Norfolk AGLCA Rendezvous – Day 1

3 May 2016

We are in Norfolk at the AGLCA spring rendezvous. If you are thinking about doing the Loop this the rendezvous to attend. There are three full days of activities and seminars covering all aspects of the loop.

Susan and I participated in the “Best Boat for the Loop” panel. We did some slides on how we picked our boat, some pictures and then a few slides on the importance of being able to be able to launch a dink.

In the afternoon we did a dock walk to catch up with some Loopers we had traveled with. It’s always nice to see old friends.

We then walked up Grandby street on a mini-pub crawl.

We stopped at Brick Anchor Brewery and ran into soon to be Loopers that lived in Norfolk, they are starting the loop this June. I had local Virginia beers, Green Flash Le Freak Inperial IPA, Licking Creek Magic Beaver and Angry Clown. Love the beer names.

We went down the block to the Norfolk Big Easy Seafood Company for some oysters. They had seven different kinds at pretty reasonable prices.

Up the street is Tappit Local, a new brewpub. A huge selection of local beers on tap and lots of bottles from all over the US. It was Big Ugly Brewing night, so I sampled the Mercy Killer, Ape Hanger both Russian Imperial Stouts. The bartender recommended the Licking Hole Heir Apparent Stout. Great combination of chocolate flavors.

From there we went to Hells Kitchen. We had awesome wings and steak nachos. It’s a popular place with the after work crowd, but is less busy after 6:30. It has an open kitchen, you can watch the staff make your food. There are a number of TV’s showing past parties and some interesting snark. My favorite was “If I end up in Hell it will take a few days to figure out I’m not still at work”

It was a great day, looking forward to the Wednesday sessions.