Weekend in Vermont: Beer, Beef, and Light Firearms

June 9, 2010

Mr. JK has a second home near Bellows Falls, Vermont.   The house is the oldest home in the county.  It has a fully modern kitchen, a pool, all sorts of grilling and smoking devices,  and it is situated a stone’s throw from the Connecticut River.  Mr. JK tries to organize a ‘Boy’s Weekend’ in the spring and the fall, and invites friends, colleagues from work, random passerby on the street, etc.  The 2010 Spring Weekend was a few weeks back.  Unfortunately, everyone Mr. JK invited crapped out on him except for the V-Man and me, so it was just the three of us.

Being in Vermont is wonderful, but getting to Vermont is a royal pain in the ass.  For reasons that no one can adequately explain, the V-Man and I left Jersey City at about 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon, with Mr. JK taking the train to New Haven.  We were going to pick him up there when he got off the train shortly after 4 p.m. and continue on to Vermont.  That plan did not survive first contact with the enemy.  The V-Man and I hit the Merritt Parkway at which point we came to a dead stop.  We never got above twenty miles per hour, and even though Connecticut is a small state, it takes forever to cross it if you are constantly braking your car.  Things got so bad that I picked out a fat bald guy smoking a cigar in his Audi convertible, and told the V-Man that I wanted to grab the tire iron from the trunk and beat the crap out of “that smug asshole.”  The V-Man is as even keeled and as level-headed as anyone I have ever known, and even he thought it was a pretty good idea.  Good God, we hated that guy, smoking his stogie with his stubby pink fingers, while he jibber-jabbered on his cell phone, no doubt locking in another obscene bonus with our bailout money.* Read the rest of this entry »


Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale

May 21, 2010

A little maltier than it’s cousins, the Red Rocket Ale is another winner from Bear Republic Brewing.  This pours a dark amber, almost mahogany, and the hops aromas are up front, with bitter grapefruit and pine the most prominent.  The malts give a nice caramel sweetness to the flavor, and there is a touch of spiciness to round it out.  This beer walks a thin line between being a hoppy bomber and a malty amber ale, and if it strays too far in either direction it would not work, but Bear Republic gets the balance right.  I preferred the Racer 5 and the Hop Rod Rye over this one, but only by a little, 7/10.


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