Liar’s Club – Alpine, CA

This morning we got up and did a little last-minute shopping before heading for the desert. Because we got out of town so late, we had an opportunity to stop for brunch in Alpine at the Alpine Inn.

It is a funky little place – dark inside, and made me think it’s where the old people go – but we really enjoyed our “Sunday Country Brunch”.  For $12.95, we had a choice of one of many menu items. D had the huevos rancheros, which came with rice, beans and hash browns. I had the seafood omelette with the tomatoes substituted for the potatoes. All brunch meals come with biscuits and gravy, and handmade Bloody Mary’s on the house.  Pretty good food, and very interesting place.

Heading toward the highway, we decided to check on the Liar’s Club (located at 2806 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901) – did they open last night? Are they open now?

The answers were Yes, and Yes!  It was 11 AM, and they were just opening for the first full day of business.  What a great time we had there, too.  There were 32 active taps, and a few in reserve, as well as a large bottle selection.  They offered 10-oz glasses and pints, and the selection was terrific! We had a few things from the taps:

  • AleSmith Speedway Stout (awesome!!)
  • San Diego Brewing Co. Chocolate Porter (on nitrogen with a Hershey Bar tap handle)
  • Fox Barrel Cassis Cider (yummy!!)
  • New Belgium La Folie
  • Rubicon Wheat Wine

We really enjoyed the people, too.  Pete, our bartender who moved with the business, and Heidi, a bartender in training, were great with us and all of the incoming customers, and we met Louis Mello, the owner, and a guy who I suspect may be Al Guerra, the new business partner. Despite the first day hectic feeling, they were all very willing to share information about the place, the beers, and the beer scene.

                    Liar’s Club             C and D at Liar’s Club

I know I’m not “from here”, but I can say with conviction that this is a great beer bar and so very worth the beautiful drive from the city. The selection is amazing – anything you could want (except a macro) – and the food looked great. It will get louder once televisions are installed, but otherwise, it’s got everything going right for it. Oh – and best bathrooms of the trip! The ladies room was really pretty, with a feminine selection of hand soaps and lotions. Hooray for a beer bar with a beautiful head!

C at Anza-Borrego

I’ve got some photos of the new place, and perhaps I’ll get some links and/or descriptions up later, but after a day in the desert (Anza-Borrego), and a long drive back to La Quinta, I’ve got to get to bed.

Congratulations on your opening, [New] Liar’s Club – we hope you are still around on our next visit!  BTW – anyone have a phone number for this place?


San Diego Breweries and Beer Bars

Our little hotel room was nice and dark, so we slept in a bit this morning before venturing south to check out the San Diego beer scene.  Several places were on our hit list, and we managed to get them all in.

