Northside nubs.

This evening we stopped to check out a new place with our friends Terry and Katherine called Northside Country Club. Not to be confused with Northside Yacht Club, Northside Country Club is in the old Bistro Grace space on Hamilton Avenue. Apparently, it’s some sort of stop-gap to keep the liquor license with the building…

NSCC is cash-only. But there is an ATM on site. Ohmigosh… THEIR TOTS. Their tots are just amazing. The ranch dipping sauce for the tots is really good. And the aioli is even better. We also had their ham&cheese, thinking it would be a grilled cheese with ham. It was cold ham and a slice of cheese on toast. It was good but just not what we were expecting. We also ordered the BLT which was really good. Our friend Terry had the Chicago dog and that looked really good too. Next time we go to NSCC, we’ll be ordering BLTs and tots for days. And I’ll remember to take photos. But still, really great stuff…

Then we walked down to Higher Gravity. The sunset was pretty amazing…

At Higher Gravity, they were celebrating our friend Jen‘s 5000th unique beer check-in on Untappd. That is a lot of unique beers. Between me and Genifer, we have just over 300 combined. And 300 is nowhere near 5000. Not even in the same zip code…

Congratulations, Jen! That is quite the achievement. It was another really fun evening in Northside. 😀🍺❤️

Spring Grove Beer Gallop.

Very similar to last year’s Hamilton Hightail Run, this morning was the Spring Grove Beer Gallop. It was a 4-mile roundtrip fun run that started at Higher Gravity that included stops at Taft’s Brewpourium and Urban Artifact. Runner also got 4 beer tickets, a T-shirt and a whole lotta fun!

And we showed up in Higher Gravity’s Instagram story…

And with that, they were off…

If my counting was correct, Genifer came in fourteenth. In the raffle after the race, Genifer won a pair of new running shoes from JackRabbit…

It was a fun morning and early afternoon at Higher Gravity. 😀👟🍺❤️

Meet the Brewery: Jackie O.

We stopped at Higher Gravity for another one of their Meet the Brewery nights. Tonight’s brewery was Jackie O’s Brewery from Athens, Ohio. HG had Jackie O’s Les Deux Silos on draft…

And they were pouring samples of several of Jackie O’s mixed fermentation bottles…

All of the beers were very good. The Les Deux Silos was outstanding. It was almost more of a wine than a beer. The Meet the Brewery events at Higher Gravity are always tasty and fun. 😀🍺🍻❤

Delirium Night at HG.

Tonight at Higher Gravity, it was Delirium Night featuring both Delirium Tremens and Delerium Red. Delerium is that beer with the pink elephant that is really good. In fact, Delirium Tremens is one of the best beers I’ve ever had in my life. So we were pretty excited to also get to try Red as well…

Tremens was every bit as good as we remember it. Red would have been really good but it paled in comparison next to Tremens. (Ha. Because it’s also lighter than Tremens🤪). But Tremens is just plain amazing. It’s ridiculous just how good it is. Oh, and we got the keep these cool Delerium glasses…

After trying both beers, we stopped at Chameleon for a slice of pizza. It was a pretty fun Thursday. We haven’t been to HG in a quick second. It was great to hang out for a bit. 😀🍺🐘❤️

Superb Owl Party at HG.

We went to Higher Gravity for tonight’s big Sports Bowl…

They hosted a Superb Owl Sports Bowl Potluck Party and there was all sorts of food…

It was the most uneventful Sports Bowl in the history of Sports Bowls, We ended up staying for the entire game because nothing happening and we were afraid if we left we’d miss the big play. Thankfully there was finally some action in fourth quarter, and the Patriots pulled off the win. I think I was  person at HG who was happy the Patriots won. But Higher Gravity made a very boring game pretty fun. 😀🏈🏆❤️

Another Northside Saturday.

So recently, I’ve been tinkering with the notion of buying a new camera. Most likely a new point&shoot but maybe a 4/3 mirrorless camera. I’d start looking at cameras and I always stop because the camera on my new Samsung Galaxy Note9 is sooo good. It’s really become my go-to camera. It’s always right there in my pocket. And the quality is probably just as good as one of my dSLRs. So I’ve really hesitated to pull the trigger on a new camera. Then I stumbled across Moment. They are very stylish cases for your mobile device that have different attachable camera lenses. It’s a pretty genius idea.

