Fordham and Dominion Step out from the Shadow of AB InBev and Some Changes are Coming.

To me, it always felt like Fordham and Dominion were a bit like the Rodney Dangerfield of Delaware brewing – some people just refused to give them any respect.

Which was sad, because in every way one could measure a vibrant, community active brewery, F&D seemed to either fit the bill or go above and beyond. But unfortunately there was one blemish on their otherwise fine looking resume which some people simply could not get past. No, try to say or write anything nice about the myriad of things F&D do that can be presented in a positive light, and some people would quickly pull the shades closed and declare, “they’re owned by AB InBev!”

I have to be honest, I’d heard it or read it so many times, that chorus of disdain that was presented with so much damnation that one could literally hear the dismissive “whatever” snap at the end of the statement.

So many times I’d heard it in fact that I finally broke down and asked the brewery about their official standing with AB InBev that resulted in me having a nice chat with F&D President Jim Lutz, in which I admit, though I might not have found it as satisfying as I was hoping for with the percentage of stake that AB InBev held in the breweries, I did find comfort that the corporate giant was not involved with the day-to-day operations and decisions at the brewery.

But still people would cast stones and I feared the brewery, to some people’s eyes, would never step out of the shadow of being owned to an extent by a company that unfortunately caused the Brewer’s Association to label them as “non-craft”. But that was until recently.

Last week I posted some new labels from the brewery for Copperhead Ale and Gypsy Lager, pointing out changes in the designs and the branding. There was one other change as well, but one I did not want to comment on without first reaching out to the brewery to see if I could get some more clarification. This is the change that got me excited:

That’s the Brewer’s Association Independent Craft Brewer Seal, that can only be placed on the label of a beer made by a brewery that meets the BA’s definition of independent – a definition that until quite recently F&D did not meet.

So I reached out to F&D for some information concerning the seal and what that meant for the brewery and Vice President of Sales, Giuseppe Desilvio was nice enough to pass on some good news, “Yes, just [a] few months ago we signed our “divorce papers” from Anheuser-Busch InBev, so Fordham & Dominion is now 100% independently owned.”

That’s great news for the brewery and a win in general for Delaware beer scene. But, Giuseppe informed me that there will be a few other changes due to this new found independence.

“We just started a full package re-fresh, and all of our products moving forward will have the Independent Craft Seal on it and will come out under the “Fordham & Dominion” logo. We are merging our two portfolios and will no longer release beers under just “Fordham” or “Dominion””.  

That was interesting as the two portfolios were kept quite separate and indeed were quite distinctive from each other – especially the Pin-up series. How will those labels change? We’ll just have to wait and see. As for now, I’m just glad that the old retort, “Yeah, but they’re partially owned by Budweiser” can be laid to rest once and for all.

As always, I’d like to thank Giuseppe Desilvio for taking some of his valuable time to talk to me.


Dogfish Head 2019 Release Calendar – What’s New, What’s Gone.

Tuesday I was surfing the interwebs looking for something to distract me from doing what I should have been doing when something from Dogfish Head popped up and reminded me that I should (once again) check to see if they had posted up their 2019 beer release calendar yet. Sadly, they had not, which caused me to wonder why considering we’re starting to chip away at the month of December.

But, about a hour later I was on Facebook (still not doing what I was supposed to be doing) when I saw that Sam was live going through next year’s releases with the calendar being posted on the website soon after. This could have been one of those great cosmic coincidences that occasionally happens (like when you think of a song you haven’t heard of for a long time and then it happens to be the next song to play on the radio) or it could be (as I like to think of it) a case of great minds thinking a like. Anyway, let’s see how it shapes up this year.

As with last year, the releases are broken up into three categories: Year Round, Art Series, and Occasionals. And, don’t be surprised if a few beers that aren’t listed pop up throughout the year, DFH can be sneaky that way.

Year round is pretty much the same as last year with only one notable change, Liquid Truth Serum graduates from last year’s Art Series. The beer is currently available out there in 16oz cans, but you can also expect to see it in 12oz cans soon.

Sadly, something had to apparently go, so Indian Brown has been dropped this year, so if you’re a fan get it while you can.

The Art Series still sees Dragons & Yums Yums and Punkin Ale anchor down the middle of the year while last year’s Romantic Chemistry has been replaced with The Perfect Disguise (Feb-Apr). Liquid Truth Serum, due to its promotion to year round will be replaced by 75 Minute IPA (Nov-2020J) which you can pick up in stores now even though it wasn’t on last year’s calendar (see, sneaky).

