Odessa Brewfest is an amazing drinking experience that I love to go to each year. The people are great, the vendor’s rock and the brewers get to show off their amazing drinks. This year the weatherman screwed up because it was rainy and overcast all day but the good times shined through.
Well Saturday night was the night that i watched a 45 year man make his pro debut in a boxing match. You may have read a tale or two of the Freak when I was tracking his eating adventure in the Wing Bowl this past Feb. CLICK HERE TO SEE THAT TALE. Frankie feels like a local celeb and if you heard the two hundred people at the event on Saturday you would have trouble not believing that. FREAK FREAK FREAK the crowd chanted as he made his way to the ring. You could tell he was a bit nervous going into the fight but he managed to get through that. The Freak stood in his corner swaying with that anxious movement that looks like you’re trying hula hoop. DING DING the bell rang and these two men ran into each other like two rams going at it on a mountain side. Holy Christ!!!!!
Well mother nature tested my week. She tried her hardest to make this week shitty. Your not bringing me down bitch, will all your snow and shit. I had some good beer, some good food, a great party, and a daddy daughter dance. That kind of combo makes for a great week, and now that it’s Sunday I am going to kick back and relax.
16 Mile Brewery is a brewer out of Georgetown, Delaware. They have been around for close to 9 years and continue to make great beers. Repsonders Ale will be the feature for the week, but like most weeks I am sure to have some others mixed in. Repsonders will be the first of two beers from 16 Mile that I will be trying. Next week we try their Tiller Brown Ale.
Responders Ale is a light-bodied beer with 4.1% ABV ( Alcohol By Volume) and 12 IBU’s (International Bitterness Units). This is an easy-going beer that’s not too bitter. The best part of this beer is that proceeds from sales go to National Fallen Firefighters Association, so I’ll drink to that. Here’s to you 1st Responders.
Round two for Lake Wood Brewing Company. This week we are trying the Hopp-Trapp Belgian Style IPA. This is the second of the two beers that I got from Lake Wood Brewing. The Vienna Style Lager was more up my alley but this one was also an enjoyable beer. I can’t say that I will get this one again any time soon only because it was just okay. This is most likely because I am not really a big IPA guy. If you enjoy IPA’s this one may suit you well.
So after very short hiatus the Freak contacted me to tell me that he is doing a dumplin eating contest in Philadelphia at Sang Keen Noodle House. He will be hanging with some of his buddies from wing bowl like Shittsburgh I mean Pittsburgh Paulie, Dave Brunelli, and for the love of god Heather Cahill. Go ahead click that link, you won’t be disappointed. The gist of the competition is to finish 58 Dumplings (48 for women) in 45 minutes, and your meal is on Sangkee, plus receive a $88 Sangkee Gift Card. So basically no chewing, just swallowing. My pick is on a certain contender that I believe can swallow all day, yup Pittsburgh Paulie. You sly fuckers, I know what you were going to say. It’s almost dumplin time.
Over the last decade there has been an explosion of craft beer distillers opening up every where. In Delaware it seems every other week a new one is popping up in a storage building, someones backyard, a warehouse, just about any ole place. I personally couldn’t be more excited. The best is that this has become a great form of entrepeneurship. The combination of craft brewers and food trucks has changed the lanscape for hanging out and having a good time. Craft beer distillers have an amazing impact on the local economy, plus they give locals a place they can call their own.
You know, when you have to work the weekend it is difficult to dive into the drinks as much as you want. Sure when I was in my early twenties and maybe 30 or 31 or last week I could drink a shit ton and still make it to work. (Remind me to tell you the time I slept in my car and worked the next day at the prison. Jesus help me). I don’t really know what happened to me but I know it takes like a fucking week to get back on my feet. This weekend we enjoyed some bourbon ( Woodford Reserve ) some JD, and a new beer from Volunteer Brewing in Middletown Delaware. Yes that is a Minnie Car in the background. Lets not kid, Minnie is a bad bitch. Back to the Beer. This one is coming from my buddy JD who knows whose craft beers. He picked me up crowler of the Belgian Blonde from Volunteer.
The weigh ins are complete and the kings of wings are off to their homes to get a nap in before the festivities begin. The Freak made his appearance and took over the place like he usually does. He will now head down to Route 2 Tavern to hand out some swag. Tonight was an awesome display of competitors hanging out as well as some awesome people some hot women and of course the crew from Wing Bowl. It’s never to late to get tickets to this event and see some of the coolest characters ever. The Freak will be there to put on a show. You can catch HisVault on the Freaks Float hanging with his entourage. Stop by and grab a selfie.