Saturday, October 13, 2012

Homecoming Date Night

It's the night of the Homecoming Dance at the boy's high school, and I have a date! No, not for the dance, but with my lovely wife. Colleen and I took advantage of our son's night out to have a date of our own.

Park Lane has a decent, though not overly exciting, beer menu, so I usually look for the rotating taps or cask offerings. One of the rotating beers this evening was Starr Hill All Access Saison, which Colleen selected. Darker in color than expected,  with a bigger malt profile than some Saisons we've enjoyed, she found it pleasant. For my selection I opted for the seasonal Sam Adams Oktoberfest. The sweet and slightly toasted malt base with a just hint of bitterness makes for an enjoyable libation. I look forward this offering from the Boston Beer Company each year, and had not yet enjoyed it on draft this season. Served in a 20 oz version of the classic Sam Adams glass, it looked as good as it tasted.

Having nowhere to go until the dance ended, we ended up lingering over our dinner and beers, sitting and talking for a long time. It's a rare evening when we are able to just sit and enjoy each other's company. Certainly far, far more exciting any Homecoming date I had as a teenager!

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