D9 Brewery

D9 Brewery is just up the road from where Sarah’s Dad lives in Cornelius, NC. It’s set off the road in a sort of industrial park, and from the outside isn’t much to look at. Once inside; however, they have done a great job with the space, and it’s a very welcoming place to grab a beer.

I was thrilled to see that of their 9 beers, 5 were of the IPA/Pale ale persuasion. We did a flight and tried them all, and unfortunately didn’t really find one that separated itself from the pack. I had particular high hopes for the “Riddler” a grapefruit IPA, hoping it would resemble the Sculpin Grapefruit, but no such luck. If we had to pick, Sarah and I both enjoyed the Twelve the most.

We also had some delicious food from a Food truck on site – called Food Freaks of NC. Stuffed gourmet burgers. Really awesome.

Brewery Info: D9 Brewery (11138-C Treynorth Drive
Cornelius, NC 28031)

  • Number of Beers: 9ish
  • Favorites: Twelve
  • Prices: Most Pints are $5
  • Food: Food Trucks on site

Weasel Boy Brewing – Zanesville, Ohio

A family reunion brought myself, Sarah, and my parents to Cambridge, Ohio for the weekend. This is a place we had been to countless times before, and we typically engage in the same routine, visiting the same favorite spots on each visit. This visit though, we decided to venture off the beaten path a bit and check out what Southeastern Ohio offered in terms of craft beer. We found Weasel Boy Brewing, about a half hour’s drive west of where we were staying. We were quite pleased with our find!

Sarah and I ordered the flight. IMG_2926To our surprise, they didn’t ask us to choose which
beers we wanted, but rather poured all 9 beers they had on tap (Unfortunately, they were out of the Dancing Ferrett IPA). Overall the beer selection was fairly diverse and tasty. Even in the dead of summer, Sarah took to the Brown Stoat Stout. I really enjoyed the Paw Paw Pale ale, which had a distinct banana flavor too it (after a bit of googling I realized this was from the Paw Paw fruit they use in the beer).

We sat outside on the patio overlooking the river, while drinking beer and eating Pizza, enjoying the bluegrass jam session inside and felt right at home.

Brewery Info:

  • Number of Beers: 10 – (5 Year Round, 5 Seasonals)
  • Favorites: Brown Stoat Stout, Paw Paw Pale Ale
  • Prices: Decent ($4 Year Round Beers, $4.75 Seasonals)
  • Food: Yes – Pizza
River View
Stout & Paw Paw Pale

Pea Creek + Dunnagan Trail Loop – Eno River State Park

The Eno River State Park is just a few miles from Sarah and I’s house and is our favorite local place to hike. This particular trail is one of our favorites in the park. At 3 miles, its a perfect distance, spending half of its time along the river, and the other half along a ridge. The trail is well maintained, though on this particular day the bugs and spider webs were worse than usual, probably just due to the time of year. This is a particularly beautiful area of the river. Also, be sure to stop and take a look at the Dunnagan family grave plots along the northern part of the loop.

Hike Info:

  • MapMyFitness Link
  • Starting Point: Cole Mill Parking Lot, at the end of Old Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC
  • End Point: Same
  • Length: 3.1 Miles
  • Approximate Hiking Time: 1 Hour
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Trail Map
Starting Point
River Shot
Dunnagan Grave