Beverage notes: Dogfish Head whiskey and a Truly surprise; Longo’s Meatballs in AC; Newark Food and Brew

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Dogfish Head Distilling Co. launched its first single malt whiskey, Let’s Get Lost.

The single malt whiskey was was distilled from a  blend of malted barley and aged onsite for more than three years in charred oak barrels. 

Beginning in early August, Let’s Get Lost will be available in 750ml bottles in Delaware and nearby areas.

“All our scratch-made spirits are crafted alongside our beers using the same all-natural, high-quality culinary ingredients, each taking ample time and a whole lot of thoughtful experimentation to develop, test, and perfect,” said Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head founder & brewer. “Let’s Get Lost has been a multi-year labor of love made possible by the hard work and ingenuity of our awesomely talented distilling co-workers. Last year, around the holidays, we released a limited quantity of Let’s Get Lost at our coastal Delaware properties, and it sold out almost immediately. That’s when we knew we were onto something, so we submitted samples to Whiskey Advocate and the L.A. Spirits Awards. Respectively, Let’s Get Lost earned a 92-point “Outstanding” rating and claimed a Gold Medal in the American Single Malt Category.”

Dogfish Head Distilling Co. has been distilling scratch-made spirits since 2002. The distillery has created an array of vodkas, gins, rums, and whiskeys. In addition to its full-proof spirits, earlier this year, Dogfish Head Distilling Co. introduced a lineup of three ready-to-drink Canned Cocktails.

For more, visit www.dogfish.com/distillery.

The seltzer surprise

As you may know, Dogfish Head is now owned by Boston Beer Co. The company was in the news last week when its stock dropped sharply due to a sales slowdown for its Truly seltzers. The company admits it was caught by surprise by the velocity of the drop in the summer.

Caligione and wife Mariah opted to get stock, rather than cash, in the  $300 million sale of Dogfish Head.

Based on the number of shares the husband and wife team may still own, their Boston Beer stake may total about $280 million,  down from $340 to $350 million.

Seltzers had driven Boston Beer’s stock price, even though the pandemic hammered restaurant and tavern beer sales.

Explanations for the stock slide center on people stockpiling seltzer during the pandemic and are now drinking through the inventory to seltzer drinkers returning to bars and restaurants. We may also be seeing the end of the fad stage for fizzy beverages.

Another Jerry’s Longo’s opens in Atlantic City

The growing Rhode Island-based  Bally’s casino group is helping to build a  small chain of restaurants with a taste of South Philly.

Jerry Longo’s Meatballs and Martini’s opened last spring in  Bally’s Atlantic City. It comes after previous openings in Rhode Island and Dover Downs. More Longo’s could be in the works since Bally’s operates about a dozen casino resorts.

Atlantic City Weekly recently carried an interesting story on Longo’s and its ties to Martorano’s, another South Philly-inspired  Italian food spot with locations in Atlantic City, Vegas, and Florida.

In Dover, Longo’s replaced the former Frankie’s, which carried a Sinatra theme. Frankie’s had its fans who are not all happy with the replacement.

The featured dish at both Martorano’s and Longo’s is the meatball salad, an appetizer that can also suffice as a full meal.

If you are not up for a trip to Dover or AC, you can visit Scalessa’s Old School Italian in the 40 Acres area of Wilmington near Trolley Square.

Scalessa’s features meatballs and has Martorano influences.

Owner Donnie Scalessa operated a restaurant for several years in Wilmington that featured Martorano touches that include   TV monitors carrying classic mobster films, and late-night dancing.

Food & Brew returns

After a Covid hiatus, the   Newark Food & Brew Festival is back for the 17th time.

The annual festival, presented by Chase Bank, will take place on Saturday, July 31, from noon-7 p.m. at restaurants  on Main Street.  Lead sponsors and Out & About Magazine and The Newark Partnership.

“As family and friends have the opportunity to reconnect in-person, The Newark Partnership is thrilled to help reinstitute the Food & Brew tradition,” says Leann Moore, Executive Director of TNP. “By highlighting Newark’s amazing cuisine during this festival, we hope Food & Brew participants will come back throughout the year.”

Food and Brew showcases more than 40 craft and imported beers paired with food offerings from 11 of Newark’s restaurants. The pay-as-you-go event takes place in restaurants. In addition to food and drink, a collection of Newark retailers will be offering discounts during the festival as part of the Hops & Shops Sidewalk Sale. 

 “The Newark Food & Brew has become a rite of summer,” said Jerry duPhily, publisher of Out & About.  “When we partnered with the City of Newark to create this event more than 17 years ago, craft-beer focused events were a novelty. Today, they’re commonplace. But the beauty of this event is that it encourages guests to explore Newark and visit the many participating restaurants. As a result, it’s an ideal showcase for the city’s dining scene.”

The  Food & Brew Festival had a 16-year run until last year’s event was canceled due to  Covid restrictions. For a list of participating restaurants, featured brews, and menus visit NewarkFoodandBrewFest.com.

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