New Blog!

Hey Biscuiteers,

I’m putting down the snacks for a bit to work on completing a long held personal goal of hiking the Maryland portion of the Appalachian Trail without stopping. It’s 40+ miles, and I am WOEFULLY unprepared for it, so keeping a blog on things that are great but prohibitive from completing this task is counter-productive.

I’ll be back, and the biscuits, whiskey, and beer will as well. In the meantime, follow the new adventures at:

THE MARYLAND CHALLENGE

www.themarylandchallenge.com

See ya real soon!

You host,

Charlie Mewshaw

Whiskey/Coke in a can – what a time to be alive.

Beam and Cola in a can? What fresh hell is this? Is it a weird chemical flavored malt beverage, or is it a real whiskey/coke? Oh, I’m getting to the bottom of this.

The ABV is 5%, and it comes in a basic 12oz can, clearly branded as a Jim Beam product. Now anyone who has ever made a whiskey/coke knows that there is generally going to be way more alcohol in a self-made cocktail than that, so right off the bat I’m wondering what this is going to taste like.

Around 10pm on a chilly fall evening in a rural garage, the ceremony unfolded. Upon cracking it open and giving a sniff, it smelled like it should. It was then that the oddity was brought before a committee of four dedicated biscuiteers for a taste test. There was Kevin (Mr. Military Special), AJ (the provider of the pappy), Rob, and Joe. It was immediately met with “what the hell is that?! Why’d you buy that?” by 3 of the guinea pigs, while the 4th, being a well traveled and worldly man, stated “I’ve seen something like this in South America” before describing plain cans marked only with “Rum & Cola” being prevalent south of the equator.

So we drank it. IT WASN’T AWFUL. It really tasted like it should. I mean it was expensive for what it was, and I’m quite sure it wasn’t strong enough, but it tasted alright! I’m not going to buy it again, it’s not difficult at all to do better, but I can think of many ways you could do worse.

I wasn’t convinced that any actually Jim Beam was in this stuff, but after doing a little research I found that this stuff is actually made by a company called Carolina Beverage Group, LLC. Their jam is specialty processes, blending, and canning of unique beverages. Their corporate profile leads me to believe that they actually do simply blend Jim Beam with some RC Cola proxy. Now I want to know what else they make!

Join me next time, as I explore another recently discovered gimmick!

Your host,

Charlie Mewshaw

50’s Dad, today!

This is going to be me.

“That’s fantastic work on your common core math, I thought it was all just a bunch of hullabaloo, but you seem pretty keen on the whole shebang. Now c’mon sport, hustle to that garage fridge, grab me a cold one, and pick yourself up an organic sugar reduced coca-cola alternative while you’re there. While you’re out there your mother and I are going to discuss our feelings in a rational and productive way in the hopes of providing a stable and nurturing environment.”

Triathlon-A-Thon 2: The Recap

First off, thank you.

We exceeded our goal by more than the Crowdrise page reflects due to some donations being applied through last year’s donation page. The grand total for this year was $695! When you combine last year’s event with this year’s, there is now enough in the standing fund to help out in a significant way.

So how’d the event go? Great! Our 2017 champions are as follows:

Skeeball – Jef Ryan, but now that I’m typing this I realize that he was also the one keeping score manually for everyone since the machine was busted…hmmmmmmm.

Pinball – Tracy Lynn Combs of For A Rainy Day.me (she also took the event pics)

Foosball – …yes, I won the foosball trophy fair and square, and yes, that does mean that I did keep a trophy I made, and no, I don’t feel bad about it.

So we’ll do it all over again next year, perhaps with Freedom Pole(?!), and thank you again for reading/supporting the Triathlon-A-Thon.

-Charlie


 

Triathlon-A-Thon 2: The Fundraisening UPDATE!

Hey Biscuiteers, quick update on the 2017 Triathlon-a-Thon. We had to adjust the schedule due to the foosball host establishment unexpectedly going out of business (whoops!)

Without further delay, here’s the updated plan for Saturday September 9, 2017:

2:30 – Foosball at Tylers’s Taproom (102 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510)

3:45/4:00ish – Pinball at The Baxter Arcade (108 N Graham St, Carrboro, NC 27510)

5:00ish– Skeeball and Prizes at Zog’s Art Bar (108 Henderson St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514)

The entire distance from start to end is 1.1 miles, so its still walkable. There is street parking along the route, and a free public lot behind Tylers, plus the free Carrboro parking garage nearby

To recap:

1 – Make a tax-deductible donation to Residential Services pet relief fund HERE

full URL – http://www.crowdrise.com/triathlon-a-thon-2-the-fundraisening

2 – Come out on Saturday September 9 at 2:00pm, and have a blast, collect your goodies, and potentially win fabulous prizes. If you want to donate but can’t make it out, I will mail you your shirt and koozie!

3 – Feel excellent knowing you made a tangible difference in supporting an amazing cause.

Thank you for the continued support – please share info about the event 🙂

Murder-Hobo Hut, or Party Shack?

 

Let’s file this one under weird hiking finds. Admittedly, though I found this place a while ago, it’s still there, and still weird.

I was on a walk down a dirt road just outside of Carrboro NC when I noticed a path that went into the woods. It was pretty well defined and geographically I was confident it just went into a nearby park. Feeling froggy, I started down the path, over a creek, through some woods, and alongside some clearly marked “No Trespassing” signs that signaled to one side of the path was land belonging to some quarry company.

While stopping to take in the weird sparseness that exists under the canopy of a mature pine forest I noticed something off in the distance, off of the path. I couldn’t really tell what it was because of brush, but it almost looked like a structure.

