Saturday, March 29, 2008
I love my wife. She came home from a conference in Minneapolis and said "Let's go to the Square for dinner". So I got to work on circling the square some more. We perched on the corner of the crowded bar and I was able to have two more punches added to my card. For those of you keeping count, this is 8 total. The first one was from Oregon, Dead Guy Ale. It went great with the shredded beef quesadillas, but was mostly gone before the food arrived. Ok, so I was thirsty. I then told Ef to get me something else on the card. He first wanted to have me go with the Fat Tire but I looked at the size of the bottle and decided that was not a second beer choice. It will wait for a single beer choice session. He then read my mind and brought me the Bells Porter. I am a big fan of porters and this one does not disappoint me.
How better to follow-up lunch at the Square, then to return for dinner? This turned into a 3-brew session thanks to Ef insisting that I needed dessert. The first beer was the Paulaner Hefe-Weizen. I am not a fan of beers that are served with fruit but I was able to avoid the lemon stuck to the glass. Since I was having Mexican for dinner (don't miss the Mexican section of their menu - the food is great!), I had a Bohemia. Very light and tasty with my mole enchiladas. Then the bartender decided that I needed dessert, so he brought me a Duvel. It is a little sweet but read the label carefully. It is a 8.5% brew. I also found a drawback to taking these photos with my iPhone. As I was lining up the shot of the Duvel, one of the waitresses (Jamie) came by and picked up the bottle and said "Oooo, I love the shape of these bottles, don't you?"
Ok, I promised beer postings so here is the first session. I was surprised by my first selection. I was looking for the worst one to get it out of the way, but I found it a decent beer. I had the Negra Modelo as my first punch on the card. I followed that with a completely different beer, the Lucifer. I am already starting to believe that they only choose good easy drinking beers for the card.
My favorite little bar and grill, Washington Square, has started a new promotion. All you need to do is get one of their "Circle the Square" cards and get all of the names punched around the edge. Simple enough, right? The catch is, of course, that all the names are bottled beers that they stock and to get the punch you have to purchase and drink the beer. There are 20 beers on the card and some are better than others in my opinion. I started last Saturday, March 22nd with my card. That was after one of the T-shirt model and bartenders accosted me with "You have got to start one of these cards" as soon as I walked in. I did get photos of the shirt. I like the quote on the back of the shirt, "A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it's better to be throughly sure."
I plan to post photos of the beers as I 'Circle the Square' and in fact have 8 to post already. Stop by Washington Square Bar and Grill at 4736 Washington Square, White Bear Lake, MN 55110 and get started on circling the square.
Friday, March 21, 2008
I am finally taking some time to just sit and enjoy the quiet. As I look around the room the lights are off and the main light in the room is the glow of the laptop screen. I have that dimmed as well. I know that the hustle and bustle of the weekend will be starting soon. My daughter is coming home for the weekend and my son returns from Europe on Monday. I feel like I should be doing something but then I realize that I am - I am enjoying a little peace and quiet - we have not run out.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
I am jealous - we are sending our son to Europe for his final spring break as a graduation present. Now he will have to graduate when he returns. It seems that he is ready. He just had a birthday and his wish list included Euros. His grandparents came through!