So here’s my story, of how I had plans that were thought out plans but no longer can be plans because things, as they often do, change. When getting ready to visit Peru this last holiday season, my partner in crime Bouncy McTigger and I volunteered to get bumped off our flight. They were dangling a $500 flight voucher each, provide hotel accommodations and fly us first class the next day, the catch – our flight left from Newark, NJ and we were in Houston, TX plus the whole leave a day late which we were perfectly cool with because well $500 and first class is pretty cool. Well we have been plotting and planning to go use these flight vouchers for Tokyo this holiday but then the prices went up and we got to thinking – I have the month of June off she has a house in Peru why not bounce and swing our happy furry butts back to Peru and see all the sights we missed out on? Well we hit a road block.
According to what the Great Divide Brewing Co. shared with me on twitter, Hades Ale was originally a seasonal beer in 22oz bottles but became so popular that they started brewing it year round in 6 packs. Now that to me is bad-ass, but then again when you have a name like Hades you know your in for one hell of a good beer. 😉 They surely talk a big game on their website boasting the awards they have won, and challenge others to, “Crack open a bottle and decide for yourself.” Although, if you are dealing out the good stuff why not throw on a Greek god and his three headed puppy, Cerberus, and call it a day.
Lured away from the Downtown Historic District of Savannah by a cab driver who painted pictures of a smorgasbord of sea food delicacies foreign to my midwestern pallet I was giddy on what the day would bring. I had all of Saturday to explore Savannah but I was off to find my way to Tybee Island. I had struck a deal the day before with the taxi driver but wanted to see if I could find an alternative way out there, quickly I found out no. Most taxi’s will charge $40+ each way, buses don’t travel that way and I later confirmed what the bike rental place told me – that there is no space for bikes and it’s a wee bit on the dangerous side minus the fact that it’s a 20+ mile ride. So I did what any budget traveler would do, I called back the taxi driver who negotiated a deal with me the day before, packed some beach gear and off I went.
Type: Beer – Pilsner
Name: Stiegl Pils
“World Classic Beer – since 1492”
“Imported beer brewed since 1492 by the Stiegl brewery brewed from malt, hops, yeast mountain spring water according to the ‘Purity Law of 1516′”
Now this is a beer that I thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of setting my paws on. I mean when Columbus was off getting lost and discovering inhabited lands by accident Austrians were stumbling onto a real discovery, beer. Golden delicious pilzen beer, sure beer has been around before 1492 but do you know of too many other beers still around from that time? I didn’t think so, which tells me one of two things either the Austrians know how to stick with a good thing that or they’ve been too drunk since then to create anything new.
I’ve heard about how traveling to attend conferences can be a bit different than traveling just to explore a city, while that can be true I found a loophole. I had the great opportunity of visiting Savannah, Georgia for a conference that ran from Sunday to Tuesday which meant if I flew in Friday morning I would have the weekend to explore. Yeah I know, I’m a bit of a genius – so let this mentally superior monkey give you the low down on what I discovered about Savannah.
* Disclaimer: The Historic District is a largely commercialized part of Savannah which doesn’t really depict how the everyday people of Savannah live, but that is where my conference was and there was plenty of food and alcohol to keep me centrally located there for most of my stay.