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That One Time In Tampa

Even though I’ve proven to be trash at keeping up with the blog monthly, with the help of Untappd (KitWill if you looking for a playa) I’ve been able to track beers over the past few months. While visiting the bf (Hey Bear!) in Tampa, FL it was only right that I also visit the home of Jai Alai, Cigar City. Let’s just be honest, it was the only mandatory place on my itinerary other than finding a dog park for my fur-son and a good cigar (duh!).

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For a Friday night it wasn’t crowded at all, which was fine because we were able to chat with the bartenders and get prime seating at the bar. For the first time EVER I took the bf’s “beer advice” and ordered flights instead of pints.

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Space Pope (7.3% ABV), Margarita Gose (3.4% ABV), White Oak Jai Alai IPA (7.5% ABV), Transient Artisan Ales Foeder #2 With De Chaunac Grapes (5.5% ABV)

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Perennial Artisan Ales Sump Coffee Stout Adola 2017(10.5% ABV), Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout (11% ABV), Florida Man (9.3% ABV), Invasion Pale Ale (5% ABV)

Not pictured: Puppy’s Breath (ABV 8%)

Overall, the visit to Cigar City was a success! The taproom offers both in-house brews and few options from other breweries, the bartenders were awesome, the beer was delicious (duh again!) and most important they’re dog friendly! I’m glad I ordered flights instead of trying to power through several pints, because I definitely would have tried. I would also like to add, this is the first time I considered buying brewery merch, but instead I bought more beer to take home. Honestly, if you love beer and happen to be in Tampa you would be silly not to stop by.  Side note: I chuckled to myself thinking about how I used to be on a mad search (and may or may not have sent a some others on a goose chase around Atl) for Jai Alai, but in Tampa it’s as easy as buying water. May the people of Tampa never take their luxuries for granted.

Shout Outs and High Fives

  1. Meditation! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to step away and turn on the Breath app for a quick guided meditation. It’s lifesaver! Someone on your nerves? Meditate. Your 5 mile/8 min commute turned to 35 mins (True story)? Meditate. Watching Married at First Sight causing you real life anxiety? Meditate.
  2. Adult Swim, specifically the people responsible for the promos. The commercials are both enlightening and scary AF, but I dig it! Sidebar: If I’m lucky enough to have someone from AS read this, the streets want new episodes of Black Jesus. The streets = Me and my dog.
  3. Animals on HBO. Cross dressing pigeons, cat gangs, tripping moths, drugged lab mice in love with a clump of dirt cage liter. You just have to see it for yourself.

With all the terrible shit (sorry, I couldn’t find a better word) going on the in the world I’m skipping the “Thumbs Down” on this post.  I’ll air my grievances another day.

Cheers y’all!

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Twosies

Waiting in my inbox was the same email I’ve received every May for the past 5 years. “Domain beerlaughlove.com is about to expire”. This year was the first time it hit me, “Damn, I have a website I don’t even use”. To be honest with you I wasn’t motivated to write and I was stuck on what my next “beer goal” should be. I finished 300 different beer before 30 with my liver still in tact. Now what?  At first I was going to set a new goal and continue to keep count, but writing about the same “citrus notes IPA spill” got boring. Stuck,unmotivated, and busy with work and other ventures ( Hey L.I.C.!) I thought about letting the website go. But I couldn’t just roll over and let that happen. With the help of my boyfriend (Hey Bear!) I came up with a new angle for Beer Laugh Love. Staring this month I will launch Phase 2 of Beer Laugh Love.  I will be focusing more on beer adventures around the Southeast and eventually around the country. What does that mean?  Breweries, specialty beer stores/sections, events, and all other fun things beer related. I’ll still keep track of my beer number (I’m at 386 by the way. Thanks Untappd!) and give the thumbs rating. What’s going to make this different from the thousands of blogs that are already out there? Well nothing, other than the fact that I wrote it and I’m funny AF most of the time.  Hopefully I’ll drink some good beers, see some cool places, and you get some entertainment along the way. Happy reading!

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Brown Bear. Red Hare.

