I can almost smell it, SUMMER!! Well at least better temperatures. This week we are trying a second brew from Wild Ride Brewing Company from Redmond, Oregon. A couple of weeks back we had their Nut Crusher Porter which was surprisingly good. This week we try out their Electric Fly IPA (India Pale Ale).
If any of these companies would like to send these items my way I would be more than happy to review them, I mean keep them for my own personal use. Yeah sure I will put them on my site again, and review them on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. No worries.
Holy Shit I had a lot of drinks this week. From Orange crushes, Jameson and Ginger, to St. Bernarbus Wit, and Brother Thelonious. A battle of the holy beers, with St. Bernarbus Wit easily coming out on top. That was a damn good beer. I’ll try to list all of them in some order but there is a good chance I am going to screw this post up. The biggest reason is that I am drinking now so we will just go with whatever my fat ass hands can type.
I came into this week having picked up two beers that I would try but being on vacation I clearly have had far more than that. Shock Top and Cage Radler have been my go to beers so far. Two easy drinking summer beers. These are the guys I would knock down while relaxing on the screened in porch here at the rental just talking about how relaxing this is and that we will make it an annual tradition.
Brother Thelonious and St. Bernarbus we two very different beers with the St. Bernarbus coming out on top. This was a sweet beer and I think that it just fit in a bit better for the setting I was in. I don’t match my beers with my food but with the good times I am having. Summer brings out more of the sweeter beers like the Wits. So in good fashion I will be picking this one up again. I highly suggest it ro all.
Enjoying Dewey is easy all you have to do is show up and a party is going to break out. Each turn you take there is a place that is offering great drinks and great times. This week there have been five places that I have enjoyed and I think you will all enjoy them as well.
#1. This is a no brainer and most reading this are going to say no shit but The Starboard is one of the greatest bars ever created by the beach gods. I don’t believe this was built by man it is to mythical and to amazing to have been the creation of a mere mortal.
#2. Listen if you want to relax, people watch, and enjoy some amazing beers you have to stop into the Dewey Beer Company. I had three beers from there and bought up some swag, the buzz forced me to do it. The beers in ranking order from Dewey Beer Company would be #1 Citra Wit #2 Social Kolsch #3 Summer Saison. All awesome beers.
#4 Surf Side Bar is a great pit stop for some good drinks and fun times. On a walk from Dewey Town Hall I popped in just to grab a Sam’s Summer Ale to take the heat off. They look small from the outside but the bar is deep and the good times are even deeper.
#5 Paradise Grill is off the charts fun. Look this place is huge, has the best atmosphere for the family. This place is bayside so it will either take a bit of a drive to get there, or my preferred method a night boat trip where you can dock at the place. They have plenty of beers decent food and some good bands that play.
This week is slowing down and we are preparing to head into week #2 of this vacation. Sunday you can catch me day drinking at the The Star Board stop in grab a selfie and a beer.
Never Drink Alone
See you in the Future – Thee Time Traveler.
Fathers Day is coming and I have compiled some of my favorite shops from around the web. This will help especially when he says he doesn’t want anything. You know that shit isn’t true. So pony up a couple of dollars and grab some awesome stuff for you Pop.
Alpha Outpost – Themed Boxes for Men
These boxes are awesome and come with some great gear. Pay for a subscription for a few months and see how he likes it. The first three boxes are great and then they switch each month after that. Below are some photos of what I have received.
Bespoke Post – Male Subscription Box
This is a another great subscription box. You get fewer items but they are of really good quality. Plus the plan is very user-friendly in that if you don’t like the box for that month you can skip it, or you can add stuff to it. Their shop is awesome and has some amazing gear from bags to audio to great books. This site is the one that I would go to for one of those classy dads.
Every Day Carry Items – What he needs
Listen dads will never talk bad about the gifts you give him, but I can tell you he doesn’t want some stuff that he is going to hang in the closet and wear once every three years. Pops is going to want something functional, something that he can use all the time. EDC (Everyday Carry) items are the way to go. Visit the link above and you will find plenty of ideas for him. Do a little research and compare prices on Amazon and across the web. Once you pick out a few items drop them in an old wooden crate and nail it shut. He will love it.
Man Crates – Holy Cow these are Awesome
These themed crates are amazing. Plus you get to open them with a crow bar. You can also get gift cards in concrete which your Dad can blast with dynamite or just smash it with a hammer. A quarter stick of dynamite in the house is not recommended. I received the Grill Master Crate and the Whiskey Crate. These boxes came packed and were too much fun to open.
If your Dad is a tactical beast and loves wicked awesome gear then check out the next few links.
Crate Club – Bad Ass Gear for Bad ass Dads
Battle Box – Do you want to hunt Yeti’s. Hell Yeah you do Battle Box will help you in all situations.
Men of Style
Birch Box – Got your self a dapper daddy, hit up with this low-priced subscription box.
Robb Vice – I have to get my hands on one of these boxes. The are very eye appealing.
These are just some of the places that I like to shop at and hope that they help you with finding that awesome Dad the perfect Fathers Day gift.
