Places: If you are visiting Dogfish Head Brewery and enjoy a few too many there’s a place not far away to rest up. The Dogfish Inn located just six short (or long) miles from the brewery is ready to offer you a bed. Each room features beer-centric amenities and design elements and includes a wool Dogfish blanket created in collaboration with the iconic American apparel maker Woolrich. The mini fridge is stocked with locally made snacks and you can enjoy a cup of complimentary Dogfish Chicory Coffee in the morning. There are plenty of activities nearby like kayaking and hiking and a bike path that will take you near the brewery. More information here.
Food: Bourbon Vanilla Sugar is made from raw Demerara sugar and is packed and aged with Bourbon-Madagascar vanilla beans to enhance the rich molasses flavors. Try Bourbon Vanilla Sugar in many different cocktails to add some extra flavor or add a little to your coffee in the morning. Available here.
News: Small and independent craft brewers enjoyed continued growth in the first half of 2014, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association that represents the majority of U.S. breweries. American craft beer production volume increased 18 percent during the first half of the year. Full article here.
Gear: The Bountiful Breweries of the USA is a perfect addition to any man cave. The map features over 2,500 breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs and measures 60″ by 40″. It would make a great gift for the beer lover in your life or a nice little treat for yourself. Get it here.
Gear: We all know how good that dense foam you get out of a tap at a pub tastes. The Beer Foamer brings that joy into your home by creating a dense beer foam that will significantly increase the taste and aroma of your beer. Just pour 1/4″-1/2″ of beer into the container, put the top on, push the button, and add the foam to the top of the rest of your beer for a delicious bar like experience at home. Get one here.
Last week I took my family to Disney World for vacation. We had a great time and lots of people with us, my two brothers, my oldest brothers family, my parents, and cousins. The weather was hot and humid which was the only downfall if you will since I was just getting some perfect fall weather here in Atlanta. I was able to escape the happiest place on earth for a few and make a visit to Sea Dog Brewery nearby. We had two flight trays and both were great. My wife ordered her four, apricot, blueberry(with fresh blueberries), raspberry, and a summer ale. I ordered 3 IPA’s and a stout. One of my favorite beers available this time of year is Shipyard Pumpkin Head. Shipyard happens to be Sea Dog’s sister company and so they had some available and our waitress brought me one and added sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon to the rim of the glass. It was delicious! Tasted just like pumpkin pie. We had some bourbon as well but it was just standard stuff, wasn’t able to find anything special. If you are ever in the area be sure to check out Sea Dog Brewery, very cool place to visit.
Aside from our love of bourbon we are big fans of craft beer and do a little home brewing as well. I have brewed many times but I generally brew IPA’s or Imperial IPA’s that are usually too hoppy and strong for my wife. A few weeks ago when trying to decide what to do for a date night, we decided to home brew together for the first time. This time we brewed a recipe that she would enjoy, an American Pale Wheat with blueberries, not usually my style but I think it’s going to turn out good and I had fun brewing with the wife, drinking some good beer, and listening to some great tunes. The wife named the brew September Blue. Pictures below.