The Place: Red Hare Brewery, Marietta, GA

The Peeps: Rianna, Gabby, and C.B.

The Beers: #134 Chocolate Porter (ABV 8%), #135 Gangway IPA (ABV 6.2%), #136 Watership Brown (ABV 7.25), #137 Long Day Lager (ABV 5.2%)

This was my first adventure to Red Hare Brewery in Marietta, GA.  I read good review about it, so I had to go see what the fuss was about.  Enjoy!

#134 Red Hare Chocolate Porter (ABV 8%)

Porter aren’t my favorite, but this was a damn (sorry mom) good one. Its kind of hard to explain, but it was like drinking roasty chocholate magic. You have to try it for yourself. Thumbs up!

#135 Red Hare Gangway IPA (ABV 6.2%)

Awesome IPA! I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t expecting it to be THAT good.  It hit all the key flavors of IPA with just a teeny bit of a sweetness. I drank all the first glass and had to get another so I could take the picture.  Thumbs up! 

#136 Red Hare Watership Brown Ale (ABV 7.25)

This beer has more hops than most brown ales I’ve tasted, but not in a bad way.  Hints of sweetness and a roasty finish. Another winner! Thumbs up!

#137 Red Hare Long Day Lager (ABV 5.2%)

Perfect balance of citrus and sweet flavors with some maltyness (Is that a word?).  I haven’t tried many lagers during my adventure, but this is the best so far.  Thumbs up!

As you can tell from the ratings I REALLY liked the beer at Red Hare.  The brewery/tasting room has a laid back “where everyone knows your name” type atmosphere ( Probably because I was chatting it up with fellow Bama alum and fans).  It seems like they are still trying to find a swag/vibe to set them apart from the other local breweries, but  its a new establishment so they’ll figure it out.  In all, it was good adventure with even better beer.  I will definately be back!

High Fives and Shout Outs

  1. The Crimson Tide and the extremely high possiblity of playing in the BCS National Championship! RMFT!
  2. Pinterest! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t go the website.  It will suck you in like a black hole.
  3. Iron Bowl 2011.  Bama 41-Auburn 14. Nothing more to say about that.

Thumb Downs and WTFs

  1. LSU everything.  Yeah, I’m still on that.
  2. All the crybaby hater raiders (especially Kirk Herbstreit) at ESPN and their BCS talk.  If you don’t want to see an Bama/LSU Championship rematch don’t watch.  Maybe you should talk to the BCS King (who in my mind would look like the Burger King mask) and tell him about how unfair it is. 

I hope everyone’s holiday season is off to a good start. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to bust a move and wear tacky Christmas sweaters. Remember to drink responsibly and keep those cabs/taxis on speed dial. Cheers!

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“It’s broken! My arm is broken!”

My KY Snows, Jen and Jake (no relation) came down to Atlanta for a visit.  We had an awesome time, despite my car not having A/C in 95 degree weather (My bad, son).  Even though we melted to death and realized how old and tattered we all are, we still managed to have fun.  Awesome food, good beer, and a broken arm!  That’s just how we roll…

The Place: Red Brick Brewery, Atlanta, GA

The Peeps: Jen R.

The Beers: #89 Dog Days Ale (ABV 5.7%)

                      #90 Laughing Skull (ABV 4.1%)

Red Brick was the first stop of the weekend, well actually Old Navy was the first stop, but we’ll get into that mishap later. 

#89 Dog Days Ale (ABV 5.7%)

I love Hefeweizens!  It has lovely golden yellow color and wonderful summer taste of citrus, wheat orange and hops.  This beer is perfect for a summer day, preferably poolside.  Nice job!  Thumbs up!

#90 Laughing Skull (ABV 4.1%)

Nice  runner-up for the day.  Nice amber color with a sweet and malty taste.  I have wanted to try it for while, so I was glad to finally add it to the list.  Thumbs up!

This was my second time at Red Brick.  Not as big of a crowd as the first time, but it was decent.

The Place: 5 Seasons, Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA

The Peep: Jen R.

The Beer: #91 Jay D Whiskey Imperial Porter (ABV ???)

