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Mom was invited by the dad of my dog friends, Cookie and Meadow, to a Richmond Beer-istoric tour. I’m really jealous it was a ‘no dogs allowed’ tour, but mom said we will definitely be going back to some of these spots together! This past week has been Richmond Beer Week, presented by GreatBrewers.com! So a lot of the local breweries and restaurants have on tap an amazing collection of new beers. There are a lot of events and one of them was this Beer-istoric Tour. I’ll let mom finish up the description:

Mike Gorman was the Historian for the day. You can see Mike give lectures as he works for the National Park Service in Richmond, VA. He was a wealth of information and aside from the beer, the best part of the tour! He even put together a time line of Richmond’s beer history for us!

 

Mike Gorman, RVA Historian & Beer lover

 

Our starting point was Mekong, a fantastic Vietnamese restaurant with a great beer selection. We all boarded a green bus provided by To The Bottom And Back. The bus was stocked with water, pretzels and apples and packed full of beer lovers.

 

O'Connor Great Dismal Black IPA at Capital Ale House Downtown

 

First stop was at the Capital Ale House Downtown location. I had an opportunity to talk dogs with the owners, Mike and Linda Jones. (see Leinie, I can make this about dogs in some way if I try hard enough). We had a sampling of  Wolf Hills Brewing Co. O’connor Great Dismal Black IPA.

 

off the bus to go check out the Yuengling Brewing Co. ruins

Starr Hill McSteamy California Common at Boathouse, Rocketts Landing

Second stop was in Rocketts Landing, the old site of the only other location in the United States that had a Yuengling Brewery. We climbed down and saw some of the old ruins and then walked over to The Boathouse for a pint of Starr Hill Mc Steamy California Common. Our group all converged on the patio and I had an opportunity to talk with Channel 8 newsman, Juan Conde. He was amazed that we were on a tour learning about Richmond’s beer history!

 

 

Legend Brewing...take me to the Barley wine!

Frist Tappin of the Legend Barley Wine

Third Stop was Legend Brewing Co. After tasting the barley wine, some of us headed upstairs to the restaurant to grab something to eat, and for me a pint of Porter! Leinie has been to Legend Brewing Co. by the way. When it is warm out, dogs can hang out on the other side of the fence by the patio.

 

 

Battlefield Kolsch sampled at TJ's at The Jefferson

Fourth stop was at TJ’s at The Jefferson. What a cool place! Tried the Battlefield Coral Sea Kolsch which was brewed by new friends of mine (we bonded over a shared love of beer and dogs, they own Shiba Inus)! Each of the Battlefield brews are named after major battles in history. I might have to take a trip up to Fredricksburg for a visit, yes Leinie, you’ll go too.

 

 

Starr Hill Cryptical Imperial Stout at Commercial Taphouse

 

Fifth stop was at the Commercial Taphouse to sample some of Starr Hill Cryptical Imperial Stout…looks like the samplings are getting smaller..that was a good thing! And all through the tour, Mike Gorman was giving us historical updates…incredible!

 

Williamsburg Alewerks Royal Aged Coffee Imperial Stout at Can Can

Sixth stop was at Can Can Brasserie where we sampled the Williamsburg Aleweks Royal Oak Aged Coffee.

 

 

Mekong

Blue Mountain Dark Hollow Reserve at Mekong

Seventh stop was back to Mekong. It was time for a delicious meal and a pint of Blue Mountain Dark Hollow Reserve.

 

Thanks so very much to Mike Gorman, Jacob Brunow and Steve Tuzeneu of Browns Distributing, all the amazing host restaurants and breweries, To the Bottom and Back (Thank you so much Cookie and Meadow’s dad for the ticket!!!), and everyone that attended the first ever Richmond Beer-istoric tour. This was by far the most fun I have had on a history tour ever and it wasn’t just because of the beer. Ok Leinie, you can have your blog back!

Sounds like mom had fun…but I made sure she enjoyed some Leinie’s Red and Creamy Dark the past couple days!

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Today is Veterans Day! A day to thank, and remember those men, women and K9’s that have bravely served our country’s Military.

In today’s military history many Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd Dogs are on the front line with our troops. They are doing an amazing job and I want to personally send a “woof” to you all and I know mom is putting together a box of dog stuff for some troops in Afghanistan to go out today.

This Veteran’s Day I want like to draw attention to one of the most decorated Canine war heroes in US history. Stubby, was a bull terrier mix that wandered into the camp of the Connecticut 102nd Infantry in 1917. Smuggled aboard ship by a young Private, his adventures in France began.

His most famous exploit however, came during the Battle of the Argonne where he is credited with the capture an enemy spy. Official accounts note that Stubby leaped from the safety of the trench, bit a previously undetected intruder on the seat of his breeches and held him there until the shocked German could be disarmed. –Sam L. Rothman

He had a long and incredibly interesting military career and when he returned home, he returned to the United States a hero. Upon his death in 1926 his remains were preserved and given to the Smithsonian . His obituary, in the  New York Times, was 3 columns long.

Stubby was certainly not the first dog to go to war with the Unites States Military, but he is on of the most decorated K9’s that stood on the grounds of some of the most important battles of World War I.

So today I’ll have mom raise a glass of Leinenkugel’s Creamy Dark in honor of Stubby and all the other K9’s that have gone to war for the United States! Thank You!!!!

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