Yesterday, when I went to the local beer distributor to pick
up ice for my neighbor Jessica, I decided I would buy something else out of
respect for the distributor being open. It was pretty obvious that customers
had not been flocking there in droves to buy beer or ice. Even though they were
open, they were without power and had ice only because they had filled there
ice freezer (a walk in sized freezer) with ice before the storm and it stayed
frozen. I figured that their being open was a sort of a public service and felt
I had to buy more than just 4 bags of ice from them in two days to at least
show some support. It is only a few blocks from my home and I usually do not
shop there because I know I can get better prices elsewhere. maybe I should
consider shopping there more often because I don't think I get better service
elsewhere. Yes my other distributor, a couple of miles away, instead of a few
blocks like this one, was also open and even had power, but they had no ice.
Costco is also a place I buy beer, by the case when they have something like, because I usually save at least 5 bucks
on a case there from the distributor where I usually shop. In all, I would
probably pay $7.00 to $10.00 more per case at the local distributor, the one
that had the ice. Maybe it is not a bad trade off, at least sometimes. I think
I will spread the wealth a little more in the future even though they are
nowhere near as inexpensive as Costco nor can they match the price or have the
wide variety of the other distributor. What the heck, they were open and had
ice - plenty of it - right after the storm! Good thinking on the owner's, or
manager's, or worker's part.
Well there I go blabbing and digressing again. I wanted to
tell you what I bought there to give them some business other than me just
buying ice. It was a small purchase but one that I could not resist. Right
across from the counter, they had a piled up display of things like Mike's
Hard Lemonade. Atop those, there were a few 4 packs of
something called Mike's On The Rocks Hurricane. I
grabbed a 4 pack; how could I not out of respect for the owners having opened their
store right after the so called hurricane (that was really only a tropical
storm but a hell of a one at that). I am drinking my second 16 oz. can right
now and am beginning to think this stuff may be more like a tropical storm too,
instead of a hurricane, but a heck of one at that! I had the other with my
dinner, a NY strip steak that I grilled, a salad my wife made, and a sesame
seed roll from a local supermarket. It was delicious - the meal - anyway.
As for the Mike's On The Rocks Hurricane, well - I have had
many, many, many mixed type and malt beverage type drinks that were a lot
better and more than enough that also were a lot worse. On the side of the can,
in the small print, it says this: "PREMIUM MALT BEVERAGE WITH NATURAL
FLAVORS AND CERTIFIED COLORS". I imagine that the natural flavors are
those of a fruity nature. No not gay but fruity as in like fruit punch. What the certified colors are, I have no clue. In
addition to those flavors and colors is the flavor of alcohol. It is not a strong flavor
but the alcohol content is listed as 8%. Quite a bit stronger than your average
American beer. (Do you know why most American beers and sex in a canoe are
alike? They are both fucking close to water!) I am guessing that must be how
they were able to include “premium” on the label because other than a higher
alcohol content I do not see any reason to pay a premium for this stuff.
In other words, the first one did not impress me as anything
other than something akin to Annie Green Springs or Yago Sangria and may in
actuality have been closer to MD 20/20 or Muscatel albeit with a cheap fruit
punch added to the mix. (Those of you true connoisseurs of the not so finer
wines know exactly what I mean.) I have to admit, though now that I have eaten
dinner, and had the first one, and am now almost done with the second one, I am
looking forward to the third and fourth ones in the pack. Not because it is a
premium beverage as far as my idea of premium goes but probably because the
alcohol content has made the flavor acceptable, maybe even almost delicious,
after almost two of them.
Before I get too sloshed, and I intend to do just that, let
me say that if I want a fruity flavored alcoholic drink, I usually go for
something I make myself from whole fresh fruit (like bananas, nectarines,
apples, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple and oranges - not essence of gay
guys) in the blender to which I add a couple to few types of rum, and/or vodka,
and/or whiskey. We only got a blender, in our home, within the last 2 or 3
years at most. I have no clue how I ever survived without one. The drinks one
can mix in it are extravagant as far as I am concerned - and that goes whether
or not you add alcohol. I may even have to try adding bacon one of these days
but have to give some serious thought as to the other ingredients. I was
thinking along the lines of sour mash or Bourbon or Irish whiskey but vodka may
do, especially potato vodka (one of my favorite vodkas). Of course, I could add
home fries and gin.
Yet, in the meanwhile, since I do not have a blender full of
some glorious concoction of God's mashed together fruity goodness, I have
settled for whatever in Hades it is that Mike or the company known as Mike's
has thrown together for me and I must admit, I am enjoying the heck out of it;
any reservations to the contrary, mentioned above, fading with each gulp.
Mike's Hard Lemonade Co. is located in both Rochester, NY and La Crosse, WI and I have to say, I my just have to give them some more business - if not because they are made in NY or bot because of the On The Rocks Hurricane then because I find their Mike's Hard Lemonade rather palatable and intoxicating. Then again, that is sort of like I am finding this On The Rocks Hurricane drink while getting well into can number 3. (Yes dear readers, somewhere in there, I ran outside to my 48 degree patio and grabbed another one).
Just checked another website and wow, now I see why it has gotten to me so much, it is made from fruit juice, rum and the devils own brew - red grenadine! These Mike's Hurricanes, with their red granadine, just stirred up some deelpy burined memories of bygone times. Now if only I had a couple of Brown Eyed Women with whom to share them, maybe like Delilah Jones! Thems were the days, those days of Grateful Dead concerts, when a drink like Mike's On The Rocks Hurricane would have been an extravagance! I would have loved to have met and shared one of these drinks with Delilah Jones. "Delilah Jones was the mother of twins, two times over and the rest was sins, raised 8 boys only I turned bad, didn't get the rules that the other ones had...". Her old man sounded worth meeting too: "Daddy made whiskey and he made it well, cost two dollars and it burned like hell".
One of my favorite Dead songs has always been Brown Eyed Women,
if not my favorite, not that: "I cut hickory just to fire the still, drank down a bottle and was ready to kill" but then sometimes I could just about...
All the best,