With warmer temperatures slowly creeping in, I couldn’t be happier to say adios to the treadmill and to running in pants. And what better way to give winter the heave-ho and welcome spring than with a beer mile?
You may remember me participating in one last spring, and spoiler alert, I set my first PR of 2015! But let’s rewind to the beginning.
Before & After: The Beer Mile
I’ve mentioned this a few times, but I am on a doctor-ordered gluten-free diet, so the hunt for a acceptable (5% abv or higher) gluten-free beer was on. I ended up with a six-pack of Omission Pale Ale from Giant. Now, I am not a craft beer fan, so I was wary of how this was going to go, and slightly nervous I’d be gagging during the first lap.
Just like last year, we met at the same friend’s house in Midtown. Fortunately, taking a loop around her block is exactly a quarter mile. We did a warm-up lap, so everyone knew where to go, and then we cheers-ed and the timer started.
Luckily, the Ommision beer didn’t have a strong taste. That’s not to say I was enjoying it, but I wasn’t choking it down. Out of eight of us, I finished my first beer right in the middle of the pack and then took off. I managed to maneuver into second place during that lap, and then I cruised in for beer #2. It started going down a little easier, but on my second lap, I could definitely feel it sloshing around in my stomach and I kept loudly belching during the run — and I wasn’t the only one.
Halfway done, I reminded myself as I began drinking beer number three. I think the third lap was the toughest. Knowing you still have another beer and another lap to go, and all that liquid is really moving around in there.
Fortunately, I made it through with no issues, finished my last beer and took off. I was too far off the leader, but I was pretty comfortable in second. As I approached the “finish line,” I heard my time announced as I stopped: 8:48. Yes! That was quicker than my time of 9 minutes and change from last year (the timer wasn’t as efficient last time).
Once again, a super-fun event that combines two of my loves: running and drinking.
I’d encourage you all to try it, but just remember to drink- and run- responsibly.
It’s no secret that Philadelphia has a lot to see and do if you’re going for a weekend trip, but the problem is getting the most out of your trip.
Jim Cheney, who runs the Pennsylvania travel blog UncoveringPA, has created a great tool to use to unlock all of the hidden gems in the City of Brotherly Love.
With Choose a Way, Philadelphia, a choose-your-own adventure eBook, Cheney has given you all of the tools you need to just enjoy your time.
Unlike most choose your own adventure books that deal with crime solving or going on a journey with a bunch of elves, this one is a real life tour of Philly that can take you all over the city with just a few taps on a screen.
You start with whenever you wake up, whether you’re an early riser or nursing a hangover from the night before.
It has something for every interest in the options and caters to both adults and kids alike.
1794 The Whiskey Rebellion opened earlier this year in downtown Carlisle at the Comfort Suites Hotel. With a fresh approach to food and cocktails, the menu is sourced from nearby farms, showcasing Pennsylvania products.
I am a big fan of doing what I want, especially when it comes to beer. Brunch is one of my most favorite things, but I don’t like Bloody Marys and mimosas don’t always do it for me. Sometimes, all I want with my breakfast/brunch is a really good beer. Considering something new for your next weekend excursion? Branch out beyond the tradition brunch drinks and tray a new pairing.
Pancakes & Wheat Beers
Nothing will take you back to childhood like a stack of pancakes on a Saturday morning. Whether you go with the original or change it up to chocolate chip or blueberry, if you’re not having milk with it, you’re probably having orange juice. I’m kicking the orange flavor to the adult level by suggesting you grab a citrus-forward wheat beer. Think Troegs Dream Weaver Wheat, Dogfish Head Namaste, or Molly Pitcher War Ball Wit. Maybe you’ll get fancy and turn them into a beermosa?
Eggs & Pilsners
My breakfast of choice is always dippy eggs with a side of hash browns, bacon, and wheat toast. With a variety of flavors on a plate like this, a mild pilsner is the perfect complement without being a distraction. Check out Stoudts Pils, Rogue Good Chit Pilsner, or Victory Prima Pils to get you started.
French Toast & Brown Ales
Sometimes there’s nothing better than big thick French toast topped with powdered sugar and maple syrup. Since you’ve got plenty of sugar already piled on your food, a nutty dry brown ale would pair perfectly without taking away from your epic meal. Grab a can of Cigar City Maduro Brown, Bell’s Best Brown Ale, or an Abita Turbodog and chow down.
Breakfast Sandwiches & IPAs
When I get a breakfast sandwich, I like a ton of cheese and meat with a bit of egg wedged all in there. And with it? A regular classic IPA. Nothing too overly hoppy to overtake your sandwich, but just enough to remind you it’s there. Go for a Dogfish Head 60 Minute, Ballast Point Sculpin, or a Stone IPA.
Good morning. For my birthday, it looks like I’ll be getting a new computer, so forgive the brevity of this post, but I can only now view my laptop screen when it’s at about a 45 degree angle, which makes things a bit complicated. I guess I’m going off the grid for my day.
March 1981: A simpler time and haircut.
Today, The Millworks opens in Harrisburg, and I’ll be there at least for the media ribbon cutting, and hope to meet Andy there for a drink, should there be room. I still haven’t decided on a birthday dinner location, but I neglected to make reservations, so it’s anyone’s game: Cork & Fork (oops on reservations again), Garlic Poet, Devon, The Forebay? Who knows … especially if I don’t get this computer issue figured out quickly.
This weekend we intended to go to Pittsburgh, but we’ve had some sick/injured animals in the family, which will keep us home.
However, with spring in sight, there are a ton of things to do all weekend long, so you’ll want to scan below for some great ideas on how to spend your days and nights.