For my tenth anniversary the wife and I decided to go to Ireland. This pleased me beyond belief. I have been to some great places but for what ever reason never thought that I would find myself in Ireland. Yet here we go. We got some pretty good deals so far, the flight was booked round trip through Aer Lingus, and we got a small studio apartment using Home Away. All in all we have only spent 2800 bucks so far and we took care of the two biggest items. Are expectations are high, but our itinerary is low. We are going to relax and take it all in. The main goal is to go and enjoy the people, the pubs, and mainly the scenery. We are only a few days away from setting off onto our journey, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Day #1 Pre Trip (Friday)
The pre-trip excitement and jitters have begun, more so for the wife then me. She has made many statements that don’t seem all that logical or maybe I just don’t get it. All of a sudden there is zero time, even though we leave on Sunday, and everything needs to be cleaned as if the damn Pope is coming over. The biggest thing is that she wants to clean weird shit all of a sudden like “Do you think we should mop the ceiling”, or “Eww, HONEY WE SHOULD PROBABLY DUST THE INSIDE OF THE FRIDGE BEFORE WE LEAVE”, WTF. I try to remind her that there will be no one here for a week, and trust me the cat doesn’t give a shit what the house looks like. The other things that need to be accomplished fall in very different categories such as needing to get haircuts, shaving all of my body hair off, getting her toe nails done, shopping for more clothes, checking the weather in Ireland every 15 minutes, searching our closet for 30-60 minutes as if new clothes will magically appear each time we re-enter this den of outdated cloth. While I begin to pack I will be reminded over and over again that I shouldn’t take that and pack this, and constantly asked will this fit in your bag. Oh the joys of travel.
Showers are complete, the wife and my oldest are headed to the mall soon to purchase a shit ton of items that will only be worn once. They will eat a crazy good lunch, and I am sure that when she gets home she will only pack half the things she bought. Me I am off to find barber to cut my hair, not just any barber though it has to be one the can cut my hair so it doesn’t burn my wife’s eyes when she gazes at me. This has been an ongoing battle. I usually don’t get to caught up in it, I pick the first place I see and get it cut. I remind you that I have been overseas a lot and have had some wild people cut my hair. My favorite was a gay Filipino with long nails that would sing Christina Aguilera’s “DIRTY” while cutting my hair, and this took place in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. Yes a gay Filipino hair stylist in the middle of Saudi Arabia. Dude was good though.
Back from my hair cut. The girls are still shopping. I take this valuable time to wonder around the house and just think about all the things I should be doing.
Fuck I got shit to do!
Well I guess I better Mop.
The puppy has gotten a bath at PETCO, more laundry is in, and I believe the wife is a bottle deep on some white wine. Me, well I have had a couple more summer ales. Time to relax and enjoy the night. I think I have been asked to vacuum the lawn tomorrow.
Day #2 Pre-Trip (Saturday)
The wife is up and ready to leave so that she can get her hair done. Most mornings it takes what feels like 47 and half hours for her to get ready in the morning. Since she is trying a new hair dresser it took 20 minutes to get ready. Where is this motivation every other day. I have been told that her hair will take up to 3 hours. Holy shit, 3 hours! That’s insane. For what ever reason the woman that is normally the most impatience person I know, all of a sudden has the patience of a Buddhist Monk. Crazy, is 0930 to early for a drink?
So I didn’t grab a drink, but I did start the laundry. I am beginning to feel like she has a master plan where I do all the cleaning while she runs around.
I cut the grass one last time for this week. Started some more laundry and now have become anxious about my pancreas. Three weeks ago I had Pancreatitis which was by far the most painful thing I have ever felt. It was like a tiny dwarf made of razor blades was doing laps in my stomach and back. So fast forward I had three beers yesterday and now I think I have awaken the beast again. Probably all in my head.
I went and tried to pick up my dry cleaning and it wasn’t ready. I hate when that happens. I am going to start prepping a beef brisket for tomorrow, I just want it to marinate over night. Going to jump up early to cook it. The family requested it, and I shall deliver. Although I wont be able to enjoy it to much because of the law fat anti pancreatitis diet I am on. FUCK YOU PANCREAS.
Bags are pretty much packed. The wife’s hair looks great, yet she still hasn’t noticed mine at all. Off to pick up my dry cleaning again, it better be done.
God dammit the place is closed.
I am sitting on my couch my stomach continue to act funny, what the hell.
We have successfully died Easter eggs. This was the cleanest it has ever been, no dye anywhere.
Day #3 (Sunday Easter and the Day we travel)
I wake to smoke the brisket, nothing like getting the smoker ready at 3am. That smell is good at all hours of the day. The best part was is that it was quiet, almost tranquil and bliss. This is because everyone else was still asleep.
My peace is broken by children searching for the for Easter baskets. They look like junkies who were just given clues to where drugs may be stored.
Final touch up cleaning and then it’s off to the outlaws, I mean in-laws. No really they are the greatest people ever.
Kids are dropped off, we give a quick hello and goodbye all in one breath and it’s off to Ireland.
We still had to drop the dog off. At this point I am beginning to fade, 3am was a bit early. Time to suck it up and head to the airport.
