Posts Tagged ‘Pommes Frites’

You Meet All Kinds

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

I’m putting this up today because Monday it’s hitting 104, and I’m going to the beach. You guys can hang around if you want, but I’m an Oregonian, and anything over 90 is hotter then hell.

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Saturday night I hit Venti’s for a few pints and some pomme frites (French for fries). By the way, if you do get into Venti’s try the Raven Eye Imperial Stout. Anyway, one pint in and a guy came and sat next to me. Turns out it was Andy Barber, a guy I went to highschool with that abandoned Salem for P-Town. We caught up a bit and then ended up chatting with the girl on my right. Turns out she is a server at Thompson’s Brewery and has served me both there and at Boon’s. Then apparently another guy that graduated the same year as Andy and I was there. This was becoming a very interesting evening. I mean seriously, I’m not very social at bars, and I don’t often talk to people I who I’m not there with. Oh, and did I mention Bobby Hooper was bartending? Bobby is an awesome guy, as well as an awesome bartender.

Of course as always happens I ended up discussing beer with people. I blame Bobby for asking about the difference between a stout and a porter. Turns out Andy likes good beer too and got in on the convo, and of course the lady from Thompsons (sorry, I don’t remember your name) gave a little input as well. Later we were joined by a guy that had recently moved here from New York and was involved with their reservoir system there. Of course, I asked him about Widmer and their complaints about the Bull Run filter plan. By this point I was on pint 3, a nice blonde bock. Oh, forgot to say what number 2 was. Number 2 was a Belgian dark. We talked about treatment plans and effects on water chemistry. I really am a geek.

This kind of evening is why local pubs need our support. How many places can you have an evening like this at? By the way, Venti’s is switching to true pint’s. Wether these will be actual pint glasses and not just pint sized shakers I know not. Maybe J.R. will have more info since he’s got family ties. So get out and support your local watering hole this week.