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  1. Hazy IPA is tough to mainstream because freshness is very important for the style.
  2. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

    According to their production schedule, they are making it twice a year now--April-May and November-December. They have also dramatically increased production, so it is likely much more available.
  3. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

    It's regularly available at the local Dogfish Head Ale House locations.
  4. Earlier this month, Flying Dog Brewery withdrew their membership in the Brewers Association. This is on the heels of the Brewers Association recent prohibition/suggestions that breweries refrain from issuing marketing that is “sexually explicit, lewd, or demeaning brand names, language, text, graphics, photos, video, or other images.” It will be interesting to see if anyone else follows suit. Prior to Flying Dog's withdrawal, I had the opportunity to ask Jim Caruso, FD's CEO what he thought about the change. He totally went off and became animated. I certainly struck a cord with my question. Jim and Flying Dog sued the Michigan Alcohol Board (and ultimately won) when Raging Bitch, their very good Belgian style IPA was banned from sale in the state.
  5. My most expensive (volume wise) beer purchase was a single bottle of Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel Calvados Edition, sourced from Connecticut Avenue Wine and Spirits. A stout brewed with Kopi Luwak (civet coffee) and aged in calvados barrels.
  6. Exciting news to report. They have opened their second location which is located in Rockville--804 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850 (former Banner Glass location, which is slightly offset from the road), 301-417-8628. Thy Rockville location has a much larger capacity which will produce bread and pastries to be sold on premises and also service their growing commercial business. Items sold in Bethesda will still be made on site at the Bethesda location. Are third location in Georgetown is in the works also.
  7. At the end of a day trip to Philly to visit the Please Touch Museum, we stopped by the Art Museum to do our best Rocky impersonations. We asked our daughter what she wanted for dinner and her response was "hamburger". After a quick search, I found Spot Gourmet Burgers, which is located at 2821 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, phone: (267) 930-7370. It was highly rated online so not knowing any better, after a slight detour for what we thought was a Mister Softie truck, which turned out to be Mr. Softie's evil twin brother Mr. Frostie, we plugged the address in to the navigation and headed to our destination. This place is a definite dive, with almost zero ambiance, and broken or non-existent ac. We had low expectations. We were pleasantly surprised with the outcome. My daughter had three mini burgers, which were made from fresh ground beef served on potato rolls and were very tasty. My wife had some sort of veggie burger combination which looked amazing. She loved it, the provolone was high quality and I am guessing aged, because it actually tasted like provolone. She dispatched the entire thing at a rapid rate. I had a chicken cheeseteak (please don't judge) with provolone and grilled onions. The chicken was chopped breast meat, and not of the steakum variety. Again, the cheese had great flavor. All in all, it was a very pleasant experience, which we did not expect based upon first impressions.
  8. Back in my college days at Syracuse, I used to hit up the Dewitt NY location very frequently. A large sub would be purchased on every trip and amounted to a full days worth of meals. The secret to their subs is in the bread, which rumor has it is the result of Danny Wegman purchasing DiBella's sub shop in Rochester solely for the bread recipe. Although the linked article doesn't fully corroborate this lore, it also doesn't fully discount it either.
  9. Poke

    Not sure about Pentagon City, but in Gaithersburg, it is with the in-house prepared foods.
  10. Poke

    I think I have seen it at Pentagon City, but is is typically only available on the weekends.
  11. The Brewers Association has released a "independent" certification symbol to be added to beer labels. IMO, breweries should focus on producing good beer and not symbols, but what do I know?
  12. My childhood summer camp - Camp Ramblewood, located on the Susquehanna River, housed what is reported to be the final stop of the underground railroad before reaching the North. Ramblewood is no longer a summer camp for children, but is a for rent "rustic" retreat center.
  13. I stopped by over the weekend for a farm tour and really remembered how much I like their ice cream. The tour was very informative. It is clear that they are proud of their operation and the level of quality they produce and how they treat their staff and animals. Of particularly interesting note, they said that the brown cows (which do not produce chocolate milk despite much public belief) are Jersey cows and are known for producing higher butterfat content in their milk. SMC is increasing their herd to have more Jersey cows for this reason.
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