July '17 Brews, Vines & Spirits Report & a Cannonball Cocktail

      First up is Cape Cod Beer, find them on the web at http://capecodbeer.com/ or facebook at www.facebook.com/CapeCodBeer/, they are even on Twitter, Instagram and yes You Tube. To see what beers are in season go to the home page and go to the bottom and on the right hand side there is a 2017 beer release calendar. Very handy to know what is in and what is not. Also for you locals, know when off season seasonal beers are coming out and when, helps you plan for all those holiday plans. With that in mind, a highlight for this month some with the following word from the brewery itself:       On July 25th, Cape Cod Beer once again celebrates Christmas in July! This is a long-standing tradition at the brewery, our Brewmaster Todd preserves the last drops of our winter seasonal, Old Man Winter and barrel ages it to be enjoyed in the heat of summer. Each year the barrel varies, resulting in subtle changes to the beer’s flavor profile each summer. This year’s batch was aged in a barrel from Truro Vineyards + South Hollow Spirits that was used to age their Twenty Boat Amber Rum for 2.5 years.

      Weighing in at around 8% ABV and made with over 2,000 pounds of malted barley this beer is packed with malty flavor. Twenty Boats Amber Rum has a complexity that is the result of a blended aging process, incorporating both Chardonnay and whiskey barrels for a spirit full with the aromas and flavors of vanilla, strong caramel nuttiness, and rich minerality. Twice distilled in small batches, Amber Rum is made from molasses and sugarcane juice, with a lingering finish that brings sweet notes of butterscotch, balanced with earthy tobacco.
-- OG: 19.0 °P (1.076SG)   ABV: 8.0%   IBUs: 65
-- Packaging: Available at the brewery only in 750 ml. bottle. Limit two per customer

    And don't miss: Surfing Summer Santa will be making an appearance 3-5pm for anyone who wants to take pictures!
      Don't forget they are the retail store is open Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm and Saturday 11am - 4pm closed Sundays. Tours are done ONCE daily at 11am, while tastings during regular hours, and as we all know you must be 21 and over to sample. Some other highlights, 7-8 is the Melody Tent Brew Festival, the Sunset Whale Watch Cruises 7-8, 7-22 and 8-19 there is a charge for this and the seats will fill fast so check the web site for more details. The Blind Draw Cornhole Tourny will be 7-21, and there is more folks, just way to much to mention it all here. But please check these folks out both at the brewery and out and about the Cape. They are huge supports of our Cape Cod Community and can not say enough for all they do. 
                                   
 
     Next up is Truro Vineyards & South Hollow Spirits: Find them on the web at trurovineyardsofcapecod.com or facebook: www.facebook.com/TruroVineyards.SouthHollowSpirits, and yes also on Twitter and Instagram. We are open 11am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 12pm-5pm Sunday and Tastings are every half hour from 11:30 - 4:30 Monday - Saturday and 12:30-4:30 Sunday. Tours: Winery (1 and 3) Distillery (12 and 2), and lets not forget the Food Truck and The Hollow Bar are Open. 
      A word from the Winery notes: So far our season has been busy, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary with a signature cocktail called the Roberts 10 (it is our take on a French 75). You will need to visit the the South Hollow bar to get this one. But they have plenty of yummy recipes on the South Hollow Spirits web site at http://southhollowspirits.com/spirits/recipes/. They go on: We have our Wine and Dine dinners every Wednesday night, tickets can be bought online. Check under Events heading in the menu at the top left hand corner of the home page.
      Something to think about if you really enjoy Truro Wines is the Wine Club: The Truro Vineyards Wine Club delivers wine to your door four times a year, and provides members with privileges, discounts and exclusive early access to our limited release wines. Become a member today of our Three Bottle Club or Six Bottle Club, and you’ll receive four deliveries of three bottles or six bottles of premium Truro Vineyards varietals, chosen for you by the Roberts Family. Each delivery also includes tasting notes from our wine makers, and delicious pairing recipes provided by our food advisor Judy Aguera, along with other guest chefs.Wine club members receive early access to our limited release wines, and enjoy free wine tastings for two at every visit to Truro Vineyards, where we maintain a special members-only lounge area with a view of the vines.  Members also receive invitations to special events and a 20% discount on all wine and merchandise purchased at Truro Vineyards and at our online store. For more information and to what states they can ship too please check the web site and click on Wine Club. This is great way to keep a little Cape Cod coming your way year round. 
      There is always something going on at Truro Winery and South Hollow Spirits, so come if your on the Cape that is the best time for a small side trip up the Truro and check them out.  
      