Occasionals? Well let’s just say if you’re a huge fan of any of the beers on last year’s list, you might be disappointed this year. Festina Peche, Mixed Media, Fruit-Full Fort, Pennsylvania Tuxedo, and Siracusa Nera all disappear. The only beer that survives the culling is 120 Minute IPA (Aug-Dec).

Replacing that troop is American Beauty (which in a total contradiction is “ocssionally” available from Jan to Dec next year), Raison D’Extra (Jan-Apr), World Wide Stout (May-Aug), and SuperEIGHT (Apr-Dec).

Also on the calendar are the Summer Variety pack (May-August), and the IPA for the Holidays pack (Nov-Dec).

Below is my annual, no thrills version of the calendar. You can find DFH’s snazzy version here.

Now go drink some beer!

New Label Art – Dogfish Head’s Super Eight Super Gose

Yeah, it will develop your film

Dogfish Head is gearing up to release another new beer, Super Eight which is listed by the brewery as a super-fruit gose style beer. Ok.

The 5.3%ABV beer boasts an impressive list of ingredients including Hawaiian Red sea salt, prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, and kiwi juices, and toasted quinoa. I’m not going to lie, it sounds like someone went wild at a Jamba Juice. Still, DFH has a habit of making this kind of thing work, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be a hit.

But in doing a little reading on the web, the ingredient list wasn’t the most interesting thing I found out about this beer. Buried in a Brewbound article about DFH’s overall market plans for the future I found the following paragraph:

To help bring the brand to life, Dogfish is partnering with Kodak to produce a documentary film chronicling an East Coast boat journey (from Key West to Maine) that Calagione and his son will take next year. And the beer itself – which is acidic and has a high vitamin C count — is capable of developing Super 8 film, which Calagione said will give the company an opportunity to market the brand with an “off-centered approach to storytelling.”

Chris Furnari , Brewbound

Using beer to develop film? That struck me as odd but as it turns out it is not unheard of as i was able to dig up a couple of examples on the web. Here is an article from someone who tried several different homemade developers, one of which was beer, that he states he got good results with, and here is a Youtube video from 2013 of a guy from Australia using beer. The things you learn.

Dogfish Head’s American Beauty to be released in Collector Cans.

Dogfish Head brewing will be releasing their Grateful Dead collaboration American Beauty in special collector cans. The pale ale, brewed with granola and honey will be released in 1 pint, 3.25 oz cans, which are the taller, thin cans or what I like to call the energy drink cans. I would expect these to possible show up in 4-packs and individually. No word on the release date yet, but I suspect you will have to wait until 2019 for this one.

 

American Beauty Can

Wilmington Brew Works Partners with Local Beer Historian to Place Grave Marker to Honor the “Father of Lager Beer” – Press Release

Wilmington Brew Works is hoping to raise funds to place a marker on the grave of Christian Kruauch, who Delaware beer historian John Medkeff Jr refers to as “one of America’s earliest lager beer brewers and perhaps the most significant figure in the state’s brewing history”. As always I’d like to thank John Fusco for forwarding me the information.

…………………Press Release Below……………….

 

WILMINGTON BREWERY UNVEILS CAMPAIGN TO COMMEMORATE PIONEER BREWER

Delaware’s Forgotten “Father of Lager Beer” Inspired an Industry

WBWWilmington, Delaware, November 6, 2018 – The gravesite of Delaware brewing pioneer Christian Krauch has been without a marker since his death 148 years ago. With the help of the public, Wilmington Brew Works is aiming to correct this historic oversight and honor the man known in his time as the state’s “Father of Lager Beer”.

The brewery has been working with Delaware beer historian John Medkeff Jr. and Krauch descendants on plans to place a granite monument upon Christian’s cemetery plot at the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery. The organizers hope to raise the $2,700 needed for the memorial within the next several months.

According to Medkeff, author of Brewing in Delaware (Arcardia Publishing), Krauch was “one of America’s earliest lager beer brewers and perhaps the most significant figure in the state’s brewing history”. Krauch got his start brewing ale in his Philadelphia saloon after his arrival from Bavaria in 1838. Two years later, John Wagner brought the first lager yeast from Germany to Philadelphia. By 1850, Krauch relocated his saloon and brewing business to the burgeoning city of Wilmington and introduced lager beer to the First State. He was a respected elder of Wilmington’s German community and helped found the singing club that would later become the Delaware Saengerbund.

