Beer: Samuel Adams Cinder Bock
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.2 of 10)
Comments: The image of the goat on the label is wholly apropos as this beer has a kick. ”It smells and tastes like bacon!” I exclaimed to my friend Craig. As a vegetarian, I’m not all that impressed by bacon, but I did enjoy the smokey flavor for a change of pace. The beer mellows in the glass and there is a sweeter caramel toffee flavor as it goes down. It also packs a wallop with a high ABV. Definitely something a beer adventurer should experience at least once.
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Beer: Samuel Adams Cinder Bock
This post is inspired by my neighbor and fellow blogger Casey who is the talented and prolific writer of Life With Roozle.
In this post, Casey challenges readers to take time to notice one small moment in what may otherwise be a hectic holiday week.
On Thanksgiving Day, I was playing football in the backyard with my energetic son Peter. I ran around for a while and ended up wheezing due to congestion from a lingering cold, so I collapsed in a chair to take a break. Uncharacteristically, Peter climbed in my lap and sat quietly for a long time. Then there was a screech from above and we looked up and saw two hawks gliding on the breeze. After the hawks drifted off, I was still looking up and noticed that despite being a cold, blustery late-Autumn day, the sky was a gorgeous blue and our evergreens a glorious green.
What’s your one small moment?
The project continues with my favorite songs of 1976. Read the first post for the detail on this project.
Beat On The Brat – The Ramones
Final Solution - Pere Ubu
Give Up The Funk – Parliament
Legalize It – Peter Tosh
Neat Neat Neat – The Damned
Peace Prayer – St. Louis Jesuits
Roadrunner (Twice) – Modern Lovers
Shake Some Action – Flaming Groovies
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
X Offender – Blondie
And the song of shame for 1976 is More Than a Feeling - Boston
What are your favorite songs from 1976? Let me know in the comments!
Beer: Polskie Mastne
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: ** (6.1 of 10)
Comments: The 48th beer in Harpoon’s 100 barrel series is inspired by a road trip to Poland. It’s an amber beer with lots of fizz and foam. The scent has sweet caramel and peaches. The taste is slightly peppery with a hoppy kick in the aftertaste, and a bit watery. I have mixed feelings.
Beer: Grateful Harvest Ale
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.0 of 10)
Comments: This unique beer pours out amber in color with a foamy head. The cranberry is definitely there in the aroma and flavor. The taste is a bit week, with unfortunate overly sweet undertones, but the aftertaste is good. For a seasonal beer with a unique New England twist, it’s worth trying, but overall this is a so-so beer.
Note: Grateful Harvest benefits Harpoon Helps the philanthropic wing of Harpoon Brewery which supports New England Charities like The Greater Boston Food Bank. Even if you’re not interested in the beer consider making a donation to GBFB or your local food bank.
If I only I’d seen this sign before Election Day.
Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Paradise Rock Club in Boston
Opening act: Yellow Ostrich
Headline act: The Dismemberment Plan
On a rare night out for an aging dad, I took in the concert performance of indie/post-punk band (with a healthy dose of R&B and funk) from Washington, D.C., The Dismemberment Plan. They’re touring to support their first album in a dozen years Uncanney Valley which comes after a long separation of the band. I was acquainted with the lead vocalist Travis Morrison when we both were in college.* I say this not to brag of my brush with celebrity, but because without this small connection I would not have heard of The Dismemberment Plan and my life would be less rich as the result. The remainder of the quartet is Eric Axelson (bass), Jason Caddell (guitar), and Joe Easley (drums).
The Dismemberment Plan had a friendly, knowledgeable audience for their Boston show. Early on, Morrison bantered that they’d always gotten a good reception going all the way back to their first show in 1847 when the only person in the audience was Herman Melville. The literary joke got a good response from the audience, and seemed appropriate given that The Dismemberment Plan are a literary band. Their lyrics often tell a story and the music emphasizes the natural rhythm of the spoken word. A good example is the crowd pleaser “You Are Invited,” a song about a magical invitation in which the words of the invitation are sung as the chorus, at first gently but later in a rave-up leading to a guitar solo. It was a great experience to see and hear the dynamics of this song live.
