Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Three Beautiful Things 02/04/20: Trip to Worley, Evolution Brewing, DCI Vera Stanhouse Digs Up Skeletons

1. I joined up with Ed, Scott B., and Jake and we made a mad dash to Worley and spent some time playing machines and having lunch at the CdA Casino. I'd never tried a teriyaki burger until today and the mixture of teriyaki sauce, pineapple, and dill pickle worked for me. It had been quite a while since I'd sipped on a Red Light Irish Red Ale from Wallace Brewing and I enjoyed it a lot, not only the taste, but the memories it brought back of drinking red ale at the Wild Duck over twenty years ago when it was housed on 6th (right?) in Eugene and the terrific Sunset Red brewed at the City Limits just outside Wallace.

2.  Back home, I watched my former home team (!) Maryland Terps win a black and blue, low scoring standoff with the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers, 56-51. While I was watching it, Terry T. messaged me from  Arlington, VA's Westin Hotel, wondering if I have an opinion about Evolution Brewing's Primal Pale Ale.

Man that text message made me happy!

Back in the Maryland days, not only did I love drinking Evolution's beers, especially Lot No. 3 IPA, Lucky 7 Porter, and Lot No. 6 Double IPA (did I try their Exile Red Ale? I MUST have!), but at least twice I visited their Public House in Salisbury, MD where the beer was fresh and tasty and the food was delicious.

When I make my trip to Maryland in April, I am eager to sample some of these Evolution beers again -- and, who knows, maybe I'll make the drive out to Salisbury. I love that trip across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and would love a return to the handsome Evolution Public House to once again enjoy a delicious salad or one of their seafood entrees.

3. Vera. Season 9. Episode 4.

When a skeleton is found on a construction site near a now defunct night club called The Seagull, DCI Vera Stanhope and her fellow inspectors open up a case that has lay cold for over twenty years. Not only do they find a second skeleton, but they unearth any number of skeletons in a variety of closets, including discoveries of Vera's father's association with a local crime syndicate run by the Sidden family.  I'll leave it at that, except to say that this is the first episode of Vera I've seen when Vera's own personal history becomes a part of the story. I'll also note that I thought this episode could be expanded into a terrific series called The Siddens, a series that would explore this family's criminal activity, the complicated relationships between members of the family, and the corruption this family engendered in the local police force, judicial system, construction world, finance world, and elsewhere.

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