DARK and SCARY at first sight, but very delicious!  It has wonderful taste of chocolate, caramel, and fruit.  It kind of taste like chocolate whiskey raisin juice.  The beer was aged in a Jack Daniel barrel for 7 months.   I probably should have picked something a little lighter to pair with my shrimp and grit cakes, but it still hit the spot.  Thumbs up!  Shout out to Waiter Will for the suggestion! 

I made it back to 5 Seasons to try out the food (and more beer of or course).  AMAZING!  My food was awesome, the service was great, and the beer only made it better.  I should slap myself for over looking this place for the last 1 and a half.  I’m in love.

The Place: Hand In Hand- Virginia Highlands, Atlanta, GA

The Peeps: Jen R., Jake R.

The Beer: #92 He’ Brew Messiah Bold (ABV 5.6%)

I was reluctant to try the beer because of the name, but what the heck!  Drinking isn’t a sin and I love my Lord!  It was nice dark brown ale to start off  the day and I enjoyed the happy Jewish man on the label.  Nothing amazing, but it was enjoyable. Thumbs up!

Hand In Hand was cool.  My Ruben was delicious and The Snows enjoyed their food as well.  The restaurant has an interesting menu and nice outdoor seating.  This was my first time hanging in Virginia Highlands since I moved to Atlanta.  There are plenty of restaurants and shops in walking distance of homes and tons of food trucks!  It is my dream neighborhood!  

The Place: Sweetwater- Atlanta, GA

The Peeps: Jen R., Jake R., Phonso A., Corey

The Beer:  #93 Sweetwater Road Trip (ABV ???)

Not sure if this is my first pilsner, so I didn’t know what to expect.  Crisp flavor with a dry finish.  I couldn’t pull out any distinct flavors at the time.  It was decent, but not amazing.  The after taste reminded me of High Life (blah).  Side Thumb.

I think I am pretty much over my Sweetwater.  It’s still a cool place to hang out, but I think going there at once or twice a month is getting exhausting.  The heavy crowd and the dehydrated dogs are starting to get old.  The DD cup is defiantly on deck from now on.  It won’t bother me as much if I get in for free.

I want to take this time to apologize to Elizabeth (Jen as I like to call her) and Jake for the murder by heat I pulled on them that weekend.  I hope this doesn’t deter you from coming to visit ATL again.  If I had A/C during your visit, Jen wouldn’t have stuck her arm out the window and I wouldn’t have gotten too close to the bushes and butchered her wrist on the branches nor would her spray tan have melted of her body on the way the way to Red Brick.  I’m sorry that you had to buy a new shirt, Jen.  Steven has A/C again (Thanks to Phons) and now I can go from heat stroke to winter storm in a matter of minutes.  When I visit KY feel free to force me to do outside activities as pay back.

HIGH FIVES and SHOUT OUTS

  1. King of Pops!  I finally found you after searching for 6 mos.  I must have not been looking too hard, because after I bought my popsicle I saw like two more stands on my way home.
  2. The parents that bring their babies and kids to the bar and beer tasting.  This has inspired my series of Quick Post titled “Baby at the Bar”.  I hope it’s as funny as everyone else as it is to me.  Sidenote:  This is not meant to be controversial, just good humor.
  3. Kateshrewsday for the “Like” on my last post.  A lot of people… well not a lot, but a good number of people read my post daily, but you were the first to actually move your mouse to “Like” button.  Thanks!  The rest of you should follow her lead.I

I’m going to leave you with a few pics that I thought were pretty fun from our weekend. Enjoy!

"Better out than in, I always say."- Shrek

For real son?Saw this in Va Hi. No further explanation needed. LOL!

 
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I declare a Thumb War!

I took an after work adventure to 5 Seasons Brewery to sample some beers and sit with the Brewmaster Crawford Moran. Forgive my lack of description.  It was my first “sit down” with a Brewmaster, so I was free-baling it (Sorry mom). 

#83 IPA (ABV 7%)

Pretty good!  Hoppy, with small hints of citrus taste. Thumbs up!

