Monthly Archives: September 2010

Dogfish Dash

On Sept. 26, I ran The Dogfish Dash 10k race. I love Dogfish Head and was really excited to run a race that started and ended right at the brewery in Milton, DE.

Number pickup was the day before, at the Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, their brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, DE. After getting the number, we had dinner there. I finally tried their brewpub exclusive DHF Ale, which they describe as, “The body of 60 Minute IPA, the alcohol of 90 Minute IPA, and the hops of 120 Minute IPA.” It was delicious, but quite strong at 9.5%.

I ran the race well, coming in 10th in my age group and 20th overall out of 535. The post-race party, right past the finish line, was free for race participants and $10 for all others, a total bargain since besides the food, there were three Dogfish Head beers on tap. 60 Minute IPA, Punkin Ale, and Lawnmower. They started serving beer at 9am; race was at 8am. Great time and a great cause, benefitting the Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

21st Amendment IPA

Wow, this is a great IPA. 21st Amendment Brewery is another great brewery that’s canning their beers, the other being Oskar Blues. There are more, of course, but nothing else I’ve loved. I tried the IPA last night and it was delicious. Quite well-balanced and a great hop flavor. Highly recommended.

I also got a can of their Back In Black, a black IPA, due to dark malts. Can’t wait to try this one.

North Carolina

A friend and I went down to Wilmington, NC, to do some wreck diving with big Sand Tiger Sharks and it was pretty amazing. Also some great beer. Apparently NC has a huge amount of microbreweries now and I tried to drink local as much as possible.

The night we got there, we realized that the weather was going to be too rough for diving the next day, so we went out. First stop was Barbary Coast, a pretty cool bar downtown. I was given PBR. :-( Next we went to an excellent beer bar, Cape Fear. I had there a great pale ale, the Foothills Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from the Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC. It was nicer than a lot of IPAs I’ve had.

The next day, after hanging out at the beach, we went for some food and a beer. The beer selection at Dockside in Wrightsville Beach, NC, was pretty average. Only beer I didn’t recognize was called Beach Bum Blonde, so I tried it. It was amazingly boring, and actually not good. The waitress couldn’t find out what brewery it was from, but I wasn’t totally surprised to learn, after the fact, that it was one of those “craft” beers made by Anheuser-Busch. At least my taste buds knew better. Later on, we went to Lagerhead’s, a crap dive bar near the beach. I tried the Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing in Asheville, NC. It was ok, but not great.

Our last day, while packing up, I had a bottle of Highland Gaelic Ale that I bought at Cape Fear. The owner made me a 6 pack of various local beers. I found it pretty good, but not great. I guess I don’t love that brewery. Later on, we went for dinner at Indochine, a pretty good Thai/Vietnamese restaurant. I tried a Beerlao Dark, a dark lager from Laos. It was ok, but like most Asian beers I’ve had, pretty boring.

On our way back to NY, during a layover in Atlanta, we went to the SweetWater Brewing Company restaurant in the airport. I tried their SweetWater IPA. Quite good, but could have been maltier. Then our connecting flight got cancelled and we had to stay over at a hotel near the airport. We went to the hotel bar and had a Red Brick Blonde, a local beer from Atlanta from the Red Brick Brewing Company. Not bad; kind of boring.

Well after getting back to NY, I tried one of the bottles I brought back, the Up The Creek double IPA from the Thomas Creek Brewery. Very thick, heavy, and hoppy. Quite good. Definitely lived up to its 12.5% ABV. I’d recommend trying this one if you ever come across it. Not sure if we can get it in NY.