Monday, August 18, 2003
Of course, it isn't opera all the time out there. I usually drive around the beautiful New York State countryside on any back road I can find, stopping at yard sales, checking out antique barns and visiting caves, historic sites, etc.
This year I discovered the Belgian-style brewery Ommegang just southeast of Cooperstown. Who knew that Belgian beer is brewed in a process analogous to champagne? True--besides using a variety of different flavorings and spices as part of the brewing process, all Belgian beer is given a second fermentation just like champagne and benefits from storing in moderately cool temperatures for a year or two. In any event, the stuff tastes just great and one of their beers (we got to taste four)called Hennepin really comes over as a cross between a good beer and a good white wine.
The bottles (the size of a standard 750ml wine bottle) have to be extra thick to withstand the pressure of the secondary fermentation. They had a special that if you bought a case you got an extra bottle and also a heavy, footed brand crest beer glass. I bought two mixed cases--one to break up and give for Christmas gifts and the other for me.
Otherwise, not much. I have to read play scripts tonight. Then maybe a nice Kristen Bjorn video and bed. :-)