New Brews

Had the chance to sip some new brews this weekend.  Love veering from wine from time-to-time.

First was Flying Dog’s Single Hop HBC-431 Imperial IPA.  You could sip this beer all day.  And, if you did you would be in extreme trouble, both physically and financially… It’s 10% ABV and runs about $15/6-pack.  I’d never had a single hop beer.  You could taste some orange, apricot and it was a tiny bit thick.  So good and worth the money.

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Also had Blue Moon’s First Peach Ale.  I love the majority of their stuff so had to try this.  Could be a pro or con depending on your palate.  It tasted just like peach iced tea.  I am not an iced tea fan, let alone peach tea.  So, I would much prefer just a traditional Blue Moon.  But for some, this Seasonal could be a winner.

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Step away from the…amazing seasonal Pita Crisps

I finally broke down and picked up one of Trader Joe’s seasonal items.  Their Pita Crisps with Cranberries & Pumpkin Seeds.  Good/bad idea.  Addictive!  They are nice and crunchy and have something like cinnamon sugar on the outside.  I have tried to put them out of my direct line of sight so I don’t finish the whole bag immediately.  I recommend giving them a try before they are off the shelves.

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It’s Punkin Time!

Oh, yes, it’s (almost) fall, football is here, which means another round of seasonal brew is due.  That means Dog Fish Head has Punkin Ale!

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Great stuff (along with many other pumpkin brews).  Went to the tapping of it last week at the Dog Fish Head restaurant in Falls Church.

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It was so fresh on tap that they hadn’t even posted it on the (chalk) board.

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Ordered one and started to enjoy.  I finally got around to looking up this morning why they call it Punkin.  It’s based around the local Punkin Chunkin on Discovery Channel.  Hilarious show!  Well, the beer was perfect, its normal pumpkin and spice taste, as one would expect.  And, the bartender wasn’t totally sure the ABV, but I had look it up, and it’s on that previous link, 7%.  Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.  Cheers!

 

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Peach Picking

It’s an absolutely beautiful day at the end of August (high 70s, low humidity?!?!?) so my friend and I decided to go peach picking at a local farm.  This place is amazing.  You can head out there almost year round to pick seasonal fruit at your leisure.  It is dangerous in the sense that you pick and pick, maybe take sample to refuel, then pick and pick.  When you eventually get to the register you realize you have pounds and pounds of amazing fruit.  When you go to the grocery store you’re aware of what you get.  But, oh well.  This is FUN!  This place is called Homestead Farm and is located in Poolesville, MD, about 30-45 minutes outside of DC.

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You start by picking your box to collect your goods.  Why not go with the big one today?

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You can get a ride to the peach trees or you can walk.  It’s such an amazing day, we had to walk.  Once there, we saw there were about 5 rows of peach trees.  We had to go fairly deep in the rows to find trees that still had the goods.  Then, let the picking begin.

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As mentioned, you just go and go.  I worked to get some not-so-ripe ones so they’d last longer.  I was also thinking I can chop some and put them in the freezer.  My friend and I did sample a couple to keep us going.  We eventually decided to call it quits.

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We headed back to the main entrance to check out.  They also have a ton of other veggies.  I picked up some cherry tomatoes.  (Oh, the peaches were $1.79/lb).

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Per the Farm, apples are available for picking next week.  That will be some Labor Day weekend fun.  Bring on the fruit.