There's something new at The Henry Ford this year! Meijer is sponsoring Fall Flavor Weekends in Greenfield Village. Yesterday started out gray and rainy, but by noon, it had brightened up. There was a lovely breeze, and I had plans to meet one of my co-workers from the education department for Ferment: Beer, Wine, Cider, and Food Tasting Event in the pavilion near the Village Green.
I went sans camera, so I can't show you pictures of how gorgeous the day was, but we had a great time sampling some brews. My favorites were a Belgian ale made in Dexter, Michigan, near Ann Arbor at Jolly Pumpkin Brewery. It's called La Roja, and here's a description from their website:
"An artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice, and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months."
It even had a fun Puss-in-Boots label, which you can see here.
My other favorite is the hard cider we tried, an organic "scrumpy" from Flushing, Michigan called J.K.'s Orchard Gate Gold. So rich! Yum. I am not really much of a beer drinker, but I am a cider girl. I am imagining some of this cider hot and mulled with some nutmeg and a cinnamon stick. Mmmmm.
That was Saturday (except for the nap, afterward, of course). Today's plans include laundry and helping my friend's son with his college application essays. He's a terrific kid, and captain of the varsity football team; big shoes to fill as last year's team were state champions!
I'm also getting started on a presentation for the Michigan section of the American Association of Physics Teachers(October 1-2), prepping proposals for the Michigan Reading Association (due September 30), the Michigan Science Teachers Association (also due September 30), and finishing off a flier to be passed out at the Boy Scout's Great Lakes Council Rendez-Vous which is next Saturday, the 25th! Eek! What in the world am I doing writing a blog post???
Have a good week, everyone. I'll still work in time to come by your blogs and leave smart-aleck comments. It's what I DO.