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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Some assorted pics from New York trips


 New York Circa 2008

ABOVE: New York circa 2008 - left: obligatory graffiti shot , right: outside the Dual Specialty Store in the East Village, a store I visit every NY trip to stock up on spices

ABOVE and BELOW: window meats (2007)

LEFT: Woman reading Playboy at the Brooklyn flea market (2008)  RIGHT: some sort of tiki thing in an otherwise abandoned lot (2008)

Lafayette Grocery and Dairy in Brooklyn (2008)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Restocking the home beer supply

We're a bit restless when it comes to beer, so there's usually a variety of six packs at the ready. These are the beers currently in rotation. Guinness and Smithwick's are almost always in house along with cans of Tecate (absent on picture day). Goose Island's 312 Wheat is becoming a big fave and appears to be a new beer staple in our house. We're fortunate to have a few incredibly strong local brewers, so Half Acre and Two Brothers are usually represented. Currently it's Two Brothers' French Country Ale Domaine Dupage, although I'm hoping next week to get to Half Acre to pick up some Daisy Cutter Pale Ale and Over Ale. The McSorley's Irish Black Lager is a nostalgic choice since we can't get to New York this year. Hop Czar Double IPA is the first beer I've picked up from the much praised BridgePort Brewing out of Oregon and it's damn good, so we'll be dipping into the other Bridgeport beers soon. Thank's to the insanely large beer selection at our local Binny's we were able to pick up a six pack of Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge. Had some last year at one of my favorite bars ever, ABC Tavern in Cleveland (they are crazy enthusiastic about their love of great beer), and have been looking for it again ever since. We also had Breckenridge's Regal Pilsner on draft there, but sadly it was a limited draft only run and not in bottles. Would love to have another.

So, that's what we're currently drinking.