Monthly Archives: September 2014

Day Block Brewing

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Well, you might be anxious to see pictures and hear all about Australia. Don’t worry. They will come!

If I had to put it into one word, I’d say Australia is… well…

Otherworldly.

I’m still downloading pictures and collecting my thoughts. But for now, let’s just say it was an extraordinary trip that I can barely even believe happened.

Coming back…

A whole different story. The jet lag was more difficult coming back. And after 24 hours of traveling, I went to work the next day. I mean, would sleeping during the day really get me back on track anyway? I think I’ve finally fully adjusted and I’m starting to get caught up enough at work.

In the meantime, Rob and I came back to the realization that we had several Groupons expiring before the end of the month!

One of those Groupons took us to Day Block Brewing. We had been holding on to this Groupon Living Social voucher for a while because every time we checked their website, not many of the beers looked appealing to us. But it was about to expire on September 30th. So off we went…

First, we started with a flight of beers.

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Here is a list of the samples we received of all the beers on tap that day:

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I am really glad that we did the flight! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of those. By now, you’ve probably learned that I’m an IPA-porter-stout-anythinginfused kind of girl. But the one I really loved out of this bunch at Day Block?

Frank’s Red Ale

What?

I KNOW!

I was so surprised that I enjoyed this beer more than the Porter (which was solid – well, not literally) and the Double IPA (made with Amarillo hops), that it was what I ordered for my pint included in the deal.

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Then there’s the food…

OH! The food!

Because Day Block Brewing is a brewpub, you don’t have to order in from a restaurant down the street or hope that there is a food truck parked outside like you’d have to do at other breweries. And it’s not just your average fare here either.

Take a look at some of the offerings that beautiful Saturday!

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 If only I had seen this board before I ordered. I would have gone with some Burrata!

We started with a bacon flight.

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You all know by now how I feel about bacon. I like it by itself, NOT in dishes. I thought I might be okay with these because the focus is bacon, not a dish that is supposed to have bacon IN it, but then that’s all I end up tasting.

Here are the flavors of the day that we tried:

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Oh that Pineapple Jerk Bacon!! Who would have known? The Thai Peanut Bacon was our second fave. And the other one just tasted like those times you get your bacon mixed in with the syrup from your pancakes or French Toast on your plate. These flights change daily; so there will always be something new!

We then ordered a little lunch. We must have been craving Mexican/Tex-Mex/Southwestern fare that day because we chose similar dishes.

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Mexican Pulled Pork {Lunch Only} – Cemita Bun, Braised pork, red onion, avocado, cilantro, jalapeno, cheese

Oh this pork! It had the perfect amount of heat for me. For those of you who are looking for Minnesota spicy, this might be a bit over the top. But I loved it! The bread is made in house, too.

Taco Truck Pulled Pork, Radish, Cilantro, Pickled Jalapeno, Onion, Cotija, Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Taco Truck Pizza – Pulled Pork, Radish, Cilantro, Pickled Jalapeno, Onion, Cotija, Tomatillo Salsa Verde

This dish was similar to mine. Rob commented that he didn’t usually like this style pizza. {I think he said that after taking one look at the crust.} But he was pleasantly surprised. Although this was also made with shredded pork, the flavors were a bit different from my sandwich due to the salsa verde sauce and the cojita cheese. It was just as yummy and a little less spicy.

Day Block Brewing is the perfect place to take a friend that might not even drink beer, too. In fact, at the time of this writing, there is a Living Social deal that includes Bloody Marys. They have a liquor license. So they can do other cocktails and wine, as well.

The other Living Social deal at present includes a bacon flight, a Growler and a t-shirt. We’ve purchased that one, so we’ll be going back!

Ever try a bacon flight before?

What is the most interesting flight (samples) of something that you’ve ever tried?

Cheers~
Carrie

 

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And… We’re Back!

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And jetlagged!

Our trip to Australia was fabulous.

I haven’t neglected this little blog for any reason except that we were there and I hadn’t prewritten any posts nor procured any guest bloggers.

Give me some time to catch up this week and I’ll share some of our photos and experiences.

Here’s a teaser photo. I’m holding a Wombat!

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Cheers~
Carrie