Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes Brewery in Virginia? How did that happen?

Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes Brewery in Virginia? How did that happen?

I have been on a quest for Tramp Stamp Belgian IPA from Clown Shoes Brewery since I first heard about it. I checked the Internet, and the word was that it was a small regional brewery that only distributed in a few surrounding states.

First, I tried to get some of my beer blogging buddies from the Northeast to send me some…no response :-(. Thanks a lot beer blogging buddies.

I started my campaign to get it in Virginia or Maryland. I went to every beer store and asked for it by name. At first they were saying that they couldn’t get it because the distributor didn’t carry it, so I began to request it in writing at each place across the state.

The first break was when the Wine Gourmet sent me an email they were tasting some Clown Shoes – not the Tramp Stamp, but we were heading in the right direction.

Then I stopped in the Cellar Beer Store and they had a couple of Clown Shoes beers – again not the tramp stamp, but looking good.

Finally, I went to Beer Run in Charlottesville to see if they had any of the Dogfishhead Hell Hound, and they did have one yummy bottle stashed for their favorite beer blogger — and they had the Tramp Stamp!

I purchased two bottles and took them home. That weekend we were headed to Greenville for the Top of the Hops, so I took one with me to share with my brother-in-law. We had enough beer at the festival, so we didn’t crack it open. We returned home and one thing led to another and we didn’t hit the other one, either. Memorial Day we were headed to the Cabin on Craig’s Creek and decided to take it with us to sample. I searched high and low. Looked in the fridge – not there. Looked in the kegerator – not there. Looked in the auxiliary fridge – ditto. Hmmmm.  Texted my daughter and found out that she and my son’s girlfriend had a little private tasting…Grrrrr.

Tramp Stamp, Tramp Stamp

I had my usual big fit and said some bad words and headed to the cabin with lesser brands.

Depression set in, so I headed to the Cellar for something to cheer me up and, low and behold, Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp right there on the shelf. All is forgiven for the children. Mrs. Fin and I opened a bottle last evening, and it was just as good as I had imagined! I hope they continue to import this into Virginia as it will make a nice addition to my hoppy beer selection!

Huck enjoys a Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes!

I hope it’s not being egotistical to believe that my asking for this beer in so many place may have instigated its importation into Virginia. I just have to think that the old sayings about one motivated person can make things happen are true, and I now have a personal example that shows the result of personal conviction and perseverance.

South Street, Charlottesville, VA, what do they mean by south anyway?

Charlottesville Viginia’s South Street Brewery is a wonderful place. Any brewery with a beer called Satan’s Pony is my kind of place. We tried the J P Ale, the Satan’s Pony Pale Ale, and the IPA. All were very good. I liked the J P Ale best and purchased a growler and a couple of logo glasses to take home. My brother-in-law has my good growler so I needed a replacement anyway.

They have twin servers behind the bar so after a few beers it can be kind of confusing. They switch back and forth seamlessly, it’s like your server is twice as fast.

I had the Goat Cheese Pastry appetizer and it was great. The guy sitting at the bar next to me bought one for dessert after he saw mine. All the food looked good that we saw.

We were there twice one early in the evening when it was slow and once after the concert when it was packed. Service was great both times.

I highly recommend this place.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers in Charlottesville (and lots of other places)

They have The Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers not only have great pizza, they have an amazing beer list.

a large selection of wheat beers at any given time. They also usually have some good examples of my favorites like IPA’s and Pale Ales! Right now they have Rogue Dead Guy, Dogfish Head and Jomo Lager. For you wheat fans, Hoogaarten, Shock top, Starr hill Love, and Paulaner.

The layout is pretty good, I prefer the booths to the back left over the front section. There is an outside seating section but you tend to get forgotten out there. This is another deep in college town restaurant so the service is really unpredictable. Sometimes you get a great knowledgeable server and sometimes not. They are generally busy and take a while to get to you but that’s a problem in all good popular restaurants.

The Red Carpet Inn, over the restaurant is reasonably priced and you get what you pay for. But it’s a lot better than a night in jail after drinking multiple high alcohol beers.

Parking is an issue as well, I try for the side street and they are not too aggressive about towing from the upper floors of the hotel parking garage, but I think there’s a nearby public one a couple of blocks away.

I highly recommend their restaurant based on the amazing beer list!

Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA, everyone should make one here!

Had to go to Charlottesville today on business. Called my buddy James and said “How about a beer?” Predictably, he said sure! I looked in my iPhone Google Maps and searched beer and low and behold, a new place, Beer Run. It was a little out of the way but we found it.

Walked in the wrong entrance smack dab in the middle of a craft beer take out store! Woot! Great selection of cold and hot craft beer. Three of my top five in the cooler, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Star Hill Jomo Lager and Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA.

We were seated in the restaurant area by the hostess and looked over the extensive menu, both food and beer!

This trip was beer only but I will be back to sample the food.

The draft menu had two good hefe’s, two good IPA’s and several pale ales. I met the beer ordering manager, sorry but his name escapes me. It was at the end of my visit. Anyway, he and I certainly share our taste in beer. The menu seems heavy in hoppy beers, this is a good thing as far as I’m concerned! Yum Yum!

Our server, Mac was knowledgeable and able! She suggested good beer and when she accidentally gave James the wrong beer, which he called out immediately but I was unable to tell, she brought him the correct model at no charge! That’s what I call Customer service!

Beer of the bar choice: Troeg’s Dead Reckoning Porter. Not my usual style but just right for the time and place.

This is a place that I would highly recommend. Gonna have to bring the wife back for brunch some Sunday or the breakfast tacos on Saturday.