September Brews, Vines and Spirits Report & Grilled Scallops & Orange Skewers

      Ok this is the last of the summer reports from our breweries, wineries and distilleries. After this we go on the quarterly reports. Now September is a happening month. Let's start with Truro Winery, located in North Truro off 6A and Shore road, also home off South Hollow Distillery. First up are two big, no huge happenings. The report comes in with:  In September we have our Grape Stomp & Music Fest is Sunday September 23rd, 2PM-6PM. Live music, cocktails, wines by the glass, and delicious food.FREE admission and parking. Blackfish food truck will be open.Join us for the Truro Treasures weekend closing party that has become the event of the season! Bring your beach chairs and blankets and sip away, and enjoy live music from 2pm-6pm. Get your dancing shoes (or bare feet) ready! The annual Grape Stomp will begin at approximately 3pm, with the children going in first. We hope to see you there!  Last tour and tasting are both at 1pm. Music starts at 2pm. Then comes Vinegrass Music Festival (bluegrass festival) is Sunday, September 30th, this is another great day of Rhythm & Roots by the vines. Enjoy LIVE music all day, wine by the glass and Twenty Boat Rum and Dry Line Gin cocktails! Blackfish food truck will be open. Bring your beach chairs and blankets: It’s going to be another great to tickets and information.  6 bands, big stage, local vendors. The Vinegrass Organization’s mission is to enhance the cultural quality of life through the production of American Rhythm & Roots concerts and festivals. We will preserve and foster this traditional American genre of music through scholarships, workshops and instruments, ensuring its place for generations to come. 
      Something that is not overly publicized is their new Dry Line Barrel Reserve Gin. This is a limited release, barrel rested gin has been aged for a year in American and Hungarian Oak wine barrels, for a full-bodied, nuanced flavors of juniper and citrus, tranforming every pour into an exceptional drink gin. You are familiar with their Dry Line Small batched Hand Crafted White Gin,, but this new release is something special. Get it while you can cause it is limited. Ok check out their website for store hours and weekend tastings during our second season, and remember just cause the seasons change the winery is always open. 
      Next up is Cape Cod Beer, find them at 1336 Phinneys Lane, Hyannis, near BJs off RT 132, on online at or facebook and Twitter and Instagram. First up the important stuff what is brewing this September: we have coming 

Dunkel-WeizenTide Jewels Saison and Narrow Lands New England IPA and a Pilot Beer (leave your growler at home on these) called Lone Galaxy IPA (actually available 8-31, this will have a tropical fruitiness about it, perfect for this summer oppression still going on. Next up are a few of the notable events; Craft Beer Cask Fest - September 8 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm guest breweries, live music & food trucks! This is a ticked even and a 21+ only event so check out the events page. Next is the 3rd Annual Bee Ball – featuring a limited edition pilot beer made with local honey from Honeypots Hives in Provincetown. Ok for me that in itself sounds like a wicked good brew. This takes place September 15 from 5pm - 8pm. ATTN TICKETS SOLD ONLY IN ADVANCE all ages welcome. All registration fees and merchandise purchases are donations to the BCBA, what a great event. Then last but not least is the Cape Cod Oktoberfest – our annual celebration of beer! September 22 from 11am - 4 pm. Yes it's FREE Admission OR Get your VIP Package with access to an exclusive VIP beer line, an official event t-shirt, a pretzel & a half liter souvenir mug with two tickets to fill it with beer (1 liter total) for a nominal fee. Folks this is only a smattering of events happening please go to the website and check it all out. This business is not just about beer, it's about Cape Cod and a happen place. You don't want to miss anything that is going on here.

      Last for this report is Cape Cod Winery in East Falmouth on Oxbow Rd or on the web at First up they are going strong through Septembers, Check out there events page for details. Friday nights with live music from 5pm - 8pm through September the 21st. On Wednesday the 12 from 6pm - 8:30pm Museums on the Green-Wine Tasting & Special Lecture about our East Falmouth neighborhood by Lewis White. And their hours of operations is: September 4th through October 8th: Monday: 12pm-4pm (open Labor Day & Columbus Day), Tuesday: CLOSED, Wednesday: 12pm-4pm, Thursday: 12pm-5pm, Friday: 12pm-8pm  LIVE MUSIC 5PM-8PM!, Saturday: 11am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-4pm. This is no longer an up and coming,, they are here and they have terrific wines to offer and have a coming wine club. So be sure to check them all out. 

