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On Thursday morning, I had to convince a solid dozen or so people that yes, there are sharks in the water, but no, they will not hurt you. Get back in the water!
Look, earlier this week, I had to explain to some wayward beachgoers what a horseshoe crab was, how it wasn’t scary and turned it back over to swim back to sea (the Delaware Bay is the main area of migration). It was probably this same excitable family who claimed they saw a shark. And maybe they did. But I’ve also seen people freak out about majestic, beautiful dolphins.
I told them, “There are millions of sharks in there. Just don’t stick your hand in their mouth!”
The father I was talking to said, “Yeah you know you’re right. It’s his birthday [pointing to his son].”
“Get back in there! I *promise* you won’t get attacked by a shark.” I didn’t give them my name. Ha.
Meanwhile, earlier in the week, I saw a responsible fisherman return this otherwise harmless Angel Shark to the water:
A video posted by Sara Bozich Surra (@sarabozich) on
I recall last year (when I first started writing this story), my Facebook feed blew up with this alarmist and — if you actually READ the story (a failure of most virally shared stories) — untrue tale about a shark washing up on the Delaware seashore.
The article had a photograph of a large shark chilling in the surf. The photograph was from National Geographic and was not only NOT the shark in question, but it was unclear just where or what kind of shark this was.
Instead, the ridiculous (yes, it was ridiculous) “article” was about a baby sand shark appearing near the surf. Someone allegedly took video of it, but it wasn’t featured in this online “news” story. And, irresponsibly, the thing went viral. News organizations picked it up. My feed exploded with shock and awe and declarations to never swim in the ocean again.
It made me crazy.
First of all, sand sharks are in the water and near the surf, and yeah, they probably won’t hurt you. I’ve seen countless fisherman pull them in and release them along the shores of the Delaware State Park. Here’s a little guy I met yesterday:
A baby sand shark caught by a responsible fisherman on Delaware State Park beaches.
Second, the ocean belongs to them. Do you know how many species of shark there are? I don’t, but I know it’s a lot. They all CAN hurt you — they have sharp teeth! — but MOST, I repeat, MOST are not aggressive.
An aggressive shark? A Great White. We look like tasty deliciousness and they are certifiably hangry.
Instead, most will leave you alone. Lifeguards, I’m told, get “bumped” all the time in the ocean. That does not equal shark attack. However, this counts on you not being a jerk or an idiot.
Last year, we watched in sadness as the Delaware State Parks Department buried a shark. Earlier that morning, someone had caught an 8-foot Sand Tiger Shark about 2.5 miles south of where we are on a private beach. A Sand Tiger is a protected animal, but unfortunately this fisherman hadn’t done his research and didn’t know this. Instead of cutting the line, he brought the animal in and called authorities. Of course, by the time anyone could arrive the shark died.
From what I understand, the fisherman wasn’t fined (though perhaps he should have been), the Parks Dept. removed the head for research and testing, so at least it would serve some positive purpose, and then they buried the shark on the State Park side.
Yesterday, OCMD snapchat had a shark sighting — of a hammerhead shark. Can I talk to you about hammerheads for a minute? They are so cool looking. My grandfather had caught one in his deep sea fishing days oh so many years ago. He had it stuffed and mounted. Had my grandmother not tossed it out after his death, I would have asked for this.
Anyway, a hammerhead isn’t going to eat you. In fact, according The Maryland Coast Dispatch, this particular hammerhead was merely finding a spot to birth her 20 pups before dying.
Most of the videos and sightings were likely of this same hammerhead shark, who, the story explains was in the right season and location to give birth.
Of course, in North Carolina, it’s altogether different right now. And, for what it’s worth, North Carolina beaches have sandbars, which is why someone can be standing waist-deep waters; odds are that shark (or sharks) didn’t mean to be in such shallow waters.
However, to think there are not sharks in the ocean because there aren’t reported shark attacks is naive. It was seven years ago that I saw a fisherman pull up another 8-ft Sand Tiger Shark right next to where I was swimming. Fortunately this fisherman was able to recognize the animal and released him accordingly. We all got right back in the water, and were not eaten or attacked. If you hear about a shark near or on a local beach, please don’t freak out and do your research.
