Saturday, July 22, 2017

Atlantic City, NJ

I just noticed that the last three cities in our Around America series was Dallas, Dubuque, and Durango. It would be a good idea not to do another city that starts with ‘D,’ otherwise this list will start to get stale or downright challenging (especially since I totally missed bartime at Williams & Graham by minutes last time I was in Denver!). So let’s take you back out East. We are going to make you hungry too, because, just before we hit the beach, we stopped for lunch at the Vagabond in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House sits on the outskirts of Atlantic City, i.e., not on the streets that you can buy in Monopoly. Despite not being on the water, the Vagabond resembles a beach roadhouse. Regulars were at the bar, we ate at a side table. I ordered a The Bog Cranberry Shandy from Cape May Brewing made in the Jersey town of the same name; Cindy got a You’re Coconuts from Glasstown Brewing in Millville, New Jersey. On this hot day, both brews didn’t last long. On to the food, Cindy couldn’t resist Vagabond’s crab sliders and I nabbed the big fish sandwich that arrived with a bun literally branded with the Vagabond logo. The beer I chose for the fish was an Ommegang Abbey Ale from Cooperstown, New York. The dubbel sports a sweet bready aroma, dark fruit lushness on the tongue, and very little hoppiness. It is beautiful in the glass with a broad foamy tan head and foggy mahogany body.

After Vagabond and a tumble or two in the ocean waves, we headed back to our hotel, but not before visiting one of the many Joe Canal’s Liquor Stores in the state (this one in Egg Harbor Township). I was searching for something more local; something I can’t get in Wisconsin. I settled on Dad’s Hat rye. Dad’s Hat is not a Jersey product, but darn close, it’s made just across the Delaware River in Bristol, Pennsylvania. When poured into a glencairn, the whiskey is a deep marigold color and boasts a rich spiced grain aroma. On the palate, Dad’s Hat is a pleasure for those looking for just-a-hint-of-sweetness in their whiskey; butterscotch, dark cherries, pepper and soft leather combines for very drinkable experience.

If you are out East, brews from Ommegang and Glasstown Breweries and Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye from Mountain Laurel Spirits are worth searching out.

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