  • Holiday Wine Cellar – where we drooled a lot, but only bought a few bottles. Great place for beer, wine and liquor selection, and terrific people who work there.
  • AleSmith Brewing Company – Peter Zien conducted the tour himself, and it wasn’t just an ordinary brewery tour. He really got personal with his information, giving some very specific examples of what he does at AleSmith, and why, and what he hopes to do in the future. It was a very interesting, and more in-depth tour than I’ve ever taken. At the end, for $5, we were offered 8 sample glasses and a “free” bottle of YuleSmith Holiday Ale (the winter Imperial Red) to take home. Our big miss was the Speedway Stout – he’s brewing a batch right now, and only had enough for 8 or so people to try. Here is what we did have:
    • Nut Brown – smooth and light
    • AleSmith X – an extra pale ale that would make a nice session beer
    • Lil’ Devil– sour, light Belgian-style with coriander
    • Horny Devil – a little sweeter than Lil’ and about twice the alcohol
    • IPA 
    • Winter YuleSmith – imperial red
    • Old Numbskull– American-style barleywine
    • Grand Cru
  • Ballast Point Brewing– Linda Vista Brewery and Home Brew Mart – because it is Saturday, we were unable to visit the Old Grove Brewery of Ballast Point, but we were pleasantly surprised to learn that Home Brew Mart is more than a homebrewer supply store – it is also a sampling house for Ballast Point Brewing. We were able to sample a few things ($1 for the regular beers and $1.50 for the specialties), and we took home some bottles.  They had 11 on tap; we tried several:
    • We were quite blown away by two of the special beers – Victory at Sea (an Imperial Porter that has an aroma of chocolate and coffee, but the first flavor was vanilla, and the finish was a dry oak flavor) and Three Sheets Barleywine.
    • We were thoroughly pleased with Big Eye Ginger IPA (7% ABV and 65 IBUs – created by making a sort of ginger “tea” and adding it in the secondary) and Dorado Double IPA (9.6% ABV and 90 IBUs; perfect – the grapefruit aroma and flavor we were looking for this whole trip!)
    • We also had Schooner Wet Hop Ale (4.5% ABV and 70 IBUs), Big Eye IPA (7.0% ABV and 65 IBUs) and Sea Monster (7% ABV and 35 IBUs)
  • Alpine Beer Company – we visited Alpine with the specific intention of purchasing a growler, and ended up having a nice, lengthy tasting with Pat McIlhenney, and the other interesting folks there (including a local homebrewer.)  There were 11 beers on tap, and we sampled 6:
    • Mandarin Nectar (6.5%)
    • Captain Stout (6%)
    • Ichabod (6.6%; a Belgian sour brown)
    • O’Brien’s IPA(6%; made in conjunction with the owner of O’Brien’s, who is a former award winner brewer at one of the Oggi’s locations)
    • Duet– (7%; made with Simcoe and Amarillo hops – my two favorites!)
    • Pure Hoppiness (8%)
  • O’Brien’s (The Hoppiest Place on Earth!) – they aren’t kidding with this tagline! With 19 taps and two beer engines, there is a lot of room for diversity, but they dedicate themselves to the hops, and the tap list shows it.  I started with the Hollister Beer with Hops IPA, which was on the handpump, and as a result, so smooth and perfect – like hops iced tea.  So glad that they allowed for 10 oz glasses, we also had:
    • HopTown DUIPA (Imperial Ale)
    • Russian River IPA
    • Craftsman Brewing Company Cabernale (our second glass of the trip)
    • Green Flash Le Freak Belgian IPA (also a repeat on this trip – yummm!)

While in Alpine, we checked out the new Liar’s Club location, which was not open yet (they said, “come back in one hour,” but we couldn’t wait since O’Brien’s closes relatively early.

We did a few non-beer related things today as well, and a few of those times, it was eating! When in San Diego, we always look for sushi, and because O’Brien’s kitchen closed, we were in need of late night munchies.  We visited the following:

  • Ra – a chain sushi establishment “where the music is pumping, the mood is upbeat and the atmosphere is as stimulating as a bite of wasabi”
    • Not really what I want in a sushi bar, and in fact, the music on the website is almost as annoying as the restaurant. It was so loud – outside and in. It felt like a dance club, and to add to the club atmosphere, the girl next to us was spewing extremely intimate details of her life to a first date – things I kept hoping the music would drown out. Good ponzu sauce with the Tunacado, and nice pickled ginger, but otherwise, nothing really impressive about this stop.
  • Los Palmitos Taco Shop in the Clairemont neighborhood
    • What a rare (for us) and wonderful little find! This place only has four tables and counter service, but the food was so delicious. D had a chorizo burrito with rice and beans, and I had a fish taco. My taco wasn’t quite enough, so I ordered a chile relleno, and it was OUTSTANDING! It was huge – probably 4″ x 6″ – filled with cheese and smothered with all the good stuff. Everything at Los Palmitos was really great (and the soups looked amazing), but this one blew us away. The flavors of every dish were so fresh and obviously hand-prepared, and the salsa bar, which included fresh tomato salsa with chunks of onion and cilantro, a thick and spicier red salsa, a mild green salsa, and hot carrots.

Thanks, San Diego – you rock!

North San Diego County Breweries

Our morning started with the excitement of a visit by Guillermo – the resident roadrunner who comes by the house to feed on crickets and cockroaches caught around the house, as well as mealworms to suppliment his diet. 

After a great (people) breakfast of enchilada tortillas and grapefruit fresh from the yard, we took a morning walk through the Coachella Valley Preserve, located on the San Andreas Fault near Palm Springs. We toured the Paul Wilhelm Grove and the McCallum Grove, adding birds to our trip list and enjoying the beauties of the desert. In addition to the birds, we were blown away by the number of fish, dragonflies and a crayfish hiding away in the cool oasis.

