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Maryland Craft Beer Festival

The Maryland Craft Beer Festival is tomorrow at the Frederick Fairgrounds.  Weather forecast looks beautiful.  Some of those VIP beers look fascinating; Green peppercorn trippel or wild sour cherry porter?  Here is a guide to the festival from the Gazette.   You can still buy the discounted tickets at their site as of this morning.  I wonder if I qualify for a press pass?

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Cupcake Wars Frederick Style- Sweet Angela’s Cupcakery

For years Frederick managed to survive without a single cupcake store, but now we find ourselves in the enviable position of having two within 400 yards of each other.  I reviewed the original cupcake bakery, Angelcakes, here about ten months ago.  Since that time a newcomer opened up:  Sweet Angela’s Cupcakery.  Of course this begs the question;  which is better?   To answer that pressing question I first had to try the wares at Sweet Angelas.  Whereas Angelcakes is chrome , white and Tiffany blue the minute you walk in to Sweet Angela’s you are greeted by a sea of pink. It reminded me of a nursery of a couple who are expecting their first daughter: pink on the walls and bright pink boxes.

Pink is the theme at Sweet Angela’s

I picked up a four pack of their chocolate-chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, Southern Belle (red velvet) and yellow cake with chocolate frosting.  Cost $10.  On their menu they have five daily flavors and had a dozen specialty flavors but on the day I visited the only specialty flavor available was the chocolate peanut butter.  Drooling I headed for the office where we conducted a taste test.

I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to get all four on film.

I found the cupcakes to be incredibly moist. The icing was very sweet  but there was slightly less on the the cupcakes than Angelcakes which I liked (see my review of Angelcakes for my feelings on icing).  Two of the cupcakes, southern belle and chocolate peanut butter had  cream cheese based frosting as opposed to the standard buttercream. So who’s best?  Here is my take you decide what’s important to you:

Color:                                                     AC (What can I say?  I’m a guy I prefer blue)

Cupcake                                                  SA (Much moister than AC)

Icing                                                         SA

Price                                                         Tie ($2.50 each at both places)

Selection                                                 AC (seven standard varieties and specific rotating daily specials)

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Family Meal

The Frederick News Post reports that Bryan Voltaggio’s (and Hilda Staples’- don’t forget the other half of the team.  The media, including this article, always seems to forget her) new restaurant will be named Family Meal.  A first or second week of June opening is slated.

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Odds and Ends

Channel 9 video on Adam Frey’s new Frederick county farm brewery.  I’d card the reporter though.

Brewer’s Alley released a special wedding beer, Wedding Alt, with customizable labels.  How about a divorce one?  Should it be something dark and heavy or light and celebratory?

The Grateful Gourmet tries a Frederick County wine and finds he likes it.

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Flying Dog Disobedience Abbey Dubbel

I keep no secret of the fact that I am a big fan of Flying Dog beers.  So I just had to try the new Flying Dog Disobedience Abbey Dubbel.  An Abbey Dubbel is a type of beer that originated from the Trappist monks of Belgium.  Typically these beers are double fermented which gives them complexity and a higher alcohol content.   The Flying Dog Abbey Dubbel is part of their limited release Brewhouse Rarities Line.  According to their website this line consists of beers that are the brainchildren of individual brewers at Flying Dog and “push the confines of conventional beer styles.”  Now I’m not really sure I would say this beer pushes the boundaries of conventional beer styles, but it certainly was tasty and one of the better Abbey Dubbels I have tried.  I came in a big 750 ml bottle with the racking date printed right on the front.  (April 12 in my case)  The beer had an opaque, dark caramel color.  When poured the glass was filled with fine, tight bubbles.  It had a complex but  gentle,creamy  malty flavor.  Very little hop notes were present.  It finished with a  touch of sweetness. Sweet is not something I’m  a big fan of in a beer and I had my reservations because Abbey Dubbels can tend toward the sweet side.  I also saw that it said  on the bottle that it was made with “local maple syrup.” Luckily there was only a touch of sweetness, but it was not overpowering and did not clash with the food.

VERDICT:  A fine sipping beer!

7.6% ABV.  I paid $10.88 for a 750ml bottle at Ye Olde Spirit Shoppe

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East Street Diner Update

Just noticed that the Volt blog was updated with some information and pictures on the new diner project that they are working on.  Interesting transition from car dealership to diner.  Blog entry here.

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Delicious Asian

Just wanted to say that I’ve been on an Asian kick lately.  In the space of a week I have eaten at both Lucky Corner and Sumittra.  I’ve reviewed Sumittra before and found it to be excellent.  I been back at least half a dozen times since that review  and it has never disappointed.  It has become our go to Thai place in Frederick (Sorry Thai Rice!).  However, this was the first time that I had been to Lucky Corner and I had to wonder what took me so long.  I sampled the chicken Pho, mango chicken, veggie egg noodles and veggie hot pot. I don’t have time to do a full review, but the food was uniformly delicious, the menu was filled with dozens of things I would have been happy to try, and the service was perfect.  I’m curious as to how it stacks up to the other two Vietnamese restaurants in Frederick?  Comments anyone?

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