Spring In The Valley: Brews And Baseball…

...including a mini beer review!

       
   
   
       

The Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area lies nestled in the beautiful Wyoming Valley of northeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to minor league hockey and baseball it is the home of some very competitive small college teams, including Misrecordia, Wilkes, King’s, and the Delaware Valley “Aggies”, pictured above, lower left, in action on the road against Fairleigh Dickinson Universtiy-Madison, NJ.

We spent two nights in the valley at the Holiday Inn East Mountain as we followed our Aggies from the picturesque spring settings of the valley to the spartan baseball diamond of FDU at Florham Park in Jersey. The pictures above (continuing counter-clockwise) show a nice cold pint of Susquehanna Beer Company’s Goldencold Lager brew on tap in the hotel “Bistro”, the “green power” of the windmills visible from the hotel lobby, and, the first glimpses of spring color out back behind  the breakfast restaurant.

I found the SBC lager to be a refreshing change of pace from the bitter and heavy, oh-so-trendy, IPAs heavily in demand nowadays. More full-flavored than a pilsner or your basic can ‘o “Bud” it paired well with the grilled cod available in the hotel restaurant. Out of curiosity, I also tried an SBC Pils Noir from the tap, but did not like this unusual  “dark pilsner” as much, as it seemed more about bitterness and less about balanced flavor.

Regardless of what the astronomical calendar says, this weekend felt like the first real bloom of spring. I hope to visit this area again soon.

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