I’ll admit it. I’ve been very lax with my posts as of late. Carney and I decided to post on a specific day each week, and I promptly missed my first three – bad form! I just didn’t have the drive, ya know? A blogger of great esteem that I follow, Literature and Libation, just wrote a post about this very thing: sometimes, I just lose all drive to do the things I love/have committed to do. It wasn’t that I hated the beers I was drinking – they were all pretty to very good. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to share my experiences with you – I love talking about beers! I just had lost the will to bang out a post once a week. I knew that I was in a bad place. I was burnt out and needed to kick-start my passion, to get out of my rut and have a great ex-beer-ience (see what I did there?) that I just had to share.
I needed a beercation.
So, I called up my blogger/brother in arms, the incredible J.Carney, and we met on a beautiful, sunny Saturday in Lexington, KY for an afternoon of relaxation at The Beer Trappe.
We decided we’d meet for lunch and enjoy a few beers, followed by another beer, followed by more beers. Instead of paying attention to the aspects of taste and appearance we decided on our day of relaxation to just enjoy our drinks and company. It was such a beautiful day that we ate outside. Carney enjoyed his Chipotle with a Great Lakes Holy Moses, while I opted for a Nøgne-ø Two Captains and Julianna sipped a Three Floyds Blackheart.
Ahh, how good it is to eat good food with great friends while enjoying delicious beer! I honestly can’t tell you what I thought of these beers, only that they were good. As we finished our meal, the lovely scent of diesel exhaust began to pervade our patio spot brought on by the delivery truck parked at the building next door. We opted for some comfy couches inside as our day continued…
We each went for a few samplers of the brews on tap, and then Carney came up with the brilliant idea of sharing a few bombers from the shelves. Seriously, blogging and drinking with a friend is awesome – we both end up writing and enjoying this so much more when we can get in on a post or a beer together! I was first to choose, and I went back for my second beer from an incredible brewer, Hoppin’ Frog. Having had their Hop Dam and loving it, I’ve been eager to try another offering. Because of the warm day, I went with their Turbo Shandy.
I confess, I should have been ready for this beer. I should have known from my other Hoppin’ Frog experiences that this beer would be over the top. I should have expected a flavor explosion unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I was expecting a nice, easy drinking lighter beer with a hint of lemon.
I was a fool.
I poured out three snifters for us, and we clinked glasses because that’s what you do when you drink! We took a whiff of this sucker and all three of us had the same reaction: “WHEW! That’s lemony!”
Our reactions after the first sip were identical as well. Don’t buy this beer expecting a Summer Shandy – that is not what you will get. Buy this beer when you want a Mike’s Hard, but if Mike’s was, you know… good! There’s a huge, sweet lemony blast at first sip, but it is slowly replaced by the subtle flavors of a light, summer beer. Honestly, I don’t know how Hoppin’ Frog does it. This is a beer for friends. This is a beer for summer. This is a beer made for drinking by the pool, and it does it perfectly. Forget your stupid Corona with a lime wedge or your orange infused Blue Moon – there is no beer better for lighthearted summer fun than a Turbo Shandy. This was the beer that blasted me out of my funk with its wall of flavor and easy drinking attitude! I was so impressed by my second Hoppin’ Frog that I grabbed a bottle of their B.O.R.I.S – The Crusher to take home and enjoy, and I literally can not wait for it.
So, to recap: friendship, food, beer, lemons, summer.
It’s a good life, friends.