Weekend Roundup 3/3

This week. OMG. I was grateful to blow off some steam last evening with Andy and good friends at Bricco. Last night they featured Madhouse Oysters from Maryland (10 for $10) as part of their #BriccoAnniversary, so we had our share of bivalves and good wine.

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After a busy day of meetings, I’m going to swing by ZerØday because I love kickboxing, so I’m eager to check out this event tonight.

For the weekend, Tierney and I were invited to explore the new River Rat Brew Trail. Expect a lot of beer-related tweets, instagrams and FB posts.

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Latest Trend: Whiskey Wednesdays

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Craft beer started out as a trend, and now you can’t go into any bar without at least a few taps being taken up by craft.

Whiskey — good whiskey — will be the next trend to hit the shelves of bars all over, and we are seeing some local places getting in on the action early by offering specials on whiskey to help people expand their palate, while not taking too huge a hit on their wallets.

Flights of whiskey, similar to craft beer flights, are becoming more prevalent, allowing you to try a few styles without comprising too much of your sobriety. (Of course, as always, we courage you to celebrate responsibly.)

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Stock’s on 2nd Whiskey Business Wednesdays

Wednesday special: Half-off all bourbon and whiskey

There are a few ways to take advantage of this special offer at Stock’s on Second.

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You could go for the most expensive: Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey ($18) now $9, Whistle Pig Rye ($16) now $8.

Blanton’s Bourbon, which is regarded by many as some of the best bourbons out there would only be $7.25.

If you’re settling in for a few hours or grabbing dinner then Jefferson’s ($3.75) will suit you just right. Get it on the rocks for smooth and rich taste.

1794 The Whiskey Rebellion

Wednesday special: $5 off their curated whiskey flights and $7 pour of their most popular whiskey

1794 educates you on the whiskey that you are drinking from the nose through the taste.

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You have your choice of American, Irish or Canadian flights that come with three curated samples.

If you’re a Scotch drinker, this is a great place to expand your palate. I would go for the Balviene Doublewood finished in first fill sherry oak barrels from Spain.

The Mill Whiskey Wednesdays

Wednesday special: Curated whiskey flights paired with chef inspired appetizers

The Mill is one of the newest but most creative to the whiskey trend. Their Whiskey Wednesdays take the sampling to another level by pairing it with chef inspired food.

Every Wednesday they offer three different flight variations. You can choose from American, Irish or Canadian whiskey flights that feature three different .75 oz. samples.

Curated American, Irish or Scottich whiskey flights paired with chef inspired appetizers. Three tastings of .75 ounces each with your choice of any appetizer.

American $14: Blanton’s Bourbon, Amador Bourbon Whiskey and Kinsey Bourbon Whiskey

Paired appetizer $7: “2AM”- grilled bacon, rosemary waffle, fried quail egg and maple cayenne mayo

Irish $16: Tullamore Dew Phoenix, Jameson 12 Year and Red Breast Single Malt

Paired appetizer $9: Smoked Duck Crostini – goat cheese and Marco Polo glaze

Scottish $18: Glenlivet 16 Naddura, Balvenie Carribean Cask and Highland Park Dark Origins

Paired appetizer $8: Pulled Pork flatbread – corn puree, smoked gouda and pickled red onion

Whiskey is the next thing in libations. It will not happen as quickly as craft beer, because of the time it takes to produce a good whiskey. Over the next few year we will see a spike in good craft whiskey that everyone can enjoy.

**Please note: Flights and menus subject to change. Visit each restaurant’s site for details.

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Getting through long runs

Just because I love running doesn’t mean that it always comes easily.

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Running is just as much mental as it is physical. If I start to lose it mentally on a run, no matter how good my legs feel, the run will be a struggle. The longer a run, the more chances there are for it to become a struggle. I’ve only run five marathons (but have started training for oh so many more, thanks injuries), so I am by no means an expert, but I feel like it’s starting to get easier as I train for my sixth.

Don’t think of all the miles ahead of you.

When I hear my watch beep for the first mile, it’s easy to think “One down. Seventeen to go.” Gulp. “I have to do this 17 more times?” For me, it helps to break the run up mentally. I either divide it into sections equally (for example, a 20-miler is “just 5 miles, four times.”), or I divide it geographically (for example, each time I am on a new street or turn, I break it up that way).

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Run with other people.