Though Krauch never expanded his business beyond his King Street saloon, he inspired and greatly influenced the generation of Wilmington brewers who followed him. With the popularity of and demand for lager beer dramatically increasing after the Civil War, Krauch disciples John Fehrenbach and Joseph Stoeckle helped transform what was once a modest occupation into one of Delaware’s most profitable industries.

Fate would not be as kind to Krauch. With his humble brewing operation eclipsed by Wilmington’s larger breweries, he died penniless in 1870 and was buried in an unmarked grave. Over time, Krauch and his contributions to Delaware brewing history have been largely forgotten.

Wilmington Brew Works recently paid homage to the pioneer brewer with a helles bock named “Krauch’s Creation”. The brewery is now advancing the tribute with the Christian Krauch Memorial Fund. The public is encouraged to help memorialize Krauch and celebrate Delaware’s rich brewing heritage by donating to the online campaign at www.plumfund.com/memorial-fund/krauch. In addition, Wilmington Brew Works will be donating a portion of proceeds from beer sales to the effort.

Media Contacts
John Fusco, Creative Director, Wilmington Brew Works, john@wilmingtonbrewworks.com, 302-507- 4100, www.WilmingtonBrewWorks.com
John Medkeff Jr., historian, delawarebeer@comcast.net, 302-981-5972, www.DelawareBeerHistory.com

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Dogfish Head’s IPAs for the Holidays Pack Gets A New Beer/Wine

According to their social media, Dogfish Head will be adding a new bottling to their IPAs for the Holidays pack. Viniferous IPA is a 6%ABV beer/wine hybrid brewed with El Dorado, Hallertau Blanc and Huell Melon hops and then fermented on Riesling and Viognier grape must. Viniferous IPA was offered as only a brewery exclusive earlier this year and was brewed with a different hop profile then the upcoming bottling.

The holiday pack will also include 60 and 90 minute IPA as well as another beer/wine hybrid Sixty-One, which if you don’t recall is their 60 minute IPA with syrah grape must added – all three of which were offered in last year’s holiday pack, with Viniferous replacing last year’s Indian Brown Dark IPA.

Dogfish Head’s IPAs for the Holidays 12-pack will start hitting the shelves sometime in November.

Read More:
My review of Sixty-One
Viniferous

Wilmington Brew Works Selected as Delaware location for The 48 Beer Project

WBW48BP

Received a press release from John Fusco yesterday informing everyone that Wilmington Brew Works had been selected by Heidi Geist for her The 48 Beer Project. Details below:

……………………………Press Release…………………

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WILMINGTON BREWERY SELECTED FOR NATIONAL LABEL ART PROJECT

Artwork to Be Created and Installed at Wilmington Brew Works

October 22, 2018

Wilmington, Delaware – Maine-based artist Heidi Geist hit the road in early September on a year-long journey to create artwork for breweries in each of the continental United States. Geist’s mass art project, appropriately dubbed The 48 Beer Project, will bring her to the newly opened Wilmington Brew Works at the end of this October.

Geist has designed labels for nearly 20 craft breweries over the last three years at her Portland studio. When her lease expired, she was inspired to purchase a mini-school bus from eBay and convert it into a mobile studio with the intention of more directly connecting with her clients. Geist spent three months renovating the mobile studio, which she named ‘Fearless.’ She then conjured up the idea of nation-wide beer related project after a weeklong meditation.

The art collaboration is just one element of The 48 Beer Project’s larger mission. According to Geist, “Along the way, I will be talking with brewers, grains growers, other label designers, etc., about their role in the craft industry, and recording the stories of not just beer lovers, but strangers and friends from all corners of the country.”

Geist carefully targeted partners in her project, selecting breweries who shared a similar collaborative ethos. She was particularly interested in partnering with breweries like Wilmington Brew Works, who are involved in their local communities and support art organizations and other charities. “When this building had fallen into disrepair it was a drag on the neighborhood and the city.  We are excited to add purpose and meaning to such a beautiful building, and bring the spirit of experimentation back to this space! Partnering with the 48 beer project is an exciting way to begin an arts program here, where we can collaborate with local artists for future projects,” said Craig Wensell, CEO and Head Brewer.

Having already completed projects in the New England states, New York, and New Jersey, Geist will be stopping in Pennsylvania prior to her arrival at Wilmington Brew Works on Thursday, October 25. Her work in Delaware will have a bit more permanence than the labels she created as earlier parts of the project. During her three-day stay, Geist will be creating artwork on two of Wilmington Brew Works’ wooden barrels. The artwork will become semi-permanent fixtures on display in the brewery taproom.

About Wilmington Brew Works

Wilmington Brew Works is the first production brewery to be located in Wilmington’s city limits since 1954. Housed in a century old former laboratory in the Old Ninth Ward, we keep the spirit of the building’s creative origins alive with new and innovative ales, lagers, sours, ciders, and soft drinks. The company’s family-friendly taproom has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy a drink with friends, both old and new. Playfully Pretentious, Easily Enjoyed.

Media Contacts

Heidi Geist, The 48 Beer Project, heidi@diegeistart.com, 207-303-2520, www.diegeistart.com, Instagram: @48beerproject

John Fusco, Creative Director, Wilmington Brew Works, john@wilmingtonbrewworks.com, 302-507-4100, www.WilmingtonBrewWorks.com

 

IPAs Abound Around the Area for National IPA Day

– go drink some

A lot has changed since the first Nation IPA Day back in 2011. The day, always the first Thursday in August, started out as a project of passion from Ashley Routson (The Beer Wench) and Ryan Ross and quickly became a pseudo holiday to the craft beer world, especially on Twitter where it garnered a lot of hashtags (#IPADay) and debate.

Sadly, both Ashley and Ryan are no longer involved with the craft beer scene, both having moved on to other things. The website still exists, but now instead of encouraging people to go out and explore the many styles and nuances that live under the “IPA” umbrella. The URL is now nothing buy a place holder containing advice articles about kids, relationships, and parenting.

But even without its founding foundations, IPA day is still recognized, still resonates through the craft beer society, and one can still find local establishments celebrating it. Here are just a few in the Delaware area (apologies to any I might have missed).

TWO STONES PUB:

Whenever I think about IPA day celebrations I naturally turn to Two Stones Pub, and as usual, they do not disappoint. All the locations seem to be doing a salute to IPA, with the Newark location tossing in a BBQ kicker. From their Facebook page:

IPA DAY + Brews & ‘Cues

It’s back…the Hoppiest Day Of The Year!

Come join us as we pit the best of both coasts against each other in a no-hops-barred throw down. You’ll see beers from our friends at Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Dogfish Head, Dewey Beer Company, Sixpoint & more.

Even Chef Aaron & his crew are getting in on the action by featuring a menu of East Coast vs West Coast bbq dishes to keep you fueled up for the battle.

ARGILLA BREWING:

Argilla will be tapping a slew of IPAs today. From their Facebook Page:

Around the World in 8 IPAs

We’ll be celebrating IPA Day with an assortment of India Pale Ales showcasing different hops varieties from around the globe. The taplist will include;

Double Tuscaloosa – all Columbus hopped West Coast IPA
Key Lime Pie PA – NEIPA brewed with lactose, lime zest & vanilla
Uncle Albert Admiral Nelson – featuring English hops
Brauhaus Black IPA – German-style India Black Lager
Did You Brew a Didgeridoo Brew, Dude – featuring Australian hops
Acid Jazz – Fruited Sour IPA
Biere de la Warr – Belgian-style IPA
Thai Chili Coconut IPA CASK – cask conditioned IPA with Thai Chilies & Coconut dry hopped with Sorachi Ace

3rd WAVE BREWING:

From their Facebook Page:

Tomorrow [this was posted yesterday] is National IPA Day! We’ll have lots of IPA specials, 1/2 price flights and H&A Catering joining us with freshly made burgers, hotdogs and hand cut fries!

TWIN LAKES BREWING:

As you hopefully know, Twin Lakes is about to release its first large production beer in 10 years, Emerald IPA. From the Delaware OnLine article by Ryan Cormier:

Emerald IPA, the very first India pale ale produced by Twin Lakes, will touch its first lips Thursday at Delaware Today’s Best of Delaware party at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. (You’ll find it at the Standard Distributing Company table.)

Delaware Growler is also hoping to have Emerald on tap on IPA day. And, speaking of Delaware Growler, I just looked at their tap list and they have almost 20 IPAs on tap. So even if they don’t manage to get Emerald you’ll still be able to find something to try (or revisit).

