Nothin’ like ye ole West to bring out one’s wild side!
After our 4-hour flight we decided a visit to New Belgium’s Hub restaurant trumped Jamba Juice for dinner. [And that’s sayin’ somethin’!]
I love the West. I studied “Settlement Of The American West” in college (I was a history major!) and fell in love with it then. While I’m not a camper, and I’m scared of snakes and spiders and bears, I do love to just gaze at the rugged landscape. And I just love the attitude out here.
And there are so many beers to choose from! I settled on a bottle over draft, which I NEVER do, in order to try New Belgium’s Abbey – a dubbel – which is my current favorite style of beer thanks to Matt’s latest homebrew.
The Abbey was great – lots of banana and a hint of paint thinner! Nice and thick too!
For dinner I had the 1554 Chili – a soup made from New Belgium’s famous brown ale. It was good, but not fabulous. Came with a green salad.
Saltines hit the spot too!
Matt had a cobb salad and an IPA!
I love that, like Charlottesville, you see specific types of meat – Buffalo, grass-fed beef, wild Alaskan salmon. I assume if I see ‘salmon’ on a menu it’s Atlantic, which is code-word for farm-raised and dyed. I don’t eat meat very often in restaurants, so it’s really nice when the sources are spelled out for me. I choose it to support those farmer’s and establishments that are making an effort for better food.
We taste the 2* Below for dessert. A little too hoppy for a winter ale for me, but not bad either.
I sure hope that beer isn’t going to dehydrate me for this upcoming 2 hour flight! Our flight to Missoula is supposed to leave at 7PM Mountain Time but after a day like today, there’s no tellin’.