What is your favorite porter/dark brew?
I like to consider myself a huge fan of local breweries. I do my best to give them $10-$15 when I can (in exchange for a glass and beer). There is nothing better than helping out your local breweries, so I highly suggest enjoying their fine beers when you can. I have never really been to a Dallas brewery so when my Fraternity Brother's invited me out for a Saturday afternoon brewery hop, I had to indulge myself. I got to enjoy two Breweries: Deep Ellum and Community.
I didn't really plan on drinking too much, but I road the train up to Dallas so I figured why not drink dark beer. I have Left Hand Milk Stout to thank for my love of stout beers. So I start my first Dallas beer with the Double Brown Stout. This was an amazingly smooth dark beer. Full of rich bold flavor. I didn't think I would ever stop drinking, but beers do run out. So I moved on to my next beer: Oak Cliff Coffee Ale. Who doesn't need caffeine and alcohol! It couldn't have been a better second pick. A great pick me up and a great beer all together. This is a beer you can drink as a dessert in its own. I highly recommend this beer. I ended my tour with the Blonde. It seems to be the standard beer for this company and I thought to myself "How can you go to Deep Ellum without trying the Blonde?"
After making a quick pit stop for food at Twisted Root (which was beyond greasy and slightly unsettling) we made our way to Community Brewing Company. Now I could talk about the other beers I had at Community (if I could remember them) but, there is only one beer I care to talk about. This brew is the Ascension Coffee Porter. This beer was absolutely life changing in terms of my brew experience. The dark robust flavor was absolutely amazing. I do sometimes wonder since this glorious beer has hit my lips if I ever will find a better brew. Since this is a limited release, I do hope you find yourself a pint of this magical experience. If you can find this beer, I suggest their year-round brew Legion. It doesn't quite hit the spot like the Ascension Coffee Porter, but it will feed your thirst for a porter/dark brew.
What is your favorite porter/dark brew?
The tapered look has been taking the fashion world by storm lately. I have to admit I have been doing it myself. I didn't go out and buy new pants or some article that helps keep the pants tapered. I have found a way to taper with using the below method any pants you have.
Step 1: Pull the inside inseam toward your other foot placing two to four fingers on the back side toward your hel.
Step 2: Fold the pant leg backwards over your fingers pulling tightly.
Step 3: Roll the pant leg upwards keeping the fold tight. Once rolled up, you can pull the fold tight if necessary.
Step 4: Roll the pant leg upwards again to lock in the taper. Continue to roll as necessary.
What pants will you be doing this taper to?
It has been awhile since I completed my first triathlon and I have had this post written for some time now. After sitting around and thinking this past Sunday about how little I have been putting into my workouts, I thought I would put some inspiration into myself, and hopefully my readers by releasing this post.
After high school, I never really thought I would ever be back in "shape". I just figured I would be my slightly overweight self for the rest of my life. You could say I had found my place of contention. As you have read from my wife's post not too long ago, we are working to make ourselves better. She had been running and eating healthy and I decided it was time I fell in line with her.
For a couple of seasons, I had been riding mountain bikes with my friend Kyle. This was the extent that my active life style was. A couple of days week a few months a year, I was riding dirt trails. This season (2014) I decided I needed more. Just like my wife decided she would try to better herself. I bought my first road bike. Extremely excited about it.
After cycling for a while, I felt like I could achieve more. I started cycling along side my running workout that I was doing with my wife. I loved doing this. I felt like my body loved the fact that I had put my contemption in the past and was finally extending the boundary of my active life style.
I have a few college colleagues who I saw on Facebook where doing Ironman's. Since I was already biking and running, I just needed to work in a swim workout with my routine. About 3 weeks before the Mayor's Triathlon in Fort Worth was slated to happen, I signed up for it. I was able to work a few swim workouts in before competing. The workout it self felt just great. There was just something about this training that motivated myself.
After doing my first triathlon, I can gladly say it won't be my last. I have every intention on doing a half Ironman in my life time after this. I beat my goal time by more than 30 minutes. It was an absolute wonderful experience doing this sprint triathlon. I hope you all can find motivation in something that you can simply work into your daily routine like have with my training. How are you pushing yourself with self motivation?
