Thursday Doors

We’re in Pennsylvania this week visiting a special sister-in-law from Seattle. We decided driving to PA was a long day but not near as long as driving to Seattle. 🙂

Yesterday, she and I had an absolutely splendid day at Longwood Gardens. We saw gorgeous gardens, amazing flowers, the green wall, two fountain shows, and much more.  I’ll share more of that next week.

But, today hubby and I were out doing a little shopping and looking for some good craft beer.

We ended up at Chatty Monks Brewing Company in West Reading. As a bonus, it had a cute yellow door, nice fall wreath, and some good-sized planters with Canna Lilies. Notice the windows don’t seem clear? The humidity is 96% because of the rain coming up from Florida.

We split a pulled pork sandwich and their special hoppy french friars which are hand-cut potatoes tossed in house smoked malt, salt, and then finished with a dusting of flavorful hops.

I had the Crash Test Pumpkin beer which was good, but hubby didn’t really care for the Noble Truth Session IPA. Win some, lose some when you try new varieties of craft beer. 🍺

Thursday is back to normal now that Norm has returned from his tour of Italy with his lovely wife. Although in his absence, we had three other fearless leaders who did him proud.

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, October 11, 2018.

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37 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Oooooh, I have to put BBQ on the list of things to eat in the near future – that sandwich looks very good. It’s a credit to your discipline that you managed to split that. I like the door, and the look of the restaurant/pub. I hope you get a break from the rain for some garden viewing.

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  2. Oh — those fries make me hungry!

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  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    Lovely yellow door. I look forward to hearing more about your visit to Longwood Gardens. We visited there in 2012 and enjoyed it so much.

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  4. Junieper/Jesh stG says:

    That sandwich looks really good. The name “Chatty Monks” made me smile! Also, love the flower in this post. Maybe I don’t understand, I thought you lived in New England, but you’re talking about rain coming up from Florida?

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  5. Ally Bean says:

    Yellow doors make any place look inviting. Sounds like a wonderful place to visit.

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  6. quilt32 says:

    I would love to try those fries.

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  7. Ooh, I’m looking forward to your Longwood Gardens post. I’ve known about them for many years and will visit one day hopefully. Chatty Monks looks like a fun brewpub to visit. I like their motto – Chew, Chant, Chill. Sounds perfect!

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  8. Donna says:

    Glad you are having such a great time. We went for a ride up through the NH mountains yesterday and saw some gorgeous scenery. Bet you saw some lovely foliage also.

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  9. Murphy's Law says:

    Even split that sandwich is ginormous!! It looks absolutely delicious and so do the fries.

    I love the pub’s name, Chatty Monks, but their motto is terrific…Chew, Chant, Chill. The yellow door decorated with the wreath looks so welcoming. And yeah, that’s a lot of humidity on those windows. Lol.

    Have a great time. Safe trip home.
    🔹 Ginger


  10. As a non-beer loving person, I have to wonder why people are so into beer? I totally don’t get it.

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  11. Nancy says:

    Welcome to Pennsylvania! Even though you were much more East!

    Loved the yellow door!

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  12. Oddment says:

    I don’t know what to rhapsodize about more, the sandwich or the yellow door. OK, the sandwich. That is what a sandwich should be! No way could I bite into that without a serious reconnoiter; one needs to think seriously about where to start. I rarely meet a yellow I don’t like, and I find yellow on a door always holds an element of surprise. This looks like a great place to be to make life stop for a little while. I cringe at the humidity, though — that hurricane made itself felt all over the place.

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  13. Joyce says:

    That yellow door is so warm and inviting! I’m glad you enjoyed a chance to chew, chat, and chill!
    We had the same high humidity last week. Now I know why!

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  14. Yes, that door is certainly inviting. Phew, that was a lot of food. Perfect for sharing. Humid in Maine, too. Lately, the temp has been in the high 70s. Is it really October in Maine?

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  15. My first house was in that block of West Reading, 1970. Miss the ambiance but not the weather.
    Florida, my area, has been wonderful for the last 13 years.

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  16. Almost Iowa says:

    Time spent in a brew pub is ALWAYS time well-spent. 🙂

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  17. I like that shade of yellow with the black and gray accents in the windows and trim. It looks elegant. That sandwich and fries look delicious! I’m so ready for lunch and it’s only 10 am here!

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  18. Karen says:

    You have such good craft beers in New Hampshire so sometimes trying others can be disappointing when compared to those you know.

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  19. KerryCan says:

    This looks like a fun, quirky space–someone has a good sense of humor and design. I think I will makes my life’s motto “chew, chant, chill.”

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  20. germac4 says:

    Wow those hand cut potatoes look great. Paul said the first time he tried US style IPAs was when a waitress suggested them to him in Marim country near San Fran. She said “these are the beers my Dad likes” … Made him feel a little old, but he loved the beers.

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    • There is such a wide range of beer choices today it is almost hard to comprehend. But, those of us who like beer keep doing our best to try as many as possible. Tell Paul to keep up his part of the job in your area, and we’ll do our best over here. 🙂


  21. germac4 says:

    It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it!

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  22. scooj says:

    Chatty Monks Chew Chant Chill – bit of a mouthfull!

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