All posts by Merideth

I Survived!

Last night we stayed in a brewery hotel in a historic building. Chris had warned me that the bathrooms were in the hall and I figured that I would suck it up because I wanted to experience this cool place. I am happy to say that I survived it without any problem! The bathroom ended up being right across the narrow hallway from our room and it was amazingly clean!

Last night a rowdy group came in around 2am and they sounded pretty drunk. I thought, “Oh god, someone is going to be puking in my bathroom all night and it will be super gross in the morning”! And then, this morning I heard people taking a shower before me and I was getting more anxious by the minute. Well, when I went in, it looked like no one had been in there. Apparently, the hotel has someone cleaning it up after each person. Excellent for a germaphobe like me!

I don’t know if all places are as clean as this place (I don’t think so), so I don’t know how many chances I will want to take in the future. However, I’m glad that I didn’t pass up staying in this cool hotel because of the bathroom situation. If I survived, anyone can!

Unexpected in the Northwest

WAter St. Brewery - Port TownsendSo far the trip has had a few things I didn’t expect.  1) It’s raining and wet.  Okay, maybe one should expect that up here and I even knew what the weather forecast was, but rain like this at this time of year is apparently not usual. 2) The beer hasn’t been tasting that great to me.  Weird!  Chris and I decided that my taste buds must be off from a recent cold.

Other than that, it is beautiful up here and Sequim is having their annual lavender festival, with all things lavender!  Very cool! Even though I have a number of lavender plants at home, I decided that I want to plant a small plot just like a farm! (Chris doesn’t know that yet!)

We’re going to try to hike today and we hope that the weather cooperates.  But who knows, I guess I need to learn to go with the flow and expect the unexpected!

I Got One More!

I have been meaning to write this for a week now and finally getting to it.  About a week ago I was in Houston without Chris and he was nice enough to find a brewery for me, so I went to Two Rows Brewing.  The food was good and so was the beer and the people were very nice.  Luckily I missed the lunch rush, so it was very mellow.  Plus, it had air conditioning, which was a huge plus!  The temp in Houston was 98 that day with super high humidity!  Very sticky and uncomfortable!  Actually, there was a thunderstorm later that evening.  Anyway, I got one more brewery on Chris in my quest to catch up to him.  I am always one step behind and I think my constant efforts to get even amuse him.  I think that’s why he found the brewery for me.  But, just wait until my list of breweries is the same as his!

MBF for Women

I was a little nervous yesterday going to the beer festival because I knew it was a practice run for the Oregon Brewer’s Festival in a few weeks. Chris and I had already talked about both of us needing to be more outgoing in approaching people for beergeekTV segments. I got my hair cut, did my nails, and planned on one of my “girls are beergeeks too” shirts and tight jeans. Even though it was not the most provocative outfit, I thought I had to at least act like a girl in order to get some attention. Well, I got none. I think my shirt appeals to hardcore female beer drinkers . . .well, women who really know their beer. And maybe males who know their beer who say they want a shirt for their wives/girlfriends. There weren’t too many of either of those, so I got no comments and no opportunities to promote thebeergeek.com/beergeekTV. In that respect, it was a little disappointing, but overall the festival was entertaining. . . lots of happy young people drinking beer. And it was fun hanging out at the Carmel Valley Brewing booth. We also hooked up with a few friends, so at least we had people to talk to about beer. The experience helped to remind me that even though it is good to get stuff for the site, it is still about having fun and enjoying good beer with good friends!