i’m too tired to write an involved post tonight, but there were some great photo moments captured on this trip!
beer tasting at devil’s backbone. i was sad that there was no official tour, but i did glimpse some brewing equipment that looked pretty legit. most importantly, there was a tasting! we enjoyed our selections outside. my favorite was the ale of fergus. their description:
“Scottish-style Brown Ale. Deep copper color, medium-bodied, with a fruity finish coming from the traditional English ale used. This beer is based off traditional English winter beers which have a higher alcoholic content than normal beer but still remain very drinkable. 6.7% AVB, 26 IBUs.”
apparently, IBUs is a unit of bitterness, and 26 is quite low on the scale. see, i did learn something!
because we are lushes, we went straight from the brewery to . . . a vineyard! vickie recommended king family for its scenery, and it did not disappoint.
we enjoyed a tasting (although i think i scared our server by taking this pic mid-pour)
we all really liked their merlot and meritage, so we bought a bottle to sip on the lawn . . .
these were some seriously idyllic surroundings.
we finished off our night at c & o, a lovely restaurant on the downtown mall. we always eat SO well in cville!
after approximately 10 hours of sleep (and concurrent ethanol metabolism), we decided to head out on a cleansing hike on the monticello trail.
(one of the many things i love about vickie is that we are essentially the same height, as illustrated)
i’d write more but the bed is calling me quite insistently. good night!