De Molen Hemel & Aarde which was so smoky that as my buddy told me “its like drinking a cigar…” an excellent cigar!

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After feeling a bit boozy, we made plans for a quick meal. Staying in the euro vibe we headed to Maoz for falafel. The game plan was to then walk next door to The Farmers Cabinet for a couple more. There were a couple beers on my radar that that I needed to get into.
First up was Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2008, a super sour lambic a must try if your into that sort of thing, and the Alvinne Morpheus Wild Undressed Monbazillac another sour. Id never been to Farmers Cabinet before, it’s a cool atmosphere where they make the bartenders where ‘old timey’ garb and maybe suggest wild facial hair? They do have a legit draught list from all over the world but youll definitely pay for it. With prices ~ $10 for a glass/goblet + a dollar tax + a dollar tip, it would be easy to go home broke here. So after spending some money I decided why not go for another round and went after the De Dochter van de Korenaar L’Enfante Terrible (another sour) and to break it up t Smisje Speciaal 2009 (a spiced pumpkin ale). Cant wait for a couple more events this week/weekend.

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Unfortunately you can only drink so much beer and still function/keep money in your pockets so bike/car work is the only other option. Ive been in the process of getting the 2002 back on the road for a bit now. I finally got insurance on it again and have been working on small projects throughout the week. Many things have been checked off the list and shes almost ready to be legally on the road.

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I fixed up an exhaust leak and needed to grab some odds and ends at pepboys. Might as well take the beast out for a spin. I almost forgot how tough it is to drive but it was a blast. Hopefully ill get it inspected soon and get it dialed in.

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