One of the best parts of being in the Emerging Leader's Alliance (ELA), is that we get the opportunity to travel to other counties to recruit and just meet young leaders like ourselves. I took particular joy in getting to go on this excursion because we went to a new winery and brewery.
Our first stop on this trip was Tippy Creek Winery. I must warn you that it is in Leesburg and it is our in the middle of nowhere. We were driving and looking around and just feeling like, is this right? Can this really be where we are going? It is so far away!
The winery was just adorable. You could tell it was newer, but it was off to a great start. The decorations were very crafty and country. I had a glass of Sunset Syrah. It had a beautiful spice. We sat outside with our group of young regional leaders. It was perfect fall weather. It was just a little cool and just a little warm and the sun was setting perfectly. We listened to an acoustic guitarist play Tom Petty and the Goo Goo Dolls while we talked about real world problems. These weren't the things that normally brought us together, but they were the things that made us seem more human. We normally see each other as exceptional go-getter's, but occasionally, we all have bad days and need a glass of wine. It was the perfect place to chat.
After we had out fill on wine, one glass for most of us, we headed over to HopLore. If we weren't following people, I don't know if we would have known it existed. It is located right on the train tracks in town and is kind of hidden. Much of the place is full of mismatched tables, but I'll tell you what they did right. That sign and that beer tap. The sign was glowing green behind and I am still trying to figure out if they have a green room back there. Those taps were also wood. I felt like I was in some fairyland.
When it came to ordering, I was excited to see Two EE's Plonque on the menu. It is a classic standby for those of us who just do not like beer much. After looking at the menu, Rachel and I both decided to get Korean Tacos. Kristen was inquiring what kimche was, and if I had know how spicy it was, I would have heft it off. They were the spiciest tacos I have ever had. Not bad, just so spicy. The kettle chips you can't go wrong with, but it did seem super weird with tacos. The most amusing part of the who trip to HopLore, was the slightly dirty themed menu. Hot dogs were "horny dogs". My favorite weird mashup was the HopLore Morning Wood. I had to point it out to everyone and send it to people for laughs. It got a good discussion going. Can I have a horny dog with a morning wood please? Priceless.