      Last notes, please remember that although we are missing updates from Hog Island, Devil's Purse, Nautabout, Barnstable Brewery, Cisco (on Nantucket), Shoal Hope CidarWorks and I am sure I am missing someone. Cape Cod really is a destination for Wineries, Craft Beers and Craft Distilleries. Hope you have enjoyed and please let them all know you read the CapeCod Rockhopper either through or on my own blog Maybe we can encourage others to become more involved in upcoming or next years postings. Have a great and wonderful and please be a responsible drinker.  

      Business report, I did not go with the expectations to put this first growing Cape business in, but as I was at the craft show this past weekend at Drummer Boy in Brewster I stopped over to the Farmers Market. First a word about that. Folks just because first season is coming to an end Labor Day weekend does not mean the farmers markets around the Cape cease to exist or operate. Now there may be a few roadside farmers stands that do but not the farmers markets. Now Labor Day weekend Brewster Farmers Market will not be happening, that's 9-2-18, but they will be going the following three Sundays after that. If you have seen on printed material that it was to end the 16th well they decided to continue it through the Sunday 9-23. This is the time of year you want to be there, Be sure to take cash or a check, however Brewster Historical Society that runs this has a token option that you can buy and use for exchange if you forget and only have your card. The tokens are only usable for edible goods but there is that option. So check your local to how long through second season they go through and support our local growers. 
      Now while I was there I ran into (ok not physically) Kala-Matta Foods out of East Sandwich. Where to find, try the Cape Cod farmers Markets,(check the schedule) Osterville Harvest Fest, and other farmers markets or on Facebook. Another place you can discover more about Kala-Matta Foods is get the last summer issue of Cape Cod Edible Food Magazine. That will tell you more about this growing company than I could in a month of business reports. But they are into some ridiculously delicious Hummus and what better to eat hummus with but with pita chips that stand up the dip but don'd steal the show from the hummus yet can be eaten alone or with other spreads and dips. I'm telling you this stuff is wicked good and needs to be had. And to boot on top of it's almost healthy. Hey have 3 flavors of hummus available besides the chips. If you cant make it to the farmers markets, they are available at Peterson's in Yarmouth Port and Ring Brother's in South Dennis. Check it out and then scarf it down. I will say, it helped when I asked for a business card as usually do, he hands me a bag of the pita chips instead and tells me that's his business card. So I just make that disclaimer, but honestly if it didn't taste good, I could easily have let it side under the table and just whoops.. So thank you Jerry Matta for sample and yes I will be buying more, yummm. 
      Next up isElixir Confections, Find them online at either or on Facebook at or even better in person at the many farmers markets around the Cape. Straight from there facebook about: Elixir Confections is a gourmet chocolates and pastries business where mother-daughter duo, Rose & Felicia Rocque, hand craft their latest creations!. Folks the best thing I can say about this duo is mountains of yummy goodness. As you are out and about watch for Elixir then share the experience. If you need or have a special occasion you need something for, give them a call and talk about a special order, they would be happy to help you out. 
      Last is an unusual business in that we has no facebook, no website and does most by word of mouth. The is Leather by Leslie of Harwich. She does,, wait for it, leather goods. wow bet you did not see that coming. But seriously, there are leather workers and there are leather crafters, she is the later. She has just about any kind or size bag, woman's bags, man bags ( I particularly likes the saddle bad.)  Her work is more for the ladies but I telling you men, she has products that would work well or she can customize. Trust me how many of us really like sitting on our wallets or what do we do with our keys, phone, if you carry a tablet, Im telling you it's not a bad thought, we all went through the laptop bag time, then all off a sudden that stopped when we can get it all on our phones or a tablet, but still. I know she will be at the Harwich Cranberry Festival coming, and she does other craft shows closer around Harwich. Be prepared guys to have your ladies wanting her stuff, or maybe I should be warning the ladies to hold on to their guys. This lady is good.      
