Friday, March 30, 2007

Not just yet, but soon ...

(Go here for the March 30 Gravity Head update)

It seems like weeks, and yet my rotator cuff surgery was just 72 hours ago. Post-operative complications would seem to have been averted, and according to Dr. Moskal’s physical therapy team, I’m ahead of schedule on rehab and feeling good.

Time for a beer?

Alas, no, as alcohol doesn’t complement high-potency pain killers of the sort that I might have sold on the street to finance travel plans later in 2007. For the moment, there’ll be contentment in thinking about beer, and plotting the identity of the perfect first pint back.

As a “final fling” of sorts last Sunday, I drove to Bluegrass Brewing Company on Shelbyville Road in Louisville and scored carry-out orders of chicken wings and American Pale Ale.

While I enjoy most of BBC brewer Jerry Gnagy’s beers, it remains my view that of all the classic BBC styles brewed at the original brewpub before and after the company’s split into two entities, the APA hasn’t fared very well in St. Matthews – especially when compared to founding brewer Dave Pierce’s version downtown.

Having reiterated that, the APA on Sunday was quite good, and all in all, it was a pleasant buzz of nostalgia for the palate and the other senses. The place itself was hopping, which caused me to reflect on the way that something entirely new not so long ago has become an institution – and at any of the Louisville area’s five breweries, not just BBC.

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