Monday, January 11, 2010
Restock The Fridge
Between all the bowl games and NFL playoffs and beer tastings and holidays and such I'd pretty much drained my usually solid collection of different beers so we hopped in the ride and headed to Missouri on Saturday. Temperatures were near the single digits so it was a pretty sure bet all I was going to do was lay around the house all day anyway and watch football, so what the heck.
One of the places we go is just north of Springdale, Arkansas as soon as you cross the Missouri border called MacaDoodles. It's an excellent store with a lot of great beer we can't get and their prices are great. They're a chain and they're opening a new one in Fayetteville, AR but it won't have the same selection, so it's only another 30 minutes on up to this store and well worth it. Here's a bit of what I picked up:
* Founders Breakfast Stout
* Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale
* Founders Backwards Bastard
* Laughing Dog The Dogfather
* Laughing Dog Alpha Dog
* Laughing Dog Dogzilla
* Lagunitas Cappuchino Stout
* Hebrew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah Anniversary Edition
* O'Fallon Cherry Chocolate
* New Holland Ichobod
* Anchor Christmas Ale
* Ridgeway Reindeers Revolt Pint
* Ridgeway Pickled Santa Pint
... and some more, but I can't remember it all. I did escape with under $100 spent, so that's pretty good for me.
After leaving that little slice of beer heaven, we headed back down through snow flurries to Fayetteville for lunch at Hog Haus Brewing on Dixon Street. The building it's in is pretty awesome and I remember it being Ozark Brewing Co. but this was my first time to it since it's been Hog Haus Brewing. Lots of great woodwork and a beautiful interior adds to the good food and great selection of beer that they brew themselves. I had a Black Lager and a Java Porter and was very pleased with both. I'm going to have to get back up there and have more of their brews when I'm not having to drive a couple hundred miles immediately after.
I got back to Little Rock in time to get out to the arena and see Middle Tennessee blast Arkansas-Little Rock 66-52. The Trojans actually led at halftime but made only 14 f'n field goals the entire game! They're now 4-12 overall and 0-5 in conference. It's going to be a long season for us season ticket holders, but I'll still be there.
So Saturday consisted of about 450 miles of driving, a huge beer haul, excellent lunch, a college hoops blowout and the old faithful hot dog, nachos and beer at the arena. Good day. I also didn't feel as bad about laying on the couch all day on my lazy butt yesterday and watching football.
Should be another beer run next month though as we've probably got a tasting this coming weekend or next.