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03 April 2010 @ 07:11 pm
Beers #1 and #2: Flying Dog and Unibrou meet Tapas  
What better way to inaugurate the Beer Blog than with an old friend, and a new friend?

Tonight, enveri and I went to Rugan's, our little town's tapas bar. Until recently, the very thought of this rural farm town having a tapas bar was laughable, but now it seems to fit right in. Used to be more of a topless bar area, if you know what I mean. That's suburban growth for you.

We walked to the bar, not because we were expecting to stagger out all "Why is the rum gone?", but because there's something inherently nice about being able to enjoy civilization without once setting foot in a vehicle. It's about a mile and a half from front doorstep to downtown in a straight line, and we find it quite pleasant to meander in, grab a bite and a drink, then meander back (usually not taking the straightest route). Not needing to worry about driving after a beer or two is an added bonus, of course.

So anyways, we got to Rugan's about 5:15ish. It only opens at 4, so things were still pretty quiet. We found a spot at the bar - Genet acquired a chocolate martini, and I acquired a Flying Dog porter, "Road Dog":

I've had Flying Dog before, and generally been pretty happy with it. They do seem to go a bit overboard at times on the "raunchy" names and labels, but for all that, they make a good beer. Hadn't had the porter before, so this would be a new one for me. It arrived as presented above, and we put in our food order.

While we waited, I sipped through most of my Road Dog. It was pretty tasty, but not what I was expecting. The menu actually made it sound like a red ale, so was surprised when the bottle arrived and said 'porter'. It doesn't really taste like a lot of porters I've had - actually fairly light, all things considered. Very easy drinking, especially after a brisk walk on a warm day! As stated in the initial entry, I'm not a purist, and I found it quite nice.

Once I'd finished, the food arrived, and I ordered my second beer. This one is an old friend I've had many times before, Fin du Monde by Unibroue up by Montreal. It's a Belgian tripel, and probably not an ideal beer when facing a mountain of food, plus another walk in the sun, but it's hard to turn down:

There it is, nestled cozily in with the white flatbread pizza, beef tenderloin quesadilla, and the spinach artichoke bread bowl that I'd cheerfully live in. I'm really not sure what to say about Fin du Monde that hasn't been said better elsewhere. Suffice it to say, if you're good with the whole Belgian-style beer thing, and aren't driving anywhere anytime soon, it's about as good as it gets. Not only that, it stood up very well to the heaping pile of rich food you see up there.

As for further reviews - apparently Rugan's now does a Beer Fraternity. You drink one of each of the beers they offer, and you get your name in the menu, on a plaque, and on a personalized glass. I do think this will mix well with the whole beer blog thing, since we're downtown all the time for walks!

Next up: Lagunitas and BBQ
Current Mood: fullfull
Aurethaureth on April 4th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
I need to go there, and drink all their beers.
genetenveri on April 4th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
Wait til he posts photos of their beer coolers. >.>

In other news, we have these gift certificates good for food, and geez, the two of us can't meet the minimum bill required, so.. if you and Jenne ever wanna give it a shot.. ;)
Yotogiyotogi on April 4th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
So you drank a tripel, ate all that food, and then went out in the sun.

I'm surprised someone didn't have to carry your ass home.
genetenveri on April 4th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
I did offer to go home and get the car. He declined, and I daresay he was in better condition when we finally got home than I was. ;)
Araquan Skytracer: Hooray beeraraquan on April 4th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
I'm trying to remember if I've had that particular Flying Dog brew before. I'll admit that I'm not the biggest fan of their stuff... most of what I've had from them falls very squarely in my much-scorned "overhopped" category.

Need to try Fin du Monde.
duncandahusky on April 4th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
Heh. I think we were over at Kelly's Cupcakes about a half-hour before you got to Rugan's :-) (Incidentally, short review: OK cupcakes, definitely not worth the price though.)

I highly approve of Rugan's beer selection and am intrigued by the Beer Fraternity :-) Now we just need to find something Dan-friendly on the menu and we'll be in business!
genet: cupcakesenveri on April 4th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Roasted Beef Tenderloin Quesedilla -
Beef tenderloin, cheddar cheese, caramelized red onions (can probably request no onions, but I couldn't taste them, they aren't noticable)

Burger Flight Trio -
cheddar and bacon with garlic sauce, avocado and onion crisps with spicy chipotle sauce, and mushroom and Swiss with grilled onions (again, would probably need to ask that things be adjusted)

flatbreads -
They don't have these really on the menu, but if I recall correctly, the white flatbread may be Dan's speed; it's alfredo sauce, various cheeses and fresh basil. They're essentially personal sized pizzas. :)
Chris Kozloski (Tarin or Koz)tarinfirepelt on April 4th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Tarin wags and sends Roho a case of Milwaukee's Best. ;)