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The holidays have arrived and found me completely unprepared for a ride this month. For this I apologize. So lets once again make it happen, impromptu style. We’ll be meeting at the Art Museum this Sat, Jan 2nd, at 10am. Lets start the new year right, with bikes and good beer!
I just saw on Meal Ticket that Yards is putting out a Barleywine. This got me really excited. I’ve haven’t talked much about it this year, but come winter, barleywine is my beer style of choice. Well, I would take it in any season, but most of the breweries put them out this time of year. And there is nothing like cuddling up on a bitter cold winter night with a snifter of aged barleywine and a hunk of stinky cheese. So bring it on, winter!
I’m way late for a recap as the ride was 2 weeks ago, I’m sorry. We did actually ride, and it was pretty fun. Our final destination was Philadelphia Brewing Co’s holiday party, but we had no real route or plan to get there. We started into Fairmount Park, on a route that I know well. But back by the recycling center we turned off onto some fire roads. I was really interested in checking these paths out, and I’m glad that some of the guys knew them well. They weren’t paved, but most everyone had no problem riding them, even with skinny tires.
We rode around for a bit, and decided to head down to the newly opened Hawthorne Cafe in south Philly for lunch. Hawthorne Cafe is a little beer cafe owned by Bella Vista Distributors. The beer selection, as expected, was awesome. They have a growler filling station with an amazing taplist. Sadly though, no single glass pours. I went with a pair of Dark Horse beers, including the perfectly paired oatmeal stout. Early in a late autumn day, after a chilly ride through the woods, a hearty stout was the perfect lunch beer. Well, not exactly lunch. For some reason, they don’t serve their lunch menu until 3pm on weekends, and there was nary a lunch dish to be found on the “brunch” menuu. This was my only complaint, as I was really looking forward to one of their hand carved sandwiches.
From there we rode up to PBC. Some mechanical issues broke up the group, but we all arrived safely. We all had a glass of their new winter ale and settled into a table in the loading dock turned courtyard. We had a chance to recount the ride over some pipe tobacco and free beer, a fitting end to a wonderful day.