Higher Gravity: Meet the Brewery.

Today was gorgeous. The sun was out and the temperature was in the mid-70s. Higher Gravity had their garage door open for the first time this year. So we decided to stop in for their Thursday night Meet the Brewery featuring three beers from Ballast Point… 

They had Ballast Point’s Aloha Sculpin IPA with notes of mango, pineapple and guava, Sour Wench Blackberry Ale and Willet Sea Monster Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout. We also had a taster of Founder’s Oatmeal Stout on nitro…

We made Higher Gravity’s Instagram stories…

It was such a pretty evening…

The Meet the Brewery events at Higher Gravity are always tasty and fun. 😀🍺🍻❤

A Second Place celebration.

This evening we stopped at Second Place to catch the end of happy hour to celebrate my being done with my physical therapy…

It’s been a little while since we were last at Second Place. It was just too far for us to walk in the cold for the most of the winter…

Second Place’s happy hour includes $1 off slushes…

Second Place has a new menu

And happy hour included half-price burgers as well!

The burgers were really delicious and the fries were outstanding!

It was great to get back to Second Place. It had been way too long since our last bourbon slushies. And I see many more of their terrific burgers in our future as the weather starts getting warmer and warmer. 😀🥃🍔🍟❤️

Physical therapy x Higher Gravity.

I had my first session of physical therapy for my hip this evening…

It went pretty good. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. But then again, nothing about this entire hip replacement process has been as bad as I thought it would be. Not even close. At all. I thought every step of this process was going to be far more grueling and painful than it’s actually turned out to be. So in my mind, I either really overexaggerated how horrible an experience I thought this would be and braced for the worst possible scenario at each and every step of this process, or this has been a study in the best possible case scenario for a complete hip replacement. At the end of June, I’ll be having my left hip replaced. It’ll be interesting to see how that experience compares to this experience. I hope it’s very much the same, an identical experience or an even better experience than what I am working through right now. Because this really hasn’t been that bad at all.

Anyway. After my first physical therapy session, we stopped at Higher Gravity for a beer. We hadn’t been to HG for almost three weeks. The last time we were there was to watch Xavier knock off Georgetown in OT back at the beginning of February…

We stopped in tonight because we wanted to try #11, the Hawaiian Speedway Stout

And it was awesome! It was also awesome to be able to get out of the house and do something again…

Only 10 more physical therapies to go! 😀🍻❤️

Northside Thursday.

This evening we walked down Hamilton Avenue to have dinner at Melt Eclectic Cafe

Tonight, Melt had a special beer cheese appetizer made with Rhinegheist Truth…

And it was just, WOW! It was some of the best beer cheese I’ve ever had. It came with triangles of pita bread and pickled jalapenos for dipping. It was really outstanding. We also shared one of our favorite Melt sammiches, The Rachel and we also shared a house-made orange cupcake with buttercream frosting…

After dinner, we stopped into Higher Gravity. They were having another one of their Meet the Brewery. This time it was Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company, makers of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. In addition to tasting a selection of Alltech beers, there was also an ugly sweater contest and an Alltech coloring contest. So we did some coloring while we sampled some beers…

And here’s our finished Santa…

Coloring was a lot of fun. And we actually won the coloring contest! We took home an Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale prize pack with a t-shirt, hat, candle, koozies and giant KBBA sticker…

It was another really fun night in Northside. 😀🧀🍺🖍️❤️

TGIF.

I met Genifer at Hofner Park after work…

We were planning to eat dinner at Bistro Grace with the gift card Shannon gave us all the way back last Christmas. But when we got there, we both decided we weren’t hungry enough to do dinner at Bistro Grace justice. So we scrapped that idea for now and just had a couple beers at Higher Gravity instead. And while we were there, we stumbled across this beer…

It tastes just like you’re drinking a Cinnabon. Pretty tasty stuff. 😀🍺❤️

Operation Plowshare.

We stopped by our favorite brewery, Urban Artifact this evening after work…

Yesterday, they tapped their Operation Plowshare, a Blackberry Midwest Fruit Tart. It tastes just like the filling from a jelly doughnut. Remember last fall when they gave you the options of having it with or without a sprinkle-covered rim? There weren’t any sprinkles this year but it was every bit as delicious…

We’re going to have to stop back and pick up a couple of four packs…

Great stuff. We love Urban Artifact and their amazing beers. 😀🍩🎃❤️

Higher Gravity: Meet the Brewery.

It was an overcast and gloomy evening but that didn’t stop us from meeting after work at Higher Gravity for another Meet the Brewery

Tonight’s brewery was Platform Beer Company from Cleveland…

Higher Gravity had three Platform beers on tap to try. We sampled Platform’s IPA called Paranormal Hoptivity, The Peach Project and Yammy Yammy. They were all really good. The Yammy Yammy was my favorite. They have a taproom in Cleveland as well as Columbus. And they were saying that they would like to open a taproom in Cincinnati. So we’ll have to keep an eye out for that. The fourth beer in our flight was Moozie from Brink Brewing Company just up Hamilton Avenue from us. Also, very good. On the way home, we saw these Halloween Elmo’s in a window…

It was another fun evening of sampling some new beers in Northside. 😀🍺🍻⬆️❤️

Rhinegeist Charitable Suds.

Genifer picked me up from work this evening and we went up to Rhinegeist in Over-the-Rhine for Charitable Suds…

Every Wednesday for 5-8pm, Rhinegeist donates $1 from every draft beer sold in their taproom to a different charitable organization. And they call it Charitable Suds. This week’s organization was Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services were Genifer works in Human Resources…

So we thought we would do our part and have a beer… you know, for charity…

Every time I’ve been in Rhinegeist, I’m always so impressed by the space…

 

Genifer’s co-workers are really nice,and it was a really good time. 😀🍺🍻❤️

Higher Gravity: Meet the Brewery.

This evening we walked over to Urban Artifact to try their Vanilla Chariot Cherry Gose variant and their new Owler Tart Vanilla Brown

Turns out, they had just run out of the Vanilla Chariot the night before. But the Owler was very, very good. On the way home, we stopped by Higher Gravity for another of their Thursday night Meet the Brewery events featuring Covington’s Braxton Brewing Company and Braxton Labs in Newport. Higher Gravity was featuring four Braxton beers on tap…

They had Braxton’s Blown Gasket Porter and three beers from their Braxton Labs: New England IPA #002, Sweet Potato Casserole and Belgian Blonde with Chamomile. After the taster, we had a Braxton Blown Gasket so we could take home the sweet Braxton Pint Glass and some sweet Braxton shades…

Just another fun Thursday evening in Northside. 😀🍺❤️

TGIF.

I met Genifer at Hoffner Park after work…

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We had dinner at Melt

We stopped at Higher Gravity for a couple of tasters…

And then we headed home…

It was a really long week. 😀❤️

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