I have fallen into a habit of posting every day. I don't know when that started but I didn't so much not post yesterday on purpose as I had other things to do: driving guests around showing the town, organizing meat procurements, soaking ribs in Church-Key West Coast IPA, smoking and grilling, napping, watching the Red Sox. It was a big day. We had some dandy brews along the way like Allagash White (note: good and tasty); Barley Days Brewery's Harvest Gold Pale Ale (note: good and tasty in a different way - but nicely a little like Magic Hat #9, fruity malt; the guest hated the grassy taste that never left his mouth saying "it was no Miller Highlife!!"), Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza (note: good and tasty in another different way - my favorite beer with a New York Strip Steak; guest said "hey that is complex but I would never drink it"), Smuttynose Hanami (note: weirdly twangy, beer for extended periods of lettuce eating perhaps), De Dolle Ara Bier (note: good and tasty, like an orange laced with Flemish Red and a bit of a dubble...weird label), Michigan Brewing Peninsula Porter (note: good and tasty, licorice and coffee), Ichtegem's Grand Cru (note: good and tasty balsamic vinegary goodness without being ear rattling).
The key findings of the day were (#1) that beer is often good and tasty, (#2) much of it does not taste like Miller High Life and (#3) the fear of having too much meat over coals is always a misplaced fear. And the Sox won. And, oh yeah - teaching your kid to make shrimp kabobs on that George Foreman grill you got six years ago but never took out of the box is a good thing.