This time of year can be felt as much as it can be seen. Days are warm, not hot; low 80's, upper 70's. Nights are cool, not cold; upper 60's, low 70's. Very pleasant. Autumn is rollin' in. We got fall beers coming out, we got football, we got harvest...at tonight's 48th street lineup, I could smell the alluring scent of a fired up BBQ grill wafting across the beach from someone's deck tonight, and we still got surf in the lower 70's, a huge plus. Hopefully the conditions will continue through October.
|47th-48th Street Mid-town, 9/17 Swell|
|9/13. Similar conditions ...66th street, Holidays- knee to waist|
Weeknights are nice, and tonight was no exception. Beach was empty, and the lineup numbered three including me. Overcast, but a warm south-southeast wind off a blue-orange horizon High tide brought in thigh to waist with an occasional chest. Little bit of chop mixed in. A strong northbound current made for fast frontside rides. Tried to get a backside, unsuccessfully, not that I'm any good at 'em. Speaking of that occasional chest high, I blew one of the last rides of the night misjudging it and pulled out. Should've gone for it. By this time there were two of us. As I watched the other guy...a youngin' probably in his twenties... shred a left roller into shore, I managed to set a quick rail and carved up a right waisty to finish the night. Last man out.
The latest brew pick is 16 Mile Brewery's Inlet IPA, an English style IPA that ushers in the scent of malts and toffee sweetness trailing with floral hops. Pouring a sparkling copper hue with a finger head, this beer measures a robust 80 IBUs which can be felt in the tremendous bitter (but not unpleasant) hop bite. The taste begins with a nice malt base that does a fine job of balancing the big hop finish. An excellent example of an English IPA, Inlet is named after Delaware's Indian River Inlet, a popular local surf spot. At 6.10% ABV this one'll warm ya on those brisk autumnal days whether you want to enhance the stoke after a fall surf session, or during an intense football rivalry. I rated it an A.