After our walk, D and I headed for the coast.  We’re on a two day tour of the breweries, pubs and beer bars of southern California.  Two days won’t cover it all, and will leave me too tired for details right now, but here is where we were:

We enjoyed some great beers, some really good food and met lots of fun new people.  Unfortunately, I’m so tired out from the day, I’m putting off lists and comments to a later date.

Desert Birding and Back Street Brewery

This morning we had a late start (we got into La Quinta after 3 AM in “our time” so we needed the sleep!), but finally got out to do some birding near the Salton Sea in the late morning.  Our hosts, Bob and Dianne, knew just where to go for nice views of the water birds at the Sea and a beautiful walk through San Andres Oasis.

After a day of birding, we stopped off at Oasis Date Garden for date shakes, and then visited the Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center to meet some of Dianne’s friends (Rodney the Roadrunner was one of my favorite!)  We stopped at Trader Joe’s because it’s always a treat to go there, and then returned to the house for a yummy dinner of homemade enchiladas.

Our after-dinner entertainment was the Mr. Christmas Santa’s Marching Band (this video is not HER set, but you get the idea…funny, funny stuff, and pretty darn talented!) 

We ended our night with a trip to Back Street Brewing in La Quinta, which is part of the Lamppost Pizza chain.  There were 7 beers on tap, with guest taps including Framboise.

  • Crossroads Cream Ale
  • Heritage Hefeweisen
  • Jagged Lil’ Pilsner 
  • Rita’s Red
  • Ron’s Pale Ale
  • E.R. IPA
  • Saint Nick’s Treasure

Our bird list for the day (not in order of appearance):

  1. Eared Grebe
  2. American White Pelican
  3. Brown Pelican
  4. Double-crested Cormerant
  5. Great Blue Heron
  6. Great Egret
  7. Snowy Egret
  8. Green Heron
  9. Canada Goose
  10. Northern Pintail
  11. Northern Shoveler
  12. Gadwall
  13. Ruddy Duck
  14. Osprey
  15. Northern Harrier
  16. Red-tailed Hawk
  17. American Kestral
  18. Gambel’s Quail
  19. American Coot
  20. Killdeer
  21. Black-necked Stilt
  22. Greater Yellowlegs
  23. Least Sandpiper
  24. Bonaparte’s Gull
  25. Ring-billed Gull
  26. California Gull
  27. Herring Gull
  28. Yellow-footed Gull
  29. Caspian Tern
  30. Rock Dove
  31. Mourning Dove
  32. Common Ground Dove
  33. Costa’s Hummingbird (at the house!)
  34. Northern Flicker
  35. Say’s Phoebe
  36. Common Raven
  37. Verdin
  38. Cactus Wren
  39. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
  40. Northern Mockingbird
  41. American Pipit
  42. European Starling
  43. Orange-crowned Warbler
  44. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  45. Sage Sparrow
  46. White-crowned Sparrow
  47. Brewer’s Blackbird
  48. Great-tailed Grackle
  49. House Finch
  50. Lesser Goldfinch


A four-hour layover in Atlanta was made bearable by the addition of Sweetwater Draft House & Grill on Concourse B.  The airport pub features several of Sweetwater Brewing Company’s beers – there were four on our visit : 420, IPA, Hummer and Blue.

We enjoyed the IPAs (served in 15-oz and 20-oz glasses at more than $6.00 each!) with the Portobello Mushroom Sandwich and the Big Kahuna Fish Sandwich.  The IPA was well hopped with a very pleasant aroma.  Much more than I expected at an airport eatery, and certainly superior to our other choices – Budweiser Brewhouse & Smoking Lounge or Sam Adams Brewhouse (which featured Ale, Lager, Winter Lager and Cherry Wheat.)

Countdown to Christmas – Week 4

The last 4 days on the Advent Calendar of Beer

Dec. 22Winter Warmer – (Santan Brewing Company) this was sent to us in a growler from Chandler, AZ.  The same person who sent the Papago delivered this to us, and the packing job was SO VERY superior!  When I began to unpack it, it was so riduculously well wrapped, cushioned and prepared for travel – I was so amazed.

