After this weekend’s festivities, my personal thousand yard stare has increased by at least and extra 1,500 yards.
Last Thursday, Paradise Hoes Racing Team which was comprised of myself and eleven other half-wit individuals, left the brewery parking lot in two vans appropriately labeled as Hoe Ride 1 and Hoe Ride 2. We were on a mission to run (with our feet) from Mount Spokane, WA to Sandpoint, ID in about one day relay-style. The mayhem that ensued would have made lesser individuals fall into a fetal position and weep uncontrollably. Especially when their leader decided to adorn nylon stockings and a skirt. But we were a strong team of runners and drinkers; two things that surprisingly go quite well together;
In 26:45 (that’s 26 hours, 45 minutes) The Paradise Hoes ran about 185 miles, consumed approximately 19 pounds of junk food and drank an immeasurable amount of beer. True champions, every single of ‘em.
However, by the end of it…we were all exhausted going on less than 3 hours of sleep. Upon our arrival back into Pullman on Saturday afternoon, it was with my additional “stare yardage” that I trudged over to Merry Cellars for The Pummeling in Pullman Beer vs. Wine Dinner. Luckily, Brewmaster Tom, Winemaker Patrick and Foodologist Mike had everything squared away so I had to do was stand around and look pretty.
Which is what I do best. Hell, at Arizona State University I minored in Leaning Against Walls and Looking Rad.
The dinner went extremely well; the food was most excellent as were the drinks. Everyone had a great time and in the end, it didn’t even matter who won. Spoken like a true loser, right? Actually, it was relatively close with Merry Cellars taking 3 out of the 5 courses. To quote Tom, “As long as we can educate some people that not only is it possible to pair great beer with great food, it can make for some amazingly-tasting dinner options.” Actually, that’s paraphrased because quite frankly my mind had stopped working at about 1:00am that morning as we rode the roller coaster at Silverwood.
I hate roller coasters.
I digress. On with the pictures.
I can see…the back of my eyelids.
On Friday afternoons preceding home WSU Football games, we’ll be hosting Cougar Coaches Luncheons here at the brewery with WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos and WSU Football Coaching Staff. Here’s your chance to mingle with the coaches, ask them questions, give them high-fives and enjoy a great lunch in the comfort of Paradise Creek Brewery. The first lunch is Friday, September 2nd at noon and tickets will be available online (we’ll give you the link to the site as soon as we find out what it is).
Following the Cougars second home game vs UNLV, we’ll have some live music at 10pm with the great rock/blues/jam band Miriams Well. If you have friends or family coming in to Pullman for the football game, this would be a GREAT way to entertain them with an energetic and enjoyable evening.
Keep in mind, this weekend is the Lentil Festival and the Northwest Best Brewfest. We’re pouring beer at both. See you at one of ‘em. Also, next Saturday is the release of The Hopocalypse. That’s going to be a big afternoon of one big beer.
At with that, I’ll leave you with one last picture from this past weekend’s Spokane 2 Sandpoint race…
Peter’s 1000 stare was immediately followed by a carbohydrate coma.