It's not every day that you get to hang out at a brewery wearing basically your pajamas and it's acceptable. But Sunday's Poses 2 Pints class – the Two Roads yoga and beer affair – was one of those days!
The $20 entry fee to Poses 2 Pints gets you a taster to warm up before class, a one-hour all-levels yoga class, an optional 15-minute tour and a post-class pint. Not a bad deal!
I warmed up with a sample of Road Jam, one of my favorite warm weather seasonal beers! Then it was time to get down(ward dog).
The class was taught by Victoria Mellah, owner of Mobile Yoga Studio. Victoria is a long-time yoga teacher who takes her practice on the road (as the studio name implies), and she teaches a weekly class at the Hindu Cultural Center in Stratford.
(All smiles post-class and eager for beer!)
I'm a total n00b when it comes to yoga, but take my word for it – this was a great class. It was active, and challenging at times, and I felt it in my obliques the next morning. I even got a little sweaty, which in my limited experience means it was an awesome hour of yoga. My more experienced friends who accompanied agreed that the class is a can't-miss!
After our Two Roads yoga experience wrapped up with savasana and lavender, it was time for a Two Roads tour. Assistant tasting room manager Dan took us on an abbreviated tour around the mash tuns and the fermentation tanks. He also shared some history of when the facility was home to US Baird, a machinery corporation that made things like buttons for jeans.
Onto the beer...
I needed to know what to choose for my free pint, so of course I got a flight.
- Dry Irish Stout – a special limited release just before St. Patrick's Day! I was glad I got to try it before it's gone. It was classic, clean and perfectly palatable.
- Alpha Female New England IPA – another cool special release in honor of International Women's Day. It was brewed by the ladies of Two Roads and had quite the hoppy kick to it. Portions of the Alpha Female's sales go toward the Pink Boots Society, an advocacy group for women in brewing.
- Two Juicy Unfiltered Double IPA – This was a touch too bitter for me, to the point of an after taste.
- Pilot #13: Biere de Mars – This saison was wheat-y and had the saison-syrupy taste to it (not saying that it's a bad thing, just what I noticed. I'd drink more).
- Zero 2 Sixty Tart IPA – This is exactly how I like my IPAs (and sour beers, duh) – tart and dry.
No flight is complete without a bite! The HAPA food truck was at Two Roads and I got an incredible burger topped with pork belly on a sweet bun made with ube, a purple yam. Plus a side of roasted brussels sprouts drizzled aioli:
It hit the spot. Despite the choices I made in my flight, I used my complimentary pint ticket for Road Jam. Sometimes you just gotta go with your fave.
If you missed Poses 2 Pints this time around, there are a few of the Two Roads yoga extravaganzas coming up. Be on the lookout on the Two Roads event web page for details for the April 23 and May 7 classes. Namaste!
Have you ever been to a beer and yoga class before? Where was it and what did you think?