Skip to main content

Smokestack (Shoreline)

It's been quite a while since I've been to Shoreline Brewery and Restaurant. It's a good local spot, but the beers aren't worth going out of my way for. Looking through my notes on their beers, I didn't have many. Looking through the menu, I had tried most of them. I think Shoreline's hit-or-miss selection was one of the reasons I started this blog. I just couldn't remember which were good and which were so-so. Not a lot of change since I last visited.

I was in the area waiting for a dinner reservation at a LaPorte B&B, so I stopped in. I ordered a beer that I don't remember trying, this smoked porter.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This black brew had a frothy off-white head. It smelled like smoked and chocolate malt.

Taste: It was smoky and very roasted. It was creamy but had an acidic bitterness. I got some caramel flavors. The smoke lingered in the aftertaste. This would be really good with red meat or a hearty salad. It wasn't that great on its own. I would have been fine with a half pint of it. That said, in the right mood, I might order this again.


Popular posts from this blog

I Marched, What's Next?

What can we do? There has to be more than writing letters and posting on social media. This is a work in progress, but these are my thoughts...
Stay educated. If you think the media is misleading you, take charge. Know your sources. Do your research. You don't have to consume the 24-hour repetitive cycle of media. You can focus and keep it to the point. I like NPR, Popular Science, and the technical sources (department sites). If you're curious about education, go to the Dept of Education site! You want to know about the job rates? Go to the Department of Labor reports.

Educate each other. We are failing in this. We need to talk about the issues. Not just reposting articles, but face-to-face or virtually with a personal spin and follow up. We need to have meaningful discussions about the current state of affairs and what is happening. We can only act together if we work together. But serious discussion, not Facebook posts!

A Right Regal Bonsoir (or Imperial Bedroom Revisited)

Elvis Costello doesn't mess around. Last night, at The Chicago Theater, I witnessed a true delight of the senses. Out of respect for the artist's wishes, as requested, I didn't take any pictures or video of the performance. You'll have to live through my description and a grainy, preshow snap.

Wild Horticulture (Little Shop of Horrors)

Last night, I saw Little Shop of Horrors (Crown Point Community Theater edition). This fan-favorite has stood the test of time. People still pack in to see this 80s musical based on a 60s movie. Big production or small, the catchy tunes and dark yet quirky storyline keep people humming and laughing.

CPCT has a great range of shows. From Sartre's thought-provoking No Exit to the whimsical, yet mature, Happily Ever Once Upon they bring entertainment to the community. CPCT brings in plays that are far from mainstream. Evenso, it was a delight to see this classic musical.