Thursday, March 8, 2012

Done With Q1 - Pt.2/Winter Warmer, notes from the Rogue

BWI connect

Early March dusting...
no spring cleaning yet!

   Several new places have opened on the shore, breweries included.  Crossed the Chesapeake to pick up My Girl- in town for an extended weekend- so we made it a point to check out several in search of a perfect winter warmer.  Night one:  Friday night at Mojo's on Main.  Salisbury's newest watering hole.  Eclectic. Boasts "food with attitude" and a Black Scottie to push it.  Nice selection of craft brews on tap.  Began with Burley Oak's Rude Boy, a 7.4%ABV red ale, and an Angry Orchard Cider. Finished with Boulder Beer's Mojo IPA (6.8% ABV).  All of 'em raised the body temp significantly.  But the night was cool, and the weekend young.
Food with 'tude. Drink to match.


   Next day found us rocketing down Delaware route 9 towards Georgetown...the county seat of historic Sussex.  Our destination, 16 Mile Brewery. This place prides itself on it's support of local businesses, causes, and history.  To me, the pride of this joint is the latest offering - Delaware Oyster Stout, brewed with over 100 oysters plucked and shucked from the Delaware Bay and a Cherrywood smoked malt that adds a smoked bacon aroma to the nose.  Creamy feel with a nice crisp chocolate hop finish; a favorite of mine. Most of their beers were so-so, but both of us liked this one. This brew will definitely help reseed the Bay.
Oyster fans

   Next destination; now Night 2; began with The Big Chill Surf Cantina.  A stoked locals destination in Rehoboth Beach, Big Chill was all about the surf, the food (paninis, wraps, dips, tacos, and nachos), and chillin'.  Taps were warm that night and the barkeeps warned all (very cool).  We had the nachos and their signature Pineapple Margarita...a combination that was truly the $hit! Awesome firepit, tiki torches, outdoor bandstand... sweeet!

  Finalized the evening with a beer tasting at Dogfish Head Brewpub; a full chalkboard of choices. A good start was a pub exclusive, Black Lodge spewing everything Oregon from the Spruce Pine needles and Seattle coffee, to Cascade hops - 40 IBU's folks.  We also tried the Namaste (witbier), Dirty Fermentini (brewed with olives...nope, did not feel it), Noble Rot (more like a white wine), Red & White (another white beer), and my hopped up favorite the 120 Minute IPA clocking in at 15% ABV (practically a liquor) and a whopping 120 IBUs...numbing.  Dinner was all about serious crab - the unchallenged crab corn chowder and a crab pizza...very serious crab!  It finished off the night...well...almost.

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