When we last left out intrepid explorer (little ol’ me) he was in a good ol’ Duke Boys situation where things just seemed to be going wrong one after the other. Ol’ UsedHair Duke was stuck miles from his hotel outside a brewery that wasn’t going to open for another 2 hours. There wasn’t time to return back to the hotel and get back before the brewery opened. So, he just had to find something else to do. Luckily Uncle Google Maps found him another brewery in the area that was only a 15 minute walk away. So, our intrepid explorer set off a walkin’ towards Folly Brewpub. The walk was good. But when he got to Folly Brewpub, the view from outside made him wish he had access to the General Lee.
OK. Is it open? Is it closed? Is there some wacky plan afoot that has been masterminded by Roscoe and Boss Hog? Alright, I’ve got plenty of time to investigate the situation. Is there a way around the construction?
This looks promising? Let’s give it a whirl. Once I cross the street, I can see a path that might just go to Folly. As I get closer, I find a crossing worthy of a General Lee style jump.
OK. So, I’m pushing the metaphor at this point. But, you have to admit it’s fun. At this point I feel like I’m having a real adventure despite the (in all seriousness) tiny, minor, standard, construction. Because, if you can’t have fun, there isn’t much of a point.
Once I get inside Folly, it is everything I would expect from a really good quality brew pub. A really good selection of beer and food as well as a good sense of humor.
What really impresses me about Folly is that they have a specific style. They are really into farmhouse ales. This is not to say they only have farmhouse ales. They certainly have a broad range of styles. But they have a passion for farmhouse ales. That’s always a good sign that a brewery is not just going through the motions to have a business. This place is dedicated. After a good long talk with the people working there and hearing just how hard it is to keep a business going with construction going on that make someone feel like the Dukes of Hazzard getting in, the concept of a dedicated brewery is absolutely reinforced.
In the long run, I walked away with 3 bottles of really interesting beer and a hell of a good story. That’s a huge win by any standards.