      Hello everyone, how do you do? Other than feeling like I'm a lobster in a pot of boiling water, we are having great, ok very hot and sticky weather. I am praying by the end of the week we can get a break on this for Labor Day weekend. Wow has it been extremely active around here. I think more folks are coming out and climbing the tower to see if they can spot any great white sharks instead of climbing to see the actual lamp room and beacon. But I will take the visitors for whatever reason they show up for, cause once they are in the station or the tower itself they are a captive audience and that's my cue to tell the history of the life station and light house. How over the years the number of travelers and sailors that have been helped from the Cape waters. I also get to tell them how the coast line has changed over the years, and how the light house has had to be moved now twice, and hoping that the last one was far enough back that it will hold up for at least until the last part of this century. Then of course I get to take them down and over to the station house and let the Mrs talk to them about how the keepers lived and spent their time. May of the keepers were single men in groups of 2 to 4 depending on the time of year and shipping seasons. Someone always had to be awake or make sure someone was up every few hours to heck on the lamp oil and make sure the light did not go out or make sure if the fog rolled in that the horn was sounded. Then of course she finishes up by taking them to the kitchen where she has her cranberry oatmeal cookies waiting. I know the season is coming to an end, but second season is just around the corner. So for now we are going to keep going on with regular hours, we are scheduled to start having the kids in next week during the mornings but will have to keep an eye on the weather so the kids don't get to hot. But I think we are going to try to stay going till at least through the second weekend of September then start cutting back on the open public hours during the week and stay open on the weekends, then keep that till Columbus Day then we will be open by appointments only mostly for groups and kids, and then the holidays and the lights and special occasions. But you can still come out and go to the lookout deck and walk the grounds there is always something new to see. So I hope you have had a great summer and have had been able to come out here to this wonderful spot of land we call old Cape Cod. Until we meet again,,,,     
      Well this wonderful time of the when there are 5 Wednesdays in the month, which means I get to go appetizer hunting, and seafood to boot. Now the problem, which really is not a a problem, is that most of these could go either as an appetizer or a main course, the difference would be how many you put on one skewer, and now many skewers you make per person. Up front, this is not my recipe but as I say, I look for recipes that come up more than once in a search and or in my cookbooks and recipe cards and that i really can't swear where the recipe started. So if you find it someplace, ok great, but it ain't the only place, trust me on that one. So this is a fairly simple, easy recipe, It is grilled which is great with all the summer heat going on, quick in time so you could grill during pregame or half-time and still not miss a play. So if you like Scallops and grilling you will love this recipe, so let's roll up the sleeves and get this cooking game going, especially before I start dribbling all over the keyboard. 
      This week's recipe: Grilled Scallops & Orange Skewers
      1      tbsp      honey (for best results use raw)
      2      large     navel orange ( or 3 small or medium)
      1      tbsp      fresh grated ginger
      1      pd         sea scallops, (about 12-14) 
              kosher salt and black pepper
              Old Bay Seasoning          
              skewers (wooden or metal)
      If using wooden skewers put to soak in water as early as possible so they don't burn. Peel, pull slices apart and clean white stuff off, then cut in half or 3rds depending on side of slice or wedge, (other way to do this to cut orange in to thinker slices, quarter then pull peal off each quarter), leave a small orange or part of one to squeeze the juice from to get 2 tablespoons (or cheat and use fresh orange juice).  In a small bowl combine honey, orange juice and ginger. 
      If using grill non-stick spray, spray before turning on, if using oil Heat the grill, right before putting food on oil well so seafood does not stick. Thread the orange and scallops onto the skewers, starting and finishing with the orange. Season with salt and pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning. Grill for 2 -3 minutes on each side (depending on how big , don't overcook), until the scallops are opaque throughout, then brush and baste with the sauce and cook 30 to 60 more seconds on each side.
      If doing as appetizers do 2 scallops per skewers, (use small or cut in half) if doing as a main meal go 4 + per skewer) 
      This recipe is easily doubled or tripled or buy the number of scallops count you need, don't guess by the pound you will pretty much always come up short. 
      The other things you can do with this recipe is start playing with pineapple, or other grillable fruit and try doing with a butter and garlic baste or do with scallops and shrimp and fruit then add or exchange herbs and seasonings to your taste and likings.  
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