February 21, 2014 by knoxbeerdinosaur
Well, it’s been quite a winter so far! We’ve had two major (at least to us Southern dinos) snows within about a week of one another and lots of cold days. The first snow was nice but very cold. Last week it was beautiful but melted too quickly. Downtown was a winter wonderland. Check out the great pictures on the Urban Guy’s Inside of Knoxville blog here and here. It appeared that last Thursday was a snow day for most people. Downtown was pretty quiet except for a few snowball fights. Things started picking up slowly in the afternoon as the snow sadly but quickly melted.
They started working on Market Square Wednesday evening, trying to keep it cleaned off. Like an excited child, I kept on eye on the snow all night and was not disappointed with the results. It was a good day to stay home, eat and read. However, one can only eat and read so much. Luckily, I heard about a tap takeover on Thursday evening at Suttree’s High Gravity Tavern. It was to begin at 6:00 so we decided to get there around 5:30 in order to secure a table. On the way down Market Square, Jerry mentioned that it was probably already busy. I stupidly replied that it was early and wouldn’t be busy yet. Oh how wrong I was. We walked in the door and every table was taken and there were no empty barstools. Good grief! I guess everyone had cabin fever and decided to go to Ol’ Sutts because the rest of Market Square looked like a ghost town. Luckily we spotted our friend Katie at a table and it turns out we knew several people gathered around.
The buzz of the night was the Sexual Chocolate so that, of course, was my first beer of the evening. It was a good beer but I didn’t think it was spectacular. It was a bit cold so I sat it aside and drank a couple of flights. It was definitely better after it warmed up. I got more of the chocolate and roasted flavors.
My next beer was a flight of Foothills Jade IPA. Great citrus nose and flavor with a hop finish! I enjoyed this one. My next beer was Foothills Seeing Double IPA. Not bad but unexpectedly mild for a double IPA. Very lightly hopped.
After that, I had a Schlafly Beer Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. I got it by accident, it was supposed to be the Bourbon Barrel-Aged People’s Porter. I was able to taste both and I liked the Schlafly’s better! A happy accident. At this point, we were ready to walk home and call it a night.
Yeah right! Next thing I knew, I had an Oskar Blues Ten Fidy in front of me. Not sure why but I’ve never tried it. I am happy I did. It had a roasted malt and coffee taste. Delicious. Thanks Louis. Now, this WAS my last beer!
Wrong again. I was ready to go when yet another beer appeared magically in front of me. Louis must have a magic hat filled with beer instead of rabbits. A Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout. Roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate were all present. Thanks again Louis.
It was a perfect snow day with a perfect, slightly tipsy, ending. Work was a little rough on Friday but it was worth a mild headache to have so much fun and talk with friends I haven’t seen in a few weeks. Maybe spring will arrive early so we can all come out of hibernation.