Chickies and Petes for a beer and some grub, the pre flight meal. This isn’t the Easter meal I was looking for but who cares I am heading to Ireland. Side note I haven’t pooped in two days. I know that this isn’t relevant but it’s frustrating and I had to get it out.
Frontier Airlines just held a jelly bean contest, you know the one where you have to guess the amount of Jelly Beans in the jar. Kinda weird, at least they didn’t beat anyone up, or hold a fight club for seat upgrades.
DUBLIN DAY 1 – Hell yeah.
7:15 AM Dublin is 5 hours ahead Thee Time Traveler is in the FUTURE.
I awake from my slumber, we are landing soon and I am juiced. The wife not so much, she didn’t sleep well on the plane.
Gary our driver has picked us at the airport, friendly gentleman and gives us a brief on the way over for some things to do today. He pulls up in front of a boarded up home and says “alright we are here”, Funny Gary, we are actually staying a next door. The place is small but comfy, and has everything we need for the week. We just can’t seem to figure out the stupid outlet deal, so many prongs.
We walk down to the grocery store and pick up eggs, tea, Doritos, and water. You know the basics.
Times will be omitted from this point forward (They begin to get a bit blurry)
We left the apartment to begin touring Dublin. The weather was damp, which I am guessing this is what most days are like. If you could imagine it’s kind of like a damp basement all over the place, a little wet, little cold, and pretty grey. You wouldn’t be able to tell this from the people though because it’s like the sun is always shinning for them.
Our first stop would be a local pub called Kavanagh’s Pub just down the street from us. The Bartender was an awesome women named Rose who was well traveled and offered a wealth of information for places for us to go and see. The rest of the pub was filled with older men wearing scally caps or duckbill, drinking Guinness and reading the paper. For the first pub to pick it was exactly what we thought it would be like. Rose knew each person that came through the door. We sat and chatted for a bit said our goodbyes for the day and off we went to see what Dublin had in store for us.
Dublin was still celebrating Easter and the Easter Rising Rebellion of 1916. Most shops were closed along the way but there were festivities going on throughout the city. The first one we went to was a place suggested by Gary the Driver and Rose the barkeep called Smithfield Square. The square was blocked off for various tents to do things, food trucks abound, and a concert stage on the far end. We walked around checked out a few things and decided to grab a bite to eat. Dublin is very westernized so it has a familiar feel when it comes to the eateries, the place we chose was called Oscars Cafe and Bar. The wife got a veggie burger with chips (French fries), I got a normal burger and chips, both were delicious. She drank a glass of wine and I drank a Galway Hooker. This was not a real Hooker it’s the name of the beer, stay with me people. We finished up and off we went to see more of Dublin.
Ken a local at Kavanagh’s suggested St. Stephens Green, much like Smithfield Square there would be festivities, family oriented activities and a concert. The park was amazing and packed full of families enjoying the day. We walked around the park for a bit until the wife got home sick seeing all of the families with their kids. I have to admit I felt it a bit as well. So the only way to solve this problem is to head of to another Pub.
When we were searching for St. Stephens green we passed a few pubs along the way, yet ne stuck out to us and that was Brazen Head Pub. This is the Oldest Pub in Ireland, opening in 1198. Unreal I know, it’s almost hard to wrap your head around how old some of the things are here, manly because the U.S only became independent in 1776. The Pub was hundreds of years older then that. We found to stools at the bar pulled up and ordered two Jameson and Ginger Ales. Looking around the history of the bars patrons were all over the walls. Dollars bills from all over the world were taped and tacked to the walls along with patches from first responders, military, and law enforcement groups from all over the world. The bartender, whose name was Gary, offered up some great advice on more places to go and see. He laid out a tour that would show us the history of the 1916 Easter rebellion.
We finished our drinks grab the map provided by Gary and took off towards wear we were staying. At this point of the day we had walked a few miles already and were beginning to tire out. We got back to one of the main streets near our studio apartment and stopped in at a pub called L. Mulligans Grocer L. Mulligan Grocer. This would be the final pub of the night, but maybe one of the best. We sat at the bar and struck up a conversation with Harry the English bartender. Nikki would nickname him Harry the Prince. It was at this point when we were trying to finish our drinks we realized how tired we were getting, I could have fallen asleep right at the bar, so we finished up and headed back towards the apartment, not before we stopped and picked up a bottle of Captain Morgan and some diet Cokes. Gotta have a night cap right.
We stumbled into the room tired and slightly drunk and tried to map out the next day while having another drink. Neither one of us at this point could understand the other one so we decided to call it night. It was only 6pm at this point. Hey don’t judge us, we were jet lagged and drunk, and tired from walking around the city. We laid down and fell asleep before our heads hit the pillows.
2 HOURS LATER we sprung from our sleep, I don’t know who woke first but we were up thinking that we had slept through the night. NOPE, we couldn’t have been more wrong it was only 8pm. We only discovered this after stumbling around the room in search of our phones to check the date and time. It looked like the scene from Stepbrothers when they were sleep walking around the house. Nikki yells to me that it’s still the same day and only 8pm. I don’t believe her at this point and continue to look at my phone with one eye open and look of WTF on my face. After checking the time 38 different ways, we went back to bed. Hopefully tomorrow will be go just as good.
