Almost 2 months ago it happened. We did it. We toyed with the idea that most married couples toy with at some point in life, and we moved forward into it. The statement was uttered. Those 5 words that can evoke joy or dread or a hundred other emotions was spoken. The words hung in the air as if all my fears and insecurities had been suddenly called out and laid before me like a smelly, stale, congealed buffet of shame.
Derek said it.
We. Should. Get. Healthy. Together.
I almost dropped my deep dish pizza slice! Yes, we’ve both gained weight and somewhere underneath these 11+ years of fat, carbs, and regret are the people we once married. And now we’ve committed to digging them out.
I won’t bore you with the diet details, but it’s mainly low carb with a ton of beans and guacamole mixed in with a surprisingly reasonable workout schedule. Due to this there has been a great shift in our consumption of beer verses beans. I now have perfected a lentil bread recipe to the point that we surprisingly don’t miss regular bread at all! But beer has been relegated to Saturdays, our “cheat day.” So if Derek was discriminating about his beer choices before, now for Saturdays, he has become fanatical!
I get excited for Saturdays, mainly for the pancakes, but also to discover the newest Holy Grail beer he has brought home for us to savor! For several of these past Saturdays it has been a steady run of SingleCut. This week we enjoyed Desert! IPA. Since SingleCut has opened up in Clifton Park, Derek has going on and on about how amazing it is to now know what it feels like to live less than 30 minutes from a brewery that is currently slaying it. He used to trek hours out of state on quests to obtain enough beer to last before the next road trip. Now a quick trip up the Northway is enough to satisfy.
Who says you have to give up to much to adopt a healthy lifestyle? We truly CAN have it all, the beans and the beer! Just not every day...
I will admit, this week has not been particularly exciting in our little brew world. But that is generally how life works. One week you are riding high on can releases and visits to exceptional taverns for some great beers and food. The next week you are just simply thrilled that you got that tenth punch on your Brew Crew Growler card from Westmere Beverage! Derek grabbed Pixie Dust and Thunder Tiger on Friday’s visit. They still had cans of Wrench too, one of his favorite beers.
If you read in my 1/16/2108 post about Delaware Supply, you’ll know that Colin and Lauren, the owners of Delaware Supply, came out from Westmere to build their craft beer bar. Derek has been visiting Westmere for at least three years has gotten to know the Brew Crew over time. And they’ve gotten to know and like him too. Every so often there’s a growler left behind the counter for Derek after a keg tap and he often heads out to Westmere with a couple of his own cans to trade with them as friends. This definitely is his go to beer store and without equal in the Albany area. It’s no wonder they’ve been voted The Capital District’s Best Beer Store so many years in a row. They always have the best selections on tap and in cans. Derek can’t say enough about the Brew Crew. Not only are they incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to craft beers, but they really do care about the beer itself and making sure that you get the most out of it.
I asked Derek to take some photos. We have Brew Crew Member, Matt, holding Derek's punch card. Not sure if Matt was into having his photo taken, but there he is! We also have the manager, Jeremy, standing outside the store looking like the happy man he is.
We can say we were there!
LIC Beer Project’s first upstate can release at Mohawk Taproom in Scotia!
Derek was there early to get his line ticket and had a table already for when I showed up a bit later for lunch. I squeezed through the crowd to the table he shared with his friends, Sean and Scott. Derek was excited about the beer he had in his hand. “This is Hill Farmstead Abner! Taste this!” he exclaimed, “I have been waiting 2 years to try this beer!” I sipped his glass as I took of my coat and sat down, it was delicious! I ordered the Beyond Veggie Burger with edamame slaw. I want to be very clear, I’m not a vegetarian, but I loved this burger!
Mohawk Taproom was loud and crowded for the can release but, as a true testament of a well-run bar, we still got our individual service with smiles and damn fine beers.
The call out soon came for the line to start forming for the can sales. I stayed inside warm and toasty with a margarita while the guys went out to stand in line for Electric Lady Pale Ale, Both Sides of the Rainbow DIPA and Late Night Sun DIPA and some T-shirts!
Delaware Supply opened its doors in November 2017. Derek knew the owners, Colin and Lauren, as part of the Brew Crew from Westmere Beverage in Guilderland. When this couple found the site for Delaware Supply they brought in their extensive beer knowledge and used the most important rule of real estate: Location, Location, Location! They found the perfect place in which to open this unique Craft Beer Bar, snuggled between the Spectrum 8 Theatres and New World Bistro in Albany.
Derek and I visited one afternoon in between movie going crowds and before New World Bistro opened up for dinner. Colin and Lauren were both there, they saw Derek and welcomed us in like old friends. I soon realized that’s how they greet everyone, as an old friend stopping over for a drink and maybe a snack. We stuck around for a bit and had a few tastes and also took advantage of their To Go service. Derek has great plans for his future there as a regular. Currently Delaware Supply is on the opposite side of the county for us, but we are rebuilding our home soon and will be renting less than 2 miles away. Derek is eager to be closer to Delaware Supply, even if only for a few months. Again, Location, Location, Location!
We’ve heard a lot about Tipsy Moose and their extensive Tap Menu of regional beers. Derek and I have been talking about getting over there to check it out, maybe have a date night... But since we work opposite schedules and have 2 small children we settled for meeting there for lunch with our friend Cassandra after I spent the morning running around to appointments with the kids.
Derek was especially excited to find DDH Lambo Door there on tap. “This was 8% breakfast juice!” he said, “and I know where of I speak because I have had it with eggs and bacon!” (Thank you Mr. Riddervold!) Now there are places that serve you good amounts of good food. Tipsy Moose is not one of those places. Tipsy Moose serves massive amounts of amazing food! As it was a Monday the brunch menu wasn’t up so Derek paired his DDH Lambo Door with Beer-Battered Turkey Reuben. Yes, beer battered…deep fried…Reuben. It was colossal! We figure they swapped out the corned beef with turkey to cut the richness. He described is as “Pure Decadence!”
Our 7 year old discovered the Build Your Own Mac & Cheese on the menu and chose pulled pork and bacon. Again, Tipsy Moose gives massive amounts! He ate as much as his tummy could handle, which was a pretty good amount, and Derek still made 2 large meals out of what we brought home.
Our daughter, who is of more refined taste, had the white broccoli pizza. My mouth is watering just thinking about that pizza. She managed to share her pizza with the whole table, eat herself into food coma, and still had slices to bring home.
Cassandra and I each had the Black & Blue salad, sooo yummy, sooo BIG. Seriously, when planning to go to Tipsy Moose, plan to drink gorgeous beers and eat leftovers for the next 2 days! Now, for the next time, I’m told to order the Poutine Fries and a flight of Mac & Cheese. They update their Tap Menu often so check it out here.