Wasn't Pride weekend the best? How great was it hearing of the Supreme Court decision hours before lining up at the security gate for Beer Dabbler Pride? If you're like me, the happiness enhanced your beer tolerance and gave your stomach more elasticity.
Let's take a look at my DPS for the night with these buffs, from the moment I stepped in and immediately lost my wife, to conducting for Kevin Welch while he played my intro song on his French horn, to my an impromptu pouring shift with Sarah Meyer at the Bauhaus tent, and out the door with a celebrity cabbie.
Share yours in the comments if you'd like. Here's my Beer Dabbler Pride:
Showing Restraint (Somehow)
John Garland and The Beer Baroness each earned my vote for best dressed. Garland came fit for Miami Vice villainy, dressed to command hits and suck down cocktails on the deck of a yacht; and Tina Bina was unstoppable in a rainbow tutu, rainbow BEER socks, and a beer mug purse. I got through the night without kissing or lifting up anyone. My willpower is still on the charger after that night.
Matt Kenevan, Real American Hero
The Beer Dabbler's website specifically said not to bring children. More taprooms should be like this, but we continue enabling young parents who feel like parenthood shouldn't hinder party time. You could assume, then, my height of elation when Beer Dabbler MFIC Matt Kenevan had a man with a baby whisked from the premises. We need more Matt Kenevans. Real talk.
Big Wood Morning Wood (with Blackeye Cold Press)
Big Wood's perky stout is a no-brainer as is, but adding Blackeye? The drink retained the flavor that makes Morning Wood such a money magnet, but the cold press infusion made its passage impossibly smooth over the palate. It was liquid silk, seriously, AND it got me pepped up for the cab ride.
Which reminds me ...
Riding Home in the Chey Cab!
The Metro-to-Plymouth trudge is never more lively than it is when you're in the state's most popular cab. My wife sat in the back with the snacks; I sat in the front with the iPod. We played Kesha, we played Kavinsky, and Chey at one point said she'd be "my bottom B." I can't remember the context of that conversation, but I do recall her saying she'd had far weirder conversations than any of what we said Friday night.
I wasn't relieved. I feel a genuine pressure to get back in that cab and see if I can take it too far.
Frank's This, Frank's That
Day Block and Peeps Hotbox paired up to product a beer-battered asparagus that utterly killed it: sensational sauce, nice crunch, flawlessly-done breading -- just a pleasure, and it was infused with Frank's Red Ale. I'll take my Frank's any way you give it to me, pint or sprig. Bonus points to Da Block for letting us hang out in their tent while a heavy session of rain bore down.
Undead Frank's had paired up with Lupulin Brewing. I side-stepped their collaboration, though, and dove into cheese curds instead. For only $3, the portion size felt like a steal (in a good way). The marinara sauce had some kick and the curds came out smokin'.
If I had to rank the Pride Dabbler food, I'd rank Frank's cheese curds a close third and Frank's asparagus a close second to ...
Brooks High Cheese Curds
This was only the third time hitting the streets for Kickstarter darling Brooks High Beer Battered. Eat what you drink? Okay! Their cheese curds are like nothing before them: Squishy like a marshmallow, but not flimsy like the limp cheesy lumps you typically get. Every curd was substantial, none of those waste-of-time nub curds. There was the sauce's sweet introduction, a rush of escaping steam, and a bite full of cheese. Full. Of. Cheese. Brooks High is holding nothing back, I can tell you that much. Trust me, I'd have known -- I ordered three times from their truck.
Dangerous Man Peanut Butter Porter
Here, read the elements backwards: a porter, made with peanut butter, by Dangerous Man.
A PORTER. MADE WITH PEANUT BUTTER. BY DANGEROUS MAN.
MADE WITH PEANUT BUTTER.
BY DANGEROUS MAN.
Editor's Note: While I still recommend The Onion as the most trusted source for political news, it was in a wonky spot so I removed it. It's here now, though, so the recommendation stands. I also tightened some sentences for coherence.