#84 Pale Ale (ABV 5.5%)

It tastes like the typical pale ale.  I’ve never had an amazing pale ale, so I had no greatness compare it to.  Slight side thumb for being decent. 

Must have not been that bad, huh?

 

#85 Venus Belgian (ABV 5.5%)

 Belgian white beer brewed with wheat, barley, oats and orange pills.Wonderful spring time beer!  I recommend this one for the girls, for sure! Thumbs up!

#86 Spring Bock (ABV 7.2%)

German-style bock lager. Nice, dry finish.  A definite sleeper.  Drink it fast and you might get dropped.  Thumbs up! 

#87 Oatmeal Porter (ABV 4.5%)

Taste of caramel, chocolate, and hints of oatmeal.  Great smell and amazing taste. Thumbs up! 

#88 Saison (ABV 4.5%)

Tastes of tropical fruit, berries and spices, and lavender.  Another great one for the spring/summer season.  Thumbs up.

5 Seasons is awesome!  The beers are brewed on site and sold only at the location.  A new cask ale is tapped every Thursday at 5:55 pm.  If I didn’t work late on that day, I would probably be there every Thursday.   I didn’t taste any of the food this time around, but it menu looked amazing.  The restaurant gets ingredients from local farmers and the menu is constantly changing with the season.  Crawford was incredibly nice and border line hilarious.  He shared with me the basic run through of  brewing a beer and the aging process.    Remember kids…  Sanitation is key and oxygen is the enemy!  I really appreciate him taking the time to meet with me and providing my entourage Phonso and Chipster with a beer on the house.

“The only time you drink wine is when you run out of good beer”- Crawford Moran

 

HIGH FIVES and SHOUT OUTS

1.  To my Aunt for having the house of supply every time I’m back in Chatt.  Her kitchen is a piece of Heaven on Earth.

2.  My mom for sweating me about publishing a post before I left the house today.  Good looking out girl

3.  My Uncle Jerald for forgetting to throw out his Schlitz Malt Liquor can before I came to visit.  He must have known I needed a follow-up pic for the previous I wrote about him. 

It would be great if he was double fisiting!

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>Sweetwater: Round 2… BREAK!

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The Places: Sweetwater Brewer and Fellini’s Pizza, Atlanta, GA
The Peep: Phons J.
The Beers: #61 Sweetwater Happy Ending
                 #62 Shiner Bock
Phonso was super jealous that I took my first trip to Sweetwater with my Snows (shout to Jen and Christina), so I took him on his first brewery tasting adventure.  To my surprise he really liked it!  He fit in just fine and we even made some friends while we were there. Side Note: The Snows out there have some harsh opinions about Nikki Minaj, but I’ll save that for another day.  Anyway… I was a tad disappointed that Phonso would not venture out past the lighter beers, but oh well.  Sweetwater was just as good the second time around.  A little bit more enjoyable since we were able to go outside and enjoy the sunshine.  If you haven’t been to Sweetwater you need to go now! Yeah… Like right now…
 
#61 Sweetwater Happy Ending (ABV 9.0%)
When I go to Sweetwater, I usually start with the favorite and get the special brew at last call.  Not much to say about Happy Ending.  I didn’t really like it.  It’s an Imperial Stout.  It had flavors of chocolate and coffee and had a small hint of hops.  I really want to like stouts, but I don’t know if I have it in me.   I think I’m trying them at the wrong time.  Maybe I should coordinate a designated time to try stouts and call it “Stout Time”.  Nice name, right?  It wasn’t awful and possibly might get another try.  I gave it a side thumb/bad face for now.  The bad face is to add drama to the side thumb.
 
#62 Shiner Bock (ABV 4.40%)
This was a post Sweetwater pick.  I don’t know why I tried or what I was thinking at the time.  (From what I remember) Shiner Bock was ok.  One of my work Snows mentioned that she liked it, so I owe this pick to her.  I’m pretty sure I was trying to hide from the camera, but it didn’t work out well.  I gave it a thumb up, because I was in a “good place” at the moment. 
High Five to Fellini’s Pizza on Northside Drive for having the most delicious pizza on deck after my adventures.  Oh… I started a twitter for the cause.  Follow the adventures @BeerLaughLove… If I rerember to tweet.  remember to breastfeed your kids! Cheers!  

