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S: Our Trip to Dogfish Head May 18-19, 2011

FC: off-centered ales for off-centered people

1: The Journey Begins...

2: Lunch, an all-meat affair

3: Gentlemen, welcome to the brewery

4: Page 4 and still no beer has been consumed. We've learned how to start our own brewery, saw that DFH uses OU certified honey and heard a ten minute lecture about how bullets cannot penetrate the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo Wood in which this beer is aged. We all agreed that we knew more than our tour guide.

5: Let the tasting begin! But don't forget to put your fish token in the bucket.

6: The Main Event: We made it to the official DFH bar in Rehoboth Beach, celebrated Andrew's 200th beer and settled in for the rare beer tasting.

7: Preference in beer is a reflection of individuality. We had our favorites, but we tried them all: Old Odense, Poppaskull, Life & Limb, Burton Baton, Palo Santo, Olde School, and World Wide Stout

8: VICTORY!!!!

9: No, we are not intoxicated....

10: ...Just a little sleepy

11: We did have room for a small dinner. You guessed it, more meat!

12: So the George Keeley's Crew Brewed Up A Class Trip to Milton and Rehobeth Beach Delaware, the home town of Dogfish Head (DFH) Brewery The George Keeley's Crew has now been meeting weekly for over two years now. We started gathering in the midst of the great recession. The venue helps us transition from the frantic work week to Shabbat and the weekend. We learned a lot about beer, particularly craft beer, during our weekly trips to George Keeley's (GK's) and even have our plaques up on the wall. Despite our love for Belgian beers, we all agree the Americans have taken the best of Europe and pushed the forefront of craft beer. And Dogfish Head brewery represents that spirit. The class trip to DFH underlined this passion and we also learned a bit more about our drink, our specialty dried meats and ourselves. We started the day with a tour of the DFH brewry in Milton DE. The tasting room and DFH store were the bests. We spent the evening in a rare beer tasting in the DFH brew pub in Rehobeth Beach. T

13: From the rare beers, our all time favorite is still the World Wide Stout... pitch black, complex, sweet espresso with a long finish. While DFH has crafted beers that age well... we liked the WWS in the 2008 and 2007 vintage but not 2006 (ick, it was all oxidized) The GK crew also loved the Burton Baton.... a blend of an English Ale and Imperial IPA...the young vintage was super hoppy in 2010, but the 2009 was ideal, like a dark chocolate stout. Too many brews to mention them all, but a big shout out for the Palo Santo... homemade within a "holy" wooden cask. The exotic wood gives the brew an strong vanilla flavor. We ended the evening back at the great hotel (The Bellmoor Inn) and Howard grilled us up a storm!

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