This week I present to you one of Michigans Finest Brewers Arcadia Ales. The two brews we have this week are “Sky High Rye,” and “Loch Down.” Arcadia was established in 1996 and would later make its home on the Kalamazoo River where you can enjoy great beers and great views.
This weeks featured brew is River Horse Brewing Company’s Roly Poly.
Style: Czech-Style Pilsner
River Horse brewery is located in the wonderful state of New Jersey. I hope you could hear the sarcasm in that first sentence. Go check their site out to see a little brew history on why they choose the Hippo, it’s pretty cool. This place originally started in 95 and got a revamp in 07. They make a wide variety of brews and this was the first for me to try. I would say this was an average brew that didn’t blow me away. Its one of those beers that I can just keep in the garage fridge. It had good color and decent flavor. I have another brew from them that we will be trying in two weeks. So look for that, it’s an Amber Ale.
Featured Beer: Nut Crusher Peanut Butter Porter 6% ABV and only 18 IBU’s.
This weeks brew comes from Redmond, Oregon from Wild Ride Brewing Company. These guys have been around since 2014 serving up great beers. I don’t normally grab Porters, especially those with crazy flavors. This beer claimed to be basically a peanut butter cup in a bottle. I have to give these dudes credit this thing was good. The peanut butter was subtle and the beer went down well. I was surprised that it was so good. I can’t tell you that I will ever crave this beer but it was nice for Easter Weekend. If your into Porter’s and Porters with peanut butter flavor I highly suggest this one. Plus there is an elephant on water ski’s on the label. So there’s that.
DRINKS OF THE WEEK, DRINKS OF THE WEEK ,Drinka;l of the dweek Daba Daba Dopa Peak.
Sorry I started that chant while a bit hammered. Now that we have sobered up a bit let’s get to the brews. This week’s featured beer is Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company. These guys have been around since 1993 from Colorado. Head over to their site and read the history it’s pretty cool.
Another great week down. Some days it’s crazy to look back and see how fast these weeks fly by. Like always there were some ups and downs yet I only remember the ups. This week was busy but we were able to hammer out some good beers, the wife got a new job, and work was invaded by wild turkeys.
Holy Shit I had a lot of drinks this week. From Orange crushes, Jameson and Ginger, to St. Bernarbus Wit, and Brother Thelonious. A battle of the holy beers, with St. Bernarbus Wit easily coming out on top. That was a damn good beer. I’ll try to list all of them in some order but there is a good chance I am going to screw this post up. The biggest reason is that I am drinking now so we will just go with whatever my fat ass hands can type.
I came into this week having picked up two beers that I would try but being on vacation I clearly have had far more than that. Shock Top and Cage Radler have been my go to beers so far. Two easy drinking summer beers. These are the guys I would knock down while relaxing on the screened in porch here at the rental just talking about how relaxing this is and that we will make it an annual tradition.
Brother Thelonious and St. Bernarbus we two very different beers with the St. Bernarbus coming out on top. This was a sweet beer and I think that it just fit in a bit better for the setting I was in. I don’t match my beers with my food but with the good times I am having. Summer brings out more of the sweeter beers like the Wits. So in good fashion I will be picking this one up again. I highly suggest it ro all.
Enjoying Dewey is easy all you have to do is show up and a party is going to break out. Each turn you take there is a place that is offering great drinks and great times. This week there have been five places that I have enjoyed and I think you will all enjoy them as well.
#1. This is a no brainer and most reading this are going to say no shit but The Starboard is one of the greatest bars ever created by the beach gods. I don’t believe this was built by man it is to mythical and to amazing to have been the creation of a mere mortal.
#2. Listen if you want to relax, people watch, and enjoy some amazing beers you have to stop into the Dewey Beer Company. I had three beers from there and bought up some swag, the buzz forced me to do it. The beers in ranking order from Dewey Beer Company would be #1 Citra Wit #2 Social Kolsch #3 Summer Saison. All awesome beers.
#4 Surf Side Bar is a great pit stop for some good drinks and fun times. On a walk from Dewey Town Hall I popped in just to grab a Sam’s Summer Ale to take the heat off. They look small from the outside but the bar is deep and the good times are even deeper.
#5 Paradise Grill is off the charts fun. Look this place is huge, has the best atmosphere for the family. This place is bayside so it will either take a bit of a drive to get there, or my preferred method a night boat trip where you can dock at the place. They have plenty of beers decent food and some good bands that play.
This week is slowing down and we are preparing to head into week #2 of this vacation. Sunday you can catch me day drinking at the The Star Board stop in grab a selfie and a beer.
Never Drink Alone
See you in the Future – Thee Time Traveler.
So after a long week of trying to solve issues that I can’t control it was nice to finally get to a point where I could relax and get down on some beers. Saturday night was a great night, where DP and I just sat and chatted for hours. We did this while drinking a combination of beers. Two came from The Crooked Hammock in Lewes, Delaware and the other was Sweet Water 420 Extra Pale Ale.
The Crooked Hammock is an amazing place to go eat, drink, and just relax. They have found a way to create basically the coolest back yard setting for it’s guest with picnic tables, fire pit, play set, and plenty of good times. I don’t know how they get people out of there. I would definitely go there with a group and just enjoy a nice early summer day.
