Greetings from Slower Lower Delaware! I’m enjoying day 2 of my vacation — and looking forward to watching the Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket launch, which is scheduled for 12:52 p.m. EST today!
I follow NASA on Instagram (@NASA), but the Ocean View Police had issued a release about it before our trip. We learned that the rocket is carrying 3,000 lb f supplies for the International Space Station. Way cool.
Southside at Matt’s Fish Camp
We got in much of a full beach day yesterday, then had dinner at nearby Matt’s Fish Camp, a Sol Del Concepts restaurant (Matt Haley rules, ask Troegs, whose beer is in all of his restaurants). Keri and I then headed to Bethany and found fun at Mango’s.
Anyway, let’s get to it so I can get to the beach.
While it may be the middle of summer and a boozy, heavier beer may not be at the forefront of your mind, there’s no reason for us not to explore barleywines.
Believe it or not, barleywines aren’t wine, and the majority of them that you’ll come across neither look, smell or taste like wine. The only similarity to its namesake is that they can be aged in a cellar much like a fine wine. In this edition of my Craft Beer 101 series we’ll dive into a brief history of where they came from, what they even are and a few tasting recommendations.
The barleywine, also labeled as barley wine, old ale, stock ale, or even strong ale originated in England, but its name can be traced back further to the ancient Greeks who called their fermented grain beverage krithinos oinos, translating to barley wine.
Depending on whom you ask, its development and popularity over time is said to have come from 18th century European aristocrats’ craving for a stronger beverage with prestige. Others say it was a result of brewers’ attempts to lure in wine-lovers with suggestion of its strength, nutrition and quality. Whichever story you accept, what we know to be true is that the first commercially launched Barley Wine was in 1903 by Bass and its introduction in America can be credited to Anchor Brewing’s Old Foghorn in 1975.
I himmed and hawed about whether to go, felt guilty about leaving my pup, my responsibilities, etc. But you know what? We all work too much. It’s a silly thing, really. Plus, laptops are portable. So, I’m heading to my favorite place with my mom and sister for a week of soaking in the sun, sand and fresh ocean water, reading and drinking beer on the beach at 10:30 a.m. Is there a better time for a beer than after your first ocean dip of the day? I think not.
Don’t expect much of a break, however. I’ll be posting and editing from slower lower Delaware. However, if you’re trying to reach me, please be patient. I’ll be checking email daily, but it IS vacation.
So, tomorrow, mi hermana comes to town, and we’ll depart Saturday just before sunrise. Until then, it’s work, work, work.
Running has always been somewhat of a selfish act for me. I recognize that it majorly cuts into my time with friends and family and sometimes alters plans or events. The reason I race is to shoot for PRs to make myself happy. Running is one of the few things I do entirely for myself and don’t apologize for. Truthfully, I believe it keeps me sane.
So, when my mom asked me to pace her in a 4th of July race on Friday, I admit I hemmed and hawed. Every time I’ve promised someone I’d run with them during a race, I’d always pull an “OOPS. I don’t know what happened? I just started running and got excited and I am sorry?”
My mom’s goal was to break 25 minutes in Bernie’s Race. She is very active, but she was worried this goal was a little lofty. At first I said no. “I’m taking a break from racing. I don’t want to see how slow my pace is these days.”
But then I thought back to the Harrisburg Marathon. And how I ran into my friend Jim around the fifth mile and we had stuck together for about 10 miles before accidentally parting ways. I remembered how nice it was to have company and have someone there to talk to.
So I agreed. And I pinned a bib to my shirt for the first time since the disaster that was my Boston Marathon experience. As I lined up with hundreds of other runners in the street, I felt the familiar pre-race jitters creep in. I was nervous!
Upgrading from last year’s successful first run, the event includes a pre-show reception featuring fine chocolates from Miesse Candies, wine samples from several local wineries, along with hors d’oeuvres from Miller’s, local merchant displays, and is followed by a showing of the critically acclaimed, fan favorite Original Show Music of the Night: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Corks & Candies runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Music of the Night begins at 7:30 p.m.
Last year’s overwhelming success called for changes to the event structure. This year, chocolates will be butlered (hand-served), while wine samples will be available on the upstairs balcony and entry-level main lobby area, so that all guests may enjoy as much of the night’s offerings.
by: Sara Bozich
Posted: July 7, 2014 Comments are off for this post.
**Congrats to Ruth M.**
Dodge City Steakhouse — of Restaurant Impossible fame (and where we hosted a great #sbhh Happy Hour last fall) — is gearing up for a summer full of events, from whiskey dinners to live music and make-your-own mojitos.
On July 19, they’ll host a Beer vs. Wine Dinner, matching five courses with your choice of a selected brew or vintage. With three seating options — 4 p.m., 6 p.m., or 8 p.m. — you’ll be able to customize your night out.
We kicked off our long weekend with an incredible tasting menu dinner at Table at Bricco for a dear friend’s birthday. It was, by no surprise, fantastic, and we loved the intimate quarters and top-notch service that comes along with this new addition to Bricco. Find me on Instagram to see the delectable dishes from the 7-course tasting menu.
This weekend was decidedly more chill than last. I finally saw my husband for the first time in at least a week, we hit a pool party, lounged with our neighbors, tended the garden, played catch (turns out I’ve got a “nasty splitter” says Andy, who’s coaching me to be a pitcher about 20 years too late) and then cooked out with some friends and tried a few new beers.
First haul from the garden (after lettuce).
Today should be rather low-key, too, though I’m heading out for a run soon with friends, then hitting up some Gettysburg-area wineries (for you).
I’m planning to take a two-week vacation starting next weekend, so this week’s agenda will focus largely on prepping for that. I’m crashing my mom’s beach week, as usual, then Andy and I are Chicago-bound for a few days the following week. I’ll still be working some, but hope to get a chance to relax and decompress.
Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the week that was:
Another great party for the books! For being the cusp of budget season and the 4th of July holiday, I guess everyone was ready to let loose a bit — and I’m so glad to have seen so many faces at Wednesday’s SaraBozich.com Happy Hour at The FireHouse.
A big thank you to The FireHouse and its lovely staff for hosting our bar-centric event and treating us well.
The night included $3 Pinnacle Vodka drinks and $3 Yards Brawler pints, plus of course FireHouse’s signature Black Martinis.
Thanks to W&L for supplying us with a sampling of Yards Ales of the Revolution beers, well-timed just in advance of our nation’s birthday. A big thanks also to W&L for supplying the Phillies tickets and Yards pregame prize, which we gave away towards the end of the event.
Speaking of giveaways, a big thanks to Keystone State Wine & Spirits who put together the great giveaway baskets of booze — including rum, vodka and wine.
These events are never complete with YOU — and I thank you for being there to enjoy a great mid-week, semi-post-budget (not really), pre-holiday Happy Hour with us.
Last — but never least — thanks as usual to Bart K. from Kollision Media, the official photographer of SaraBozich.com Happy Hours.