They Say It Rocks

The Cleveland skyline from Lake Erie.
The Cleveland skyline from Lake Erie.

The weekend before last I took a trip to Cleveland, to see BFF Wendy, who moved there a few years back. It wasn’t my first trip there — it was, in fact, my third — but I don’t think I’ve been anywhere before that left so little of an impression on me. As much as I racked my brain, I could conjure up almost no recollection from my first two times there.

I don’t think this is necessarily Cleveland’s fault, though. My initial trip was a “visit the parents” trip with (unbeknownst to me) a very-soon-to-be-ex boyfriend, and the second was a “get out the vote” trip (as part of my brief foray into political activism) that involved virtually no sleep. I don’t think either circumstance was designed to leave me with much in the way of memories.

Wendy, on the other hand, wanted to show off her new hometown in all my favorite ways — mostly involving local food, craft breweries, and historic neighborhoods. (Girl knows me, that’s for sure.) And did she ever deliver. I had such a good time that when I got back my brother asked me if I’d been hired by the Chamber of Commerce, since I’d been posting such glowing things on Twitter all weekend. And he’s right: I came back with a bit of a crush on Cleveland. Continue reading

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DC Brews: Chocolate City Beer

Over the weekend, joined by my friends Lori and Erica, I continued the tour of DC breweries I started last month at DC Brau.. Our destination this time was Chocolate City Beer in Brookland.

Chocolate City is both newer and smaller than DC Brau, but they share the same welcoming vibe. They were pouring two beers on Saturday: Cornerstone Copper Ale (their signature brew, which I’ve had at local bars) and Cerveza Nationál (a black lager). I was pleasantly surprised by the latter, given that I was expecting a much lighter, beach-in-Mexico type of beer — based on nothing more than vacation experiences and my limited grasp of Spanish. It’s really smooth and chocolatey, though, and was my choice when it came time to fill my growler.

Here are a few pictures from my visit:

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Two breweries down, one to go… And one distillery!