DP was in that area on Friday so he picked up two Growlers for us to sit back and enjoy. D got Shoobie Belgian Blonde Ale, that neither of us particularly enjoyed. It almost had a burnt nutty kinda of taste. Now this didn’t stop us from drinking it though. We sat in his 4 season room with two Growlers on the table and plenty of stories to recall. My Growler was a Belgian Tripel called the Kornheiser and was really good.
Based off of suggestions this week I picked up Sweet Waters 420 Extra Pale Ale. I don’t normally go for Pale Ales but this one was pretty good. I think it worked only because of the fish on the bottle. I expected it to taste like a salty fish, but was actually happy once the smooth flavor hit my mouth. This may be all made up because I had just finished 64 ounces of Belgian Triple. I didn’t time travel but I could hear the engines firing up.
I’ll take any suggestions you may have. I got a list of craft beers I will be looking for.
See you I the Future – Thee Time Traveler
The DOW will be about the various beers and stills that I had during our recent trip to Dublin. We visited many different Pubs and met some pretty awesome people. The Emerald Isle has so much to offer but the pub culture is truly an Amazing time. I’ll Give you a run down of the Pubs we visited and the drinks I had there. Some will have links to see them, and some don’t have websites
This was a place we stopped in a couple of mornings and found that it was a good way to start the day. Rose the bartender was a nice lady who knew everyone that came into the Pub. She was also very helpful with places to see and maybe some places not to see. On back to back mornings we stopped in and the wife got a Jameson and Ginger Ale, and I got a pint of Guinness. Nothing to fancy or crazy but it was the atmosphere that was great.
Probably our favorite bar, the bartenders were great and chatted with us on different occasions. My wife’s favorite was Harry “Prince Harry” the English lad working an Irish bar. There was Gary who we talked to on several occasions. I would try a few different drinks at L. Mulligans. The first was the BOG HOPPER Dirty Chick, followed by Bloody Elles, and a whiskey called Writers Tears. The last few came of a list of mystery beers. All were decent drinks and only added to the good times we had there. Also you have to try the Scotch Eggs, and the Burger, they are excellent. Needless to say I had a lot of different drinks at this place.
Located in Smithfield Square this place was a bit more trendy and offered a great spot to stop and grab brunch. You wouldn’t sit there all day drinking but the indoor and outdoor seating offered a place to relax and enjoy the day. If you are in to people watching as much as I am this is the place to go to. The Square is host to a wide variety of people that are walking about. The food is delicious as well. The Wife got a veggie burger with chips (French Fries), and got a regular burger with sweet potato chips. The beer at this place was the Galway Hooker, and Irish Pale Ale. Usually not my cup of tea but not bad with the burger. The square was alive with festivities celebrating the Easter Rising, this was to celebrate the Irish rebellion in 1916, so we sat and people watched for a bit before heading out to enjoy the Rest of our day. The best part of the Square is that you never know who you will run into.
Brazen Head – The Oldest Pub in Ireland est. 1198
From the front the pub looks as if it will be tiny, but once you get through the threshold you find some great indoor and outdoor seating areas. We choose indoor and boy did we choose right. The history of this bar can be seen all around but one of the cooler things is that the bar had dollar bills from all over the world taped and tacked to the walls, also there were patches from various first responders, law enforcement and military. Very cool, each bill was someones story and each patch was someones life. Gary the bartender, (different from the other Gary) was very helpful in giving us some tour suggestions. The drinks were simple here just Jameson and Ginger Ale.
Closer to the action and down the street from Brazen Head O’Shea’s was a lot like L. Mulligans and the food was good. Here I got a tall glass of Hop House 13, which is a plane lager that is made by Guinness. This was a good beer that and goes down easy. Caroline the bartender was friendly like most places, and suggested the fish and chips for the wife. The fish was great, I myself got a Panini with roast beef and cheese. Both meals came with plenty of chips also.
The Next few Bars I won’t go to deep into not because we didn’t like them but because we were in full Pub Hopping Mode and didn’t stay that long at any of them. Just wanted to pop in, grab a beer, and hustle to the next one.
Smaller on the inside and is named of the man who wrote the National Anthem for Ireland.
Very Trendy bar with a lot of tourists running a muck like most of the bars in the TEMPLE BAR area. Yes there is an actual Temple Bar that resides in the area of TEMPLE BAR. This is confusing I know, try being a bit tipsy and trying to figure out if there is an actual temple bar. The bar is big and offers good drinks, not as much hospitality, because it is so busy, there is some live music, and for the most part is a very fun place, especially if you can get a place to sit and enjoy it.
Great place, my kinda joint good beers, and live music as well. You get some good ole Irish music in this bar. I like that I could sit at the bar get a pint turn around and watch the performer.
A packed house much like The Temple Bar, but trendy and a good time.
Tommy O’Gara’s – Sorry thats all I got.
Sorry No Photo . We will blame this on being tired and Slightly Intoxicated.
I did enjoy the Hop House 13 Though
This was the last pub that we tried out. They had straw hats on the tables that you could wear. We only stayed for one drink and talked to a bartender whose name was Promise, you can’t make that up, he appeared to be of Persian but was a great guy.
The last two we saved because they aren’t really pubs, yet small pieces of heaven. The Guinness Storehouse is where you can view Dublin amongst the clouds and the Jameson Distillery Tour is equally amazing. If you go to Dublin do these tours you will not be disappointed.
Get you butts over to Dublin and Have a Few
See You in the Future – Thee Time Traveler