We arrived around 7pm and immediately John cracked open a Fantome BBBabillard and a Lindemans Cuvee Renee from 1994. Both were amazing, and yet again this bottle of BBBabillard was significantly better than the last. Wonder if and when it will stop getting better? John also achieved the significant accomplishment of getting Theresa to enjoy BBBabillard and a gueuze - amazing what a blind tasting can do to confirmed sceptic!

Dinner followed at the excellent local restaurant, the Winds Café, where we had Bells and Great Lakes beers, plus I think Bob had a Coniston Bluebird from Cumbria! I was very impressed both with the meal and the town - tiny little place in the middle of nowhere, but with a superb atmosphere, great shops selling stuff you don't need, and just a lovely feel to it. We wandered round to John and Eve's new house, which they were just about to move into - a huge mansion in its own grounds just near the main street, and we sat on the terrace outside, drinking long into the night. Well, until about 1am, which was long enough given that we had to be up at 6am. I had my first taste of Petrus Aged Pale, we shared a 't Smisje BBBourgondier, but the star of the show was the Hanssens Kriek from 1995, kindly provided by John, one of the beers of the trip.

Next morning we breakfasted with John and then said our goodbyes, heading off on our trip to Indy, which was just under two hours down the road. The Formula One Grand Prix was fantastic, with lots of action right in front of us, but the race will be remembered for the bizarre finish, where my man Schuey gave up the win to his team mate, in a move which I am pretty sure was not intended. So I chalked up my 19th F1 race without seeing a Schumacher victory. Which is a bit like going to 19 bars and not finding any beer.

The long drive back to Detroit was followed by a night cap of Bells 3rd Coast ale, which was pretty spectacular, and next morning Bob dropped us off at the airport for our flight to Denver. It was great to meet Bob after all this time, him being the longest established babbler who I had not yet met, and we had a great weekend in his incredibly comfortable home. We also loved Yellow Springs and greatly enjoyed John and Eve's hospitality. I look forward to returning in the not too distant future.

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