Janice and I just got to Burlington, Vermont, for 5 days of vacation. But sadly, we had to leave this behind in Portland:
They have five exceptional Christmas beers on tap, in the middle of the summer, and Christmas beers are my absolute favorite. Basically spicier Belgian strong ales. Here's the list:
Christmas in July!!!
La Rulles Cuvee Meilleurs Voeux
St. Bernardus Christmas
De Struise Tejeeses
Gouden Carolus Noel
I had a single St. Bernardus on Sunday night when I finally made it home from the race, and was solidly inebriated. I've finally been sticking to the one beer/week plan enough that 12 oz at 10% was enough to send me home a little wobbly. I haven't had the La Rulles or the De Struise, but hopefully they'll still be there when we get home on Friday.
Of course, it will be hard not to sample the local delicacies while we're here in Portland. It's a working vacation for me, which means e-mails in the morning and training during the day, but hopefully I can make some time to have fun with Janice at night in Burlington. Weather-wise, it does actually feel like Christmas in July. We may spend some time in the hotel pool if our summer of rain continues.
Middlebury Gap tomorrow, maybe.