Oh, well, summer was nice while it lasted

Pumpkin-spice ale now on sale

Nam Le spotted this pumpkin-spice ale for sale at the Ashmont Market in Dorchester yesterday.



Free tagging: 


I spotted

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Pumpkin Spice baking chips at Star yesterday. Blech.

This is New England

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Is not going anywhere.

Who Are The Enablers?

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          ( such vile concoctions wouldn't exist if nobody bought them )


Fruit does not belong in beer or ale. (I acknowledge that Blueberry is BBW's perennial best seller. It arrived, according to brewmaster Herb, as whim and nod to the secretarial types who came after work to the Canal Street joint. It has become the BIG one for their beaux as well.)

And the Belgians with their cherry and berry crap can rot in another corner.

Chateau Cashflow

That's what Trefethen Vineyards called their White Zin in 1990. They made fun of it, but then pointed out on their tour all that it was allowing them to build and grow, following up with some of the fine varietals that it bankrolled.

Shipyard Brewery has a beautiful waterfront taproom and restaurant in Kennebunkport, ME. They will tell you that it is the house that Shipyard Pumpkin built - it is their Chateau Cashflow. Then you can enjoy a full palette of brews that are nothing like it, finely crafted, and great to drink in a lovely space with good food and a breeze off the water.

If you don't like it, let others drink it. And enjoy the fruits of its success in other ways.


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Been there, it's great. I was hoping to see "W" there and thank him for his eight years in office.

Mencken reprise

Time then for the long version of H.L.Mencken's observation, "No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby."

We like...

... the grapefruit version. I like (well, love actually) hot peppers -- but don't know if I want them in my beer...

nothing new..

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after the 4th weekend, its been about a month of hot weather. I fully expect to overhear people complaining about the heat, missing "cozy" clothing, their ugg boots, and pumpkin-spice everything. New Englanders are never happy unless its miserable out.

For the love of all that is HOLY!!!

Next up - Christmas decorations at CVS.

(Don't get me wrong, love the Shipyard Pumpkin, but this season creep by Marketing Weasels is making me a tad cranky...)