Sunday, September 6, 2009

Thomas Hooker American Pale Ale

The weather was supposed to be really crappy here this weekend, rain all three days. Yesterday didn't disappoint the weatherman, but today he might be out of a job. It's absolutely gorgeous as long as you can deal with the heat. I decided that my knee-high grass needed cutting before another weekend went by, so between that and a little other yard work, I spent a few hours outside. My wife told me when I was finished we were taking the kids to the pool. Great, a nice cool down and a few hours to relax. Wrong, and you're gonna love this part coming up. We spent 20 minutes getting ready, suntan lotion, packing some drinks in a cooler, etc.

When we arrived, my seven year old sprinted to the gate to read to us "Pool Closed by Order of the Broward County Health Department... Operating Without A Permit". Unbelievable! This type of shit doesn't happen around here, especially not in a professionally-run managed community. And on Labor Day weekend? Well, when our management company launched their "account online" website feature without a way to pay my monthly maintenance fee, I mentioned it, but I left their name out of it. But this is absolutely ridiculous. So, Miami Management, get your ass in gear--we pay you because you have the expert knowledge and experience to run this type of community. And because I'll be calling you every day until this shit is handled.

Despite knowing they are not in the office right now, I wanted to state my dissatisfaction for the record immediately, so I called these dudes. I listened to the entire long-ass message in English and Spanish, finally saying "if you'd like to leave a message anyway, press zero or stay on the line". So I pressed zero and was told "invalid option" then the message repeated again in both languages. This time I "stayed on the line" and after two seconds the message again. Talk about rubbing salt in my wounds, and getting me pumped for a Tuesday morning call!

Good thing there's beer! Today to start with I'm having Thomas Hooker American Pale Ale brewed by Troutbrook Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, New York. It's funny that the label pronounces this NY beer as "Connecticut's Beer" but then the funniness goes away when you see this brewery is being licensed by their Hartford, Connecticut home brewery. I also love that their website is "HookerBeer", which drums up a bunch of other images.

Fruity peach with sweet caramel aroma. The flavors are similar, sporting some peach and pear in the beginning along with some caramel and malty flavors, too. A little bit of hops and lemony citrus balance out any sweetness. Then the flavors are all gone. It is drinkable and refreshing, but bland, watery and nothing special. Try something else.

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