Have a dear friend, Adam, who I've known since college which was.....a while ago, let's say. He & his wife are beer nerds like us (actually, bigger beer nerds - which is a compliment). They hang out with a legitimately-knighted-in-Belgium-beer-nerd, with whom Brewery Ommegang trusted to hold a celebration dinner for the second Game of Thrones inspired beer, Fire and Blood.
Ironically, we were already headed north to visit with them and their youngest son, just because, so it was divine intervention that Ommegang was releasing the beer on March 31, with only 12 celebration dinners held country-wide two days before, and one happening about an hour from their home.
The road trip to their house started as major downpour of rain, this taken just north of Columbus:
And by the time we left their house, to head to Cleveland for the dinner, it was major downpour of snow. As in blizzard-like conditions.
|Road sign with melting snow covering the window.|
To say that he did a great job of transporting us, is implied and I'm so glad he did because WOW.
Here are some photos of the outside of the restaurant:
|Inside the restaurant.|
"Gee, Jen, did you get your picture taken on it?"
The dinner was a buffet with a Medieval-like menu, complete with turkey legs. Totally worth the $60/head to get in, let me tell you. There was a little bit of everything, so no matter your eating preferences, you had more than enough to eat.
There was also a crap-ton of GoT swag. Each person received a bottle of the latest release, signed by Ommegang's brewer, plus a fabulous goblet with the House Targaryen sigil, as you checked in for the dinner.
Later on, they passed out Ommegang bottle openers, as well as GoT keyrings, again featuring the sigil of House Targaryen. They also had t-shirts for sale (Spouse and I bought one each of the two designs, but I apparently didn't take photos.....oops).
In addition to the Fire and Blood release on tap, Winks also had the first GoT release, Take the Black Stout, plus a few other Ommegang favorites on tap. They also had a featured GoT cocktail, called Dragon's Blood, which was vodka, chambord and pineapple juice. It was tasty. We got a round for the four of us to toast.
Winks also had entertainment! Before dinner began, there was a string quartet, plus two young men juggling. After dinner, they had young ladies in Daenerys like-clothing dancing about. On the bar, actually. That part was...interesting, but hey, whatever.
I took a little stroll about the restaurant and also, to check on what outside was doing.....
|Um, yeah - that's SNOW.|
In short, a delightful evening, with wonderful friends, enjoying a tasty meal & beverages!
|Tracy (Mrs. Adam), me, Spouse - Adam was the photographer.|
|That is one smart dog.|
So my apologies to our friends, in my delinquency in posting a thank you blog for their hospitality, and camaraderie!!!
Side note: weird to remember all that snow, when it is 84 degrees outside.
For those interested in what Spouse is wearing, his shirt is a Game of Thrones hockey jersey that I got for him for his 42nd birthday. His favorite character is Jon Snow, the bastard son of Ned Stark, so it has the House Stark sigil on the front, and the back has the number 42, with nameplate reading Snow.
He claims it is the best birthday present ever, but I'm determined to top it one year. Somehow. I have no clue as to how.
The fetching cap he was sporting was purchased in Dublin, Ireland at Kevin & Howlin's, and is handwoven Donegal tweed. I absolutely love the cap, and him in it, because he looks so handsome.