Day 2 DUBLIN – What did we get ourselves into
We laid in bed until about 9 am. I decided to get up have some tea, and write down some notes from the previous day. As I am sitting there smiling and reflecting on the previous day, could smell a slight hint of pee. Sorry for adding this but I found it funny. In my drunken state the night before I had attempted to use the bathroom, I guess I didn’t get him all the way out before I started and got a little on the front. Men you know this has happened at some point in your adult lives, women I don’t know what to say I am disgusting.
After making the wife some eggs and tea we decided to start our day off the same way we did the previous day and that was by going to Kavanagh’s and seeing Rose to have a pint. The wife has adopted Rose as our Irish mother by this point. She seemed almost to excited to see us and gave a plate a various chesses and some chutney to spread on them along with some soda bread. If you don’t know what chutney is look it up, go by some, and enjoy, your welcome. We finished our drinks, through down some cheese and headed off to the Jameson Tour in Smithfield Square.
I have been to Kentucky and done the bourbon trail tours, which are excellent tours. Now the Jameson tour isn’t anything like the Makers Mark tour, but more like the Evan Williams tour on bourbon row in downtown Kentucky. I don’t want to diminish the Jameson tour though, because it was excellent. Our tour guide for the day was Lawrence a Californian relocated to Dublin. They give you a wonderful brief on the history of John Jameson, and how much the distiller meant to Dublin. At the end of the tour you get to conduct a tasting, equally excellent. The facility is amazing and the tour is just long enough. Once the tour was complete we sat at their bar and had a couple of drinks. Jameson is no longer distilled at that location, but you still get a wonderful experience.
We left Jameson and headed towards St. Michans Church where we wanted to go and see the crypts below the church. The have a short St. Michans tour were they take you below to see ancient bodies that have been amazingly preserved over time. the crypt’s temperature never changes, and the limestone rocks, and methane coming from the gerund keep the bodies in amazing shape. The oldest one we saw was nearly 800 years old. Crazy right. Pictures couldn’t really be taken down there because it was considered a sacred place, and the tombs that were still technically in use no light could be shown in the room. This added to the eerie fill that the crypt held. I did manage to touch and old skull sitting on the floor. Nikki made me use hand sanitizer almost immediately after I told her. The history above and below the grounds of Dublin are fascinating.
After we were down playing with the dead we headed off to a pub. I mean come on guys we are in Dublin, I believe it is illegal if you don’t drink while you are here. The Pub we went to was called O’Sheas Merchant. We sat down and talked to a lovely lady named Caroline. She looked to young to be a grandmother but went on to tell us about her son in Australia, and the 2 year old grandson that she missed dearly. We talked about this while we had drinks and ordered lunch. Nikki went with the fish and chips (as a reminder those are French fries), I ordered a sandwhich called the Dubliner, it was a smaller panini with beef, and cheese, also it came with a side salad and chips. Both meals were delicious, especially the fish, awesome grub and an awesome pub. We finished up there and decided that we would go see Christ Church Cathedral.
I highly Suggest the tour of Christ Church Cathedral. When you enter this place you are immediately shot back into time. The church was founded in 1030, yeah 1030 not like that morning but the year. Pay for the tour also, you could conduct a self tour but you won’t be able to go to the bell house and ring the bells. This place gets older and older. The tour guide gives you some amazing history, and tour of the church, the bell house, and the crypt. The crypt isn’t as creepy as the one at St. Michans but has some amazing artifacts. The weirdest of which was the cat and the rat mummy’s that had gotten stuck in an organ which were found in the 1850’s. You will need to be mindful of the stair case that leads to the bell tower and the doors as well. The seem to have been built for children, if you are a man of average height it’s going to be a tight fit. Once the tour ended we were off to go pub hopping. MMMM Drinky Time.
We decided at this point that it was time to do some pub hopping around Dublin and the first pace we went to was called Peadar Kearneys Pub, named after the man who wrote the national anthem for Ireland, so we were told, I will have to fact check that one. I googled it, it’s him. We ordered a coupe drinks and began talking a man we named drunk Sean. He talked about a couple of other pubs that he knew where we could hear some Diddly Day Music. We kept talking and when he found out we were from Delaware he screamed the “THE FIRST STATE” and he said to quote him on it, so there Drunk Sean your quoted. We left Kearney’s and found a bar called The Auld Dubliner, which was a great little bar with a guy playing some music. Awesome little place, and the beer was flowing. We had one a piece and left to find anther pub. The next stop was going to the trendy Temple Bar. It was packed, a great atmosphere but almost overwhelming with the amount of people in there. Plus not as sociable as the smaller off street pubs, but we still sat and had some beers, and Nikki was onto Captain and Cokes by this point. After drinking there we left and found a place that Drunk Sean suggested called The Old Storehouse. This place was great, and also had live music. The solo artist was playing some classic irish tunes, and the place was very much alive. We sat at the bar and almost immediately struck up a conversation with a unique older fella. I heard him say his name was Tim, Nikki thinks it was Ken, so he is now TIMKEN. TIMKEN was an older fella with Phil Donahue hair, no top teeth except for the right K9, a sport jacket, and bow tie. He had a heavy accent, and proclaimed to know Drunk Sean. This was not a shock. Nikki kept leaning back more and more as he spoke, I would later find out that his breath had some history also, it was bad. So after finishing our drinks and ending our conversation with TIMEKEN we headed off again to find another pub. It really isn’t hard to find them here they are everywhere, you can’t drink at all of them. NO WAY NOT NEVER. The next place was called Bad Bobs, which like The Temple Bar was packed full of patrons. We found a spot in the back of the bar sat down and orderd drinks. Nikki struck up conversation with Peter, Johnny, and Rob, three bartenders working that night. What we did find was that the drink prices in this part of town began to get higher as the night went on. This will be a little confusing, but TEMPLE BAR is an area as well as a bar also. So in the TEMPLE BAR area the bars attract a lot more tourists and the prices seem to flow as fast as the beer. We finished our drinks there and headed of to some local pubs near the apartment.
