Lofty goals
Aug 2012 23

Lofty goals

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First call at Pizza Port Ocean Beach
then Monkey Paw Brewing, lunch at The Beer Company, SD Brewing cuz it’s on the way back, Ballast Point, and Throwback Thursdays at Lost Abbey. Wish me luck (or a liver!)

Podium finish
Aug 2012 12

Podium finish

Posted In Cars

Would you expect anything less of me?  I know you’re eyeing my dope media vest too.

Check out some coverage of the GTA event last weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park.  If you’ve never been to one of these, ask yourself why you suck so much!  Anyone who likes car racing has to check it out.  You can walk the pits, talk to the drivers and race teams and get a great view of wheel to wheel racing.  Get your farmers tan on!

Aug 2012 10

Pregaming

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My Monday night tasting group will be hosting it’s annual Barleywine night this week.  2009 was a record year- 31 Barleywines and somehow I’m still around to tell the story.  That’s the year the new rule “1 bottle to share per person” was institutionalized!  With all the pomp and circumstance surrounding this Monday’s tasting (and the promise of some liver obliterating), you’d think I’d stick to a saison or pale ale or some session beer for my weekend drinking.  But no, I am drinking a Little Korkny Ale coincidentally (almost tauntingly) bottled in 2009.  It’s a heavyweight- cognac barrel aged and tipping the scales at 12%.  Liver regeneration FTW!

Aug 2012 10

Season Ova

Posted In Sports

Well, it was another exciting competitive season for adult coed slow pitch softball.  /sarahcasm

At any rate, we made playoffs and handed the defending champions a 7-6 loss in the first round.  The next team repaid the favor and we lost by one measly point.  Somehow my knee survived.  Off to find some titillating fall sport like coed blind-folded flag football!

Brooklyn Beer Crawl
Jul 2012 29

Bierkraft: kickass sandwiches (pastrami spiced brisket!) and lots of good craft beer on tap, including some local offerings I had never heard of but were tasty pallet wetters- Barrier Mollycoddle English Mild and Kelso IPA.

Mission Dolores: (the bar, not the San Fran ‘hood); delicious Firestone Walker Wookie Jack (8.3% black IPA) in a hip, warehouse atmosphere

Brooklyn Brewery: probably the biggest disappointment if only due to the ridiculously long line to get a beer.  Buy your beer tokens first!  I did get to try the Ama Bionda Italian Blonde Ale with orange blossom honey and the Radius Belgian Pale Ale and also tasted some  Spicy Bacon and Beer Caramel Popcorn that was just what I needed to keep this a crawl in name only.

Barcade Brooklyn: already a fan of the Philly location; same great craft beer selection and enough arcade games to relive your childhood and relieve your collection of quarters.

 

Brouwerij Lane: Tiny neighboorhood bar with a great cooler selection, about 20 beers on tap including a delicious Local Option Schmetterling Gose- a style you hardly ever find on tap- and a cozy beer garden out back.

Paulie Gee’s: Brooklyn is a pizza mecca and Paulie Gee is their prophet.  Usually I don’t trust a restaurant that seems lit by only candlelight but maybe that’s part of the heightened sense of taste PG is going for.  Plus, who was standing outside waiting for a table but Aaron Sanchez, the tatted up judge on Chopped and other Food network shows.

Start with a sapid wood-fired thin crust and add some sublime toppings from one with Bacon Marmalade (’nuff said) to my choice of Fior di Latte mozzarella, spicy sopressata, sweet fennel sausage, red onion, chopped fresh garlic, fresh basil and Hot Honey (honey made with vinegar and chilies) which really sent it over the edge to divine flavors.  This is one of those Best Things I Ever Ate!

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