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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Didn't Ask for a Dime....

Beer #154 Finest Kind IPA / Smuttynose Brewing Company, Portsmouth, NH

Hopefully your corner of the world had the same awesome spring weather we had in my corner of the world.  Clear skies, warm temperatures - perfect day to spend hours working in the yard.  Which is exactly why I did anything but work in the yard.  Yard work sucks, and time is better spent having fun, so today included sleeping in, getting breakfast, finalizing some gifts, getting the dogs' nails trimmed, going for a bike ride on the Schuykill River Trail, getting an afternoon beer, stocking the beer/wine cellar at Total Wine, and dinner at Fellini's.  Couldn't ask for anything more.  Except for a gardener to clean up the yard... it looks like the Amazon rain forest out there.

Today's afternoon beer was the Finest Kind IPA from Smuttynose, and came on draft at TJ's.  This draft pours with an apricot color and a thick head which stuck around, sort of a giant spoonful of marshmallow fluff in the glass.  The aroma was light, with notes of citrus and grass.  The taste is really good - a mix of grapefruit and hop bitterness, with some malt and a subtle earthy, grassy finish.  Very good option if you're in the mood for an IPA.

If only beer came with marshmallow fluff.....

Your knowledge for the day: Smuttynose is named for an island off the coast of New Hampshire.  Okay, so why is the island named Smuttynose?  Good question - this name can be found on nautical charts dating back to the 1700's, and the origin of the name has been lost to time.  Stupid time, always losing things.  Smuttynose has been in business since 1994, and they're currently working to build a larger facility.  Now you know.

Thing to Think About Today:
"Your book on how to pick up trashy women came today. Tell me something.... what's a little boy like you doing with big boy smut like this?"
- Mailman

Every time I hear the name of this brewery, I think of the movie Better Off Dead, from which the quote above comes from.  Most of my friends speak in movie quotes, and I'm willing to bet yours do too.  Meaning, in the middle of ordinary conversation, instead of just saying our own thoughts, we'll drop in just the right quote from a movie.

Starring John Cusack back when he had a sense of humor, Better Off Dead is a haven for great quotes, most famously the line, "I want my two dollars!" from the paperboy who hounds Lane Meyer throughout the film for past due payment.  Other Better Off Dead in this blog can be found HERE, and a website with .wav  files of the quotes from this film can be found HERE.  Your super sentimental trivia for the day: this was the first movie that Marci and I saw together, even before we were "officially" dating.  Awwww.

So let's end Saturday thinking of our favorite quotes from an outstanding movie:

Didn't ask for a dime....

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