We started off at Kindred Spirit, getting there shortly after it opened, but after tasting flights that incorporated most of their beers, we didn't stay for full pours, eager to move on and upwards, not wanting to fall downwards just yet.
all their beers and sat down to taste. I was extremely impressed with the Berkeley Hundred, a scotch ale infused with the crisp flavor of cranberries, no overload of sugar here, and a little tart. Perfect. This turned out to be my number one beer of the whole weekend, and definitely the most original. The only ones I wasn't keen on were the Tiramasu Stouts, I'm not a huge dark beer fan, but the others thought it was wonderful. We didn't meet the owner but we did meet his parents who also help with operations, enjoyed an informative chat with them and left, promising to return in the future.
The next morning I bounced out of bed, ready to get going. Emily and Margie were lacking in energy and enthusiasm at this hour so I met with the boys where we went to an excellent diner, Eat 33, for breakfast. The food and service was outstanding and for the first time ever I ordered sausage gravy with a breakfast bowl, which was heartily and hastily consumed.
Around the corner was a building that I'd been anxious to see, the Markel Building. This huge monstrosity is on the list of The World's Ten Ugliest Buildings and its design was actually inspired by a baked potato wrapped in foil by a guy who must have been tripping or had indulged in way too many beers or been on an intense sugar high. His name is Haigh Jamgochian and he really has an odd sense of design.
Our next stop while we waited for noon when the breweries would open, was Hollywood Cemetery. This opened in 1849, sprawls over a hillside of 135 acres overlooking the James River, and is filled with beautiful and unusual grave markers. Margie and Emily had caught us up by now and we slowly sauntered about. The others were content to just wander close to the car but I wanted to explore as much as possible, and knowing that we wouldn't have much time here, I set off briskly, continuously looking about for photo worthy headstones or statues.
reading this article which I found later.