Jason’s best friend Gary came to visit this weekend, so we played tourist with him. It is not his first time in our area, but it was his first time visiting since we built the house and moved out to Travelers Rest.
On Friday night we went to Birds Fly South Ale Project. This is a cool little brewery that was built by the Swamp Rabbit Trail. It is very popular with the biking community and they have brought a lot of new businesses to the area too. When they first opened at Hampton Station, it was just the brewery and sometimes a couple of food trucks would make there way over there. They have now been there for a while, and a taco place has moved in next door as well as a few other studio type shops in the surrounding warehouses. While we did not get to eat the tacos there, I am really hoping we go back at some point, because they smelled absolutely delicious. One of the new shops that I was excited to to see was the axe throwing bar. After passing it by, I stopped real quick to ask the guy at the desk how much and he said $20 a person. It seems like a good time and something I would come back to do another day.
We decided to just hang out at the brewery and drink a few of there beers. They always have some interesting concoctions. That day the two that I tried were a sour made with local beets and honey that had a very interesting flavor. It was very fresh tasting and on the sweeter side, but my favorite thing about it was the beautiful dark pink color it got from the beets. The other beer I tried was a hefeweizen that had been brewed with raspberries. It was sweeter and had a reddish color from the raspberries (I think I’m seeing a pattern in my tastes for beer lol). This beer was in my opinion better than the beet beer in flavor and I really enjoyed it.
Saturday had us starting at Poinsett Bridge Heritage Preserve, which is a location me and Jason have been to several times, but Gary had never seen it. It is the historical site of a bridge built back in 1820 that was used to travel from Greenville to Asheville. It is a beautiful spot about 20 minutes from where we live and is a fun little drive through some winding hilly and mountainous roads passing a vineyard and some pretty creeks and forest areas. The last time we were there, it looked like there were some marked trails that might be for hiking. This time I decided to check them out and it looks like they are on private property (possibly belonging to the Camp Old Indian that is next to the site). I will have to do further research to see what they are used for and whether they are open to the public at all. Of course I left both my phone and my camera behind on this excursion, so I couldn’t take any pictures. However, here are some pictures that I took there about two years ago. It really is a gorgeous little spot.
Later we went to Downtown Greenville to see some of the social scene there. Me and Jason don’t make it over there very often, even though I really do love it. It has gotten so much more crowded through the years, and there are soooo many restaurants and bars to choose from.
We started out at Pour which is a taproom where you pour your own beer. They give you a bracelet with a scanner in it and at every tap you go to you scan it before serving yourself and it keeps track of the ounces of which beer you have poured. It is great for large groups since there is such a wide variety of beers and they even have about six wines to choose from also. It was pretty crowded the whole time we were there and we got there early in the afternoon. Apparently there was a taco crawl happening downtown that day and we got to people watch all these people doing the crawl, some of them dressed up in taco costumes or wearing taco hats.
We started to get hungry and went to Carolina Ale House to eat. They didn’t have a wait at the bar so we sat there and got a meal quick. At this point I was at that point before hangry where you are just quiet and zoning out. I would not say that the Ale House is a must see downtown. We go there often because there is enough variety on the menu that everyone is happy and they have a wide variety of beers and mixed drinks to choose from.
By the time we were done eating, the main pub that we wanted to visit was opening, so we headed to Addy’s Dutch Cafe & Restaurant. This little place is a cozy dark little bar/restaurant that has ben around 1989. In fact, it is one of the oldest bars downtown. It is no wonder that it has managed to keep its doors open. It has an amazing ambience inside and an authentic selection of dutch beers. I have heard that the food is amazing although I have never eaten there myself. The bar tenders are always great, friendly people who really know their menu and seem to care about the place. We sat there for a while, talking and drinking, and had a great time.
Me and Jason stopped at a bar/club called DTs around the corner from Addy’s to meet up with an old friend of ours that we had not seen in a while. It’s not exactly our scene and it was starting to get late by then so we didn’t stay long, and decided to head home after that.
All in all, it was a fun, albeit expensive, weekend pretending to be tourists. While we are not the types to go out often, I really do feel like we should go to some of these places more often to be more social. Maybe we will try to mix it up every once in a while and take a night out on the town, or at least to one place out on the town.