Dec. 23Winter Ale  (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Dec. 24Olde Frosty IPA from draft in a growler (Selin’s Grove Brewing Company)

Dec. 25 Harveys Christmas Ale (Harvey & Son Ltd.) – A pleasant way to celebrate Christmas.  A little like horehound candy in a glass!

Overall, this was a fun little experiment.  I don’t think we actually cleared out the basement, but we had a nice selection of beers to enjoy throughout the season.

Now…off to San Diego to start of the new year!

Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks

The so-often-mentioned-by-me “golden triangle of beer” in Central PA has become a trapezoid. That is my official position after spending Saturday night at Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks in Millheim, PA.  Tim Bowser, an owner, joked with me that perhaps it is now more like the Bermuda Triangle, which may be true as people taking the time to visit Selin’s Grove, Bullfrog and Otto’s will be drawn into the center to take in Elk Creek.

The PLCB came through late last Friday, and Elk Creek had a quiet opening.  Sam Komlenic reported the details of his visit and tour to Lew Bryson, but because of a heavy work and vacation schedule last week and my focus on Christmas shopping and Firkin Friday at Selin’s Grove, I wasn’t keeping up on my reading.  I learned about it via text message this weekend, and just happen to be staying less than 30 miles away so I jumped on the opportunity and my parents came right along.

Knowing the area well, I was surprised by the metropolitan flair of this place (the last great restaurant in the area – The Hummingbird Room – closed in 2005.) It’s a few doors down from the quaint Millheim Hotel where, at least when I was growing up, the salad bar is in a claw-foot bathtub (another interesting fact – this circa 1794 hotel is haunted by the mistress of President Millard Fillmore.) It, too is a fun spot to dine, but it’s charming in a small-town kind of way.

From the large windows of the Elk Creek Cafe, I watched at least three Amish horse and buggies pass by the other two restaurants on the main street – Brownies Valley Tavern and The Pizza Shop. Their polished black boxes connected by strong wood and leather strappings to a single horse offered a glimpse of women and children wrapped in blankets and men in suspenders and black dress hats. I challenge you to name another brewpub where you can see that!

Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks is located in the former Equinox Cafe location – it can’t be missed in such a small town, but just in case you decide to visit, the intersection is routes PA-45 and PA-445 (the only stoplight in town) and the address is 100 W. Main Street.  The street view is full floor-to-ceiling windows and the brightness of the interior lights up the downtown. It has a beautiful yellow glow, which reflects off the honey wood floors, and colorful displays artwork throughout the restaurant add an interesting aspect to the otherwise simple decor. There is a real feeling of openness to the restaurant – we weren’t crowded, although the tables were nearly full.

Elk Creek - Exterior at Night     Elk Creek Selections

We did not sit at the bar, but it looked very nice with the handmade cherry and iron barstools.  The beer menu was on the table, and a chalkboard presentation of the beers and specials was on the wall. The food menu was printed just for the weekend, and I assume this will be a trend, as they feature fresh, local products (seen in italics where I’ve copied the menu at the end of this post.) In addition to “fresh and local”, this place features some of my other favorite buzzwords: organic, smoke-free and vegan. Chef Mark Johnson describes the his preparation style as Nouveau Dutchie Cuisine.

Brewer Tim Yarrington, who was dining two tables away with his family (but I was too shy/polite to interrupt them), has outdone the Penns Valley beer scene with his nice selection of ales. I didn’t ask if there are plans to put on a cask, but heard there are plans to expand the number and variety of offerings. I also am left wondering about the ABVs and IBUs…  Five beers were on tap yesterday, served in 5 oz glasses for $1 or pints for $3.95.  The selections were:

