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2015 INTERNATIONAL INTERGALACTIC GLOBAL OPEN MTB TEAM RELAY OF THE MULTIVERSE!

I had the opportunity to jump on a team for this years race. We were a 4 person team... 2 rookies who've ridden for years but little racing and 2 experts who seem to live on their bikes. It was a pleasure to get to know Amy and Vaugh. They were great people willing to share, help and just have a good time! Follow their adventures on facebook!

As usual, I brought the camera along and snapped a few shots while recovering and preparing for my lap and I've put up a few galleries.

And as I was digging around I found some additional images to share.

Can't wait for the next #IIOGRELAY!

Drop in on Crystal Ball Brewing in York.

We had the opportunity to try Crystal Ball Brewing at the Hibrewnation Brew Fest and loved their Tripel and Coconut Porter. So, since they are close by in York,  we dropped in. Cool operation. The brew masters took the time to show us around. If you get a chance, drop in and take a growler. Just don't expect a glamorous tasting room, it's standing room only, but the beer is good. They even have an oatmeal stout with smoked bacon on right now.


Beercation - PA Winter 2015

Here's a little taste of our recent brewery visit to the outer philly area. We enjoyed Free Will brewing at a recent festival and decided it was time to drop in and say hi. We managed to make there JUST in time to join a tour of the brewery. Sadly, it was a person who doesn't typically give tours, but the operation was really interesting to see. Lots of low ceiling basements. Interesting to see what someone can do when they have to make stuff work when conditions aren't optimal. They are moving the brewhouse upstairs shortly and it will be interesting to pay a visit in a year and see how it's changed.

Then, we found that Round Guys brewing was also nearby. I had heard the interview with Scott the brewmaster on the Brewing Network Sunday Session a few years ago and had always had them on my wish list of places to visit. That was an fun place and plan to make it back there to sample other stuff I wasn't able to fit in.... such as their mead menu. Cool stuff. Neat place. Go visit them!

 

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Taproom

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Future Brewhouse

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Good looking beer. 

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New tanks... all with person names. 

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Aging beer... including some of the "300gal Intermediate Bulk Containers" 

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Low ceiling fermenters

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Unique fermenter...no conical. Lots of lost beer with this design. But you do what you have to. 

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Brew system

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Brew Kettle.

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Big fodor and barrels

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"high tech bottling line" [sarcasm] - They are anxious to upgrade this too. 

Beercation (Craft Beer Brewery Visits)

We've enjoyed craft beer and home brewing during our travels. It's always cool seeing new places and try things unique to an area. We managed to visit a few breweries on our recent trip to Atlanta. We even snuck in a trip to Fullsteam when we were passing through Durham (after seeing them on a recent Brew Dogs TV show.)