Saturday, July 24, 2021

Beer Friday. Born Colorado, Opposite Day Amber Lager

 Hey kids. If you like coming here for the ride reviews and such we hate to inform you that after today's post there will be about three weeks of nothing on here. Not even a scabby music post. 

"What gives Lonebiker!?"you probably yelled out, most likely dropping that five day old cold pizza you found in the back of the fridge as it is a good food accompaniment when one reads lonebiker. 

I am heading to the literal middle of nowhere, a diamond mine 280 km northeast of Yellowknife. Gahcho Kue is the spot where I will be working. We were told the job could be three weeks, maybe a little more or maybe a little less. Yes, I am obviously hoping for a little less.. 

There is a camp with very limited internet so I am not sure on bringing up the Lonebiker Laptop, if I do post it will just be videos so I don't really see the point. Ya I see those executives giving me stink eye and all I have to say is does the world need another Duran Duran video dump?

Born Colorado was on here last week. Mrs Lonebiker unknowingly got this as she doesn't read this here blog (I know right?) Normally I don't like doing the same breweries on a repeat but I am in quarantine until I fly away so the options are quite limited. 

From Calgary, the owner who was born in Colorado is evidently quite proud of this and threw the name on his brewery. I rather like the name to be honest.

It poured a dirty golden hue and had a two fingered head that faded quickly just like my life will for the next three weeks, smells of dark plums and light roasted hops with a odd tracing of new asphalt. The first sip was fine but not memorable. It was a light tasting and smattering of dark fruit. A definite light feel to this. Not one I would knock grandma out of the way to get. 

This beer gets 2 suds out of 5. 

Monday, July 19, 2021

The Frazzled Gets a Move On

When I went to my Jeep today to start getting ready for a ride  I realized that my Jeep sat parked in the same spot that I left it on Thursday morning after getting home from work. Some work identification and badges hung on the rearview mirror as if to say "hey dickhead, you only have two more days, better soak it up."

No I haven't been a complete waste of a human in the last four days. I just haven't gotten out in the Jeep yet is all until today.. 

It was Strathcona High School again for a start, an area that now seems synonymous with night rotation days off. It could be because there are no trails immediately starting from the trail head, it is nothing but easy bike lanes to kick off a ride and when feeling low and un-limber it is the perfect start. 

A perfect start until some utter douchebag driving a white Mercedes had decided to run the stop sign and almost take me out as I crossed legally. The driver flashed some sort of weird gang sign at me as I was giving him attitude. With this douche of an automobile built exclusively either for insecure Dads so they can show up their family members or cool gang members I stopped with the attitude when I realized this cool guy was probably carrying something cause you know...  Edmonton. 

Huh... Mercedes, who would have thought? And I always thought Escalades and BMW's were the creme de le creme for shit humans. 

I eventually found an older trail I have not been on in a while. No idea what it was called as several were in the immediate area. It spit me out at the old brewery up above the Walterdale where I soon found the old Canada Cup singletrack and rode the multi use avoiding EMP blast as an older asian lady was descending down the perpetual slippery area and it was taking a very long time. 

I was impatient so I left. Yes, she had help kids. I wasn't going to strand an old lady on the side of a hill. An old white lady... Well maybe.


Please not be offended by this. It was merely a joke and you kind of have to admit older white ladies have been a bit crazy lately. Yes, the men too. 

I crossed the new amazing sidewalk  on Groat Bridge and was planning on going full insane man and riding the MacKinnon singletrack backwards. I chose the pavement instead. I soon found the fun downhill into Laurier where I found the bridge and crossed and rode my most least favourite climb in Edmonton out of Hawerlak and was up top near the End of the World. 

Conveniently a bike lane leading me to my Jeep was right there and I took her home keeping an eye on those pesky Mercedes driving around. 


Sunday, July 18, 2021

Beer Friday. Born Colorado Brewing, Golden Ale

 On another fubar set of days off with zero rides happening and zero beers reviewed up until now we are bringing you Born Colorado brewing from Calgary. The owner was born and raised in Colorado and started his brewery in Calgary or at least that is what my best guess is. I thought I saw something on the interwebs that shed some light on the origin but I did not pursue any answers. 

