Return of the Crawler: Local 315 Brewing Co.

Return of the Crawler: Local 315 Brewing Co.


I’ve been naggingly bothered ever since our Brew Crawl visit in July to Local 315 Brewing Co. I’d been to Local 315 a couple of times last year and while not every beer I tried was great, they were at worst unobjectionable and some were very good. The odd tastes of all four beers in my July flight, and reportedly of other beers sampled by my companions, was weird.

Today I had an opportunity to go back. I ordered a flight: Lucky 13 Red, Tweezer Pale, Batch 22 Pale, and Don’t Fear the Dark Stout. The last two of those were in my July flight, as was the Soul Kiss IPA which was one of two beers the pourer shoved a sample of at me (the other being the Local 315 Imperial Stout).

And they were all pretty good. The Lucky 13 and Batch 22 both were a bit too bland for my taste, but not bad. I liked the others. Even the Imperial Stout which at 11% is not something I’d drink often or much of. (They only sell it in 8 oz glasses.)

I don’t know what was going on in July. The beers that were nominally the same in both flights were different: weird tasting last time, fine this time. Maybe some kind of quality control problem. In any case the July experience was disappointing, and I can now say it was anomalous. Not that it shouldn’t be held against them, but at least I think I can say it wasn’t typical.

I was interested to note the Lucky 13 was a revised recipe with the alcohol content down to 5.25% from the previous 6.0%. All their beers except the Strawberry Rhubarb Blonde (which some people near me were saying good things about, but I didn’t have the urge to try) are 5% or higher, but everything in my flight was under 6% and maybe the Lucky 13 is a sign of waning alcohol inflation. We can hope.

The Tweezer is new as of a couple days ago. The pourer didn’t know the origin of the name. He said, though, that there are something like 45,000 breweries in the US, and there are lawyers making a living solely on beer names. It has significantly more hop flavor than the Batch 22 and is drier. I bought a pint of it after the flight. Would have considered a growler of it if I were low on beer at home, which I’m not.

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#MarsWalk Day 232, 1438.0 km

It’s amazing how many steps you can put on a pedometer if you spend 12 hours at a rocket launch and forget to bring a chair with you so you’re on your feet most of that time.

On Mars, kind of more of the same as last week. Sorry. But there’ll be more interesting stuff very soon.

MarsWalk spreadsheet

MarsWalk kmz file (for Google Earth — View >> Explore >> Mars)

Money, it’s a crime

Budgeting! Such fun. Now that the financial obligations arising from the pending divorce are clear(-ish) I can start throwing together numbers that may have some resemblance to reality.

They’re kind of ugly.

But there’s decidedly room for belt tightening without completely eliminating funds for fun things.

I’m including a line item of $100/month to go into a savings account toward the American Travelling Morrice’s anticipated 2018 England tour. I sat out the 2013 trip; I don’t want to do that again this time. Some real discipline is going to be required, but I think I can do it.

Onondaga Brew Crawl: Full Boar

For the August Crawl we went to Full Boar in North Syracuse. I was trying to follow Google Maps which says it’s next door to Allegro Music; it’s not. Facebook got me within visual distance, around the other side of Applebee’s.

I could do without the TVs on the wall. And there was a musician, playing guitar and singing. Loud. Has he ever considered forgoing the microphone, I wonder? Because in a space like that it’s not that hard to be heard, and because his amp was, frankly, not very good (or not used very well) for his voice — it was roughened and distorted. He might have been a good singer but it was hard to tell.

Nice sofa though. And lots of tables big enough for small groups, unlike certain other places we’ve been (looking at you, Seneca Street).

I had a flight of:

  • Full Boar Sabotage Pale Ale
  • Full Boar 377.3 Brown Ale
  • Great South Bay Blood Orange
  • Adirondack Bear Naked Red Ale

The Sabotage tasted fairly good, nothing exciting. But 7% is way too high, I think, for a pale ale. At 4% or 5% I might have ordered a pint.

The brown ale was… odd. It had a strong taste of something unexpected, not sure what. I didn’t dislike it, I might even decide I like it a lot if I have more (or I might decide I don’t), but I was surprised by it.

I also had a couple sips of the Full Boar Slow & Low Stout. Seemed pretty good to me, though I’m not much of a stout drinker.

The Blood Orange was because lately I’ve been in the mood to sample odd beers (or at least types I’m not accustomed to). I rather liked it. Unlike a blueberry ale I tried last week and left half a flight glass undrunk, the fruit flavor was not overly pronounced and it blended pretty well with the malt and hops.

The Bear Naked Red was just a straightforward good ale, and I went back to the bar for a pint of it.

American Travelling Morrice 2016

American Travelling Morrice 2016

This year’s American Travelling Morrice is over. Camp setup near Rockport, MA was on Saturday (the 6th) and there were two days of dancing before I arrived Monday evening, in time for sunset dinner at the Lobster Pool.2016-08-08 20.38.25 There was a camp.IMG_0483 There was singing.IMG_0569 We bashed sticks.IMG_0578 There was foolishness.IMG_0636 We visited a shipbuilding museum.IMG_0655 We had beer.2016-08-09 18.26.44 Lloyd struggled to turn a straw into an oboe.2016-08-09 18.57.10 I went colonial.2016-08-09 22.00.36 There was cake.IMG_0740 Some of us went on a schooner cruise.IMG_0755 We helped.IMG_0757 We were not idiots.IMG_0770 The sun set again.IMG_0780 John spoke.IMG_0869 It was hot.IMG_1027 We danced anyway.IMG_1076We had more beer.IMG_1092 We kept our pants up.2016-08-11 23.04.18 It got hotter.2016-08-12 18.39.03 Then cooler. We knelt.IMG_1209 I saw Gloucester from on high.2016-08-13 12.55.12 There were bears.IMG_1239 There was an audience.IMG_1257 There was a guest performer.IMG_1366 We shut down the transportation infrastructure.IMG_1403We danced some more.IMG_1425We had a feast, slept, packed up, and went home. Great week!

(Of note: I danced Oddington in public (Young Collins) for the first time in over 20 years. Also did Bampton, Chipping Campden, Ducklington, and Bledington.)

#MarsWalk Day 220, 1361.2 km

I spent most of last week on the American Travelling Morrice, not focusing on covering distance. I didn’t pay much attention to my pedometer, just wore it sometimes and more often had it in the bag I was carrying — so it wasn’t counting steps during dancing! (Lots of steps but mostly in circles, hardly seems fair to count that as distance.) I did get out for a couple long walks though. One of my lower distance weeks but not too far below average.

I’m now definitely crossing the lower slopes of Elysium Mons.Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 2.45.59 PM


MarsWalk spreadsheet

MarsWalk kmz file (for Google Earth — View >> Explore >> Mars)

#MarsWalk Day 211, 1316.9 km

#MarsWalk Day 211, 1316.9 km

One of my best non Cycle in the City weeks. 54.8 km, 23.5 km of that a bike ride on Saturday. I’m getting past the dramatic channels but there still are some around me. About 55 km to my southeast is a crater imaged by HiRISE:Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 11.50.39 PM


Closer by are a couple of craters around 6 or 7 km in diameter, up for naming grabs on Uwingu; a much smaller one just ahead has been named Megan Hasler by Jim Mueller (again). Megan’s another swimmer who did a good job, apparently. I don’t know, would it make more sense or less to name features on Titan after swimmers?

MarsWalk spreadsheet

MarsWalk kmz file (for Google Earth — View >> Explore >> Mars)