We’re at the end of February already? That escalated quickly. I was hoping we could get away from the beer drama this month after everything that went down last month, but it seems not to be the case. Don’t worry; I’ll fill you in on everything you missed this month.
Rogue Ales has been busting out some attention-grabbing beers lately between their ongoing Voodoo Donut series, the Sriracha Stout, and now a beer to celebrate Hellboy. For those unfamiliar, Hellboy is a comic book character. His real name is Anung Un Rama and he’s a demon summoned from Hell to Earth by Nazi occultists. He doesn’t like said Nazis and fights against them. It’s hardcore. But, back to the beer: Right Hand of Doom Red Ale will debut this month in 22 oz bottles.
Okay, this is some real beer-nerd type stuff. I’m not a huge fan of Thrillist personally, but many people enjoy their beer ranking lists etc. One of their writers decided that because he doesn’t like goses, that this style is killing craft beer and in fact it may already be dead. Cue outrage from the craft beer community both for and against — the only reason I’m talking about it.
For those unfamiliar, a gose (pronounced go-zuh) is a style of beer that originated in Europe and is the beer of many of our ancestors. It is characterized by having a sour and salty flavor. This beer is definitely not for everyone, but I like them, especially Westbrook Gose. Regardless of whether or not you like the beer, making a sweeping generalization implying that craft beer is over because some people like this style and enjoy hunting them down is ludicrous. It’s the same as saying craft beer is dead because people are willing to buy tickets and line up to get one 5oz pour of Pliny the Younger.
By night, I’ll be live-tweeting/Facebooking the first event at Jigsy’s new “Underground Supper Club.” Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for all the details. And if you want to join — it’s free, and includes wine and beer samples.
I was running the opposite way (against traffic) on a one-way street. As I approached an intersection, so did a car from the side. He had a stop sign, so I made sure he was stopped before I continued through the intersection. As I ran through, he kept inching closer and closer to me. I gave him a “what-are-you-doing-slow-down” kind of hand gesture and kept running.
A few minutes later, a car began driving down the road towards me. I thought nothing of it, even when the car flashed its lights on me.
Only when he literally ran me off the very wide road — I had to jump up on the sidewalk — did I realize it was the same guy.
I was pretty angry because who does that? But when I got home, my fiancé was the one angry with me. “He could have had a gun and killed you. He could have run you over. There are some crazy people in this world.”
And he’s totally right. I shouldn’t have “provoked” the driver, even if he was in the wrong.
This got me thinking about safety when running. Last year, I wrote a post on winter running safety, and here are just a few updates.
1. Invest in reflective gear. I am truly embarrassed to admit that I only just purchased a reflective vest last month. There were plenty of times I would be running on the road before dawn and I’d feel fearful that a car wouldn’t be able to see me. To me, it’s worth the $20 to buy a vest for dark runs. I feel so much better knowing that I am much more visible to drivers.
2. Wear a headlight. Depending on where you run, streetlights aren’t always the most reliable. As I mention often, I fall rather frequently, usually when it’s bright, sunny and perfect weather. When it’s dark out, and the streetlights aren’t working or too dim, you can so easily trip over a pothole or an uneven sidewalk if you can’t see it. The light also allows drivers and other runners to see you.
3. Vary your routes! This is so important. I never, ever run the same route day-to-day or on the same days (i.e every Tuesday, I run my favorite route). Use mapmyrun.com to create a few new routes. I usually leave mine up on my computer, just in case something were to happen.
4. When in doubt, hit the treadmill.I hate, hate, hate the treadmill. But if I am somewhere I am not familiar with, I will not feel comfortable running alone in the dark. As much as I hate the treadmill, I’d rather be safe.
5. Don’t provoke drivers. Even if they run a stop sign, or a yield sign or almost run you over, it’s not worth it. I get angry too — but as Tim pointed out, there are crazy people out there. It’s not worth it. Vent silently in your head until you get home.
Pairing events are by no means new. There was once a day when wine and cheese were the most popular, but today creativity is at a maximum. Whether it’s beer or wine and Girl Scout Cookies or chocolate and spirits, there’s something for everyone.
This winter weather is really killing my vibe. I really dislike the cold, and when it’s dipping below zero like this it makes it really difficult to want to leave the house. So, I vote you stay in, and enjoy some high ABV beers to make your cheeks rosy and enjoy binge watching some Netflix. These are best shared with a friend, but since you’re staying in and being responsible anyways, treat yourself to something a little boozier.
While I know that it’s Hopslam season and many are clamoring to get their hands on some, let’s not forget about the other great beers that Bell’s Brewery makes. Expedition Stout is one definitely of them. One of the earliest examples of a Russian Imperial Stout produced in the United States, Expedition Stout is designed with complex flavors like deep cocoa and coffee with vintage aging in mind. It’s available throughout the winter, so grab one to drink now and age one to drink later just to see how the flavors change. At 10.5% it’s going to mature nicely over time.