Winkleblink Ale– a light, perhaps kolsch-style, ale named for a nearby mountain. On the map, you will see it as Winklebleck Mountain in the Bald Eagle State Forest (the Mid-State Trail crosses this mountain when hiking from Hairy John’s picnic area to Raymond B. Winter State Park), but because of a lighted tower, the locals know it as “Winkleblink Mountain.”  The name is a bit esoteric, and should they ever look to rename it, let me offer up “Winklebleck Light.”
Great Blue Heron Pale Ale – an American Pale Ale that didn’t quite meet my expectations for flavor. It was lighter in color and lacking in the hop flavor and aroma that I expect in a Pale. This is not to say I didn’t enjoy it – I did – I just didn’t like it enough to indulge in a pint.
Elk Creek Copper Ale – this is the kind of flavor I’m looking for in a session beer. It had a stronger hop profile than the Pale, and the darker color was visually more appealing.  Toffee sweetness complimented the floral aroma.  Elk Creek, by the way, is an important area waterway which once hosted mills and now provides recreation through kayaking and fly fishing.
Brookie Brown Ale– the big surprise of the night! Pop usually avoids browns (too sweet!), but based on the description, decided to try it. His first pint was a mis-pour of the Copper and he had to send it back, so when the Brown arrived looking much like the Porter, we suspected another mistake.  Not so! This did not have the hop aroma or full-bodied roastiness of the porter, but the chocolate and caramel malts kept the flavor strong and the color dark. It was an excellent and atypical brown ale.
Poe Paddy Porter– nostalgia abounded in the name alone, and then we tasted this beer based on Tim Yarrington’s GABF award winning porter recipe. It is a perfect porter – dark, smooth and roasty with an extra hint of hops in the aroma and the finish. It could only be better if only it were on cask…  I had my pint of porter with desert, and it really complimented the bread pudding (a small slice of bread pudding (which didn’t have the taste or texture of old bread!) topped with raisin sauce, citrus zest and vanilla ice cream.) Poe Paddy is a favorite local State Park on Penns Creek and near the Paddy Mountain Railroad Tunnel, which is a favorite Mid-State Trail day hike or bike ride for our family.

Our meals were just as good as the atmosphere and the beer. We started with the chicken liver toast – a lovely pate preparation best shared by the three of us. It was a wonderful treat that melted in my mouth. Pop had the Steak Frites (a pasture-raised grilled strip steak served with steak butter and  a generous portion of fries with aioli.) Nana had the pasture-raised burger, also served with the hand-cut fries. I had the potato-crusted wild Alaskan salmon, which was balanced over roast beet cubes and topped with horseradish sour cream and chives. It was perfect in flavor, but the presentation was lacking (dramatic, yet it looked lonely on such a big plate – a few greens or something scattered on the side would make all the difference!)

Our only real complaint was the waitress assigned to our table. The other wait staff seemed to be very friendly and efficient, but ours was inattentive, extremely soft-spoken, and generally not prepared to work with the public.

Two things I neglected to do is find out a phone number for this place, and whether or not they fill growlers. All of my searches for phone numbers come up with numbers for the Equinox (it rings busy at all times), and two personal phone numbers which I found on things like the State Inspection report. I’ll want to know those things eventually.

If I lived near Millheim, I would visit at every opportunity.  As a beer traveler, I hope to get back as often as possible.


  • Cream of Broccoli + Parsley w/ Cheddar Soup
  • Elk Creek Flatbread + Hummus w/ Kalama Olives (vg)
  • Belgian Style Hand-Cut Fries + Elk CreekAioli or Tofu Mayo (vg)
  • Olive Salad Bruschetta (vg)
  • Mac + Frank + Fontina
  • House-Cured Gravlox + Poppy Crackers w/ Dijon Drizzle
  • Local Apple, Bacon, Cheddar + Baby Lettuce Salad
  • Roast Beet Salad w/ Toasted Caraway Vinaigrette (vg)
  • Mixed Baby Greens, choice of Vinaigrettes (vg) 


  • Pasture-Raised Burger + Hand-Cut Fries w/ Elk Creek Aioli
  • Roasted Pepper + Marinated Portabella Sandwich w/ Hummus Mayo
  • Valley Ham + Swiss on Gemelli Ciabatta
  • Fillet of Beef Salad w/ Grilled Gemelli Ciabatta, Mixed Lettuces + Roasted Peppers
  • Bucatini w/ Elk Creek Puttanesca (vg)
  • Pasture-Raised Grilled Strip Steak + Fries w/ Elk Creek Aioli + Steak Butter
  • Butter-Basted Over the Moon Farm Chicken w/ Broccoli + House-cured Hog Jowl + Potato Gnochi 
  • Tender Callahan Pork Shoulder + Pork Belly w/ Butter Beans + Roasted Root Vegetable
  • Skillet Trout w/ Crispy Potatoes in a Brown Butter, Capers, + Lemon Pan Sauce  
  • Potato-Crusted Wild Alaskan Salmon, Horseradish Sour Cream + Chives w/ Roast Beets

Countdown to Christmas – Week 3

The third 7 days on the Advent Calendar of Beer

Dec. 15Old Fezziwig® Ale  (Samuel Adams) – Winter Warmer

Dec. 16 – Carolina Winter Porter (Carolina Brewing Company) – an American Porter created with Simcoe hops.

