Beer, Wine & Spirits July ’18 Update & Basic Cheese Cake

      It's that time of the month that we like to focus on our local Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries. First up this week is Cape Cod Beer, find them at or on facebook, twitter or physically at 1336 Phinney's Lane Hyannis just off RT 132. First up I am encouraging you to check our the monthly news letter sent out by the ownerTodd Marcus, his better half let's him play every once in awhile and puts out this news letter that is awesome. Check it out and sign up at Next Amanda adds to this the following:

July 5th kicks off the first of four Local Libations Sunset Cruises with Cape Cod Beer & Hy-line Cruises in the Hyannis Harbor. Each cruise features live music, light apps and tastings from Cape Cod Beer, a wine partner & a distillery partner. Details, ticket link & all the dates here:

 Cape Cod Beer is again the exclusive sponsor of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Cocktail Trail. Participating venues all over Cape Cod are offering hydrangea-inspired cocktails during the fest. Details, participating locations & cocktail pictures here:

 The Hyannis Harbor Hawks are hosting their inaugural Pizza Fest on the Town Green in Hyannis. Entry includes all-you-can-eat pizza, a celebrity pizza eating contest, kids activities & games of catch with the players. In a historic first, Cape Cod Beer will also be operating a beer garden on the town green for this event. Early bird tickets are $15 or $20 at the door.

If you have never been to the brewery and you love beer, you have got to check it out. they rock, and if you are not a beer lover go heck them out they have so much more to offer, the Farmers Markets on Friday nights from 3pm-6pm, come and support our local growers and other vendors. 


      Next up is Cape Cod Winery find them at on facebook, twitter and physically at 4 Oxbow Rd, East Falmouth off Rt 28. Ericka as sent the following update: We are open 6 days a week now (closed Tuesday) and on Friday’s have started a “concert series” from 5pm-8pm with live music and wine by the glass. We will have a calendar of events on our website because some Friday’s we have private events book so it wont be every Friday. 

So the deal is the deal is this check out the events page and and go enjoy the wine and music. Mention you read about them in this blog and you will receive a great big smile. Hey it's worth a try. 
      And bringing up the caboose this week is Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod / South Hollow Distillery located online at or facebook, twitter and instagram or physically at 11 Shore Rd, Truro. We are Open Every Day (11-5 Mon-Sat; Sun 12-5) Winery Tours 1pm and 3pm;   Distillery Tours 12pm and 2pm. Tastings from a half hour after we open until 4:30 each day. $10. 
    Now a word from the better half of the ownership: Canned rosé (in partnership with the Wellfleet beachcomber) will be available next week and available at the vineyard, the Beachcomber and select stores. 
    Barrel aged gin comes out next week. 
    Lastly our summer hours begin July 1. Monday through Saturday we will be open 11-6. Sunday’s are 12-7. 5-7 is Sunday funday. We have freshly shucked oysters, food truck stays open and a DJ. 
      Right next door and part of the Robert's family business is South Hollow Spirits find online at Distillery tours at 2 pm Friday through Sunday and a Reserve tasting 2:30 pm $20.00. Their specialities right now are Twenty Boat Rum and Dry Line Gin. Well worth the tastings. 

      Next we have a new player to add to the list, that of Barnstable Brewing, find them online at and on twitter and on instagram or the tasting room is located at 485 W Main Street, Hyannis. At time of me writing this they just posted an hour ago: The Barnstable Brewing tasting room and patio is NOW OPEN NOON-6PM, 7 DAYS a week starting 6-27-18. So check out our newest kid on the Cape. 

      Also don't forget to check out Hog Island Brewery in Orleans, Devil's Purse in South Dennis, Naukabout Brewery in Mashpee, and if you are out on the Islands there is Cisco Brewing located on Nantucket Island and , Offshore Ale Co and Bad Martha's Farmers Brewery located on Martha's Vineyard. The Cape is truly a destination for all tastes, from Spirits to Wines to Brews, take advantage of our great businesses and the great products that have to offer and enjoy.  