 As I got closer I saw what I figured must some kind of murder-hobo encampment, where surely the occupant(s) had heard my approach. I froze for a moment and took in my surroundings, looked at my options, and decided to just walk up like I owned the place.

 Upon approaching I realized that this wasn’t a place of ill-will but a remarkably well put together party shack. It looked like the type of placea rag-tag group of kind of bad, but not actually bad protagonists in a young-adult adventure movie would call their home-base. There was even a sign with a phone number on it to call…weird.

Pretty slick right? The hut had a mini-blind type thing that was rolled down.
Inside the hut.
I texted the number – to no avail.

 I noticed a path out of the camp, so I followed that and found THIS scary ass old house, and cool old motorcycle.

Sure I’ll go in, what could possibly go wrong?
The graffiti says “dont be here at night” – check, got it, no problem.
Shame to see it waste away.

This was a good hike.

 Hey! Did you know that the Triathlon-A-Thon 2 is right around the corner? Check it out, we’ve almost hit our goal J Here’s the link:

https://www.crowdrise.com/triathlon-a-thon-2-the-fundraisening/

 -Charlie

 

Bad, bad, not good booze.

Most of the time, if I’m writing about something on here, I don’t hate it. Today is an exception.

Remember all the fun we had with the Military Special Bourbon? Yeah, that was a good time. You know what’s not a good time? The Military Special Canadian Whiskey.

“With natural flavors” – that’s a common thing to have on a bottle of booze right? right? maybe?

It is, to put it mildly, bad. It’s got a harsh nose, one single overly sweet note, and it burns like hell. The sweetness is off-putting, like someone at wherever this is made squeezed some Aunt Jemima syrup in at some point in the process because you know – Canada! Syrup! Dudley Do-Right! The label’s got a Mountie skiing – and that is the best part of this experience.

Even the kind soul that gave this to me said “this is bad.”

I’m not going to throw it out, but I’m also not going to finish it.

You know what I am going to finish? TRIATHLON-A-THON 2: THE FUNDRAISENING! Seriously, go donate, and make a difference in the lives of people who sometimes need a little help. Do it, and I’ll send you a shirt, and a koozie, AND you can come party with us on September 9th where there will be fabulous trophies.

Click HERE to get in on it!

See you next time!

The Fundraisening!

 

It is upon us!

I am pleased to announce the itinerary for the 2017 Triathlonathon! All establishments have been scouted for suitability, extensively play-tested, and given the Biscuits Whiskey & Beer stamp of approval. Drawing on suggestions from last year, the whole thing is walkable, and the times below account for that.

Without further delay, here’s the plan for Saturday September 9, 2017:

2:30 – Pinball at The Baxter Arcade (108 N Graham St, Carrboro, NC 27510)

3:45 – Foosball at Bub O’ Malley’s (157 E Rosemary St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514)

5:00 – Skeeball and Prizes at Zog’s Art Bar (108 Henderson St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514)

As you can see, we end at Zog’s which is literally right next door to Time Out, home to fantastic biscuits!

To recap:

1 – Make a tax-deductible donation to Residential Services pet relief fund HERE

2 – Come out on Saturday September 9 at 2:00pm, and have a blast, collect your goodie bag, and potentially win fabulous prizes. If you want to donate but can’t make it out, I will mail you your goodie bag!

3 – Feel excellent knowing you made a tangible difference in supporting an amazing cause.

Vacation Beers

Good Hops Brewing is not your typical brewery. Located in Carolina Beach, NC, Good Hops makes truly adventurous beers, and has more than just a tasting room, they provide a full-on experience for their customers. There’s a disc-golf course that winds through the pines next to the building, a spacious outdoor seating area with a stage for live music, fire-pits for chilly nights, and the indoor bar area is stocked with games and ample seating options. There’s the obligatory mug-club where locals can have their very own piece of the experience, a dedication to sustainability and charity outlined through company policies, and indicators throughout the place that Good Hops is a truly a part of it’s community. It is, without a doubt, one of the best brewery experiences I can recall.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, lets move on to the beers. My first visit was a quick, single pour of their Kolsch. A light, crisp, slightly wheaty beer that cut through the muggy afternoon and invigorated my spirits. With only 4% ABV, this would have been an obvious choice for session consumption.

I kinda blew it on pics and didn’t take enough, but check out their site for more (link at the bottom).

The fellow working the bar was nice, and encouraged further exploration of the offerings, but I had to keep it moving. I promised a return, and return I did.

A few days later, I dropped back by for a flight, and while all of their beers were good, holy hell that brown ale is fantastic! I also took fancy of what their website bills as “everyone’s favorite” – a golden ale with pineapple added in second fermentation. It was amazing. Not too sweet, with subtle pineapple notes, I got a growler for the return home.

Looking over their beer list, I am amazed at how adventurous their seasonal offerings get, and have no doubt that Good Hops has a bright future ahead of them. I really hope that they get some distro inland, because I would keep their beers in my fridge year round.

In other news – I got the art in for Triathlon-a-Thon 2: The Fundraisening goody bags. Looks great, is relevant to the cause of the event, and matches the style of last years t-shirt…get stoked! This years goody bag was set to be replacing the t-shirt from last year, but a few folks have asked if there would be a shirt…so once I finish the lettering and post the final art, let me know if you would want a shirt and if enough people are into it, I can look into the logistics of getting some made.

Want to learn more about Triathlon-a-Thon 2: The Fundraisening? Early details are live HERE!

As always, thanks for reading!

-Charlie

Links:

Good Hops- http://www.goodhopsbrewing.com/

Triathlon-a-Thon 2: The Fundraisening – https://www.crowdrise.com/triathlon-a-thon-2-the-fundraisening