For instance, here are things to know:
Avoid swimming at dawn and dusk. The State Sergeant on-site at last year’s shark burial told me that the Sand Tiger Shark likes to feed in shallower water in the evenings.
Do your research. If you’re surf fishing, please look up the types of fish and sharks that are native to the area. Know how to recognize sharks by their fins and nose shape. Know what is protected. Know how to remove hooks. Have a buddy.
Don’t wear sparkling jewelry in the water. Experts say light defraction can attract sharks.
Don’t chum. “Gee, I was just throwing bloody fish in the water, I can’t understand why a shark came to visit us.” Um, duh. Please don’t chum near swimming beaches.
Dolphins aren’t sharks. Also, some sharks are afraid of dolphins, because they are one badass animal.
Fun fact: When I was 19, my mother somehow let me live at the beach for the summer, and I lived in Dewey Beach for part of it. I worked at a Bed & Breakfast (long since gone), The Starboard and The Ice Cream Store (“TICS,” we called it) in Rehoboth. I spent early mornings drinking frappuccinos and walking the shoreline in step with dolphins, and spent non-working nights hanging out listening to “No Woman No Cry” on the jukebox at Mama Maria’s (or waiting for someone to take pity on us and buy us beer — shhh).
Of the four main beach destinations in slower lower Delaware, Dewey has always been the party beach. I remember from my days at The Starboard, our regulars were D.C. bankers and politicos who scored houses for the summer and came down in large groups each weekend to blow off steam.
None of this really has anything to do with this brewery review, but I can’t help but get nostalgic any time I’m there. I’m sure you’re all shocked.
Dewey Beer Company opened just a few weeks ago just in time for the start of the summer season, replacing what was once Bubba’s just along Coastal Highway.
I was flying solo for this trip, so I told the hostess I would just head to the bar. Well, the bar — though it did offer a handful of seats — is a bit more of a service area; I couldn’t get anyone back there to look at me — but after a few minutes I found an open seat by the brewery and as soon as I sat down, someone came over to help me.
The brewpub itself is rustic and beachy, but not in any tacky way. Exposed wood beams, wooden drink rails lining the bar-side of the space with petite wood-and-metal stools upon which to perch, open air throughout bar and restaurant sides, and glass walls and doors that showcase the brewery.
Dewey Beer Company (and Kitchen) features 7-9 beers — handcrafted no more than 30 feet from the taps themselves — with more in the works. Head Brewer Mike Reilly was visible throughout the brewpub, chatting with customers and answering questions. He told me he started — like many brewers we know locally — in his garage with a homebrew kit. The passion eventually took over, and he moved from his home in Washington, D.C. to open Dewey Beer Company with partners Clinton Bunting, Brandon Smith and Scott Kaufman.
Beers are available in 5 oz samples ($2.50 each) or 13-16 oz glasses. ($6-$6.50)
O’Reilly said his most popular beer is the Summer Saison. Before talking with him I had observed that it was a popular order (which kind of surprised me, I find that many people don’t always quite know what to make of farmhouse ales). However, as soon as I sampled it, I understood its broad appeal. Bright, lemon zest zing matched by a light body for ultimate refreshment. It’s no surprise to me that beach-goers are sucking this down.
Naturally I also had to score an IPA — and three versions were available: [house] IPA, Rye IPA and Batch 2 IPA. My server described Batch 2 as a hop bomb, and I said, “sign me up!” Batch 2 IPA had a wonderful grapefruit bitterness and hoppy enough I had to double-check to see if it was a double. But no, this beauty came in at just 6.6%
Dewey Beer Company also offers an American Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Summer Wheat Saison (very close to the Summer Saison thanks to the yeast strain, Reilly told me) and a stout (light, dry, summery-stout — a description I’ve never heard before!) is on the way next.
Growlers — both 32 oz and 64 oz are available on a limited basis. Basically, these guys are going through a ton of beer, and I can see why. Dewey Beer Company is the only brewery in Dewey Beach, but their brews are high quality and everything I tasted was delicious and true to description.
