|Welcome to Redhook Brewery, where it's always time for a brewski - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
The smell of hamburgers and other meaty delights were tempting, but we wanted to keep it light in lieu of the heat, as well as save room for a delicious summer BBQ at a friends' place later that night (thanks, K + J!). We kept with the salad days of summer and ordered a chopped salad and a sliced steak number with gorgonzola cheese. But let's get down to brass tacks -- this place is about the beer, and Brock got a tall, dark and handsome glass of the Blackhook Porter, and I got a frosty beverage by the name of Sunrye Summer Ale.
|A handsome couple indeed! Blackhook Porter and Sunrye Ale - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
As far as summer beers go, I like a wheaty, cloudy hefewizen or a nicely crisp, clean ale, which is what the Sunrye is. True to the name, it's like a little beam of sunshine whose lightness of flavor won't clash with any heavy BBQ foods like burgers or ribs. The Blackhook is a nice porter that's good to just sit and sip for a spell; I like ordering Redhook's version of an ice cream float, where they put a creamy scoop of ice cream in a glass of the porter and it turns into a murky mix of deliciousness. Although, I think the light flavor of the Sunrye would be just as good with a vanilla/caramel ice cream -- per some experimenting at the BBQ later that night, even vanilla ice cream and PBR tastes mighty fine!
Along with a visit to the Public House, we wandered over to a lonely trellis that's set off to the side of the building. Hops grow all over it, as a visual aid to those curious about where beer ingredients come from. Brock has taken to growing hops at home, so we wanted to see how the little sample hop trellis at Redhook was doing compared to the very young growth in our backyard. The Little Trellis That Could at the brewery made us green with hop-envy! It was awash with vines weaving in and out, creating a mad canopy of foliage and hop cones! It's quite a sight to see, and if you pluck one of the pinecone-shaped blossoms and rub it between your hands, you can get that aroma of floral bitterness that makes beer so distinctive. If you live in the area or visit the Redhook Brewery, go visit that lone trellis off to the side of the restaurant, and get a look at one of the signature components of the beer you know and love.
|C'mon, get hoppy! - Photos by Wasbi Prime|