Dec. 17 – Christmas Ale (Corsendonk) – Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Dec. 18 – Winter Ale (Wyerbacher)

Dec. 19Cherry Vanilla Maple Porter (Brutal Deluxe Brewing) – our 2006 homebrew Christmas beer.

Dec. 20 – Anise Spruce Ale (Brutal Deluxe Brewing) This the second of two Christmas beers we brewed in 2007, and it’s possible there is a better name and I just don’t know it.  We were really looking forward to the spruce essence, but the star anise completely overpowers it – a bit reminiscent of NyQuil, unfortunately.  Hopefully it will mellow with time, but not in time for Christmas.

Dec. 21Gray’s Wassail (Gray’s Brewing Company); Olde Frosty IPA from the Firkin  and Solstice Dubbel (Selin’s Grove Brewing Company) – yes, it was a busy day of beer drinking on Friday. D had the Gray’s Wassail at home because he had to work, while I took the afternoon off and camped out at Selin’s Grove for six hours. 

I can’t speak for his Wassail, but I thoroughly enjoyed Olde Frosty IPA from the firkin! It was tapped at 3:30 PM, and kicked in 1.5 hours.  I had the honor of finishing off the last 1/2 pint! It had a piney hop character with hints of caramel sweetness, and the flavors of the wood really came through (apparently it was only in there for 4 days.) This is a beer I’ve looked forward to tasting all year, and I wasn’t disappointed. I brought home a growler of Olde Frosty on CO2 for D to try, and it will be interesting to compare.

Also, Selin’s Grove brought out the Solstice Dubbel on this special day, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The Pumpkin Ale was still on (but I bet it isn’t any longer), so I had a 1/2 pint of that, as well as a glass of Razz Merry.  My holiday favorites – all in one place!

Countdown to Christmas – Week 2

The second 7 days on the Advent Calendar of Beer

Dec. 8   – Christmas Ale (Great Lakes Brewing Company)

Dec. 9   – Old Man Winter (Southern Tier Brewing Company)

Dec. 10 – Mad Elf 2006 (Tröegs Brewing Company)

Dec. 11Santa’s Private Reserve (Rogue Ales)

Dec. 12 – Snow Goose Winter Ale (Wild Goose Brewery)

Dec. 13 – Snowcap (Pyramid Breweries) on draft at the Brewhouse Grille, Camp Hill (PA)

Dec. 14 – 2007 Christmas Ale (Sly Fox Brewing Company)

Papago Hop Father Imperial IPA

A box arrived on our doorstep on Tuesday evening.  It was damp and crumpled – the taped top had collapsed and opened a bit, so I reached in.  Through the peanuts I discovered a bubble-wrapped growler!  Wahoo!  Our second in a series of trades arrived (and I quickly looked at the return address to find it was from Arizona.)

I placed the box in the sink, not knowing how much liquid was loose in the box.  It really wasn’t too much – it got soaked up by the cardboard box, the enclosed coasters, and was all over the bubble wrap.  The growler cap was taped (not super-taped, though), so I rinsed the clear growler and placed it in the fridge – not fair to drink it without D!

When the cap label dried, I was able to read that our beer is Hop Father from Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.  Yeah!  New to us!  It is a Double IPA, and I’ve found conflicting reports that it is anywhere between 7% – 8%  ABV, and in excess of 100 IBU’s.

Despite the spillage, it poured nicely tonight and still had significant carbonation.  It had a nice orange bronze hue, and fairly floral, hoppy aroma.  The flavor was more malty than I prefer, but certainly the hop characteristics came through – especially on the finish.  It seems a little thin for a double IPA, but I do admit that earlier in the evening, I had two glasses of Devil’s Milk and tasted Black Jack Imperial Stout at DuClaw’s.  The Hop Father’s finish was really nice, and it got better as it warmed.

I’m glad I got to try it, but I think D will be the one finishing it down…