Dewey Beer Company’s “Kitchen” has a small menu featuring a build-your-own meat and cheese plates; appetizers like scrapple empanadas (read that again) and steamed shellfish; a Waygu burger, a crabcake (of course); about five full-size entrees ranging from fresh halibut to grilled skirt steak.
As I mentioned, I was dining solo, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted a full dinner so I told my server I was thinking about the clams or mussels (I like to be on as much of an all-seafood diet when I’m at the beach), and without hesitation, she said, “Mussels.”
My mussels — intended to share with, I don’t know, four people? as an app — was about two pounds of mussels with pancetta, shallots, roasted garlic, cabbage, mustard and fresh herbs sauteed in Dewey Beer Co.’s Summer Saison. Holy. I ate it ALL.
The brewpub seats 110 people — including restaurant seating — and is open year-round.If you’re in slower lower Delaware this summer, definitely stop into Dewey Beer Company and check out what they’ve got brewing.
I’m hoping soon they’ll update their website with more information about their beers and menu. In the meantime, visit them on Facebook and Twitter.
Happy Summer everyone! Another month flies by and another month of beer news appears. Every day gets us closer to Sara’s and my epic trip to beer mecca, a.k.a. Asheville, so it hasn’t been easy to focus on anything but my excitement — but, I do have some great beer news to report for June.
Dogfish Head Gets their Variance
Sara with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione.
Previously I reported that Dogfish Head was hoping to expand their Rehoboth brewpub, which was much-needed in my opinion, but the town disagreed. That was the ruling until earlier this week where the zoning board decided to allow Dogfish Head to expand and renovate their flagship brewpub in Rehoboth Beach that desparately needs more space as well as some general improvements. Believe it or not, Dogfish Head is kind of a big deal, in fact I would venture to guess many more people than you think know the brand for their 60 and 90 Minute IPAs. Personally, I am very glad to hear that they are working with their local community to meet their business needs alongside with the town’s needs as well. Meanwhile, the news comes during the week of the Brew Pub’s 20th anniversary.
New Local Releases
Pizza Boy Brewing’s Terry Hawbaker’s side project Intangible Ales released their latest bottle: Juxtapose. This saison is available in bottles at Al’s of Hampden as well as Grain + Verse. Expect to find a funky and dry saison that of course is tart. Reviews are calling it their best release yet! Also, head up to Zeroday Brewing for the Zeroday IPA Episode 3 made with Sorachi Ace & Zeus hops. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for their yet unnamed unnamed oaked saison as well as their DIPA.
Harrisburg Beer Week donated $20K to River Rescue
After Stouts and Stilettos went dark for a few days this week, and I faced the possible end and loss of nearly 5 years of work, I realized very quickly how much the craft beer community comes together. I had an outpouring of friends and other beer writers who were willing to help in any way that they could. The same holds true for Harrisburg Beer Week. I tried to keep a loose count in my head of how much money had been collected as time went by, as well as how much I thought we could have in the end, but if you know me you know I’m not really good at keeping track of things like that. I was shocked when we did the math and realized we had $20,000 to give to Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services. There were definitely happy tears shed.
I’m so excited as we embark on planning 2016. Giving HRR that big (literally) check and seeing the gratitude on their faces really hit home. When we told our sponsors and participating breweries what we wanted to do, they were on board and willing to help both by donating their money but also by supporting the event and cause as a whole. $20K is a big deal to volunteer-based organizations like HRR, and the whole team is ecstatic to be able to give this to them.
Queen to Release Bohemian Rhapsody Beer for Song’s 40th Anniversary
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bohemian Rhapsody, what’s left of the band, Queen, is brewing a special beer for the occasion. The gold hoppy lager will be brewed in Bohemia (aka Czech Republic) and will feature album art from 1975’s A Night at the Opera. This isn’t their first celebratory beverage as they released Killer Queen vodka in celebration of the 40th anniversary of this song as well. Bohemian Rhapsody will be available in 12 oz bottles. No word on the release date yet for American distribution, but if you’re headed on a European vacation this year you might just see it around.