Posts Tagged ‘Dogfish Head’

Peanut butter vodka, banana bread beer!

December 8, 2010

The beer board at Arena's in Rehoboth.

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This northwest wind won’t give us a break.  It’s sharp and it cuts and it’s cold! We’ve been riding the Great Cape Loop Trail a lot lately, on weekends.  What a fabulous biking adventure that is.  Marshes and Boardwalk, ocean and neighborhoods, great downtowns and open forests and fields in between.  So many great places to stop to see the beauty of nature and the creativity of humans.

In Rehoboth last Saturday, we stopped into Arena’s for a quick refreshment. My eyes were attracted to the colorful beer board. A couple of impressions:

• You can eat the titles of some these beers.  Others are emotional.  Some are old standards.

• In all the colors, look how white stands out.  It’s the same reason why bucktails catch the attention of fish underwater, why cottontail rabbits pop their tail to warn others, Probably because white is the presence of all colors.  Cool.

Bartender Colleen Carney told us that Miller Lite is the beer most ordered at the bar.  Craft brews charge on toward creativity and character but the heavily advertised national brands command the lion’s share of the day-in and day-out beer market.

At DogFish Head the creativity of the brews always jumps out.  On the board their own distilled and flavored Peanut Butter Vodka jumps out.  I hear one person say they will use the peanut butter vodka along with some kind of chocolate liquor to make a Reeses Cup martini. There are no limits to creativity.

By the Rehoboth Beach Museum, the canal overlook park is complete and looks great.  New light fixtures are in place. There’s a nice harmony between the park and the museum and a synergy between Grove Park, the overlook, the museum and the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce offices and visitors’ center.

I like the historical display outside the museum of the old mill stone and one of Rehoboth’s many historic homes.

A sweet spot – the overlook park alongside the Rehoboth Beach Museum by the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

Check out the mill stone and information about a classic Rehoboth Beach residence, outside the Rehoboth Beach Museum, along Rehoboth Avenue, in town, just over the drawbridge. Occasionally sea gulls fly over and, in the winter, Vs of crossing Canada geese.



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The future of Punkin Chunkin records?

November 11, 2009

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A wee bit of scotch with this one.  Not too much.  Goldilocks principle: just the right amount. (Writing after hours from home.)

This morning, in the rain that rode in on another nor’easter, I drove to Harbeson to take a picture of Harry Thompson and Winfield Martin.  They’re part of the Iron Tiger punkin chunkin team that took third place in this year’s world championship competition.  Harry grows his own pumpkins and is convinced that the Estrella (or Cuban or Indian variety, it’s called all three) that he uses represents the future of world records.  Read my Barefootin’ column in Friday’s Cape Gazette for the full treatment.

My column runs on a page where color isn’t available so I’m including last week’s   and this week’s column pictures with this blog so you can get a feel for the colors. The top photo shows Harry, left, and Winfield (whose friends call him Butch) with the white pumpkin preferred by many chunkers, and the Cuban variety that Harry likes.  The bottom photo shows world record holder Jake Burton and his mom and dad, Chuck and Dawn Burton, in the family’s garage a few days before last weekend’s 2009 World Championship Punkin Chunkin. Note the trophy Jake won with last year’s 4,483-foot throw and his stash of white pumpkins ready for this year’s competition.  Jake didn’t place in the top three this year but his world record still stands.  Harry and his Iron Tiger team won third place this year. I’m not sure how Chuck fared with his J.D. Lazarus chunker. When I find out I’ll let you know.

Pumpkins are good for so much!  Sam Calagione makes a great Dogfish pumpkin ale and check our Denise Clemons’ food column in Friday’s Gazette for a great way to eat pumpkin.  Sussex County has a great future with agriculture.

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Paddles, pedals, pints, politicks and pales

October 26, 2009

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People paddled, pedaled, drank pints and politicked through much of the day Sunday to enjoy a beautiful October day and raise money for the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park. While the young winter season’s largest flock of snow geese rose from Gordon’s Pond, filling the sky between canal and ocean with an explosion of motion, a fleet of 40 kayaks made its way eastward from Lewes toward Rehoboth.

Organized by Dogfish Head, Quest Fitness and Lewes Cycle Sports, the event took advantage of two of the area’s great outdooring activities –kayaking on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and bicycling on the Junction and Breakwater Trail – and paired them with pints of Dogfish beers, ales and sandwiches at the brewery’s Rehoboth Beach restaurant.  A northwest wind and rising tide joined forces to push the kayakers Rehobothward from the Canalfront Park where the fleet made the first organized use of the canoe and kayak launching area underwritten by Dogfish Head. The trip started a little after 10 a.m. and ended with a return to the park – after delivering the cruiser bicycles to Lewes Cycle Sports – at about 3 p.m.

The trip was not only invigorating and inspired by immersion in the beauty of the state-park-surrounded canal, it also raised several hundred dollars for the friends group.  People came from as far as New York City and as near as Lewes, Rehoboth and Salisbury.

The politicking aspect came from discussions about a water shuttle between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach via the canal and the need for a public landing area on the Rehoboth Beach end to complement the Canalfront Park landing at the Lewes end.  Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione has offered a $5,000 grant to begin the planning of a shuttle and Rehoboth Beach landing project.  The trails of the area and the shuttle possibilities create an opportunity to make transportation and mobility in Delaware’s Cape Region an amazing tourist attraction. Now the seeds have been spread.  Time will tell whether they have landed on fertile ground.

Nature has already done its work exponentially. The work remaining pales in comparison.

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