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So if you’re bummed about the ride not happening tomorrow, there is plenty going on this weekend instead.
Obviously there is the Gathering of the Gourds at Iron Hill in West Chester, which will happen without us.
Also on Saturday, there is Bloktoberfest. Looks like a great beer list, and sounds like a great time, rain or not.
On Sunday there is 2 awesome events going on, both raindates from last weekend’s washout. At 10am, get your mountain bike up to Pennypack Park and get ready to get muddy for the Pennypack’s Revenge Poker Run. I just rode up there for the first time this week, and it is a ton of fun. This is going to be an awesome race/ride/funtime.
After a hose down, head down to Dock St for the 2nd annual Biketoberfest. This year the price is more than reasonable, so you have no reason not to go.
If you plan your weekend well, you could very easily have an epic 2 day stretch of bikes, beer and awesomeness. Hopefully I’ll see you at some point this weekend, preferably with a beer in one hand and a bike in the other!
Victory Golden Monkey is one of my favorite local beers. In my years I’ve drank probably more of this beer than most others. Its a full flavored, interesting, and affordable belgian style tripel. In my exploration of aging beers, this is one of the first beers I thought of, and I’ve been sitting on a number of bottles for awhile now. last night I cracked open one to see how it was doing. Per the stamp on the label, it was bottled in July of 2007, so not quite a year and a half old.
I’m sorry to say though, that it doesn’t seem to be aging well. Perhaps my basement’s conditions are not ideal (my poorly vented dryer being the main culprit), but the flavor was a bit flat. While flavorful and carbonated, it was a little cardboardy and muddy tasting. Its a shame, but I’ll have to drink up my stock sooner rather than later. Ha, bummer! I suppose I will move them to a fridge to preserve what flavor is there. I also have a batch from July of this year I’ll have to tap into.
On a different note, the Bike Coalition and Dock St Brewery are throwing a Biketoberfest party this Sunday. Anyone going? I know its a benefit and all, but I’m having a hard time with there being a $25 entrance fee AND a cash bar.