Saturday, March 17, 2012

Whistle Pig Wrong?, notes from the Rogue

Choppy, disorganized, knee to thighs, and getting warmer.  3/15

   For the record,we have had one of the mildest winters ever.  Total snowfall cannot have been over 2 inches for the Eastern Shore...and that's being conservative.  Guess that Groundhog ain't always right.  No complaints here.  Daylight Savings Time started up last week and consequently the daytime temps have been consistently in the 60's since inception.  More importantly those nighttime lows (sound like a reel metroweatherolgist, eh?),  have been staying above the 40's...and this week in the 50's and dare I say 60 here 'n there?  It's those pre-sunrise temps that are needed. Translation? Warmer mid-Atlantic coastal waters baby!  I'm seein' 52 deg. on SwellInfo,  but both Surfline and Malibu's Surf Shop are saying 48-49.  The above pic, despite the seemingly adverse conditions, give hint to the warming trend.  We've had a serious fog bank hanging off our coast for the past couple of days owing to the sharp uptick.  Another week or so, and I may be dippin' the rubber booties in to test the waters in March... no hoodie required - a first for me.
   Ended the week with a nice brew.  Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye.  A beer developed for the "tumultuous transition to Spring," this ruthlessly hoppy IPA smells of peppery rye grains and a hint of piney-grapefruit citrus.  Pours a copper/amber hue with a finger and a half head.  The earthy malts, the spiciness of the rye and the citrus of the hops combined with the excellent carbonation to make that first taste really pop!  A refreshing dry finish left no doubt as to why IPA's are becoming some of my favorite craft brews.  Hopefully, with 'Ol Man Winter's quiet departure, this year's Spring transition won't be so ruthless.  Grade: A
"Son, a woman is like a beer.  They smell good, 
they look good, and you'd step over your own 
mother just to get one."   -Homer Simpson

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