|That sinking feeling. 47th Street, 5/20/2015.|
Two weeks ago, somewhat decent conditions arrived at the shore. Waist high. Clean. Through the week the beach had been feelin' a mini heat spell and the water had been creeping into the mid-60's, but by the time my opportunity came, the warmth was gone, air temps into the 60's and the water had dipped to 58F. I wanna strip this rubber off. I really do. I was still looking forward to some clean surf. About half a dozen or so others in the lineup so things appeared on the up 'n up. Lefties. Not a lefty. But, I could use the work. I struggled. Couldn't get in position. Misjudged the break. Missed one, then another. Became impatient. I was either too far out and missed the opportunity, or too much inside and takin' off late. Nice evening became one of frustration. Last week the sloppy swell returned and I continued to flounder. And they were frontsides! Short rides here and there, Waves sectioning. Closing out early. Lookin' very kook-like (more so than usual). Irritation. More frustration. F*#ked myself again. Like Shane Falco in The Replacements. I need to let go. The ocean was churning and I could smell the salt in the air. I love that smell. Yet, I did not appreciate. Any time getting wet is good time. I cannot let the fear of missing a ride screw my next. Calm. Patience. I've said it's not a strong suit. I vow to do better this week.
|Stuck in the muck. 66th/Holidays, 5/28/2015.|
Couple more warm weather brews on the table that have gone down purty smoothly as of recent. Breckenridge Brewery's Summer Bright Ale, A Pale Wheat that lends it self to multiple doses at 4.5% ABV. Pours a hazy gold with a finger-thin white head. Aromas of lemon and maltiness. Light citrus hop tones in the taste(15 IBUs). Refreshing dry finish. Not super, but solid. Rated a B.
I was out to dinner with a buddy of mine a couple weeks ago and tried a Yuengling Summer Wheat. This one surprised. Poured a very hazy yellow-gold with a finger head and light lacing. Very smooth Hefeweizen with hints of banana and clove in the smell. Taste was slightly sweet with more banana. At 4.5% ABV, not weak as I would have suspected from a more commercial brewery. No Hoegaarden, but a worthy summer brew. Clean, crisp finish at 14 IBUs. Went out and bought a six afterwards! B/B+ rating.
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