We have already mentioned our memorable visit to Bangkok Sushi in Lutz. Well, just across the street is a garden of delights - the International Beer Garten. Now, that is my kind of garten!
Anyway, after dining at the Bangkok our party headed across the street to the IBG for a few after dinner libations. The moment we passed through the portals, we were stopped in our tracks. The decor was bright, shiny, clean, and - holy moly, to our right was a humongous beer cooler stretching from wall to wall, and filled with bottled brews from around the world.
The selections were daunting! There was no way I could sample all of these beers and ales in one sitting, and I am a professional imbiber.
Our party of four sat at one of the high-tops and perused the menus on the chalk boards. It was about then I spied the board announcing a flight of four. I asked our server to chose two flights of four for us, and to make the choices as far distant from Budweiser as possible. Ian chose well for us. I remember something blueberryish and something with hints of chocolate.
Daughter Mish and I agreed that the Scottish Belhaven was the best, so we ordered a couple of pints of that bubbly brew after we finished sampling the flights. I have no idea what the other two in our party ordered. I probably got distracted by the Rays game on the TVs mounted about the garden. Anyway, that is my story. Got it? Good!
We didn't eat on this trip, but I did get a menu. The IBG has a lot of the typical pub grub, but there were several real standouts on the menu. The Bratwurst marinated in beer and served on a pretzel roll with sauerkraut, the Brat Pizza, and the Bailey's Chocolate Cheesecake were a few of the temptations of the menu that screamed my name - that, and hundreds of beers and ales that still need my seal of approval.
Editor's Update: I just discovered that IBG has a tequila bar. I can see another trip to Pasco County in my future. Thankfully, the kids have a spare bedroom for us.
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