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1. Hiking- Lucky for us, the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge offers us over 3,000 acres to explore beautiful Mother Nature. Now this isn't every woman's cup of team so be careful here. There are bugs, spiders, and other "creatures" that some just can't handle, including some guys. So you both have to be comfortable for this to be fun. On the complete opposite if you and your gal want to face your outdoor fears, come on in and walk about.
Photo via Cliparts 101
2. Biking- Thanks to Fort Worth Bike Share, you and your significant other can hop on a bike, hit the Trinity Trail, and enjoy a picnic somewhere along the river from the picnic basket you put in your bike basket. If you both are into cycling, go ahead and enjoy the day covering every inch of paved stone on the roughly 16 mile plus stretch. You can also enjoy a nice ride in Dallas on the Katy Trail.
Photo via Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3. Museums- Every now and then it is ok to go get your nerd on. It is quite grounding actually. Take a step back and walk through the halls of a museum and just discover new things. Get lost for a day with someone you care about and learn with them. Here are a few places I suggest:
Photo via Texas State Fair Website
4. State Fair- This only comes around once a year, and you better hurry because there is only 10 days left. There is something for everyone at the State Fair of Texas. Do you like Food? If you answered Yes, then head to the State Fair and try some of the famous fried foods. Just don't forget your heartburn medicine. There is tons of live shows, attractions, and even an autoshow. Who wouldn't like a day at the fair?
Photo via The Awesome Fest
5. Drive-In Movie Theatre- I have been promising my wife this for some time now. We love our movies and we can't get enough of them during the winter when we are iced in our apartment here in Texas. What better way to enjoy the beautiful Fall weather by doing something we enjoy. Make your way over to Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth, Galaxy Drive-In in Ennis, or The Brazos Drive-In in Granbury and enjoy a movie and the great outdoors with your gal.
Photo via Crafts for All Seasons
6. Pumpkin Carving- You don't have to go anywhere for this. Just buy a pumpkin or 2 and maybe a carving set and you are good to go. Every little philly loves to carve a pumpkin.
Photo via Mr. Aristotle
7. Afternoon Drive- If you are like my wife and I, most of our time doing some serious bonding is in the car. Working 2 different kind of work schedules can do this to you. No worries though, just hop in the car one afternoon and head for any country side you can. The lack of things to look at besides flat lands or hills in Texas will surely bring you too closer together.
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8. College Football- It is that time of year again. The grass is freshly cut (or turf freshly beaded now a days) and the tailgating aroma is in the air. Put on your school colors and head to a local College tailgate and football game. There will be plenty of friendly spirits there who will invite you to partake in their pre-game rituals. If you aren't feeling outgoing, just ask another couple or some friends you know to tag along with you.
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9. Haunted House- This is a classic. Gents, take your girl by the hand and be her heroin as you lead her to safety through a haunted house full of scares trying to steal her away. Here are some local ones to look for:
10. Pumpkin Spice Latte- This is the no brainer. Take her to a coffee shop and just talk, there is something that getting out side of your house will do for your connection. Talk about you, talk about her just enjoy this time together and don't forget to do this from time to time and enjoy some of your favorite hot drinks and get to know each other.
Where will you go on a date this fall?
As many of you know, my wife and I love brewery tours and things alike. So I get eager when I get to try a new brew and even more excited when I get to try a new brewery!!! I have a couple posts coming up about some Dallas breweries I visited with my Fraternity Brothers this past weekend, as well as one I visited with my wife while down in Fredericksburg. But I am pleased to say that Fort Worth is getting another brewery!! Welcome Bearded Eel Craft Brewery to the Fort Worth brew scene. I cannot wait to try you guys out. And for all of you folks reading, Grand Opening tickets are on sale now starting today October 9th from 6PM-9PM. I unfortunately won't be there for the Grand Opening, but I hope to see you all out there sometime.
Have you been to any new breweries lately?