May 032012
 

I love my girl dates! Whenever anything in life gives me a bump in the road, an evening with a girlfriend almost always makes it better. Sometimes it’s just fun to get together and chat about the gossip in our lives. I met up with my friend Robyn for happy hour one night after work. We met at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House.

I’d never been to the pub before, but have driven by it a million times and wanted to try it out. There is also tons of outdoor seating for nicer weather. I bet it’s a hot spot in the summer time. Oh, and if you are a local and a cyclist, Cascade is an easy place to get to by bike. Lots of bike lanes all the way there!

The place was empty when we got there but it filled up pretty quickly. I ordered the Muffuletta sandwich for dinner. It was on a ciabatta roll and had Italian meats, ham, tomato, mozzarella and melted gruyere cheese, fresh basil and an olive tapenade. I love tapenades! The sandwich was so good. The flavors were pretty mild, not too overpowering like some Italian meat sandwiches can be and the bread was a little soggy from the balsamic vinegar–which was delicious. I loved the bread.

Robyn ordered the plate of fruit, cheese and honey and then we got down to the samples! It turned out that the Cascade Brewing House specialized in sour beers, which I can’t say I am a huge fan of. But I was willing to try.

My samples were four of the beers I wanted to try:  Cascade IPA, Spring IPA, Red Eye Rye IPA and the Portland IPA. I liked my samples a lot except for the Red Eye Rye–the flavors were too much like coffee for my tastes.

I ended up getting a half pint of the Cascade IPA because it was my favorite of the samples I tried. Half pints are the perfect size for me.

Robyn tried all the sour beers and she loved them! I had a few sips of some of them. The Cranberry was good and so was the Cascade Apricot.

The Sour Lime? Holy pucker! It was so tart and so sour it was as if I popped an entire lime into my mouth and started chewing. It was a shocker! Robyn made fun of the faces I made when I had samples of the sour beers. I’m sure it’s an acquired taste that I could learn to love, but it was shocking for the first time.

We split an order of the hummus. I wasn’t really hungry after my sandwich but I munched on it anyways (see what happens when you drink and eat??). The homemade pita chips were awesome.

After two hours, Robyn and I decided we wanted to bar hop and headed over to the Horse Brass. The Horse Brass is a traditional English-style pub with a huge beer selection, typical English “bar food” and dart boards all over the pub. It’s a huge place.

I ordered a half pint of the Walking Man IPA (a local brewery that I’ve had before and liked a lot) and we finished up our late evening. I had such a good time with Robyn, and I ended up staying out way past my bedtime on a work night, but I wasn’t too concerned.

We debated on how many pubs you have to go to for it to qualify as a “pub crawl” and even went to Facebook to get a verdict. The verdict was at least three, and you should be crawling in between the bars. ;) Oh well, not quite a pub crawl but I still had fun.

The next morning I headed to the gym before I had an appointment to get to. I’ll admit, I was dragging ass. I had probably the equivalent of two and a half normal-sized beers the night before, but I am a total lightweight, and felt it the next morning.

I ran 2.8 miles on the treadmill, feeling half awake and rather slow. I had to walk a few times because I was just tired.

Then I struggled through my weight routine and worked some machines and some free weights. I was feeling unmotivated, honestly, but at least I got a workout in. And I definitely felt better AFTER my workout!

Gym Stats:
Time: 1:19
Calories Burned: 680
Mileage: 2.8 miles 

The moral of this story: beer will not help your run the next morning. Especially if you stay up past your bedtime imbibing. But sometimes it’s worth it!

QUESTION: Are you a sour beer fan? How often do you have Girl’s (or Boys) Night Out? 






Lisa Eirene – has written 1847 posts on this site.
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  19 Responses to “Babes & Brews”

  1. I can’t say that sours are my favorite style of beer, but I’ve learned to like a number of them in the past year. I tried a “sour beer” tasting class once, and we tried something like 10 different types in one night! Lots of puckering went on that evening.

    I agree that sometimes, a night out is just essential to good vibes, and I think scattering a few in the month leads to a better attitude about everything in my life (even if the workout the next day isn’t up to snuff, lol.)
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    • I agree! Which is why I am trying to make an effort to schedule more “girl dates” with my various friends.

      I cannot imagine doing a tasting of all sour beers. I had a few tastes of Robyn’s samples but I couldn’t handle most of them. Out of like 10 samples she got I think I liked 2? But not enough to drink a full beer. When you went to your class did they have snacks in between each tasting to help get rid of the pucker?

  2. looks like a fun girl’s arvo!
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  3. You need to go to New Orleans for a real muffaletta (although I hate olives LOL)!

    I do not have girls night out enough. My sister is really my best friend here and we have a hard time getting our schedules to coincide. While I don’t consider it a girl’s night out, I do make a point to go out with my mother once a week. My parents are getting older so fast.
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    • I would love to go to New Orleans! There’s tons of food I’d try there.

      That’s nice that you are spending time with your parents. My family lives in another state so it’s difficult to do that as much.

  4. My friend and I ended up at Cascade by accident last month and we keep saying we need to go back! I’d never tried sour beer before (and honestly I’m not much of a beer drinker in general), but I *really* liked the Winter Gose.
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  5. Yums! I love girl dates too. Always fun to catch up!

  6. I love girl’s nights, and I LOVE beer samplers. You live in such a great city with so many microbrews. Dennis and I are hoping to head down your way before the end of the year (when he finds a job), and give some of your amazing microbreweries a go. As for sour beers, they’re not my favorites… So happy you had a great night out.
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  7. Sounds like a great night out! I don’t have enough girls night outs around here. Must correct that!
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  8. I have always thought that I had been to a pub crawl. I had crossed it off my bucket list! I went to many, many more bars than 3… but I didn’t crawl. Rats! Now I have to do it again!!! :)

    I nibble when I drink too! Grrrrr! Sometimes you just have to let go! :)
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