March '17 Breweries, Distilleries, Wineries & 2 Wooden Leg Cocktails

      Another winter month goes by but our Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries are still hard at work. Ok some harder than others, let's face it, if I had the opportunity to take the winter months and go someplace warmer I would do it, it go to the trade shows, or a few other things. But I do appreciate the report from those who are giving me what they have even if just to say hello.
      First up is Truro Winery/South Hollow Spirits. March has arrived for us at the vineyard and our winemakers are back at work getting the vines ready for this season. Our building is still under construction and it is coming along well! We are excited to reveal it on our opening day April 7th. We will be opened in April: Friday-Monday, Friday-Saturday and Monday hours will be 11-5pm, Sunday hours will be 12-5pm. To add a little extra, don't forget you can get Truro Wines in many of our local Spirits shops, along with South Hollow's Twenty Boat Rum and Dry Line Gin. These are wonderful products that can add a little cheer to any winter get together. And check out their web site for any event tastings that might come along or be added.

      Well folks, things are really hopping at Cape Cod Brewery (then again they are always Hoppy there :-) ). Amanda has left it in my hands for this month as there is so much going on. First and foremost please check out their website of events at http://capecodbeer.com/category/beer-events/. Although it will be past by the time this is published, Cape Cod Beer hosts the first Wednesday night of each month CCLAMS meetings. What is CCLAMS (Cape Cod Lager & Ale Makers). They are always looking for new members and would happy for you to contact them about it. 
Next, this coming Friday 3/3 is First Fridays Concert Series. Join Cape Cod Beer on March 3rd from 5-8 for live music with Terry Brennan. Live music at the brewery on the first Friday of every month from 5PM-8PM. Free admission. Cash bar. Keep the above website of events handy so to say up on Aprils entertainment. 
Only happening/ or should I say available at the brewery are 3 special brews: one of my favorites: Vanilla Bean Porter, also still available, Coffee-Oatmeal Stout and Dark Wheat Dunkel Weizen. Don't think this is all they have, there are 11 other brews available both at the brewery and out and about at your favorite package store. 
As spring is quickly approaching please come back to the events page for updates and added events. This is just about the time when things go from the calm of winter to the helter skelter of spring. Please stop in and say hi, enjoy a pint in the tasting room (this is a cash bar offering), then take home a growler or two, or a few 750ml bottles. Have a great day and a great month, Happy St Patrick's day and always enjoy your day with a cold refreshing Cape Cod Beer.
       As you know there are several breweries around the Cape, a couple distilling groups, and a few vineyards. Please take a look back at some of my older posts, the first posting of each month and who they are. I know the winter months are tough ones, and many look at setting up the 3 season events and focus on marketing. But some are still open and as I have noted, check their products out in our local restaurants, bars, taverns, and package stores and enjoy what good products our own local put out. Thanks again though to my two faithfuls, Cape Cod Beer and Truro Vineyards. 
        Business report: folks I am going to be square with you, since surgery on 2-17-17, my time out looking for new places is not my top priority. I will try to go over and remind ya'll the places that are still open or that I know are opening back up here in March and going forward. We have so much going on, from the St Patrick's Day Parade, grand marshaled by one of our own Patriots players.There is First Friday concerts By Cape Cod Beer, Good Run for Good Works 5K, Wildlife on Tap, History on Tap, Jam Workshops, and more. Go out to the web, check the chamber of commerce sights, cross reference CqpeCodTravel.com and any other publication you can, we are cranking it back up and looking to get the next season sprung into action. And watch for your local seafood eatery to be opening back up, as a lot beginning to open back up. 
      Greetings from the keepers house, hope you are enjoying the weather, I will tell you we are. Makes good for stretching the heating wood supply out a bit, and especially since the wife is going to have to be hauling for the rest of the season, the less the better for her. But I fear that we are not done with the ice 'n snow nor the howling winds from the Nor'East. But the less the better for all of us. Right now I am on the mend, as it will take some time till I am 100 percent again. But I will keep my eyes pealed to the water's surface and always on the horizon's edge, and a hand on the CQ key if the mike is not readily available. Amazing how many don't know CQ any more or what it even stands for, oh the changing times.Anyway, here is to continued good weather, clear nights and may the beacon shine bright for any and all who need what whatever reason. Be safe and have a wonderful, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.  
      In the world of a pirates life a wooden appendage is not that uncommon. Two is a little more difficult, but in the world of cocktails who knows what they were drinking when they were attached and you just got two accounts of the same thing or what the story is. In any case, I found 2 variations of a Wooden Leg Cocktail, so I am not going to make you walk the gangplank on this one an just be nice and give you both. I did find both recipes on more than 1 sight but will give DrinkNation as my source for these recipes I give today, I think it is only fair in this situation. Let's just be smart when your hobbling around with that wooden leg and don't be out trying to steer that pirate ship, enjoy your libations but live to loot another day and find a designated driver, or just stay put in that port of call till the next day. Now time to party down, have a great day and enjoy right to the bottom of the boot.
 
      This week's recipe: Wooden Leg
 
      1 1/2      oz      Spiced Rum
      1 1/2      oz      Root Beer Schnapps
        Top    with      Dr Pepper
 
      Pour Rum and Schnapps over 3 or 4 ice cubes in a highball glass. Top off with Dr. Pepper. Mix well and garnish the glass with a cinnamon stick and 2 cherries.
 
      This week's recipe: Wooden Leg #2
 
      2         oz      Bourbon
      2     dashes  Bitters
      2     wedges Lime Juice
      4         oz      Sprite
 
      Mix in glass with ice.         

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