Saturday, July 24, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: Proto-aureate

Proto-aureate

Proto-aureate,
Yellow wildflower,
Half-fledged.

Trailhead Community Park, of the East Decatur Greenway, in Decatur, Georgia, USA, on 6 June 2021.

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: Dune fence down.

Dune fence down

Dune fence down: desolation at/on St. Augustine Beach, Florida, USA.

Photo taken on 30 June 2021.

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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: OCA x2

OCA x 2

Old Coast Ales is a production brewery (with taproom) that opened in 2017. It's located in St. Augustine *, Florida, USA, a few blocks southeast of the Bridge of Lions, a 100-year-old drawbridge that connects Anastasia Island to downtown St. Augustine.

We visited on 1 July 2021. Here are two draught beers we ordered (and enjoyed) in the brewery's taproom.

Left to right:
  • Oh-8-Oh
    5.7% ABV
    (alcohol-by-volume)
    "Mildly bitter and balanced between malt and hop flavors, this pale ale features Sultana and Sabro Cryo hops."
    ---> Me: Yep. More like a classic pale ale's bitter and earthy than a latter day's fruity or cat-stinky. Had two.

  • Empirical
    American IPA
    6.6 % ABV
    "Old skool American IPA with a solid malt backbone and a heavy hop of Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial hops."
    ---> Me: Yep. Bonus points for beauty.
Old Coast Ales is a production brewery: meaning that it does not have a kitchen as would a brewpub. But, 'not to worry.' Innately connected to the brewery is a taco eatery that was busy when we visited. After purchasing some fare (which we ate while pairing drinking our beers in the brewery), we understood why.

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Hop geeky

Hops —the female (and non-seed bearing) flowers of herb bines— are used by brewsters in beer:
  • for their herbal/spicy/fruity flavors and aromas
  • to add drying bitterness as a counterbalance to malt sweetness
  • to lesser extents as beer-foam enhancers, beer shelf-life stabilizers, and anti-microbial agents.
There are many varieties of hops grown (such as Amarillo and Sultana, above), propagated for their flavor, aroma, bittering potential, farming yield, and resistance to agricultural disease.

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Saturday, July 03, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: Beer-Mobile? Ale, yeah!

Beer-mobile? Ale yeah!

Is it on the wrong side or the right side of the tracks? Either way, it's a beer-mobile, so...ale, yeah!

As seen in Decatur (Oakhurst), Georgia, USA.


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Independent Beer Run Day

Today, the [U.S.] Brewers Association encourages you to buy local beer. That's something I do regularly, but with these privisos, in this order:
  • 1) Good beer first (beer whose flavor I like and which I respect, that is, well-made and/or created with human-first principles).
  • 2) If the above is satisified, then from a brewery that is local to me (community, 50-mile radius, state, region, nation, in that order).
  • 3) From a small and/or independent brewery...again, with human-first principles.
  • 4) From a local and small and/or independent purveyor.
  • 5) Bonus points for cool vibe and/or lack of pretension.
  • 6) Cask-ale prepared well and served well, and created without extraneous cocoa-puffs and dingleberries. This is last on my list because if it were first, I'd go thirsty. In the U.S., non-polluted cask ale is in the red zone for extinction.
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