One of my favorite Lagunitas beers, Brown Shugga is actually another beer gone wrong. A failed batch of their Old GnarlyWine Ale resulted in this completely different and delicious beer. Despite what it implies, Brown Shugga doesn’t taste like brown sugar, much to my disappointment the first time I tried it. Instead, brown sugar is used in the brewing process which creates a sweet resiny hop nectar taste that permeates from aroma to finish. At 9.9% ABV, it’s sure to warm you up on a frigid day.
If Belgian beers are more your style, check out Victory V-Twelve. This Belgian quad is packed with flavors of pear and apricot with a syrupy mouthfeel and a nice dry finish. Be careful as this 12% ABV beauty has no hot alcohol flavors and is very sneaky. This one you’ll want to cozy up with a friend to share over a cheese plate and fresh fruit.
If you love a citrusy, hop forward, high ABV IPA then the Stone Enjoy By series is for you. Brewed with fresh hops this beer is designed to be poured now, not later, so much so that it has a suggested date to drink by right in its name. This one isn’t for aging; it’s devastatingly fresh and for drinking. What better time than the present to do so? I love the Enjoy By series for the beer’s herbal hop smell and flavor with hints of orange peel. So grab a bottle of this 9.4% DIPA and settle in for the night.
What high ABV beer list would be complete without a barleywine or a barrel-aged beer? Weyerbacher Insanity covers both of those. Insanity is the barrel-aged version of their Blithering Idiot barleywine. The original beer exudes flavors of dates and fig while the barrel aging process adds additional vanilla and oak to the mix. Insanity is available through the winter and clocks in at a toasty 11.1% ABV. Weyerbacher says that this beer can be saved up to 5 years for enjoyment so grab more than one
And in that 10K, I walked. Twice. I had planned to be in Wilkes-Barre this weekend anyway, and I always check NEPARunner.com for any local races. So when I found a 5K/10K series in Scranton, called Shiver by the River, I was pretty excited. The third and final race would be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. Race registration was a mere $10 (with a $2.50 online fee) and an extra $5 if you wanted a long-sleeve tech tee (Um yes … what is one thing I don’t have enough of?).
I was sort of hoping for a PR. That 10K I ran was two years ago, and while I was in better shape then, I also had my walking breaks. Would Shiver by the River give me a nice, new PR? Spoiler Alert: No. But it was a great race.
I talked my friend Bill into running with me. (You may remember him from the Steamtown Marathon, the NYC 18-miler or the prom party.) “It will be so fun and it’s only TEN DOLLARS,” I g-chatted him. He agreed, and next thing I knew, we were on our way to Scranton Saturday morning.
Earlier this month, I got my tour of The Millworks, a soon-to-open restaurant, beer garden, gallery space and artist work space right in Midtown Harrisburg.
What can you expect? Let’s start with free parking in two lots and surrounding the Broad Street Market. Unsure? A door person will be on site to remind you where you can park — safely and for free.
The main entrance — visible by its large awning — also serves as the first gallery space, showcasing three rotating in-house artists. Ooh and ahh over its base: all sand blasted original wood and handmade light coverings to produce the best light for the exhibits, all made by owner Josh Kesler.
Artists’ spaces in the upstairs of The Millworks.
To your right are two more galleries and a small retail space, where artists who produce smaller tangible items may sell their work, as well as items from The Millworks FarmStand at BSM (currently known as Harvest).
Twenty-three studios house 33 local artists. Guests will be able to tour these areas, as well as the artists’ shared space (also visible from the Biergarten), watch their processes and even purchase artwork.
Martin Van Buren’s nickname was “Blue Van Whiskey.”
John Adams loved alcohol, and Thomas Jefferson was almost driven to bankruptcy by his love of wine.
So, in honor of President’s Day let’s take a look at a few of our leading men’s signature drinks.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt drank more than any other president in the Oval Office, by default, having spent 12 years there. He would’ve consumed more if he hadn’t died at the beginning of his fourth term.
The Squire of Hyde Park’s drink of choice came from his home state and is as historical as he is.
2 GINGERS Manhattan
4 parts 2 GINGERS® Whiskey
1 part sweet vermouth
1 part orange liqueur
Method: Combine in mixing glass, add ice, and stir. Strain into a V-shaped glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.
The similarities with this next combination are uncanny. Harry Truman himself was so old-fashioned that one of his aides bet him $20 that he could get him to say more than two words. Truman won the bet by saying “You lose.”
No doubt his only critique for this would be, “It’s Good.”
New Fashioned Old Fashioned
1.5 parts 2 GINGERS® Whiskey
splash Orange juice
splash Orange liqueur
2 dashes angostura bitters
Method: Combine ingredients in a low-ball or rocks glass and stir. Add ice and top with soda water to taste. Garnish with a cherry and orange peel.