Along the way Nikki decided that Facebook live was going to be her new addiction, but she isn’t that great at it. For anyone that saw it, I am sure it was hilarious, after re watching it I laughed probably as much as you all did. This continued on even when we reached L. Mullgans, we sat down and talked to Prince Harry, Gary, and Steven. Yes there are a lot of Gary’s in Dublin, this was the third one we met at this point. It was getting late and we traveled a ton again today, so if was off to one more pub and then back to the apartment. We hit Tommy O’Gara’s but didn’t stay long. We knew we were well on our way to time traveling so it was time to roll.
We stopped in at Tesco’s, the local supermarket, grabbed a pizza, Captain Morgan, and some other junk for the room. When we got back I made drinks and a pizza. We ate it like caveman and threw Doritos down our necks like someone was trying to steal them. I then began to Time Travel so telling you anything else would be just made up stuff at this point. Day 2 in Dublin, awesome.
DAY 3 in Dubiln – The Chance Meeting
WTF is that noise!!!!! Oh it’s my goddamn alarm on my phone going off like a bomb in my head. I jump up and turn it off with my eyes closed. What I would have seen if my eyes were open was the full glass of Captain and Coke that I was about to spill completely into Nikki’s purse. Yup one swift hand movement and this drunk Ninja just emptied that glass of amazing into her purse. She jumped out of bed like the damn thing was on fire and emptied the contents in like two movements. I stood there dumbfounded by my actions. We cleaned it out, set it out to dry, and back to bed to we went.
We would late wake and begin our day. We figured out a strategy for the things we wanted to see and off we went. We stopped at Cowtown Cafe to get a little breakfast to fuel up for the long walk ahead. We walked for what felt like ever trying to find The Kilmainham Gaol, which is an old prison and suggested by many as one of the best tourist attractions around. We finally arrived after walking about and hour only to discover that the next tour wasn’t going to be for another five hours. So we bought tickets for the next day and off we went.
Across the street was the Modern Art Museum that cut through the area we were in and expedited our walk. The grounds of the Modern Art Museum are an amazing sight to see and offer some tranquility in the city. This was a nice and peacful walk, the kind you don’t say much and just hold hands and enjoy. It was nice to share this moment with the love of my life. We just walked quietly taking in the sights, and enjoying each others company. We never made it inside the Museum, only because we aren’t big art fans, but also because we were headed to the Guinness Storehouse.
We arrived at the Guinness Storehouse to take the tour, learn about the history and brewing process for Guinness. This, much like the tour of Jameson, was awesome and you get a free pint of Beer. We decided to get our beers at the Gravity bar at the top of the Guinness Storehouse. One of the best views, if not the best view, in all of Dublin. The bar offers a 360 Degree view of the city which you can see for miles, and it’s nice to just take it all in. Plus we were tired as hell from all the walking over the last three days, so it was nice to sit a moment and enjoy the views.
Once we finished our pints we muscled up and headed to the Dublin Castle. This is located in the City and is almost hidden, you turn down street just up from Peadar Kearney’s and there it is. We went in and did the self tour where you get to see the state rooms, maybe next time we will do the full tour, but we were getting tired and hungry so we wanted to start heading back towards the apartment in Stoneybatter. The full tour would have taken more than and hour and we didn’t want to spend that time, so we started moving again.
We casually moved through the city up and down different streets working our way back to home base. We had passed through Jameson and into Smithfield Square tired and only thinking of grabbing something to eat and relaxing. We got almost to the end of the square when a gentleman passed in front of me that looked all to familiar. I have told my wife many times over that timing is a funny thing, and in this case ten seconds later or earlier and I would have missed this chance meeting. So this man walks passed me and I don’t see his face at first but the back of his head, and his gate is a bit different. I knew almost right away what I was looking at, my wife on the other hand had no idea and may have thought that I was having stroke, nope I was looking at the Champ and my chance meeting was about to occur. I tell the wife “hey thats the champ Conor McGregor“, in her really cute voice she sates ‘who”, I said the champ the biggest fighter in the world right now, at which she says ‘OK”. So like a hippo chasing a cheetah, I follow after the man and sure enough it’s the man himself. He looked like he didn’t want to take the photo at first but was gracious enough to do so, and I appreciated that. He turned smiled and took the photo. We didn’t think or even count on seeing the man but there he was, and the chance meeting happened. My wife took the photo blasted it to social media, of course after googling who he was, and I guess that makes if official since it’s now on Facebook.
