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A Motorcycle Ride and Elm City Brewing for Lunch

Elm City Brewery Nachos Grande
Elm City Brewery Nachos Grande

Ever heard of Elm City Brewing? (They have been there for over 20 years.) It became part of our motorcycle meandering on Saturday.

 

My wife and I love our motorcycle. (A 2002 Honda Goldwing we bought brand new!) On Saturday, we decided to take a long ride. We traveled throughout the region. (More on that in a bit.) 

 

What a beautiful day! All the while, we talked about our business, her work, our church gathering, family, and our upcoming trip to Lake George. The temperature climbed to over 90 degrees in the last half hour.  

 

Elm City Brewery Specials Board

Elm City Brewery Specials Board

We decided to grab some lunch. After discussing where to go, we decided to go to the Elm City Brewery. And after being out in the sun for hours, we decided sitting outside wasn’t on our radar, and being inside where it was cool was where we were at. While in the lobby, I looked at some of the specials and was reasonably sure it would be the Calamari special. 

 

After ordering drinks which were easy. Tina wanted water, and I ordered the C Monster draft. (C Monster •   IPA – American •   6% ABV •   65 IBU Our American IPA is brewed with a blend of “C” hops. This beer has a traditional IPA bitterness, accompanied by balanced notes of citrus, pine, and resin.) we decided to order Nachos Grande. These chips were piled high and topped with diced onions, peppers, black olives, and cheddar cheese. It came with their homemade salsa, and we added some guacamole and sour cream. 

 

…and yes, we could have stopped there. They were delicious. And filling! 

 

Elm City Brewery BBQ & Bacon Burger

Elm City Brewery BBQ & Bacon Burger

But Tina had her burger coming, and I went with the Calamari! The BBQ & Bacon Cheese Burger is a grilled burger topped with our homemade peach BBQ sauce, bacon, and cheddar cheese. The Calamari was a fried buffalo-style calamari with fries, cole slaw, and tartar sauce. (It had a killer buffalo sauce.) The meal was great, and our waitress, Alyse, made sure everything was perfect.

 

The ride?

We love riding. Today was no different as we headed out for a few hours through the region. Heading out through Surrey, along the river to stay cool, we headed up into Alstead with great views. From there, we headed towards Marlow and, reaching Route 10, headed north towards Newport. Rivers, ponds, lakes, and more.

 

I decided to head over towards Sunapee along the lake, and it was worth it just for cooler temperatures. Cutting over through Henniker, we ran into Hillsboro, to Peterboro, and then back into Keene. Over 125 miles and nearly 3 hours on the road. The last half hour was pretty hot as temperatures headed over 90 degrees. The choice of A/C and good food was easy!

 

We have some of the best breweries and fooderies in the country, and Keene is known for food. Add in great places to ride, and you know why I love living here.

 

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