      I have got to mention one restaurant in particular and that would be Arnold Lobster & Clam Bar now for over  40 years. find them at 3580 RT 6 in Eastham or online at or on facebook or twitter and instagram. Folks, I know they don't need the press they are that good, but there are a few of you out there west of the Orleans rotary going really? Is it really worth the drive, and the swift answer is a resounding yes. Now first remember to take cash as they do not take plastic, never have, not sure they ever will. Arnold's has one of thee best Lobster Rolls hands down bar none. I can not begin to tell you all they have, it's just not about the lobster, but clams, scallops, chowder and bisque, And lets not forget the onion rings are ridiculously good, oh and don't forget the Raw Bar. They also have things for the land lovers as well, or for those who what even healthier options. So really there is something for everyone. After you finish your dinning and that wonderful ice cream dessert, go out back and play a round of miniature golf. You can either drive or ride your bike up the rail trail extension out of Orleans towards P'Town and you can work up a great appetite for when you get there. Arnolds, a Cape icon in restaurants, and food that will be remembered the rest of the year. Yum       

      Well folks I hope you have all your reservations made and we are on the visit list. It has been hoping around here and we are starting to fill up fast. I can tell you that the parking lots to the coast guard beach and our access roads are starting to see maximum filled signs out. Now please don't think that you can park at the lighthouse and walk down to the beach, that is a big no-no cause we want those who are coming to see the lighthouse have plenty of room, Also we do not have public access from the lighthouse down beach, and that is for safety issues. But we are going full tilt here, even in the mornings when the fog has been lingering lately and the beacon and the fog horn have been doing overtime. But remember we open at 9 am and will be open till 6 pm. Please be sure to check the times of the other lighthouses and quarters, and coast guard stations as we all have different times. I will do my best to accommodate as many as I can throughout the day. We do have volunteers throughout the day and they will answer all the questions you have or find an answer if they don't have it right away. Now just for safety I do have to close the grounds no later than 10 pm as it is a great place with do some stare gazing and watch for boats passing the Cape in the night with only their lights on. Well, I had better get back to the tower, I think we are holding up the line for folks wanting to go up. Keep in mind this is the 4th of July week coming up and the temps are suppose to be getting up there so please stay hydrated and keep lathered up with that lotion stuff, that skin cancer can be a nasty thing. Have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on Ole Cape Cod and see you soon.  

      In going over my recipes for my cheesecakes I have picked up that there is not one basic recipe in my bunch. So I am taking a few steps backwards and going to go backwards here a bit. The thing with basic cheesecakes is that you can dress them up with a multitude of sauces and drizzles and it is instantly turned into a wonder dessert and everyone just oggles over it. And then sometimes you just want a simple, not overly sweet, dessert, and a simple cheesecake is just the thing. So with all that I went back to the my church cookbooks and found a very basic recipe that will work. Now it did not give the recipe for the crust, and if you are a purist and need to do it in a spring form pan, please goggle for a basic cheesecake crust recipe. Its normally a graham cracker base and rather simple to make. The other cheaters way is using a graham cracker pie shell from the grocery store. So take your pick here. This recipe you can even use with a 8" X 8" pan, I would go with store bought before this. So with all this info here we go, seriously you can't get any simpler,
      This week's recipe: Basic Cheese Cake
      12      oz        cream cheese 
        3                  eggs
     1/2      cup      sugar
        1      tsp       vanilla (real stuff please)
      Set cream cheese out to soften. Once softened, blend together with rest of ingredients adding eggs one at a time. When all ingredients are incorporated together but not over beaten pour into crust of choice. (standard pre-baked home made crust, store bought graham cracker pie crust, or a pressed crust into the bottom of an 8X8 pan.) Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Chill then top with favorite fruit or sauce. 
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