Well back on the path to food, we landed ourselves at L. Mulligans again to grab a bite to eat and enjoy another drink. We were almost walking hunched over at this point with our backs, knees, and feet hurting from all the miles we have been logging walking around town. It was nice to get out of the misty rain that had been falling for most of the day and relax for a few moments. We order Scotch Eggs, and Bison burgers. Awesome, and I highly suggest them, not because I have taken a liking to L. Mulligans but because they were really good. We drank a couple of Jameson and Gingers and headed out, last stop was going to be the grocery store for some more Captain Morgan so we could go to the room relax, and have a nightcap. I let the wife read this story so far and got the thumbs up for some minor editing but many for her approval, as my chief editor I need to run things past here just to make sure I haven’t said to much or to little. Well time to enjoy some alone time. See you tomorrow.
Day 4 in Dublin – The Last Dance
Our First stop for the day was to be the Kilmainham Gaol, a hostirical prison that held many of the more famous political prisoners during the Easter Rising Rebellion, The War of Independence, and the Civil war for Ireland. If you want a get a quick lesson in Irish history this is the tour to take. Plus the jail has a few creepy aspects to it. We walked back through the Modern Art Museum one more time, there is an amazing Garden on the grounds that is absolutely elegant to walk through. If you have the chance I highly recommend seeing the parks and gardens throughout the city. Phoenix Park is massive but beautiful, St. Stephens Green as well, and the gardens at the Art Museum are all well worth the time. Your eyes will thank you.
The rest of the day was filled with walking around Dublin doing a little shopping and just taking in the sights one last time. Along our way back we stopped at Jameson for one last Jameson and Ginger, and a little shopping. We continued to walk back until we hit L. Mulligans to fill up another glass or two. We left Mulligans headed to the grocer and grabbed some wine and pizza so that we could head back to the apartment and start packing. So there we were eating Tangy Cheese Doritios, waiting on a shitty 4 cheese pizza, and drinking some wine. It was a great moment though we got to sit, drink, and reminisce about the week we just had. There is nothing better than reflecting on the time you just had and knowing that you had it with not just your wife but your best friend. We had a blast and will truley miss Ireland. It will surely always bring a smile to our faces.
Day 5 Dublin – Departure day
Up bright an early so that we could clean all twenty square feet of the apartment we were in. We also had to pack, which took all of ten minutes. It is amazing how slow time seems to move when it’s finally time to go home. Gary the driver was waiting out front patiently for us. The drive was quick yet quiet as passed through the streets of Dublin. I won’t bore you with us sitting at the airport playing on our phones waiting for our flight. Just know that if you ever want to take a vacation over the pound I would suggest starting with Ireland. No shit right, but honestly the beer is great and the people are even better.
See you in the Future – Thee Time Traveler
Links below are some of the services that we used and recommend.
Aer Lingus Airline – The plane was excellent and the service on the plane was great. Prices were very competitive, and best of all it was a comfortable flight.
We found our place on Home Away, we love this site.
The apartment that we stayed in was great. If you are looking for a similar experience talk to Liam Travers. email@example.com
I can’t say enough about Liam and the resources that he provided. The room had everything we needed, and the suggestions he left us were spot on.
For a list of the bars that we went to check out my story on DOW ( The Ireland Edition) coming this week on Hisvault.com
Once again we are using a product from a veteran owned company. The Pit Barrel Smoker is an awesome product. This is a black drum that you can hang your selected meat and cook to your hearts desire. The barrel comes ready to cook, using Kingsford coals, and the oxygen intake (not sure if that is the correct terminology) is preset to the elevation of where you live. The only things I purchased, which you can also get on their website, is a chimney, wireless thermometer, and gloves that could handle the heat. This thing literally takes five minutes to set up. That is the truth, and if you are a novice smoker, this barrel is for you. I personally have never owned a smoker before. I do a ton of cooking but this was one of the items that had eluded me for some time.
See below items for some of the things that I have cooked. MMMM NOM NOM NOM NOM.
As I stated before I am new to the smoke game, I can’t talk about other smokers and their performance but this barrel of smoke love is just right for me. The only thing that I have had to do is adjust the lid from time to time to get the temperature to raise to the level I need. This take all of two seconds of effort. I did discover this while cooking a pork shoulder that I couldn’t get above 150. It just needed a little more oxygen and bam she gets to cooking.
The Pit Barrel was recommended to me by a good friend, the wife got it for me on my birthday. I will admit she was a bit hesitant that it wouldn’t get used much especially during the winter months. Well she couldn’t have been more wrong, all I did was move it to the garage threw open the door, grab a chair and a beer, and cooked away. The added benefit is that my garage smells like a smoke house with a hint of man, and motor oil. When I added in the beer fridge, and a small heater that attached to my propane tank my life felt near completion.
Favorites Meats So far – November 2016 – April 12 2017
Prime Rib – OMG this is the best thing I have cooked so far Amazing
Pork Shoulder – Smoked Pulled Pork is a great comfort food and very flavorful
Brats – You can hang like 30 of these things in there, and they don’t take long to cook.