BELLEFONTE BREWING SAYS A PICTURE IS WORTH A HANDFUL OF IPAS:

BelleIPA

 

FINALLY, STATE LINE LIQUORS:

Leave it to State Line to quietly proclaim that one day is not enough for IPA Day. From their website:

*IPA Tap Social: Thursday 4:30 – 6:30pm

We’re kicking off National IPA Day tasting 6 beers representing the many different styles of India Pale Ales including West Coast, East Coast, Imperial, Fruited, Session & New England IPAs.

We kick-off at 4:30, it’s just $5 for unlimited tasting.

*Tap Takeover: It’s National IPA Day

Friday, August 3rd   6-9pm

Fundraiser for the Dream Foundation

30 IPA’s on tap, Pizza, silent auction tables  $20

Beers on tap (list subject to change) : Founders All Day, Burley Oak Homegrown, Flying Dog Easy IPA, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, Flying Fish Hopfish IPA, Evolution Lot #3, Stone Idolatrous IPA, Firestone Walker Union Jack, Bear Republic Racer 5, Founders Fuzzy Sweater, Omnipollo Shploing, Founders Barrel Runner, Ithaca Pulp Addiction, Manor Hill Crooked Beak, Adroit Theory Chaos Warrior, Black Flag Hop Pods, 3 Stars Sonic Hummingbird, SweetWater Goin’ Coastal IPA, Uinta Piggy Back Peach IPA, Black Flag Synthwave, Epic Tart ‘N’ Juicy, Manor Hill Cyber Samurai, Anchorage Galaxy IPA, Two Roads Typecast, Flying Dog Tropical Bitch, Blue Earl Blue Train IPA, Dogfish Head 90 Minute, Victory DirtWolf, Firestone Walker Leo vs Ursus: Wookus, Adroit Theory Invisible Art

*IPA Sale celebrating National IPA day!

10% off packs, pack cases, 20% off singles* all American Craft IPA 

Friday, August 3rd   thru Sunday, August 5th

*sale items aren’t included

 

These might not be everything happening in the area (again, apologies to anyone I’ve missed) but they should get you started. And of course, if you’re still using Untappd, don’t forget to check-in and get your 2018 IPA DAY badge. Now go drink some IPAs!

 

 

 

 

The Delaware Wine and Beer Festival Returns to its Old Digs in 2018 with a New Energy and a New Name

This October 2018 will see the annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival return to its original location at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover, Delaware. The museum (located at 866 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE) hosted the event for several years before moving to the State Fair Grounds in Harrington where it has been held for the past two years.

But that’s not the only change, the festival has adopted the new name “The Delaware Beer, Wine, and Spirits Festival” to recognize the many Delaware spirit manufactures that often participate in the event.

The basic info can be found on the Visit Delaware Webpage, and Cullen Robinson from Out and About Magazine has informed me that the official website will go live sometime tomorrow, July 26th. Tickets will go on sale August 13th with both VIP (reserved parking, early entrance) and General Admission options. The event will be held from 11am-4pm, on October 13th.

Cullen has informed me that the event is returning with “new partnerships and new energy”. Let’s just hope they can avoid the problems at the Museum that caused the event to move to Harrington in the first place.

More info to come.

Family Fun (and beer) Along Greater Wilmington’s Riverfront This Summer

Original press release – all words as [SUCH] were added by me.

Discover Family-Friendly Fun Along Greater Wilmington’s

Riverfront This Summer

Wilmington, Delaware (June 20, 2018) – This summer Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley offer families a blend of classic American summer fun as well as some experiences that are unique to the region. Wilmington’s revitalized Riverfront is a family favorite, featuring seasonal fun like family nights on the river taxi, mini golf, baseball games and even a family-friendly craft beer garden. Here’s a peek at just a handful of the many reasons to plan a visit to the area:

Cruise on the River: River Taxi Wilmington

815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Every Tuesday and Thursday between June and August, River Taxi Wilmington hosts “Family Nights on the River Taxi.” On Tuesdays, a guide from the Delaware Nature Society leads the tour as guests learn about local wildlife. And Thursday tours are historical in nature, with the captain sharing background on various Wilmington sites and landmarks, along with the history of the river. All “Family Night” cruises include a coupon for a treat at Riverwalk Mini Golf’s Snack Shack.

