Matt and I usually kick off the holiday season by emptying our pockets the day after Thanksgiving, but this year we decided to start our own tradition. With my parents in Mexico soaking up the sun and Matt’s family pulling an all-nighter to score the best deals, we decided to do what we do best: Eat and Drink.
After sleeping in and allowing our bellies to fully restore themselves, we got in our car and headed up to Davenport to check out a brewery that had been on our must-visit list for sometime.
We ordered a few appetizers and the beer tasting which featured 6 beers including Old Davenport Gold, Bucktown Stout, and Raging River Ale – a true English Ale named after the flood of 1993.
The sampler also included Hefe-Weizen, a fantastic German style beer and two of the best beers I’ve tasted to date. The Brewmaster’s Special was one of the best pumpkin ales I’ve tasted. The flavor was fantastic, and had hints of spices that really brought out the pumpkin flare. It certainly beat out the sampling of pumpkin ales that we’ve drank our way through this fall.
And then there was the Cherry Ale. The cherry was a refreshing twist and reminded me of my love of fruit-inspired beers.
Matt and I really make the most perfect tasting partners. I’m all for the light, English ales and he loves the dark stouts. And we both agree that nachos is the perfect food to accompany beer tasting.
Not a bad way to kick off the holiday season!