      Other notables around the Cape you need to watch for, Cape Cod Winery in East Falmouth, Cisco Brewery Triple Eight Distillery Nantucket Vineyards on Nantucket, First Crush Winery in Harwich, Bom Bom Mocanut and Nilli Vanilli, and don't forget Oysterville Vodka (Not Osterville but Oysterville). Then there is Devils Purse Brewery in South Dennis and Hog Island Brewery in Orleans. Yes, the Cape has so much to offer don't over look what we have. This is not even touching those Breweries, Distilleries and Vineyards within 2 hours drive off Cape.  
 
      Small business report: This week I would point out a new company, Red Dogs & Company. This is a Farm to Treat Grain Free Dog Treats Handcrafted Dog Supplies. First find them on their web site of reddogscompany.com of facebook page www.facebook.com/reddogscompany or Etsy: at Etsy.com/shop/reddogscom. Sometimes it is just best to put the description from their own words and it goes like this: Red Dogs & Company is a veteran owned small business from Cape Cod, MassachusettsOur Farm to Treat grain free dog treats are unique in that all of the vegetables that go into our treats are organically grown on our farm and by local farmers. All of the other ingredients are USDA certified organic. We hand make our treats in small batches and we do not use chemicals, preservatives, or artificial dyes or coloring. All of our treats are grain and meat free. We also feature handmade nautical themed collars and leashes made with American made materials along with all natural dog shampoo and dog toys! Ok now I will go one step further, I purchased a bag of their Cape Cod Cranberry Grain Free Treats for my 14 pound Pomeranian Boy. First thing when I opened the bag, they actually smelled good enough for me to eat. Second when I offered it to my boy he took one sniff and snatched that biscuit right out of my hand without another thought. We have found a new treat for him. And whats better is they are based right here in the mid-Cape area, not the Dennises and not Barnstable, but somewhere in between, hint hint. If you have a pooch pet, this is a company you can get behind. They are in 10 retail stores on and off the Cape, and at some of our local craft and artisan shows. Oh, and they have more than just treats, check them out and when you get a chance give them a try.  
      Welcome one, welcome all, yup I feel like a ring master or M.C. at a circus with all that is going on here at lighthouse. But don't get me wrong I am not complaining as I love to see all the folk coming through to see what makes this old girl tick and what keeps you running the that pink bunny. The parking lots have been full, the beach has been full and over the past couple days folks have been coming round to get special viewings of some of the towns fireworks displays going on. Being one of the hight points around here we have a unique vantage point and although not close you can still see many that went on over the last couple days. Anyway, If you are planning to come visit, you might want to think about a weekend as they are not quite as jam-packed as the weekends but we will be happy to see you whenever you can make it during our open hours of operations. Well, the weather continues to be a blessing and we hope you are enjoying your time here on Cape Cod, or looking forward to getting here. Have a great and wonderful anytime, everyday especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod. See you real soon at the old Lighthouse.  
      Here we go with another pirates life cocktail theme. You can't get to fall without thinking about cannonballs going off from or at a pirates ship. But drink one too many of this cocktail and your head will feel like a cannonball hit it. As I have said many times over I hate to use brand names, but when every cross-referenced recipe calls for this brand, well I guess I will break down and use it this time. Last word, please be a responsible drinker, and/or a responsible host, we love to enjoy our libations, but we also love your families and friends, so please if you've had, listen to those around you, and don't drive after drinking. Now on with the show:
 
      This week's recipe: Cannonball Cocktail
 
      2      oz      Captain Morgan's Tattoo Orange Rum
      4      oz      Coca-Cola
 
     Pour the Captain Morgan Tattoo into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Top with coke with a slice of lime, and serve.

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