I received a FB message from Mrs. Fin that she wanted to ride the Smart Way  Bus from Blacksburg to Roanoke and have me pick her up so that we wouldn’t have to drive back and forth. That blended in well with my desire to check out the new taps at Blue 5 and hear some great blues.

Allie and the new taps! New beer, old bartender…oops, I mean “experienced”!

Blue 5 has been one of my favorite restaurants since they opened, and I’ve been hanging out with the owners since before it opened. I’d like to think I had some influence on the development, but the guys are blues lovers and craft beer lovers, so it was probably minor if any.

I arrived at eightish and was surprised at the huge crowd!

Not an empty seat in the house at Blue 5 with 46 taps and good blues playing!

I had two first-time beers, Lagunitas Pilsner and Gnomegang and then went to pick up Mrs. Fin at the bus stop. She had the whole bus to herself from Blacksburg to Roanoke. We came back to B5 and took a tour of the keg cooler.

Don't see any of the "usual suspects" in here! Definitely a high-falutin' crowd in Blue 5's keg cooler.

Chris from the restaurant told me he had heard other places were adding taps. Knowing the local beer scene, I can’t see anyone even coming close to competing with this quantity and quality of beer. The choices for these taps were obviously made after careful study and consideration of good craft beer. Most of the selections in Roanoke are made by a persistent salesperson or promoter who may or may not have the best interest of the craft beer public in mind.

The blues band was just starting up when we got back and they were really good.

Tom Principato and his band slayin’ ’em at Blue 5 in Roanoke.

That’s another thing that stands out about B5 – they are the best Blues music venue in the area. Other places have an occasional blues act or are too small to really bring in the good blues acts. B5 has consistently brought in great blues since the beginning. It was good to see at least 15 fellow members of the Blue Ridge Blues Society there last night. There’s another great band there tonight – JW-Jones.

We are going back soon. Perhaps we will see you there!

Laissaz les bon temps rouler!