Recently, I ordered a Moment case for my Note9. I also ordered Moment’s Superfish lens. But for whatever reason, they sent me their 58mm Tele lens instead. After playing with it for a bit. I decided to keep the Tele lens. The lens gives your photos this awesome vignette in the corners. It’s a look I’ve always loved. And then I thought somewhere down the line, try again to get the Superfish.

Genifer gave me one of my birthday presents early today. And it was the Superfish lens!

I grabbed my brand new lens and we headed out a really late lunch at Blue Jay

The super fish lens is super neat. It gives you a 170-degree field of view, and it really expands the capabilities of your mobile camera. I really like it a lot. I also really like this chicken tender sammich I ordered at Blue Jay…

Genifer ordered a grilled cheese with tomatoes…

We love Blue Jay. Their food isn’t anything fancy. It’s just really solid and delicious and ridiculously inexpensive. After we were done with lunch, we walked down to Higher Gravity for a flight…

While we were at HG, we met up with our friends Chris and Tayler…

There’s a brand new brewery that’s been in the works in Northside for a while now called Humble Monk Brewing Co. It’s just kitty-corner to Urban Artifact. And we heard that they were opening just for this weekend for people to try their first beers while they raise more funds as they can continue the renovations upgrades to their brewery.

So we had to walk over to check it out…

Their beers were pretty good. Nothing too out of the ordinary. They had four beers on tap at the start of the day. But had already run out of one of them. We tried their Saison/Farmhouse Ale and their Imperial Stout. I thought the stout was really good. A little on the boozy side but still pretty good. We hung out for a beer. Their space is pretty great if they could get more beers together. Here are a few photos of industrial Northside when I was playing with my Superfish lens…

And from there, we headed around the corner to The Hamilton

I think The Hamilton has some of the best charcuterie boards around…

I love their charcuterie. After we finished our delicious meats and cheese, we headed for home. We walked the dogs around the block…

And called it a night on another wonderful Saturday in Northside. 😀⬆️❤️

Beer Can Appreciation Day.

Today was Beer Can Appreciation Day. There have been some really cool beer can designs and labels at Higher Gravity lately…

Yeah. Yeah. I’m a design nerd who really appreciates nice beer can design. 😀🍺❤️

Chickowsvidanya.

We stopped into Higher Gravity to try Listermann Brewing’s Chickowsvidanya

It’s a bourbon barrel aged imperial dark ale collaboration with Destihl Brewery. It was really good. And we also tried Listermann’s Chickowsvidanya: Coffee, Cinnamon, and Vanilla. It’s also a bourbon barrel aged imperial dark ale but with coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla added…

And that one was outstanding. It might have been one of the best beers I’ve ever had. It wasn’t too boozy but it had just the perfect amount of coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla flavor, all working exquisitely together. It’s a real shame it was $12 a bottle or I would have started stockpiling them. But we’re very happy that we got to try both of them before they disappeared. We love Listermann’s beers. 😀🍺❤️

Inside our 2018 Higher Gravity Beervent Calendar.

We had a lot of fun with our 2018 Higher Gravity Beervent Calendar

There were so many great beers in that big box. Click to see the photos of all the beers that were in our 2018 Higher Gravity Beervent Calendar. Cheers! 😀🍺🗓️🎄❤️

Meet the Brewery: BrewDog.

Tonight, BrewDog USA was back at Higher Gravity. They were tapping a brewery only release single hop IPA from BrewDog called StrataHop. It was described as, “citrus and tropical with just a hint of weed.”

It wasn’t bad. We’re just not a huge fan of IPAs. The other BrewDog beer they had on tap was Choco Libre Nitro Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout. And it was pretty amazing…

It was a wonderful stout with the perfect amount of heat on the back end…

It’s become one of our new favorite beers. We love Higher Gravity. They always have something delicious on tap. 😀🇲🇽🍺❤️