>Sweet heaven… I mean… water Brewery

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The Place: Sweetwater Brewery, Atlanta, GA
The Peeps: Christina (Tina) R. and Elizabeth (Jen) R.
The Beer(s): Exodus Porter (ABV 6.2%)-#49
                      Sch Wheat (ABV 4.9%) – #50
                      Georgia Brown (ABV 5.3%) – #51
                      Dank Tank (ABV can’t remember) – #52
The Snows and I took a field trip to Sweetwater Brewery.  I don’t know what I’ve been doing for the last year, but I should have been coming here a looong time ago!  For $8 we got a free Sweetwater pint glass and six drink tickets.  Each ticket counts toward one beer (special brews are two tickets).  By the end of the end of tasting it is suppose to equal three pints (or more).  Is this heaven?  It is an ideal place to go meet up with friends for a mid-day adventure or a lonely day of boozing (responsibly).  The brewery and tasting were great, but the tour was so-so.  The tour was interesting but, not much to see.  The place facility is kind of small, so it was expected.  The story behind the two owners and how they started Sweetwater was pretty good.  I’m always motivated by stories about businesses being built from nothing, but hard work. High five to them! Good people making good beer!
Exodus Porter (ABV 6.2%)-#49
Well it’s a porter… duh! I’m not opposed to drinking a porter beer, but I usual don’t choose them.  I was drawn to it because of the name, but then I thought back to the Turbodog incident.  After talking to myself for 15 seconds I said, “What the heck! If you don’t like it you can toss and get another!” I tried it and I’m not gonna lie… It was alright. Nothing I would buy on the regular, but by far the best porter (Hell, I think it’s the only one) I’ve had so far.  Surprisingly good flavor for a dark beer.  I have nothing to compare it to so I give it thumbs up for taking my porter virginity and not sucking!
 
Sch Wheat American Wheat Ale (ABV 4.9%)- #50
I am a fan of wheat beers so I did need to have a “self convo” to make this decision.  It was pretty darn good. I could taste the hints of citrus.  Definitely recommend this one to the girls! I would definitely buy this beer.  It can pair well with a burger or pizza! Nice jobs Sweetwater! Thumbs up!
Georgia Brown (ABV 5.3%) – #51
Umm… so… I pretty much downed this beer, that how much I liked it so much!  By the time I remembered to take the thumbs pic it was gone! Georgia Brown is officially one of my top 5 favorite beers (unless something better comes along). It has a nutty, kind of sweet flavor and smooth.   Hands down the best beer I had all day!  I would push this beer on anybody and EVERYBODY.  With a slogan like “Smoother than a Bill Clinton apology” how can you not like it! THUMBS UP! WAY UP!
Dank Tank (ABV can’t remember) – #52
I couldn’t leave without trying it. This was a two ticket beer so it could go one of two ways: Really awesome or what the hell.  It didn’t go either way, but leaning more towards what the hell. The sign said something about it being a double IPA and border hopper? Dude, idk?  By that time the tasting area was super crowded and my stomach and bladder were about to burst. I could care less at that point (hint why I didn’t get the abv).  It was dark, somewhat bitter (from what I can remember), and not so amazing.  I am willing to try it again when I go back. I feel like it may need a second chance (maybe).  On the upside, it has some sort of mascot creature wearing a bra, panties, heels, and had Christmas ornament hanging from the private region to resemble balls. That mad for a good laugh, I guess. Anyway- Side thumb for Dank Tank. Not bad, but not good.
Check out Sweetwater Brewery for yourself. I promise you won’t be disappointed.  http://www.sweetwaterbrew.com/
Support your local breweries and farmers!
I want to take the time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah or whatever (unless it’s something bad) you celebrate this time of year. Thanks for you are supporting my blog and for your input and encouragement.  I’m glad my stupidity can make you happy!  Cheers!
Sidenote: If anybody knows a Seth Goldstein, please have him contact me. Thanks!
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