Ribs – Who the hell doesn’t like ribs ( I prefer dry rub on mine)
Deer roast – This was the first thing I did, surprisingly good.
Once again give this a try, especially if it is your first smoker. The added benefit is you will support a veteran owned business.
See you in the Future – Thee Time Traveler
I will start this by saying that any subscription box I get the only thing I expect back is items, and gear equal in value or greater to the money I spent which includes the shipping fee. So if I pay a subscription company 40 dollars (NOT ALPHA OUTPOSTS PRICE), then I expect no less than that in items. Anything above that is a bonus in my eyes.
So Alpha Out post is a monthly subscription box company that contains a different theme each month. The first three boxes that you receive are all pre-determined and you know what they are ahead of time. These are there Initial Box’s “The EDC,” “The Gentlemen,” and “The Medic.” After you have received those you will then begin to get the monthly themed box. I was first intrigued by this company because they are veteran owned, and also support other veteran owned companies. This is a big deal to meal personally.
“THE EDC BOX”
This is the hook I believe for Alpha Outpost. The first box doesn’t come in a box because it’s to big. You will receive the Everyday Carry Bag, a hat, flashlight, chapstick, a knife, and the Alpha Outpost Patch, and a mini magazine that details the EDC life. These comics or instructional guides come with each box that you receive.
The bag is great, I use it everyday, that’s no lie. It’s made of good material, and holds just what I need on a daily basis. The bag itself exceeded the money spent for the month to get the box so I was very happy. The other items I talked about above to me were bonus items. I wear the hat often and the knife is always in the bag. I keep the flashlight in my go bag that is in my jeep. There werent’ really any negatives with the first box, the only thing I had was that I had to fix the flashlight, the button that turns it on needed some care. I don’t blame Alpha for that because I understand they don’t make the light.
“The GENTLEMAN’S box”
This box is cool, and some of the items I use often. This box came with cocktail glasses, I use those, a flask, do you even need to ask, whiskey stones, you saw where I use the cocktail glasses right? A portable charger came in the box also, this is great and came in handy recently when I had to be out of town for a few days. I got at least 2-3 charges out of it when it was fully charged. You get one of those snazzy little wallet knives, kinda neat, I tucked it away. The black Tie was nice, not going to use it a lot but we added it to the closet. Lastly with the classic black tie comes a white pocket square. I almost forgot the coffee, tactical pen, and beard comb. The beard comb would be nice if I could grow a beard, yet it looks like my beard stopped growning at the age of eleven. My friends call me patches. I naturally grow the JOE DIRT beard.
“THE MEDIC BOX’
This is not an everyday box, or everyday carry. This is something you can tuck away in your car, go bag, or keep in the house as an emergency kit. The kit comes with a bunch of medical stuff from being able to perform aid on and open chest wound, to splinting a fracture, or putting a tourniquet around that one drunk friends mouth who always gets drunk and fights a trash can. This kit comes in an awesome molly bag, that I tossed into my go bag in my jeep. I have pulled over a few times to assist in car accidents and this kit is perfect for those things, or if you kid busts there ankle doing cartwheels in a wave at the beach.
If you are into trying out subscrition box’s then give these guys a chance. The price is reasonable, and the gear is good so far. I just recently recived my fourth box that came with a sleeping bag, a very durable poncho, a misquito net, and a sticker from from Grunt Style. (gruntstyle.com) If anything I would say try at least 4-5 box’s and then cancel if you don’t like it. Me I am going to hang for a bit.
GO check them out. This link doesn’t give you any kinda of discount, or perks. Just hit it and check out the site and support veteran owned business.
See you in the Future – Thee Time Traveler
Come out October 15th for the Selfie King IPA release at Bellefonte Brewing company in Wilmington De.
I had a lot to drink this week. On Friday I enjoyed to many elixirs. It was a birthday celebration so I don’t care. My only word of advice is that you shouldn’t mix the following items together if you are over thirty, beer, white Russians, cheese steaks, hoagie, chocolate cake, meat sticks, and cheese. This would cause me to be disappointed in myself the next morning. Light weight! Either way I got to enjoy a wide variety of drinks this week.
This first beer that I had this week was at the Independence Beer Garden in Philadelphia. The Beer was Nodding Head Monkey Knife Fight. The beer was great for the day because of its herby spiced flavor, and the summer heat, mixed with the outdoor seating the IBG offers was awesome. It really helped me to relax and take in the scenery that IBG offers. This beer was labeled as a lager on the menu but didn’t have the classic lager taste at all. It was really good though.
The Second Beer that I was happy to enjoy was called American Hero Ale, from Liquid Hero Brewing. I was at the Reading Terminal Market and stopped at Molly Malloys and had this fine ale. Dark color and rich flavor, this beer hit the spot. I think I got a little caught up in the moment though. Molly Malloy’s is an open bar in the middle of a giant grocery store, yet somehow makes you feel like your sitting in a pub just people watching. As I sat there enjoying my ale time seemingly just slowed for a moment. Great beer great place.
