Rice and I had an exciting week in our nation’s capital and nearby John Waters-ville. First we had an earthquake! Then a hurricane came way too close for comfort. When I was a kid, I loved Sim City. I would build up mega cities, the most perfect I could get them. Then I would send Godzilla through. He and his little 16-bit body would terrorize my town and leave a wake of destruction. Then, I’d 3-mile Island the place for good measure, and build it back up again.
Godzilla’s coming next. You heard it here, folks.
Anyway, after the earthquake, some coworkers and I made a 4 mile trek into the city (the Metro was Inauguration-level crowded). Our destination? RFD’s! “A world of beer in the heart of the city!” They’re not joking. They have a booklet of beer. Magically, before we evacuated our building, I had enough time to print out 3 So What’s the Deal coupons I previously bought for 5 samplers and 1 full beer EACH! They were mostly delicious.
Ok, in order starting from top right working down:
- Top Right to bottom: Chocolate City 1814 ESB; Chocolate City Cornerstone Copper Ale; Crispin Artisan Hard Cider; Choc City Cervezas Nacionale Black Lager (Dark pint glass)*; Evolution Lot # 6 Double IPA; Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA (Fun big glass); Lost Rhino New River Pale Ale; and Heavy Seas Marzen Amber Lager (Amber pint glass)
- Top Left to bottom: Oliver’s 3 Lions American Style Brown Ale*; Oliver’s Irish Red Ale; Port City Optimal Wit; Starr Hill Double Platinum; Starr Hill Amber Ale*; St. Louis Framboise Lambic; and Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Black Ale
We also had Black Diamond Bourbon Aged Dubbel Grand Cru (holy cow was it boozy!); DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter*; and Heavy Seas Red Sky at Night Imperial Saison*
* table favorite!
It was pretty crowded, though. Our server was overwhelmed, but friendly. And personality goes a long way! Plus, she got our 18 beer order correct and kept them all straight! Amazing. When we were done, I can’t say we could do the same.
Then this weekend, a hurricane swept through the east coast. While it was still pretty far away from the DC area, we lost power for a while and it rained in our chimney. To lighten things up a bit, my husband took up a dare from a friend to grill during a hurricane. Now, we’ve grilled in a blizzard, but this was another animal. We had to light the chimney under our back porch, then rig up a 3 umbrella system to block the wind and rain.
We got this great corn from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box from Great Country Farms! For those who don’t know about CSAs, it’s amazing. You pay a set price, and you get a box of produce each week. This week we got corn, a boatload of tomatoes, an eggplant, some green beans, peaches, a potted plant (it made it through the storm!), and a few cucumbers. You have to be creative, but you’ll get the sweetest of the sweet and the crispest of the savory.
So, I have to admit, that before my husband, I didn’t know how to grill corn. That sounds so ridiculous, but it’s true. The key is, apparently, soaking the corn for over a 1/2 hour before you toss it on the grill, then firing it until the husk is charred. Yum! No butter needed.
In the end, it was a pretty good day. We didn’t lose power until after we went to bed. In the morning, we took time to read, play cards, and just sit and hang out by our hand crank radio. The sun came out, and we cleaned up the yard. I have to say, I was a little disappointed when the power came back on.