Whew. Just back from a very enjoyable week rusticating in Northeast Pennsylvania. We rented a cabin outside of Union Dale, near Elk Mountain, and kicked back. In fact, one of the first things we did was head out to Ace Beverage in Eynon to lay in some beer supplies. I got a case of Troegs Sunshine Pilsner, and a sixtel of Boulder Hazed & Infused. Ace had a pretty good selection of sixtels, and a "wow!" selection of beers in cases.
We settled on the H&I because we wanted something hoppy and a bit out of our ordinary. Good call, especially since I finally sprang for a CO2 tap ("Mr. Fizz" from the Leland Company; great tap, worked well, got it through KegWorks) and we didn't have to drink it all in one night.
The lodge was well back in the woods, and had ample space for nine of us. We invited family up to join us, and had a great time. We rode on the D&H Rail Trail several days. Brother-in-law Chris and I had a rough time of it. The first day, we unknowingly rode 10 miles of unimproved trail -- very rough -- then discovered our mistake when we rode a bit south after returning to the car. So the next day we rode south, and it was great, until we turned around on the gentle uphill return leg and got caught in a thunderstorm. We were soaked and shivering by the time we got back, and truly ready for a beer. Cathy and I rode from Herrick Center down to Carbondale, and it was great...except for the unmarked intersection south of Forest City where we had to guess which way the trail went (and guessed wrong, and had to back-track). Still, good riding, and very nice scenery.
Saturday, I went into town to check a few bars. First stop was the Anthracite Cafe, in what I was told was a converted VFW hall. It did have that very comfortable, "you're one of us" feel in a small taproom with a big bottle selection and some good taps (including the Boulder H&I). I ordered a DFH 60 Minute, and while the bartender was pouring it, I got recognized by a STAG reader, who then very graciously bought my beer. Thanks! Nice to know my readers are such good folks.
I had to run to stay on schedule, though I would have been happy to stay there all night. I headed up to Scranton to The Banshee, and it looked great, but there was a band and a $5 cover. I wanted one beer, not a $5 concert. Bad time to visit. So I left, grumbling. And...after a quick stop at Maxie's in Old Forge for a Lager and two cuts of their Old Forge pizza, I headed home. Slow night.
Anyway...I'm back. Thanks for keeping the place dusted while I was gone.