Over the past week we have had multiple celebrations, numerous family and friend gatherings and a plenty of festive beverages!
We began our Christmas week (and David’s vacay) at a few local favorite spots- French Broad Brewing (for Rye Hopper Rye Pale Ale), Highland Brewing (for India Brown Ale) and Thirsty Monk (for the first reveal of Wicked Weed’s Tyranny Hoppy Red Ale and Saison I). We called our first evening of Christmas Week pretty early as we had to pack for our upcoming travels.
Our travels led us to David’s hometown, Georgetown, where we visited our favorite Pawley’s Island hangout, Quigley’s Pint and Plate. To start the evening we downed a couple glasses of Peach Wheat- may not be the season for this beer, but it is so amazing we could not resist. After dinner we moved into more “winter” appropriate brews- Billy Bock and Nut Brown Ale.
Sunday we had Christmas #1 with David’s family followed by some yummy oysters!
Monday we were on the road again to upstate South Carolina to commemorate Christmas #2 and #3, but FIRST there was a very important pit-stop, Greenville Beer Exchange. There are a handful of beers that are unattainable in North Carolina that we just had to have-
- Lazy Magnolia Brewing’s Timber Beast, an 8% ABV Imperial Rye Pale Ale.
- West Brook Brewing’s Single Hop Citra, a 5.5% ABV Rye Pale Ale.
- RJ Rockers Impeachment, a 9% ABV Imperial Peach Wheat.
We toasted these brews over another batch of oysters and dug through childhood memories to celebrate Christmas Eve and the beginning of Christmas #2. Needless to say- our new beer did not last very long:)
Up and at it Christmas morning we toasted to family holidays with Poinsettias and began plowing through the mountain of gifts. As anticipated there was a slew of Taylor-approved gifts including- beer books, wine refrigerator, stainless steel growler and of course some more unique brews. Of note in my stocking was a bottle of Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing’s 8% ABV Double IPA, frequently ranked one of the best beers in the world and near impossible to find in the SouthEast.
After Christmas #2 of course comes Christmas #3 where we welcomed with stout rum punch- yes please:)
Christmas #1, 2 and 3 may have ended but our Christmas Week was certainly not over (and still isn’t!). We were super excited to share our favorite places of Asheville with my bestie and her hubby. And that we did- 5 Walnut Wine Bar, The Imperial Life AND Wicked Weed Brewing (Asheville’s newest/nicest/most delish new brewery). If you’ve been to Wicked Weed you will understand why I am not listing ALL the beer and yes we tried it ALL- 14 brews, I think it was. If you haven’t been to Wicked Weed, you best be planning a trip.
All-in-all our very spirited week of Christmas was a blast! And we cannot wait to start 2013 at Oskar Blues East Coast Brewery’s Hootenanny New Years Eve Grand Opening:)