The Way: Qingdao Microbrewery
Last week was Justin’s 34th birthday. My initial plans fell through when our transition back to Qingdao didn’t go as smoothly as it normally does after we go on a trip. Although things had leveled out (i.e we were all healthy and sleeping again) by the time September 27th rolled around, I decided to rather plan three smaller outings for my sweet husband. The first was a date night at a microbrewery that he had no idea existed. The second was a surprise outdoor BBQ event, where friends met us for food, fun and laughter. The final surprise was a family date day in the old downtown area of Qingdao. All three were quite different, and he loved them all.
In this blog post: The first birthday treat.
I fished around, trying to find a new place to take Justin for dinner. There really aren’t that many new and interesting places in this city. Sure, there are a number of place we haven’t yet been, but they aren’t all our cup of tea. I really wanted to find something that he would enjoy. When some other expats suggested a microbrewery, I WAS SET! I saw a couple of pictures and knew that we would love it, so I didn’t even go check it out. I LOVE the internet, and We Chat. With a couple of clicks, I was able to add the owners, find the location, and the birthday night plan was sorted. Don’t get me wrong – It doesn’t always fall together so nicely, but this one did!
On His Birthday
Elijah and I went to Justin’s school to spend most of his birthday with him. I’ll do another post on that because, of course, I have some cute photos to share. In the evening, we took Eli to our friends CJ and Amber, so that Eli could play with their two kids. It amazing how well our children get on, and it makes my heart SO HAPPY! After the crazy transition back to Qingdao, we were very appreciative of the opportunity to go on a date night. Especially since it was a special night, and we had a reason to celebrate.
Let me get to the pictures from our date (I know most of you skip the writing part anyway, haha)
Cheers to the Birthday Boy!
Of course, drinking beer is definitely “off track” for me. I decided to break ketosis to enjoy a couple of beers with my boo. I had a cherry flavored beer, and Justin had an IPA. Both of them were really good. There were only two other tables so we basically had the place to ourselves. We sat in the smoking area and there was no one there – private birthday venue: Just for my love!
Lately, when I take my DSLR out with me, I often don’t take pictures. With a child, and traveling without our own car, it can be cumbersome. I don’t, however, know why I didn’t take my camera on this evening. I mean, I was kid-free, and I knew we were going to nice new place. SILLY! As you know, I don’t like phone camera pictures… but nevertheless, at least we have pictures!
There is currently a graffiti art competition taking place in the Guoxin Stadium (which is where “The Way” is located) so we admired some of the artworks as we were leaving. Some of the street art pieces were pretty interesting. This week, being Mid-Autumn Festival, we went back to The Way to meet some of Justin’s work colleagues for dinner and drinks. This is a really great spot, and we so happy that we found it!
At the moment, I don’t have much information on this microbrewery, but I have messaged them to ask for some details. I will definitely update this post when they respond. In the meantime, if you are in Qingdao and you want to check it out – type “The Way” into Didi or Apple Maps and it will pop right up.
Opening Times: 16:00-mmidnight
Phone Number: 13601060301
Address: Yinchuan East Road, No.3 M Unit F, Loashan (inside Guoxin Stadium)
**Type in “The Way” – it pops up in both Didi and Apple Maps**