|Mocha Java Porter|
We made a U-turn and started south passing through Louisville again to get to Nashville, TN. There awaited Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery where I had Nut Brown Ale which, on sight, looks like Coca-Cola or stained cherry wood. On nose, it smells very malty and sweet. This velvety and viscous beer has a light hop bite and a rich, malty flavor on the tip of the tongue. This beer is more about the malts than the hops but both play a role in the overall experience.
|Blackstone's Nut Brown Ale|
|Boscos Famous Flaming Stone Beer|
We hightailed it to San Antonio to mosey alongside the canals and visit the site of Ozzy Osbourne’s most famous public urination. We also had the pleasure of visiting Freetail Brewing Co. where I had La Rubia (4.9% ABV) which I ordered because it shared a name with one of my homebrews. La Rubia is a slightly hazy, pale yellow and it smells slightly of citrus and yeast. The taste is that of watered-down lemon juice with yeast added. It’s a great hot weather beer—very refreshing and light on the palate.
After a long, long drive from San Antonio we finally got back to Denver weary, stinky, and with a better understanding of what beer in America is all about. Beer, no matter where it was made, is a wonderful drink that ought to be enjoyed without zealous nationalism for beer should unite the world—create camaraderie over a pint. It wasn’t meant to tear people and nations apart. Still, The Fourth is upon us and there is no better time to support the local economy. That is why I ask you—whether you’re at a BBQ, watching the fireworks, or bayoneting a redcoat—to be a true patriot over this holiday weekend and drink American.
And a few more non-beer pictures:
|St Louis: Home to the World's Largest McDonald's|
|The Louisville Slugger|
|Kick-ass fountain in Dallas|
|Unlike Pee-Wee, I actually went to the basement of this place|