This Week in Awesome

This past week included Cincinnati greats such as dinner at E+O Kitchen with one of my best friends who was in from out of town for the holiday, a lunch panini from Ingredients, drinks at and showing off The Video Archive to my brothers-in-law, Christkindlmarkt at Fountain Square, the CB Connector, dinner at Senate, Little Kings while watching Wheel of Fortune at Rhinehaus (seriously, where else can you do such a thing in the city), a new Cincinnati-themed Christmas Sweater from Cincy ShirtsXavier vs. UNI at Cintas Center (and craft beer from D’Artagnan’s Deck), bowling league at Crossgate Lanes, lunch at Bucks Tavern, sushi from Wabi Sabi, and a glazed donut from Busken. That doesn’t even include the four Thanksgivings we had (three on Thursday, one on Saturday).

Yeah, needless to say, I’m exhausted and not ready to Monday.

But what I really want to talk about is Ale! to the Queen City, a local beer festival at Smale Park featuring beer from 16 local breweries.

You know what I hate about cold weather? It’s not the temperature, and it’s not the months of grey. It’s the fact that there is so little to do outdoors. No one wants to stay cooped up inside for five months, and I’m so happy that, despite the chilly weather, Ale! to the Queen City gave us an excuse to get outside. We need so much more of this in Cincinnati.

I will admit that it was chilly, so there was definitely that. But there were heaters, fire pits, and a warm streetcar to get people around the urban core, which helped immensely. We were at Ale! for about 90 minutes, where I got to take in the sights of the city while trying 12 new (to me) beers. My favorites were Old Firehouse Chief Vanilla Porter, Streetside Cafe Con Leche stout, and Taft’s Ale House Dunkel. (It was a dark beer kind of evening.)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you got to relax some this weekend before having to begrudgingly set your alarm for work this morning.

Have a great week!

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