This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about my aching back and our old wooden boat
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
I've had my share of backaches over the years but this last one was a real doozy.
In the past I could usually pinpoint the reason for the outset of pain--hauling 50 lb bags of grain out from the warehouse, twisting and turning while navigating around logjams in a river, consecutive days of using my heavy backpack leaf blower, that sort of thing. But this time all I did was sit down on the deck with my pipe and a morning mug of coffee. Barb and I were heading back to GR that day and the pain in the left side of my lower back worsened as I did my cottage closing chores. By the time we pulled into the driveway at home I could barely get out of the truck.
As luck would have it my monthly tune up with my chiropractor was scheduled for the following morning.
I have been paying regular visits to George Corneos for a number of years in an effort to keep the structure of my aging body in line. I like Doc a lot but he has an irritating habit of always running behind, primarily because he enjoys shooting the bull so much with his older female patients. While I sat in a treatment room waiting my turn I shifted in the chair trying to keep comfortable and listened to the conversation in the adjacent room.
When Doc finally came in I looked at the clock, raised my arms in mock indignation and rolled my eyes.
"Don't say a word," he said.
"Why do I always follow these old ladies?" I asked.
"Shut up and get on the table."
After my adjustment Doc asked how I felt.
"Better, but it still hurts," I whined.
"It'll get better."
Doc was right. In a couple of days I was feeling good enough to tackle a couple projects in the pole barn--getting our 1964 Thompson lapstrake wooden boat ready for sale and getting the old Bolens G-10 garden tractor running. We inherited the Bolens from the previous cottage owner. We bought the boat about fifteen years ago when we had a cottage up at Hardy Dam. I love that old Thompson but it hasn't been launched in about ten years and I had come to the painful realization that it would be better off in some younger dude's hands. Owning and maintaining a wooden boat takes a lot of work and at my age I'm looking for less not more.
A few weeks ago I was catching up on paperwork at my desk at the store when I heard a familiar voice in the beer section. "Is that you Dan?" I hollered.
I've known Dan Schultz since our classmate days at West Catholic. Along with Davey Crockett, Robert De Niro and Shawn Penn we share the same birthday. Dan and I will be turning 70 in August. Crockett, of course, is long gone but the rest of us are thankfully still kicking. Dan walked over and we chatted for a few minutes. "What's up with the knee brace?" I asked.
"Knee hurts," Dan answered matter of factly. "It's a bitch getting old."
"Sure does," I said. "But it sure beats the alternative."
Featured Wines of the Week
Stella & Mosca, La Cala, Vermintino, Italy, $16.59/750ml- La Cala has aromas of fresh citrus and tropical fruit and white flowers accented by a mineral note and a hint of the surrounding Mediterranean vegetation. The wine has firm acidity with a soft, balanced palate which leads to a lingering finish. (Source)
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Featured Spirits of the Week
Straight Away Cocktails, Oregon, $47.69/750ml-
Margarita: While many lay claim to pouring the first Margarita, the story of Ziegfeld Follies dancer, Marjorie King, is a legend worth our salt. The mystical entertainer was rumored to be allergic to many spirits, but able to brave tequila with the help of a clever bartender. Our recipe strikes a dramatic balance between sweet, sour, spicy, and smoky—with notes of agave, citrus, and habanero—your tastebuds will be dancing all night long.
Lintik: The Lintik recipe was conceived at the Manila Hotel by a bartender equally known for his pursuit of fine drinks and social amusements. Lintik’s name, Tagalog for “lightning,” conjures up its electric nature. As is tradition, our own recipe infuses gin with lemon in this drink worthy of being struck by.
Paper Plane: Buckle in; your very own Paper Plane awaits. What began as a humble experiment in a clandestine New York bar, this complex cocktail no longer flies under the radar—it’s a bona fide modern-day classic. Balancing bright citrus notes with herbal undertones, it performs aerial acrobatics for your tastebuds. Whether you have your feet on the ground or your head in the clouds, the Paper Plane is a choice drink for any occasion.
Oregon Old Fashioned:The Old Fashioned is revered for its versatility and simplicity. This variation on the classic speaks to wistful days spent in Milton-Freewater, OR, and we’ve transposed our fondness for the Pacific Northwest bouquet into our own bitters. Whether consumed around a mountain-top campfire or from the safety of your drawing room, tradition has it that one’s first Old Fashioned should be served by a friend.
