The birthday weekend begins. Not mine … my soon-to-be 8 year old. Friday through Monday, we’ll celebrate this little dude turning 8; and that means his favorite foods and restaurants (and probably some dessert treats here and there.) Temptation run amok. I’ll need to be extra careful this weekend, and everything was fine Friday until I heard the words, “Daddy, can we go to Taco Mac?”
- I love my children.
- I’ve obviously trained them properly.
- Of course we can go to Taco Mac
- Uh oh. More on that later
Breakfast – not sure why I even bother typing this line anymore
Lunch – had some leftover chicken salad with some Wheat Thins. Pretty healthy so far.
Dinner – at the aforementioned Taco Mac. If you’re not familiar with is, picture scores of TVs, wings, billions of beers on draught … basically heaven on Earth. I had a turkey burger with a side of roasted zucchini. A really solid selection for me. Thank you to TM for listing calories on the menu … I held myself to about 700 for dinner.
But there’s also a beer menu.
Taco Mac has a loyalty program called the Brewniversity. (We’ve covered this in the past.) Basically, you score a point for every unique beer purchase. Points add up over time, and you occasionally score some solid swag. I’m approaching 700 points and am always interested in adding to that total when we go. I’m also all about beer variety – I like to try as many flavors as possible. And that’s why I love the Mac – so many options! But I’m also not very bright. In all my years of going and accruing, I’ve never thought about ordering smaller sizes to maximize points AND be able to branch out into additional beer options. Last night, I had an epiphany. TM offers a smaller pour called a nooner. It’s in the neighborhood of 6-7 ounces, which is perfect for enjoying several without getting out of control.
However, just like a kid in a candy store, I may have gone a little overboard in my newfound joy. 6 beers later, I went home …
- Blue Pants Candy Bar Pinstripe Nitro Stout. Really, really smooth and delicious. I can’t tell you how much I love a nitro stout.
- Jekyll Brewing Erin Go Braugh. Well done, Jekyll.
- Sweetwater G13. I’ve read all the hype. “No, it doesn’t taste like bong water.” Yes, it does. No bueno.
- New Holland Dragon’s Milk (Coconut Rum). I usually love (and I mean, LOVE) Dragon’s Milk. This varietal was … bad. All rum and no beer. Just – no.
- Elysian Brewing Dragonstooth Stout – really nice stout.
- Gulden Draak – a little too boozy for me. Lighter in color, but very heavy in mouthfeel