Saturday, October 11, 2008

Weekend Road Trip - General Lafayette Inn

A perfect fall weekend ...we took the Mustang for a run out of the city. We dropped in on the General Lafayette Inn, a tavern up in Lafayette Hill that brews it's own beer.

This place is OLD! It dates back from the 1700's. The Inn above the bar is haunted (read the stories at thier website). With the low ceilings, small rooms divided by heavy-timber posted doorways it drips with charm. I imagine snow covered hills outside, roaring fire inside and enjoying a warm bowl of soup tucked into one of the corner booths. This weekend however, it was sunny and soup for us!

Of course, the best part about the General Lafayette is the bar. There were a few locals enjoying pints when we seated ourselves at the long , low bar. A few other day-trippers and locals dropped in while we were there...the place had good traffic flow for the middle of the day.

Here's a listing of thier brews

The General brews its own beers, true...but this isn't your average brewpub. Here's a brew that caught Elizabeth's eye...Lafayette’s Bière de Framboises. This beer is made with pounds and pounds of raspberries, which give a great aroma and tang. Mercifully, this is not a sweet frambozen lambic...just crisp clean raspberry goodness with a little effervescence.

I opted for Chocolate Thunder...a thick porter with an inky coffee & dark chocolate character.

We were already doing pretty good, both of us enjoying the unique character of the brews. This was a real find though...Cheesesteak Springrolls! The Taphouse in Norfolk served up Hillbilly Eggrolls, ham, black-eyed peas, cabbage and Gruyere cheese. These were thier Philly counterparts. Small slivers of steak, a little bit of cheese (Provolone maybe?) fried in a crispy pastry roll and served with Cheez Whiz dipping sauce.

C & E

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