New and Returning Products
Blackrocks Tequila BA My Kiss, $5.49/12oz-IPA - American
Lone Pine Dream Team, $4.89/16oz-Featuring an All-Star squad of high-end hops that were definitely picked first in gym class. Hand selected by our staff for their stellar performance, DREAM TEAM boasts a lineup of GALAXY, CITRA, MOSAIC, AMARILLO, and SIMCOE in the dry hop. (Source)
Lone Pine Saphire Unicorn, $4.89/16oz-Glorious deep gold, extra hazy, and topped off with a beautiful white head, SAPPHIRE UNICORN carries on the magic of DIAMOND UNICORN. Aromas of coconut, rum tiki cocktails, papaya, and a subtle splash of grapefruit tempt you into sweet tropical flavors accompanied by a woodsy hop character and a moderate-high bitterness to finish. (Source)
Lone Pine Tessellation, $4.89/16oz-Our 100% mosaic hopped Double IPA stands bright, but with a strikingly soft and rounded mouthfeel. Heavy whirlpool & dry hop additions showcase the complex mosaic hop aromatics of blueberry, mango, and juicy, overripe peach. (Source)
Off Color Beer for Movies, $2.99/16oz-Kolsch made with popcorn, salt and grapevine smoked malt. (Source)
One Well Tequila BA Only Gose to Show, $5.49/16oz-A beautiful twist on our Only Gose to Show, this is a refreshing salty sour ale aged in tequila barrels. Yes, the tequila made us do it! We juice large amounts of whole limes to supply a sub-LIME flavor. I see chillin' and margarita beer sippin' in your future! For a great at home hack enjoy with a sidecar of your favorite tequila. (Source)
Short Fuse Birthday Cake for Goodness Shake, $.89/16oz-IPA - Milkshake
Short Fuse Loosey Juice, $3.79/16oz-IPA - New England
Short Fuse Vocal Jam, $4.39/16oz-Fruited kettle sour with boysenberry, blueberry, and single origin Guatemalan coffee from Ipsento in Chicago. (Source)
Speciation Conservatory, $10.89/16oz-Conservatory is a blend from our two foeders, one of which contains our golden sour base, and the other contains our house wild saison base. We simply blended the beer and canned it, so you can really taste our house cultures without any fruit or hops in the way. (Source)
Speciation Prickly Pear, $8.69/16oz-Foeder aged solera sour wheat ale with prickly pear.
Speciation Rise to Sour, $8.69/16oz-Whiskey BA Spontaneous Amber Sour w/ Lemon Zest - Collaboration with Detroit Metal Band BATTLECROSS. (Source)
Stone Imperial Star Fawker, $3.19/12oz-Hazy Double IPA featuring Citra & Rakau hops and is filled with sweet orange, tropical fruit and stone fruit flavors. (Source)
Territorial Berry Berry Quite Contrary, $3.09/12oz-Is it sparkling wine? Au contraire, mon ami. This is a very dry, lightly hopped, highly carbonated beer fermented with cranberry and raspberry which produce its distinctive red color and delightful berry aroma. (Source)
Transient Flooded in Light, $4.89/16oz-IPA - Imperial / Double New England
Untitled Art Black and Blue Chocolate Chip Pancake Stout, $5.49/12oz-mperial Stout with Blackberry and Blueberry Puree, Cacao Nibs, Maple Syrup and Milk Sugar. (Source)
Untitled Art Dragonfruit Nectar Sour, $5.19/16oz-Berliner Weiss Style Ale with Pineapple Puree, Dragonfruit, Agave Nectar and Vic Secret Hops. (Source)
Untitled Art Painkiller, $5.19/16oz-Imperial Seltzer brewed with Pineapple Puree, Cream of Coconut, Orange Juice Concentrate, Nutmeg, Cinnamon. (Source)
Waypost Samll Soiree (Pink Edition), $4.29/16oz-Another in our Soirée series of IPAs, where hops are only utilized on the cold side (not in the kettle). This creates lots of intense hop aromas and fruit-forward flavors, without any hop bitterness. Hop varieties Belma, Huell Melon and El Dorado were used to create fruity, ripe strawberry and candy flavors.
Waypsot Carolina Gold, $3.89/16oz-Light, sessionable rice lager brewed with malted Carolina Gold rice. This special, heirloom variety of rice lends a Charleston ice cream character. Crisp hop presence, highly effervescent. The ideal summer lager! (Source)