Monday, March 28, 2022

Kraemerlee Brewery, Gapyeong, Korea

Kraemerlee Brewing street view.
For my first blog about food and travel, I want to write about Kraemerlee Brewery in Gapyeong. It is located right across the street from the Kensington Resort, so very easy to find. From the ITX station, you can take bus 36-1 and you will drive right by it. We visited on a Sunday and we were both super glad we did. Due to Covid, they are currently running a simplified menu of fries and pizza, but the pizza did not disappoint. Seriously some of the best pizza I have had in Korea. Of course, the beer is the real star of the show at a brewery, so we will focus more on the drinking than on the eating.

Round One: I ordered the Imperial Stout and my girlfriend ordered the Oatmeal IPA. The Imperial Stout

was delicious with a notes of malt, chocolate, coffee, and roasted nuts. The roasted nut favor came at the back of the throat and was a pleasant surprise to me. I don't offered encounter a flavor combination with roasted nuts, but it complimented the other flavors very nicely. I'll give the Imperial Stout a 4.5 out of 5 for taste and smoothness. Very easy to drink, I could have downed a bunch of these.

Round Two: Cream Milk Stout and Sour Citrus. We mixed things up this time with my girlfriend ordering a stout and I got a sour. I have only recently gotten into sours and this one was fantastic. The balance of the sour was perfectly aligned with the citrus favor, so although it was sour, it wasn't overly sour. It didn't

Round 2: Milk Stout & Sour Citrus

make my lips pucker up, which I appreciated. Very strong notes of lemon and orange, but easy to drink for sure. Other sours that I have had are one pint only for me, but I felt I could drink a second or even third of this delicious blend. 4 out of 5 for taste and smoothness. So far we felt like Kraemerlee was pitching a perfect game for us. It is worth noting that our pizza came during round two and paired very nicely with the pepperoni pizza we had. 

Blog Rebrand

During the last year and a half, I have struggled to continue my blog. I haven't really felt inspired to post content. At first, I thought I was dealing with Covid fatigue, but after some time, I realized it was something else entirely. I have decided to rebrand my blog to be about food and travel, two things I'm passionate about, but don't really have an outlet for these two topics other than Instagram. I will still occasionally post about EdTech or education, but I feel like those two topics dominate enough of my life that I would like my blogging to be about other things. If this turns you off, I'm sorry, but this is my blog and this is the new direction for me. I will be posting about some food and travel experiences here in Korea and then about my move to Cambodia. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Moving On

The time has come to move on from CDS. It has been an enjoyable experience working at Cheongna Dalton School for six years, but all good things must come to an end. I wish CDS all the luck in the future as I begin the job hunt. I'm looking forward to my next adventure. In my time here I was able to put some good runs on the board and I'm happy with the accomplishments. Time now for new challenges.

Monday, October 25, 2021

October and Covid Fatigue

October has felt very long to me this year and Covid fatigue is very real. Although Koreans are pushing on with their fight against Covid, I think the enthusiasm for fighting it is gone. This is now like a 12 round championship boxing match where both pugilists have spent all of their reserves of physical energy and the only thing keeping them going is heart alone. I've been engaging in professional growth through reading some academic books, but not posting about it and that is because I'm a little tired right now. I've made the decision to be kind to myself and let myself not blog about everything for a little while, but I truly do want to get back into it. I have also been going back to the gym, but not as often as I wish I was, but again I'm being kind to myself and allowing myself time to rest. Covid fatigue is real, be kind to yourself. If you are waiting for someone to give you permission, I give you permission.