Friday, October 26, 2012

The End Is Near, notes from the Rogue

  Contrary to what one might believe the title eludes to, what I'm actually speaking of is the end our temperate weather.  About a year after Irene skimmed by us, Hurricane Sandy is barreling towards our piece of the Right Coast and at some point will collide with a cold front sneaking in from the West.  What forecasters are calling a "Frankenstorm" will in effect scatter our warm waters and air temps we've been enjoyin' and leave us shaking in the sub-60's. Boooo! Hiss!  Head to double overhead swell.  Yes!  Flooding, leaves and branches everywhere, power outages, continents separating?  Stay tuned.

  While we wait, no hurricane party is complete without a good beer. Heavy Seas and Devils Backbone Breweries teamed up to bring into shore a dangerously delicious black pilsner called "Land Ho!".  An almost black pour with tints of ruby-red, and a dense dark tan one finger head.  Tastes of burnt toast and brown sugar with hints of coffee.  A little heavier than a pilsner...almost a thin stout.  Finishes crisp, with flavors of light pear and tart hop bitterness.  25 IBUs, 5.25% ABV.  Good stuff.  I rated it an A-.
"If die I must, let me die drinking in
 an inn."
  -Walter Mapp, Author

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