Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ooooh that smell...

Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell?...

Lyrics from one of the greatest southern rock bands of all-time repeatedly ran through my head during this morning's run. Yet, it wasn't the ominous message of self-destruction that had me echoing the chorus, but the simple realization of how many simple smells are encountered on a mourning route .
- The delicate scent of the gentle breeze crossing a field moist with a morning dew.

- The comforting aroma of a well-travelled wood smoke from a distant fireplace

- The clammy chlorophyll choked smell of a freshly cut grass

- The rising whiff from a light morning rain as it evaporates from the warm asphalt

- The sickly sweet fragrance of honeysuckle that seems to visibly plummet from the petals

- The powdery pungent of dryer sheets from the morning household chores

- The repulsive aroma that spins in the wake of the passing Garbage truck

- The rancid stink of road kill that quickly teaches you to breathe through your mouth
- The acrid odor of an overheated engine long ignored
- The mellow sweetness of the morning hay delivery at the horse stables

- The unexplainable fragrance of the grass or weed that smells like a freshly opened can of tennis balls

And the inspiration:

Lynyrd Skynyrd Live at Asbury Park, New Jersey, 1977

Friday, June 22, 2012

If You Can't Say Anything Nice...

It's been a while since my last post. But as the old saying goes, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all".

I was bitter, I was injured and I had nothing good to say. In fact a friend had commented after reading one of my posts that it sounded like someone had shot my dog...

So I backed off a bit figuring it was time to chill... nobody wants to read about a bitter runner on a sympathy train.

For about five weeks I was stuck in this Groundhog Day-like injury cycle. I would rest up and run 3 successful miles and then the next run I wouldn't be able to finish without turning back in disappointment.

At long last I've been able to finish moderate distance runs on rolling hills without incident. My weekly mileage has climbed steadily and this week I've increased my mileage significantly.

I'm not out running the trails just yet, but I can say (with confidence) that I'm back and look forward to running and writing more.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Newburgh Brewing's Taproom Opening

After nearly 7 months of construction and a tremendous amount of work put in by many, Newburgh Brewing Company is proud to announce the opening of their 4th floor taproom this Saturday, June 9th, from 12pm-8pm.  It will also be open on Sunday from 12pm-6pm, and starting Friday, June 15th, will be open on Fridays from 5pm-11pm.

"Excited, nervous, hungry, thirsty" laughs Christopher Basso, Newburgh's Brewmaster.  "But, it's been a long time coming, and we can't wait to open the doors and share our taproom with everyone in the community."

The initial food menu for the taproom will consist of locally sourced, in-house prepared items; and the beverages will be (of course) Newburgh Brown Ale, Newburgh Cream Ale, Newburgh Saison, and Newburgh Peat Smoked Stout; for wine, the taproom will be spotlighting various Hudson Valley and NY wineries, and the opening winery will be Brotherhood Winery, which is located right in Washingtonville, New York.  The brewery will also have merchandise available for sale (t-shirts, posters, and pint glasses).

"Christopher and Melisa Basso, who is our taproom manager, have been working around the clock to make their vision a reality" notes Paul Halayko, President of Newburgh Brewing.  "And we truly hope that when customers come into our taproom to spend a few hours with us, they will agree: that all of that work has paid off and then some."

The overall theme of the taproom is that of a traditional Beer Hall or Beer Garden, with long beer hall tables (which were built using wood reclaimed from the building during construction), and all food and drink ordering occurring at the bar - in other words, no waiters or waitresses.

"Casual... it's all about casual.  We want people from the Hudson Valley and beyond to come to our taproom and feel relaxed and be able to spend their afternoons or evenings with us" says Charlie Benedetti, Newburgh's Head of Sales.

And from Newburgh's proud new taproom manager, Melisa Basso:  "we poured our hearts and souls into this taproom.  Since joining the team 3 short weeks ago, it's been non-stop everyday and all day in getting everything prepared.  But, the time has come, and we are ready to go!"

Unfortunately Newburgh Brewing will not be holding tours of the brewing facility this opening weekend, as they are still working out the logistics of that.  But, they plan on offering tours to the public, when they are open, in the very near future.

And to run that over again:  Newburgh Brewing's 4th floor taproom is open to the public this weekend, Saturday 12-8pm and Sunday 12-6pm; and starting Friday June 15th, we'll also be open on Fridays from 5-11pm.  We are available for private events Mondays through Thursday, and anyone interested in booking a private function should email:  info@newburghbrewing.com

And for a short (totally amateurish and done on one-take) video for an overview of the taproom, check this out: