It’s that time of year again… My sister came up from California for our annual bike ride. As usual, I put out “The Big Board”.  We had the usual suspects: CrucoloD’Affinois, St. Agur, bourbon chicken liver mousse from Chop, Saucisson Sec salami from Olympic Provisions, some smoked duck, plus some homemade pickled purple cauliflower and green beans and a baguette.

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As usual, we had a few beers… Wit’s Ransom – a Gin barrel aged wheat beer – from Claim 52, Temptation – chardonnay barrel aged blonde ale – from Russian River, Ampersand Volume 3 Chapter 1 – a golden sour botanical ale aged in Gin barrels – a collaboration from Crooked Stave and the recently shuttered The Hop & Vine, and for dessert, Noa Pecan Mud Cake – a chocolate pecan stout – from Omnipollo.