Blog Time

I thought the holiday weekend would give me time to provide updates on what’s been brewing and some of the great places I’ve been lately. My Flickr site is lacking photos from SLC, Mexico and the last two brews. But the weather is too beautiful, and hiking is a higher priority. I’ll try to be more diligent once the weather gets ugly…

Scott’s latest comment, however, reminded me that D keeps whining that I don’t have a link to Scott’s blog on here. So at least I’ve accomplished that this weekend (as well as 15 miles of hiking with Myna, and some fabulous turkey stock after making a very awesome post-Thanksgiving turkey dinner!)

Turkey & Flowers

(thanks to the Simpson Public Library Staff & Board for the lovely flowers in honor of my recent PaLA New Librarian Honors Award, which recognizes the originality and inventive ability of a new librarian who devises new and improved methods in library service on a statewide or local level.)
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There’s a New Pub in Town

A few weeks ago, while walking down the street in search of sushi, we passed an old college hang-out of my friend Eric.  The Blessed Oliver Plunket had a cool name, and promising tudor fascade, but it was a dingy, dirty smoke-filled hole, and I personally never ate or drank there.

Well, we noticed someone open the door and we were nearly blinded by the bright, clean interior.  The light was shining through the latice work on the windows, and a new sign was hanging on the outside.  Alibi’s is the old Oliver Plunket all cleaned up!  So, today, Barbara and I tried it out for lunch.

They must have used Kilz on the walls to get out the smoke odor, and they completely refurbished the flooring.  The walls are creme color, chair rail to floor is black, and red accents abound.  It is classy and attractive, clean and smoke free.  I even pointed out there are round skylights, probably not seen in decades with the soot build-up.

The food was great – my steak salad had THE MOST tender strips of steak on it, and it was cooked to order.  The beer list was also pretty nice.  I was there during work hours, so I didn’t scrutinize it too hard, but I will be stopping in sometime soon for a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, or something else tasty, very soon!

The staff were incredibly attentive, and everyone showed great concern with our satisfaction.  I was certainly impressed.  This will be my next stop for a beer in Carlisle, PA.

Two IPAs

There wasn’t a lot of beer drinking in Pittsburgh – the conference kept me very busy because there was so much to learn and so much to do.

I met one of my Web 2.0 heros (Stephen Cohen), and recieved the PaLA New Librarian Honor Award (recognizing the originality and inventive ability of a new librarian who devises new and improved methods in library service on a statewide or local level.)

We did have dinner one night at Church Brew Works (I had Pipe Organ Pale Ale on Cask, and their 10th anniversary-brewed Thunderhop IPA!), but I never made it to Sharp Edge Creek House (the final of the 3 Sharp Edge locations for my complete Sharp Edge tour!)

Barbara and I stopped at Jean Bonnet Tavern on the way home, and I had a 12 oz Dogfishead Punkin. And tonight I celebrated my award with D by going to McGrath’s for a Green Flash IPA (mmmmm!), whose site, by the way, has a great brewery glossary.

Social Bookmarking for Beer!

I was trying to find directions to the Sharp Edge Creek House (whose website is no longer available?!?!?), when I came across Coastr.  As a fan and prophet of Web 2.0 technologies, I was thrilled to find this.  I doubt I’ll have lots of time to contribute, but I added some sites tonight, and I will add it to the presentation I’ve been doing for libraries / librarians!

Traveling

After a week in Salt Lake City and two weeks in Mexico (and no good beer to speak of!), I been playing too much catch-up to blog.

We did brew a Cherry Vanilla Porter on the Sunday of our return, but other than that, I’ve been concentrating on work ever since.  And thank goodness Scott blogged about it so I don’t have to play catch-up with that one…

Today I learned about this great website I could have used during all of my October travels: the Airport Wireless Internet Access Guide.  Not that I could blog on WordPress from my Palm, but I could have been seeking out the best airport brewpubs using my handheld device.