[livejournal.com profile] ragnorokt, who's here visiting, and I went on a few brewery tours today. We started with Redhook in Woodinville. They told us about Mac & Jack's in Redmond and then we also visited Black Raven in Redmond.

I learned some good things about Redhook. For example, they aren't in AB/InBev's pocket like I thought they were. Plus they make some really tasty beer. Right now a case of Late Harvest is $15 so they can make room for their winter beer that is being released next week. They also have a rye, called Roggenhammer, and a barley wine I want to try. Sadly they didn't have any in the shop so I'll have to try it later.

The tour guide at Redhook told us about the tour at Mac & Jack's which only happens on Sundays. So we made our way over there for the tour. At Mac & Jack's I met a lot of twitter folks as there was a tweetup for the tour. The tour was free and we had some nice samples. I have come to the conclusion that I just don't care for IPA's. Not that I wouldn't try a free sample when it was offered to me.

The next stop on our beer tour was Black Raven Brewing Co.. A new (only six months old) brewing company in Redmond. They didn't have a tour like the other two places so [livejournal.com profile] ragnorokt and I sat in their bar and tried the tasting flight. My favorite was the Morrighan Stout. If you're on the Eastside I recommend you give Black Raven a try. Small brewers like this need to exist.

After Black Raven we decided that we had had enough beer and it was time for dinner. So we off to the Crab Pot in Bellevue. He can't get good seafood in the midwest so we decided to go all the way. So full it wasn't even funny. But how often does your brother turn forty? (I'm sure he'll be sure to remind us all on Friday that 40 < 43.)

Finally, we went to the McMenamin's Queen Anne for the last beer tasting of the day. We had originally planned on visiting two more breweries today. However, four was enough and so we called it a night. We will pick up the last two breweries later this week. All in all I had a good day and I hope my brother had a good birthday.

I'm a day early but I won't have net access tomorrow, so... Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] ragnorokt! My favorite brother! :)p


Dec. 28th, 2007 09:48 am

First, I talked to Mom last night. She was doing well. They didn't find anything but she'll be going back for more testing next week.

Second, [livejournal.com profile] ragnorokt's gift arrived. Fruit cake at last! I know a lot of people have a negative opinion of fruit cake but that's because they've only been exposed to the brick full of garbage that's sold in stores. A well made fruit cake is a thing of joy and wonder.

Finally, my PowerBook crashed and now the recovery tools on the install DVD will not detect the hard drive. I lost everything. Music, movies, photos, documents, coding projects... "But [livejournal.com profile] hollyking, you're tech savvy. You know you should back everything up." I was! It crashed in the middle of a back up. GAH!

My hope is that I've just toasted the drive so I can get a replacement and get it up and running cheaply. Does anyone in the Seattle area have TORX screwdrivers? In particular the T8 and T9 size? This comes at a bad time because I don't have any spare cash to pay for tools or a new drive and I was backing up the system in preparation of selling it.

My music!

Happy birthday to my favorite brother in the world, [livejournal.com profile] ragnorokt!!!

hollyking: (yaaay)

A very happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ragnorokt, my brother, who recently joined us here on LJ.

So, do you have any plans for the day?

Allow me to introduce my brother, [livejournal.com profile] ragnorokt. [livejournal.com profile] ragnorokt, this is everyone. Everyone this is [livejournal.com profile] ragnorokt.

I'm not going to tell anyone to be nice because none of you would listen to me anyway.


Jul. 20th, 2006 09:25 am

We spent last night playing WoW and watching Monique's F.A.T. beauty pagent before heading off to bed. So it was a shock to receive an email from my mom telling me that everyone was alive an unharmed. WTF? I searched around on the internet and found out that St. Louis was hit by a severe storm yesterday. Eeep!

My mom has no power, my aunt & uncle have no power and a tree fell through the roof on their house. Grandma is ok and Rick & Nancy have moved in with them until they can get their roof repaired. Of course it is supposed to be over 100 in St. Louis today.

You think they would catch a clue and move out here. Two days ago I received a message from my brother who called me a bastard because our high for the day was cooler than their low for the day. Ha ha!

Seriously, I'm glad my family is ok. I've lived through those storms and they're nasty.

I just received an email from my brother. I'm proud of him the little stinker!

Just thought I would drop you a quick note to let you know that the grade for my final class has come in and it is an 'A'. That gives me a perfect 4.00 GPA on my MBA and a overall GPA of 3.98 for all of my graduate studies.

Now if I could just brainwash, er convince, him to move out this way. As much as he's into camping and hiking I know he'd love the area.



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