For my first four marathons, I trained solo, which was fine for me at the time, because it was all I knew. However, since then, I’ve teamed up with a group, and long runs go so much quicker. This past weekend, we were running an 18-miler, and at some point during the run, each of us complained we were “totally over it.” However, I am much less likely to stop for an unneeded break if that means I have to make everyone else stop too. (I do think it’s important to run a few longer runs solo, so you aren’t lost without company during your race.)

Visualize the course, and more importantly, the finish line.

Even if I don’t know the course personally, I scope it out online and read reviews. This really helps me, because I know each mile I run is making me stronger and helping me get to that finish line.

Treat yo’self.

When running solo, I am someone who runs with music, and sometimes, I just turn it up a great song super loud (sorry, ears), and try to use that as a distraction.

Ok, ok, I know last week I said to stop rewarding yourself with food, but sometimes, it’s really nice to know there is an ice cold mimosa waiting in the parking lot for you.

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Bulls Head Public House celebrates top honor

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The Bulls Head Public House was just voted by CraftBeer.com as the best craft beer bar in Pennsylvania. If you haven’t been or are looking for an excuse to get back, their upcoming weeklong celebration is the perfect opportunity to see why it was voted the best in the state.

Bulls Head starts with an extremely well-curated beer list. While I love seeing dozens upon dozens of taps, it is refreshing to not be inundated with a lineup of beers that can give you some weird form of anxiety.

Bulls Head takes their beers seriously. If there is an IPA on, you can be assured it’s going to be unique. When we were there they had Great Divide Hercules Double IPA. If you like the it darker, I’m sure you’d be happy with a Breckenridge 72 Imperial Cream Stout.

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The smaller tap list, which only has 16 beers on at a time, allows for a higher turnover of beer to give more variety and allows the bar to offer the freshest beer possible.

Every great beer bar needs their signature beer. Since Bulls Head is a traditional English-style pub, it is only fitting that their house beer is St. Boniface’s Bull’s Head Bitter. A traditional style beer on cask that can be enjoyed any time of the day at only 4%.

Bulls Head Bitter

Their weeklong celebration runs March 7-12 and will feature two special beer releases each day. One on tap and one for sale in bottles.

Monday

Keg: Weyebacher Sunday Morning Stout

Bottle: The Bruery Rueuze ( A blend of their three different vintages of their sour blond ale)

Tuesday

  • Keg: Hof Ten Dormaal Grappa Sour Red ( Flanders Oud Bruin aged in grappa barrels)
  • Bottle: Allagash Odyssey ( dark wheat ale ages in for 10 months in oak and steel barrels)

Wednesday

  • Keg: Founders Project PAM (Black IPA aged in maple bourbon barrels)
  • Bottle: Deschutes Dissident (Flanders Oud Bruin made with cherries and aged in Pinot Noir barrels)

Thursday

  • Keg: Evil Twin and Crooked Stave collaboration Ryan and the Gosling (brett pale ale)
  • Bottle: Schneider Weisse Tap X Aventinus Cuvee Barrique 2014 (wine barrel aged dopplebock/eisbock blend)

Friday

  • Keg: Against The Grain Buffalo Head (peat-smoked brown ale)
  • Bottle: Free Will Black Friday: (Belgian quad aged in apple brandy barrels)

A lot of bars claim to be an English or Irish pub, and although I’ve never been to a bar in either country, I can say that the Bulls Head feels pretty close to the real deal.

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The outside looks like a street front pulled right from London. The bar side is extremely open with a few tables. When you step inside the first thing you notice is how open the bar area is. The bar itself is a classic English style bar with high ornate mirrors behind a line of spirits.

Just recently they collaborated with Lew Bryson on Whisky flights that offer a diverse selection of Scotch to please any palate.

Behind the bar is the dining area that combines the comfort of your grandma’s living room with the style of a bar like no other.

Food service is all through the bar and it is a mix of American and traditional English cuisine.

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Bangers and Mash peaked my interest, and I was not disappointed. Sara got the Chicken Tikka Marsala, while Andy went with the a Shepherd’s Pie and a Scotch egg.

Another recommendation I have are their nachos. Instead of tortilla chips and salsa, their version is more of a “loaded fry” dish with house made potato chips, bacon and cheese. Perfect with any beer.

Saturdays feature an English breakfast from 8-11 a.m. complete with English bacon, sausage, eggs, baked beans and more for only $9.50.

Lastly, if you indulge too much, you’re just a short walk away from a great night sleep at the attached Sutter Inn. The Bulls Head should be a destination for every craft beer lover.

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