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This blog has moved…

After three years or so with this website, I am finally moving on to something new. So what does that mean for this one? Basically, I am keeping it online for a while. All of the posts will remain here, and nothing new will be added. That said, all of the posts were also imported to my new site, and new posts will continue there. So what is the site?

Head on over to Outside Cincinnati, which essentially is the exact same blog that I am doing now, with a fresh new look and a new address. That is about it. Why the change you might ask?

When I started this blog, I had no idea really what I was doing. I picked a few topics that I liked, and tried to stay within those topics. For a little over the last year though, I have been branching out to different subjects, and I just felt that a name change was in order. Thats all. I am still going to be writing about bikes, beer, birds maybe, but adding other topics like running, hiking, backpacking, etc. Hopefully that makes sense.

Thanks for reading with me this far, head on over to the new land to keep it current.

Just keep spinning…

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Times they are a changing…

So after a long run with this website, I have decided to move on to something new. This blog has been a great outlet for me to express myself, and to also share my opinions and adventures with the few folks who decide to read it. But, don’t fret, this site will stay online. I have started the annoying process of exporting/importing/changing domain names etc. and I plan on having the new site up this week, but this site will continue on as it is, almost like a reference of sorts. Reference of what? Good question. But a reference of something I suppose.

The new and improved blog will be focusing on a few different outdoor adventures, also sprinkled with some beer reviews in there as well, and also some other reviews too. It should be a little more representative of what I am doing with myself.

Thanks for reading this far, and hopefully you will continue during the switch.

Just keep spinning…


Beer:30… Henry Weinhard’s Woodland Pass IPA

Dipping back to a familiar style, the IPA has re-entered my household. While usually I stick to random craft beers, I spotted one a while ago that I had never seen before by the name of Henry Weinhard’s. I left it on the shelf for another day, and out of the blue my brother in law brought some over for Halloween. Looks like a craft beer, so it must be one right? Hold on just a minute…

First a history lesson: Henry Weinhard is an actual person. Much like Cincinnati’s own Christian Moerlein, Henry was a brewer from the old days, who actually spent some time here in the area before settling down in Oregon. For a long time, he crafted beers under his own name, and at one point, as it sometimes happens, his company was bought by another larger company. This “craft” beer just happens to be made by the folks at SABMiller, but for some reason they don’t want you to know that. Well, they are not advertising it at least. Anyway, lets see how this IPA stands, enter the Woodland Pass IPA:

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The beer pours like a normal IPA, with a good looking copperish hue. Smell wise I am picking up mostly pine aromas, and not much else. Taste wise, this beer is surprising. Right out of the gate, you pick up a nice hop flavor, but not overpowering like most IPAs that you will find nowadays. It is mild, but nice. Mixed with the hops, you will notice quite a bit of malt flavors, which mellow out the hops even more, and the beer finishes a little bitter. This IPA is lighter than most, and that is not a bad thing. This would be a good, cheap, grilling out type of beer.

Overall, I like this beer. True, it is not a real craft beer. True, it is more along the lines of a pale ale than an IPA. This is a beer that you could drink a few of and not find yourself without your pants the next morning. Not that that is a bad thing, or that it has happened to me. Well done Henry Weinhard’s, err…SABMiller, not great, but not a bad start.

Cheers!


Just Riding Along… New Bike!

Some days, it just happens to be your day. Every thing is going smoothly, and things effortlessly fall into place. Today was that day. After randomly searching Craigslist for bikes, which I have not done in a while, I stumbled onto a bike posting that got my attention. After a few emails, I ended the day with this:

This is a first generation Kona Ute cargo bike. You might be thinking, “Didn’t you just sell an Xtracycle cargo bike kit this year?” Yes. I moved the Xtracycle, and regretted it after it was gone. That thought, paired with the idea of a different cargo bike to haul the kiddos around, ended up with this strange twist of fate of finding this bike at complete random. Timing is everything right?

This bike is from 2008 I believe, and it has the newer style Ute cargo bags that are super large, and very heavy duty. Drivetrain is set up as a 2×8, which is surprisingly low geared. After a little tweaking this afternoon, and a small ride around the neighborhood, this bike is going to be in the stable for some time. Or at least a year or so…

Just keep spinning…


Gear Me… Merrell Trail Glove

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Sticking with the running theme, here is my latest shoe to the fleet, the Merrell Trail Glove. This is my second pair, that replaced the first, which was in my last shoe post here. To make a long story short:

I bought my last pair of Merrells in California this summer for work, and because I am a minimalist shoe fan. I ran a little in the shoes, and did not like the feel of them compared to my New Balance Minimus, so I decided that I would wear these to work. After only two and a half months, these shoes started to fall apart. In my book that is unacceptable. After an email to Merrell, I had a form to fill out, and once that was in I received an email to send my shoes back to them for a replacement. Awesome. I really like seeing companies step up with their customer service, and really stand by their products. Well done Merrell!

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Apart from looks, these shoes are a little different than the last model. The two seam is more reinforced, and the fit is a little more loose. I probably would have bought a smaller size originally, but after running in them a few times already I like the extra room in the toe area. Hopefully these will last a bit longer than the former model.

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After a few runs in them, I still do not like the feel all that much. Especially when they are compared to my Minimus trail runners. I haven’t given up on them just yet, but overall I have to say that I am impressed with how the company operates. That definitely keeps me a fan. Thanks Merrell!


Just Running Along… East Fork trail run…

Sticking with the current running theme, spent some time at East Fork with a friend running in the rain this evening. Typical fall weather on the menu; rain, overcast, chilly… perfect for a trail run. The original plan was to dust off the Surly and get a nice fall ride in, but since it had rained for most of the day, the New Balance Minimus came out to play instead.

We decided to run the middle section of the MTB trail, which as you can see in the blurry photo it was completely covered in wet leaves, which in turn caused me to bust my ass in a slightly off camber section. After the trail check to my knee, it gave me a moment to slow down and really look around while running, and basically see things off of the trail that I have never seen before. I will say it kinda blew my mind as to what I have been missing with my mountain bike tunnel vision, it was definitely nice to slow down a bit and take it all in.

Just keep running…


Beer:30… Mendocino Imperial Barleywine

Barleywines are a favorite style of mine, and every time that I see one that I have not had I usually buy it. There is just something almost elegant ending the day with a nice, slow sipping Barleywine. Not one to miss a new one for my list, I spotted this guy hanging out at the new Jungle Jim’s, so of course it came home with me. That said, lets take a look, enter Mendocino’s Imperial Barleywine:

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This beer pours into my snifter like a solid Barleywine. The smells are spot on for the style, with darker fruits taking the stage mixed with a slight sweetness. Taste wise, dark fruits are there again, this time mixing with a nice alcohol warmth, which makes sense due to the 11%ABV. This is a big beer.

Overall, this beer is average to me. Nothing really stands out to really make me want to buy this again. With so many amazing barleywines on the market, this one kind of falls to the rear of the lineup. It’s good, but I would call it average at best.

Cheers!