Normally I wouldn't really care about the owners origins but the name of the brewery makes me want to seek out the answer. I mean.... 'Born Colorado.' 

Could I seriously be this bored from lack of riding?

Tomorrow is my first full day where I am free this set off, the plan is to hopefully ride barring the smoke. If you are not from around here wildfires burning in Saskatchewan and British Columbia have blanketed Edmonton in smoke making things a tad unpleasant. This smoke is annual Summer tradition that comes around every Spring and Summer. Poor night rotation recovery could be the one thing that brings down a possible ride. 

Yes the owner was born and raised in Colorado and moved to Alberta in twenty twelve. 

We took to the beer pouring room and Helga poured an absolute beauty. I thought light right from Heaven was shining on this one but I was informed that it was because one of the interns left the bathroom light on and that was reflecting off the beer. 

Stupid interns.

It smelled of a bready, doughy malt and  kept what was remaining of it's head in a thin layered seductive way. There was something in the air when I leaned over and had a sniff and I felt like we had an instant connection. Could our neighbours down south who were not born here have a winner in our stables? 

This was a pleasant one to have and would be the perfect companion on a summer night such as this. A few more sips in I could not find anything that jumps out at you with this. For this style it does seem very average. A bready like taste with mild hops and finishing smooth like Leonardo Dicaprio's cheeks in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. 

In the end. It's fine. I won't seek this one out like I have with other previous review beers.

This beer gets 2.5 suds out of 5.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Happy Saturday

Once again, apologies for the lack of content. things have been busy these last few days. 

All systems are a semi go for tomorrow. The smoke is disturbing and know not healthy to ride through, that combined with a very unhealthy job we could be leaning more towards a nope. 

Might do a few Google searches but you know how that goes, and suddenly I am sure I have ball cancer.

Thanks Google. 

One for the doom and gloom outside... 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Not So Happy Wednesday

 I feel I need to throw out a round of apologies for the ones who come out for the ride content. The crash on Friday fucked me up good. Now we are rolling into nights which means shits gonna get screwed up... Welp I hope you like videos for a bit. 

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Beer Friday. Alley Kat Brewing, Neils Smoked Porter


A big day is done and the smell of victory is actually pretty sweet. A long day out looking at vehicles for Lonebiker Mini Jr is complete and I am happy to report, we found one. That frees up tomorrow but sadly makes Monday a Hell day as I have to deal with all the insurance bullshit. 

*previous insane ramblings from an old man and his rant about insurance companies have been deleted. 

To be continued...

So Monday should be fun. 

Anyways, today is a good day despite still nursing a very sore thigh. Oddly no marks and it is quite painful when stairs or any sort of bending is required.. Damn.. I want to ride tomorrow. Also it is beer Friday which makes a good day besides all the limping a pretty great day. 

From Edmonton we have Alley Kat Brewing again. This time we have Neil's Smoked Porter which is dedicated to Neil Herbst who was one of the founders and retired with this recipe. 

We poured and a great big head formed on top of a dark and proud porter. A good five fingered head didn't linger too long after the photo shoot. It now sits with a shallow glaze across the surface with some lacing creeping up the sides of the glass in quite the seductive show. Toffee and dark coffee are scents I seem to be picking up as I leaned in to have a sniff. 

The first sip was exactly what I was expecting. This one was quite great. Thick dark roasted malts come at you when you taste it. Mesquite almonds (is that a thing?) mixed in with toffee and coffee come out. The can say's 5% but it oddly tastes quite a bit lighter. This one is pretty fine and I always distinguish the dark beers as a Winter thing but I can tell you we are far from Winter here and am enjoying it in the heat. 

This beer gets 3.5 suds out of 5. 

Also, terribly sorry bout all that bitching, but you know...

Beer Friday. Born Colorado, Opposite Day Amber Lager

 Hey kids. If you like coming here for the ride reviews and such we hate to inform you that after today's post there will be about three...