|The Theme of #12 - Catawba Brewing|
We left Lexington about 10AM. We got stuck on I75 for about an hour near Mt Vernon due to blasting to expand the interstate. We had another delay on I40 due to one lane being closed in both directions due to another rock slide just inside North Carolina. We ended up getting to the hotel a little after 3PM.
This year we stayed at the Sheraton Four Points Downtown. In all of our trips we had never stayed downtown & I wanted to be able to walk to the breweries in downtown. That way I could enjoy more flights!
Our first stop was Twin Leaf Brewery in the South Slope. The South Slope area is where several breweries are now. They were celebrating their 5th anniversary. Unfortunately, it was our least favorite brewery. They have 5 beer flights. 2 of the 5 beers I picked I don't typically like but didn't realize what they were. The IPA & Lager were OK but the Gose & the Triple I wasn't a fan of. The imperial Mexican stout had a bit too much cayenne for my taste.
|Twin Leaf Brewing|
|Catawba Brewing - So many choices|
|On top of Hawksbill Rock|
When we got back to the trailhead there were so many cars - I have no idea which trail all of these people were doing but we certainly didn't see them on our hike. That's another nice thing about Asheville, there are so many good hikes around the area that you can always try out a new trail.
After our hike we got cleaned up & headed out for more, you guessed it, beer! First stop was Burial Brewing. This is our new favorite brewery. It is in the South Slope close to several other breweries. We got a flight of IPAs and they were really good.
It was such a nice day to hang out in their beer garden & people watch. It was prime Bachelor/Bachelorette party time. We saw so many groups that were clearly out celebrating. Asheville really is a good town for this. So many fun things to do within walking distance.
Sunday was our actual anniversary. In the morning we walked back to South Slope to try out Vortex donuts. They were good but nothing spectacular. Donuts to me always sound better than what they are. I am almost always disappointed after eating one. They are never as good as what I imagine them to be.
|Happy Anniversary to Us!|
And with one last meal another anniversary & great trip is in the books!