Sunday, July 30, 2006
Over the next few days, you'll be reading about the highlight of my journey to Orlando, Florida, for the annual Allen family reunion.
With apologies to my kinfolk, it wasn't the JW Marriott resort, although things worked out from the standpoint of family affairs and a good time was had by all.
On Saturday afternoon, we were rescued by the estimable Tom Moench, longtime brewer, beer lover and evangelist in the "beer wasteland" in and around Orlando, and now owner of a wholesale company dedicated to good beer. Tom took us on a brief crawl to some of the better stops, including his den, and kicking off with one of the best spirits shop beer selections I've seen in the United States:
2603 Hiawassee Blvd.
Orlando FL 32835
Pictured above is Jason, store manager and resident beer consultant. I'm having trouble imagining a more knowledgeable beer ambassador. All the best Belgians (Jason's particular passion) are there, as well as a fine overall selection of imports and microbrews.
Some of them currently are reposing in the Curmudgeon's cellar, awaiting the call of the webmaster for sampling ...
(more as the week goes on)