Day trip to Milton, Delaware

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Summer time has officially started and something we decided to do to kick off the season was a trip to Milton, Delaware.  Some would think that that's such a random city to go, Annapolis, Maryland or Washington D.C.? But the beer-enthusiasts would completely understand this decision, because we started Summer 2018 off with a beer tour at one of our favorite craft-beer breweries, Dogfish Head Brewery! We went all in by purchasing a $30/person tour that lasted about 2 hours long, showcasing the many ways they use culinary ingredients in their beer and the process in how they brew it! We tried many different beers plus a taste of their vodka that they would later turn into a delicious mule, which wasn't that bad, actually! It had a nice banana aroma and flavor to it.

So as many of you know, I live in southern Maryland... it was about a two hour drive to get to the brewery and I had to face a fear I wasn't really interested in facing that day.. The Bay Bridge. Now this bridge is about 4 miles long and we had some expected but also unexpectedly bad weather on our way home from Delaware... I'm not going to say that I didn't panic, but let's just say there was  little voice in the backseat of the car saying, "I think we should pull over and wait out the storm" as well as a "Is that a tornado starting?.." 

Anywho, we made it back home in one piece with a fun little memory. Here are some pictures of the day with some cool little spots to checkout if you manage to get to the tour too early and have some times to kill!

Breakfast:


Voted Delawares best Doughnut spot, Gooey Donuts delivers a deliciously warm, freshly-fried donut per order! I'm not a cakey doughnut fan, but these were amazing and I'm truly missing the deliciousness.
They also have homemade "cronuts". Best I've ever had, it's so fresh and warm, and you can customize the toppings!
We also wanted to get breakfast for the friend who wasn't too into sweets.  The Suburban Farmhouse Coffee house was a cute 'hipster' coffee shop that offered a selection of breakfast sandwiches and treats! They had some amazing coffee options too, but none of us were feeling coffee that day (Crazy, I know!)
I did manage to grab a "cruffin" a croissant muffin combo. The cafe had three options you could choose from, Sausage and Egg, Tomato Spinach and Feta I believe? and Bacon and Egg.  I wanted the vegetarian option, but they had just sold the last one, so I opted for the bacon and cheddar which was so good! I miss it already... Worth going over a 4 mile long bridge again!


On to Dogfish Head!




    
    Then we got to the main attraction!

The Dogfish Head Tree house! You could totally tour this after the regular tour- unfortunately we never got the chance to see the inside since it was such a busy day.

They taught us about the 'Persian Lime" which is a dried up lime that spent most it's time out in the sun. It was an ingredient that they add to one of their beers. Our tour guide tossed these limes out to a few and we got to keep it
Our first tasting of the day! 60 minute IPA. Cheers!



Learning about how they made the Palo Santo beer, then a tasting

Next was the distillery part of the tour! We got to a taste of the vodka and then our tour guide made "Milton Mules" which were ginger and delicious. I want another.



Before the tour ended, our tour guide let us collect a Dogfish Head Pint glass as a souvenir and then sign a wooden strip. 

After the tour the guide gave us a card that allowed us to get a tasting of 4 different beers; from left to right:
Dragon + Yum Yums. Romantic Chemistry, Lupu-Luau, & Midas Touch.
All had a unique taste! The midas touch was the most interesting, I think.  A heavy grape after taste ^_^


Lunch:



After our tour and tasting we decided to grab a bite to eat before we headed back home. We found a cajun restaruant called 'Po Boy's Creole & Fresh Catch'
Pictured above was friend crawfish- and also my first time having crawfish .___.
They had all sorts of seafood options for your po'boy! I chose the fried oyster. Even though it only came with four oysters, THEY WERE HUUUUGE!! And super filling! 


I'd also like to take a moment to talk about one of my favorite little towns that had been affected by the storm I spoke a little bit about earlier... Historic Ellicott City has been hit HARD by the flooding of this storm that hit us on Memorial Day Weekend.  Some say its because of climate change, but anyone who has ever been to Ellicott City during heavy rainfall can see that flooding is a big issue here due to over development. Businesses have only recently opened back up from the last major flood back in 2016 and it breaks my heart to see all of the hardwork lost yet again. If you’d like to donate or volunteer to help rebuild Main Street in Historic Ellicott City you can visit here.

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