[River Taxi Wilmington also hosts three 1-hour long wine cruises every Wednesday. From the website:

Enjoy a 1-hour wine tasting on the river, Wednesdays in June, July and August! Cruise by the scenic Christina River up to the I-495 bridge while enjoying hand selected wines. This unique outing is perfect for happy hour or an after-dinner drink! Want to add to the fun? Add on a fruit and cheese snack box! Available for pre-order for an additional $6 /person!

Cruise times are 5:30pm, 6:30pm or 7:30pm and leave from Dravo Dock. $20 per person. Fruit and cheese snack boxes must be ordered by 5pm the Monday before your cruise date. Cruises must be 21 years old or older, proper ID is required at the time of cruise. Reservations must be made in advance and are paid in full at the time of booking. No refunds.]

Take Me Out to a Ball Game: Wilmington Blue Rocks

801 Shipyard Dr, Wilmington, DE 19801

 The Wilmington Blue Rocks professional minor league baseball team kicked off its season in April and will play through Labor Day in September. A Frawley Stadium tradition is that every Friday that the Blue Rocks have a home game, there’s a post-game fireworks extravaganza. On Sunday Family Fundays, kids can play catch on the field before the game, participate in a pre-game autograph session with Blue Rocks players and run the bases following the game. A fan favorite is the variety of mascots attendees might see at the games, including Rocky Bullwinkle and Mr. Celery, who appears every time the home team scores a run.

[Frawley Stadium has a very good line-up of concessions. You’re never far from a glass of beer. Check out O’Celery’s Ale House for draft beer selections. Also, every Thursday home game is Beer:30 presented by Dogfish Head Brewery. Select Dogfish Head beers will be available for just $3 for a limited time in the Dogfish Head First Base Picnic Area.]

Eat, Drink & Play Games: Constitution Yards Beer Garden

308 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

                A 30,000-square-foot outdoor space located at Justison Landing, Constitution Yards has quickly become the area’s go-to place for summer fun. Featuring classic BBQ fare and backyard games like cornhole, bocce and giant Jenga, families can eat, drink, relax and play along the waterfront while the adults enjoy a refreshing craft beer or frozen cocktail.

[I mean do I have to explain this? It’s a BEER GARDEN]

 Explore Nature: DuPont Environmental Education Center

1400 Delmarva Lane, Wilmington, DE 19801

                The city, river and marsh meet at the 212-acre Russell Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, which is home to the four-story DuPont Environmental Education Center. Visitors can participate in hands-on nature activities, including walks, dip-netting, meeting live animals and summer camps. A variety of public programs are also available, including bird walks, family canoe trips, nature exploration and more.

[There appears to be no beer here, just a lot of cool things to see or do. But depending on how you arrive and/or leave the Education Center, you’ll pass by Timothy’s Grill and Iron Hill Brewery….so….]

Stretch the Imagination: Delaware Children’s Museum

550 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

                Families can explore the worlds of science, math, technology and more at the Delaware Children’s Museum. With a mission to provide children and families an accessible, fun and stimulating environment, children are encouraged to learn through play in such exhibits as the “Stratosphere,” a 30-foot diameter climbing structure, and “Training Wheels,” a transportation-themed interaction area with a toddler-sized train and boat.

[Again, no beer here. But once you’ve tired the little ones out, Iron Hill Brewery is only a short walk away. And, once you’re done there head on over to the Altitude Trampoline Park because there’s nothing more fun after a few beers than a trampoline! Am I right, guys? Guys?

Buddy Avatar 50 As Ed’s lawyer I’m obligated to say that we here at the Dogs of Beer/Delaware Beer Blog do not endorse or recommend intoxicated trampoline jumping.

My lawyer??? When the hell did you become my lawyer?

Buddy Avatar 50 I was appointed counsel at last Friday’s meeting.

WE DO NOT HAVE FRIDAY MEETINGS!!

Buddy Avatar 50 You keep saying that, but just because you don’t come to them, doesn’t mean they don’t happen.

I don’t come to them because they’re not happening.

Buddy Avatar 50 Weasel said you’d be this way.

Sigh, weasel is a piece of cloth with a plastic bottle shoved up his ass.

Buddy Avatar 50 “Prick” I believe is the word he used.

OK that’s enough, I’ll deal with this when I get home. Now let me finish this post….]

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