While sitting at DP Killa’s house we threw down a ton of drinks. It was his birthday so no excuse needed. He broke out Stewart’s 20th Anniversary Beer. Delicious, that’s all I have to say. Stewarts is a small brewery in Delaware that has been around for some time. They were the awesome craft beer in Delaware before it got trendy. These guys have been killing it for a long time. We would finish the night off with drinking White Russians. I had about three of these before I had to throw the towel in and fall asleep on his living room floor. I had enough, the night was finally over. Bring on the headache.
I suggest heading out and grabbing some of the above brews or visit a pub and enjoy today especially if you can find a place to drink outside. A few suggestions would be, The Crooked Hammock in Lewes, DE, Brick Works in Smyrna, Canwells in Odessa, De. I look forward to this week since the NFL will be kicking off and I will be a the Eagles home opener. Great time to take and try some new Beers.
See You in the Future – Thee Time Traveler
www.liquidhero.com – American Hero Ale
www.noddinghead.com – Monkey Knife Fight Beer
www.stewartsbrewingcompany.com – Stewarts beer 20th Anniv. Blend
www.phlbeergarden.com – Independence Beer Garden
www.mollymalloysphilly.com – Molly Malloys Bar
www.readingterminalmarket.org – Amazing Food
This week was fun because I got to try so many different flavors. I picked up two variety packs, one from Narragansett our of Rhode Island, and the other was Devils Backbone from Virginia. Both drew my attention for the packaging and that fact that I had never had them. These packs surprised me with the flavors they contained. If I put the two packs head to head the Narragansett pack would win, ask me again in November and the Devils Backbone would win. I am going list them in the order of enjoyment by the case not against each other. Again my pallet is differnt then others so take it for what it’s worth. I tried the beers under differnt circumstances and tried to think of times that I would really enjoy them.
Narragansett Beer – Narragansettbeer.com
Packaging of this beer was cool, the box was playful and I am pretty sure it has a drunk Mr. Crabs on the front of it. The back of the box provides you with food recipes to go with the beers. These dudes know what they are doing. Next time I pick up a case I am going to try out the recipes. The box had three beers in it, a Lager, Citra and a Shandy. Listed is the order in which I enjoyed them.
- I am placing the Lager number out of this pack. This was a classic lager with classic flavor, and the a classic can. The only thing missing was an old school pull tab. Talking to the brewers through Twitter I found that they have been using the same recipe since the 50’s. I picked it number one out of the box because a classic lager is an everyday everywhere kinda beer. You can’t go wrong when it tastes so good.
- The number two beer shocked me a bit, but their Shandy was awesome. I was taken aback on this one. I don’t generally like Shandy’s, but rather deal with them in the Summer. Narragansett makes a Shandy that is Awesome. This thing was like drinking a Sprite, or 7UP. It went down so easy and was so good that I believe mine only lasted about ten seconds. Great job, Great Summer Beer. Take this one to the Beach.
- Lastly out of this pack was the Citra. It didn’t knock my socks of but had good flavor. I think I was expecting a Shock Top, or Blue Moon, and caused me to be a bit indifferent. I enjoyed it but don’t think I would go out of my way for this one. Still good flavor though.
Devils BackBone Brewing – dbbrewingcompany.com
This was packaged with an outdoor adventure feel to it. I should have picked this case up in November because it has a lot of fall flavors. This pack offered a larger variety in it and had alot of different flavors from apple to jalapeno. I was confused and delighted all together.
- There Vienna Lager is great, and a lot like Narragansett’s it has a classic taste. This beer has a great flavor, color, and feel. I could have easily drank six or seven of these.
- The Ale of Two Cities, this was delicious and after a long day on the football field this went down great. Smooth flavor and taste I could truly make this a consistent garage fridge beer alongside the Vienna Lager.
- The Hot shot, wow was this different yet awesome. The timing couldn’t have been better either since I made spicy wings on the grill. This was an Indian Pale Ale, which I don’t normally drink, infused with jalapeno. Once you pop the top you can smell the peppers immediately. Pairing this with the wings and steak I made was an awesome combo. This beer is a rare occasion beer, or a pairing type of beer.
- Apple-Achian Pie Stout: This is a beer that needs to be reserved and revisited in November when it’s cold in the Northeast and you’re at a football game. It was to early for this beer for me. With that being said, it was really good and I don’t much care for stouts. Yet again this is another beer that you need to pair with either the season, or Thanksgiving and meals of the such.
- Space Fruit Ale: This was ok, I didn’t go crazy for it, and have yet to drink the second one that was provided. I think I just missed the boat on this one, or had to many prior to drinking it. Sorry I can’t provide more insight.
- Tropical Thunder, a pineapple favored beer. Well the pineapple hits you on the back-end, which I don’t like pineapple, you get some hoppiness up front. This combination for my mouth doesn’t work. I hope it works for others.
I hope that everyone gets out and tries these two beer companies. They provide awesome variety and flavors, and challenge your taste buds. Narragansett is classic beer flavoring company, and Devils Backbone will stretch the limits of innovation in the craft beer world. I give DB a lot of credit for going out on the limb with their beers, that is tough to do and these guys getting after it.
If anyone has suggestions send them my way
See you in the Future – Thee Time Traveler