"The Social Network of the South"
Old 504 Vanilla Coffee Porter
|Adam Acquistapace and Jay Ducote|
|Chicken Fried Steak at Columbia Street Tap Room and Grill|
Lunch time came along and that brought us to the Columbia Street Tap Room and Grill, also known around the area just as the "Tap Room." This Covington hot-spot owes a lot of its success to Jonathan James, the beverage manager and entertainment director. He joined myself, Vanessa, and Alex from Champagne who had previously met us at Chimes as well. Before long we added Josh Erickson and a couple of his colleagues from the Chafunkta Brewing Company. Before we left, Matt and Kyle from LA Craft joined the party as well. I had a deliciuos chicken fried steak for lunch with an awesome white gravy, mashed potatoes, and sauteed veggies. I also had several beers from the local selection such as the Chafunkta Voo Ka Ray IPA seen below, another pint of the the Old 504, and a bottle of the Parish Farmhouse IPA. Life doesn't get much better!
|Chafunkta's Voo Ka Ray IPA as seen at the "Tap Room"|
|Jay and Vanessa enjoying a Gueuze|
Our last destination on the voyage took us to Hammond where we visited The Red White & Brew bottle shop. Owner Todd Delaune greeted us with a smile. Vanessa and I perused the selection of wines and his expanding craft beer stock. Todd's store is one where you can take a bottle or twelve to go, or you can stay and drink on site. The space has a very comfortable charm as you can sit around the bar in the middle of the retail floor. Todd joined us in drinking a bottle of Gueuze Tilquin, a sour beer that is just sensational. I'm usually not a huge fan (I appreciate, just don't love) of sours like lambics, but a gueuze doesn't have fruit added like a lambic, which clearly is what I don't enjoy, because this beer was top notch. The Red White & Brew also just put in a 6 tap beer system so they can feature some local beers that they can't get in bottles. Hello Chafunkta and Parish in Hammond! I'll be back to this place for sure!
My small sampling of the Northshore made me want to go back for more. Obviously Barley Oak and the soon to open Old Rail Brewpub are must-visits as well for the craft-beer loving traveler or local. Everywhere I went made me want to come again and explore someplace new. Perhaps next time I'll find a way to stay for dinner and some more evening drinks! Thanks Vanessa, Champagne Beverage, and everyone I met or met up with along the way!