Well it's time for the next installment to Breweries, Distilleries and Vineyards. February is a short month and for some of our businesses is one of thee slowest months of the year. So our check ins are running slow, and we still have two hold out with Devil's Purse Brewery and Hog Island, and it has been a couple months since I have heard from our friend over on Nantucket at Cisco Brewery. So for this month other than the notes to whom we have here on the Cape and a reminder to please check there websites & facebook pages to see if they are open or if they have any events going on.
Now for my two faithfuls and now the Amanda & Amanda show. I have had a changing of the guard at TruroVineyards/South Hollow distillery and I look forward to working with Amanda and as always am so appreciative of anything anyone sends me to help promote their businesses. And as she has every month since I have started this endeavor thank you to Amanda with Cape Cod Beer. She sends me some of the most incredible updates I could ask for. Now lets get on with what they have to report:
Lots going on at CapeCod Beer in February. http://capecodbeer.com/ & on facebook
Friday, February 3rd 5-8PM
First Fridays Concert Series
Cape Cod Beer continues its live music concert series with the music of Still Willow. FREE admission, live music, cash bar, pizza by the slice available for sale.
Monday, February 6th
Vanilla Bean Porter Beer Release
Every year around Valentine’s Day, Cape Cod Beer releases 750 ml specialty bottles of Vanilla Bean Porter. This drinkable dark beer with a chocolatey malt character is infused with Madagascar Vanilla Beans. Madagascar Vanilla Beans are known for their superior flavor and aromatic qualities making them the most popular and sought after vanilla variety. The flavor is rich, dark and creamy with a sweet, buttery aroma, pairing perfectly with the delicious dark chocolate malt flavor in our Porter. This beer is exclusive to the brewery and available in 750 ml bottles only.
Friday, February 10th
Pilot Brew #006 – IPL – Beer Release
Do you like IPAs? Do you not like IPAs? Perfect! We have the beer for the IPA and non-IPA lovers of the world. An India Pale Lager, similar to an IPA, is a hop-forward lager that seeks to balance the bitterness and perfume of a vast array of hops with the subtle notes of a simple lager grain-bill. The main difference between IPLs and IPAs is that the yeast used is lager yeast, as opposed to ale yeast. The fermentation temperature is much lower (closer to 50F rather than 68F) and the yeast actually does its work from the bottom of the liquid rather than the top. What this requires is a longer period of primary fermentation, 7-10 days, and a longer maturation period (sometimes MONTHS). This allows the yeast to create a smoother and crisper flavor profile that has less of the fruity and flowery flavors produced by ale yeast. Putting it all together, you get a clean and fresh tasting lager-base that gives the massive amount of late-addition and dry hops the chance to shine through. Think smooth-bready flavors with intense notes of citrus peel and juice. This beer is available by the pint only and exclusive to the brewery.
Cape Cod Beer Capacity Expanding Again
With the purchase of new, larger fermentation tanks Cape Cod Beer is once again expanding its capacity. More fermentation space = more beer!
Monday, February 27th
Big Sea Saison Beer Release
Cape Cod Beer is bringing back it’s hugely popular seasonal offering, Big Sea Saison. And for the first time, this seasonal beer will be available in cans! Big Sea Saison is a single-hopped farmhouse ale that features Sorachi Ace, a hop that was originally developed in Japan. This hop is cultivated from the famed Brewer’s Gold and Saaz hops and is known for its lemony flavor. The beer has a bright citrus overtone matched with an effervescent, dry finish, a hint of pepper and a little bit of funk.
This year is an exciting year for us! We are currently under construction redesigning our gift shop and tasting room, as well as making the entire facility handicapped accessible for the beginning of our 2017 season. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Robert’s family purchasing the property. The past 10 years have been filled with growth and we are excited for more prospects in years to come.
We will be saying goodbye to our winemaker Matyas Vogel who has been with us since 2004 and welcoming our new winemaker Milan Vujnic. Prior to joining Truro Vineyards + South Hollow Spirits, Milan served as Head Winemaker at the Karlo Estates in Wellington, Ontario. In honor of Matyas’ retirement we will be releasing Barbera, which is the wine Matyas has always wanted to craft. Another new release, to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we will be releasing Moscato! Help us celebrate this exciting year by checking out our website for complete list of celebratory parties and release dates!
This week's business report is Piccadilly Deli at 1105 Rt 28, West Yarmouth, open daily year round from 6am - 2pm. It is located across from Shaw's and next to Bob's Furniture. With the hours you could have guessed they specialize in breakfast and lunch but also have baked good. They have specials every day and a kids menu and yes they take plastic, which I am still amazed at how many places, especially breakfast places still only take cash, let alone a check. Who carries cash any longer? Anyway, we when for the lunch time, I had the special a pastrami with caramelized onion wrap, and the wife had a french dip both came with french fries. The sandwiches were both good size and did not skimp on the meat. And the french fries were excellent, not overly salted and nice and crisp. The only problem was after putting all that away, neither one of us had room for dessert and it all looked sooo good. We are already thinking we need to go back just for dessert some day. The surroundings are nothing spectacular, but the place is clean and quaint and our waitress what extremely pleasant, and yes the coffee was hot and fresh and not so strong that it would curl a spoon, thank you. We will be going back as the food and experience along with the price were all worth the time.
Welcome back to my humble hole on the dune cliffs of Cape Cod. I've heard several say, that February is one of the darkest and dull months and the only good thing about it is that it is only 28 days closer to spring. Well, I'm not so sure about that but I will say February for the lighthouse is a pretty busy month. With the winter winds that tend to blow long and hard, and NorEaster's that come fast and furious, there are nights we just sit and hold our breath of who is out there on the high seas and pray they make it through ok. But It also has it's quiet times, when you can go out and look up through the cold crisp skies and see things that would be missed any other time of the year. So I here is to hoping your February does not need our services but if you do may we be on our A game with any assistance you might need. Well if you get up this way, the grounds are open to stroll, although the house and tower are closed, and have a look around to see what you can. Hope you stay warm and safe and we bid all this from that wonderful play we call home, Cape Cod.
So another first of the month has arrived and another cocktail in this years saga of Pirate themed cocktails. February has always been notorious, although the shortest month of the year, to be one of the hardest months for high seas and winter winds and gales. So in memories of the the ships around the Cape that have the unfortunate fate of going down to their final grave in the sea, we toast to the shipwrecks of Cape Cod. Now please don't let this drink shipwreck you or any of your friend and family and be a responsible drinker, please don't drink and drive and don't let others around you drink and drive either. Now on with the show:
This week's recipe: A Shipwreck Cocktail
- 2 oz Orange Juice
- 2 oz Pineapple Juice
- ½ oz Midori Melon Liqueur
- ½ oz Grenadine Syrup
- ½ oz Rum
Fill shaker with crushed ice. Add ingredients (except Grenadine). Shake and strain into glass. Add Grenadine.
Now I pull up google and find these same ingredients on the first page searching for a Shipwreck Cocktail. Then look at the next and come up with a recipe using Bourbon and Rum, then turn the page to another recipe and find one using Pineapple Juice, Rum and a splash of Cranberry Juice again calling it a Shipwreck Cocktail. So again when looking for cocktail recipes, if at first you don't succeed in finding what you thought went into your cocktail, keep looking it may be 2, 4 or even 6 pages back. And don't forget your good cocktail books and periodicals. Hope you enjoy whichever one you settle on.