Friday, October 2, 2009

Hanging out with celebrities!

Yeah- I know I haven't posted much lately, but September was a pretty horrible month for me.

I wasn't trying a whole lot of new beer, I was working more (which is good), and I was enduring some other problems. But don't worry guys- I'm not on the wagon or anything!!!!

And, I really don't want to be the guy that writes about every single thing. I've been doing this for a year and I have over 7,ooo hits so far with just under 100 posts. I like that pace and will keep to that standard unless my life gets a lot more interesting.

And this past week it has.

So, here's the scoop.

I was at Back Abbey on Wed. when I spotted Meg there having a good time. (Yes, Meg was having a good time at Backhair Abbey, Back Alley, etc.)

Anyhow, we sat down and ordered some beers. And I really didn't know what I wanted. I usually drink Saison Dupont and Fuller's London Pride.

I ordered a London Pride and to my surprise it tasted off. It exhibited paperiness....which is a storage issue, but I made no issue with it because it was slight and could've been simply due to my own innaccuracy since I had not had it in so long.

The next couple of beers were a fluke.

I ordered A Celebrator (Ayinger) Doppelbock, and then Bavik Pilsener.

At this point I was grasping for straws. My beer mojo wasn't working.

John, the owner of Back Abbey, came by and sat as we caught up a little. He informed me the founder of D' Chouffe would be in later for a meet and greet.

Chris Bauwereats showed up and after some disappointment with the lack of knowledgable clientel, came by. He introduced himself and bought us some beer. He sat down and we immediately started talking about beer, the industry, the past, the present, and the future.

He and his partner Danny, the marketing director of Duvel, had been traveling around the country on a Slow Brew tour. Chris was a character, very gregarious and very European. Meeting him made me happy because I could see how genuinely happy the man was- a man that simply did exactly what he wanted to do. In him, I saw what I hope for myself someday. We eventually made it back to dba, and here are the photos.

Melissa and her free Chouffe hat!

Me and Chris having some Stone beers

Chris, Danny, and I


meg said...

I'm not sure I was exactly having a good time -- I was plotting deeply with a colleague. If we hadn't been talking bidness the whole time, I woulda introduced you.

And then you were deep in conversation when the server informed us that you had bought my second Fuller's London Pride. Thanks, buddy! Next one's on me.

tibbi said...

yeah- it looked like you guys were discussing some kind of extortion plot.

manila folders make me nervous....

you guys have to come visit me sometime- we (the missus and I) always enjoy your company- no matter how brief.