The band were tight in their performance and it was clear that Morrison was enjoying himself as he smiled throughout the concert. The band continued their good relations with the crowd, inviting a couple of men onstage to model their t-shirts as a lead-in to “The Dismemberment Plan Get Rich.” In the encore, audience members were invited to dance onstage during “The Ice of Boston” (a Dismemberment Plan tradition). I had the opportunity to access the stage myself, but having performed onstage in Boston elsewhere I left the space open for someone else. Morrison forced one particularly obnoxious fan to stay on stage and dance for the finale.
This was an intense concert and if you have a chance to see The Dismemberment Plan live, take it.
- Living In Song
- Ellen and Ben
- Mexico City Christmas
- You Are Invited
- Girl O’Clock
- No One’s Saying Nothing
- The City
- Time Bomb
- The Dismemberment Plan Gets Rich
- Spider in the Snow
- Go and Get It
- Do the Standing Still
- What Do You Want Me to Say?
- Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer
- The Face of the Earth
- The Ice of Boston
- OK, Joke’s Over (w/ a brief interpolation of Lorde’s “Royals”)
* Travis & I were both DJ’s at the college radio station WCWM. One semester he was the host of the popular Quiz Kid game show that lead into my world music show. He said he liked my show, which made me feel good since he was cool and I was not. OK, now I’m bragging.
For the third time in ten years, the Red Sox are the World Series Champions. I’ve watched the Red Sox play in four World Series in my lifetime, and although I rooted for the opposing team in 1986, I’ve been firmly behind the Red Sox in the most recent three. The 2004 World Series saw the end of the drought of 86 years without a championship (despite coming close several times) and the 2007 team proved that it was not a fluke. The 2013 championship seems all the more special because it proves the resilience of the team coming back from a losing season in 2012 and a bad finish the year before that.
I particularly enjoyed this season because my 6 y.o. son Peter is a big baseball fan and devoted to the Red Sox. We attended five game this season – four at Fenway and one at Yankee Stadium – and the Red Sox won them all (Peter’s lifetime record is a remarkable 9-1). We also listened to games as Peter drifted off to sleep each night, so I’ve found myself following the team and getting to know the players much better than I have in many years. The World Series victory came the day before Halloween when Peter dressed as his favorite player, Stephen Drew, and two days before his 6th birthday.
On Saturday, I took Peter to see the Red Sox Rolling Rally in the morning and then we had his birthday party in the afternoon, perhaps the best day of his life. The Duck Boat Parade was a joyous occasion, and it was great to see so many happy people filling the streets of Boston to celebrate just six months after the atrocities on Patriots Day. While we watched from Tremont Street opposite Boston Common, there was a moving tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on Boyslton Street.
Below are my pictures of the parade. It was a fun day, and I hope we get to do it again.
Beer: Saison Various
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Rating: *** (7.5 of 10)
Comments: #47 in Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series, this saison is actually a blend of four different beers crafted by four different brewers. The beer is a deep golden color with very little head or carbonation. I caught a strong whiff of tropical fruit in the aroma. The taste is sweet with hints of spice and a bready quality with a crisp finish. It’s tasty and unique.
The Boston Harbor Islands are a gateway to many adventures. Today we took the ferry from Long Wharf to Georges Island. Along the way we passed the Nantucket Lightship, the planes landing at Logan Airport, the oil tanker Bunga Banyan, the Deer Island Waste Water Treatment Plant, and the curious little island called Nixes Mate.
Upon arrival on Georges Island, we made our way inside Fort Warren to the parade ground where the Essex Base Ball Club was playing vintage baseball according to 1864 rules. The Newburyport Clamdiggers faced the Lynn Live Oaks in vintage style woolen uniforms. We enjoyed being “cranks” and using 19th century terms to cheer on the players such as “Well hit, sir!” and “Leg it!”
After the game we explored the fort, checking out the gun batteries atop the walls, the dry moat, and the underground caverns of the demilune. Georges Island may be a small speck in the harbor, but it is definitely a place worth further exploration.