May 22, 2010

Dark Matter, More Ice Cream and Trivia

Pour farm folks

The Pour Farm isn't the best place to take a photo. It's usually too dark in there. Of course, it helps if you're not pointing your camera phone in the direction of the windows. We had a nice little gathering to celebrate the end of the semester and get to know the new full-time student in our program. Welcome, "Tim!"

"Dark matter" doesn't refer to the lighting conditions in the Pour Farm. It refers to the Brooklyn Brewery beer that Ryan was drinking, a taste of he graciously offered in a shot glass. I was instantly sorry I had already had my predetermined 2 pints. Brooklyn Brewery Dark Matter is dark and rich, fermented in whiskey barrels and it tastes like a combination of beer and rum or whiskey. It was good!

Unfortunately, It's a one-time creation on their part, so I don't know if I'll be able to find it in bottles. For now, at least, they've got it at the Pour Farm.

Speaking of things that are yummy, I was given the cold shoulder by my daughter on Friday morning because the well-established ritual of ice cream day on Thursday afternoon had been broken. I worked all day on Thursday because I had shifted my schedule around for school. Maggie tells me that they were very interested in why I wasn't home that afternoon. An ice cream habit is a difficult habit to interrupt. I assured them they'd get their ice cream this weekend.

We're pretty loyal to Somerset Creamery, but Bob and Liz tell us that somewhere in Bristol there is an ice cream shop that it Somerset Creamery's match. In fact, they said it was even better, but I have a hard time believing that. Liz was very convincing; you should have seen the expression on her face as she described the coffee-flavored Oreo ice cream. I think the polite word for it is "beatific." So, I think we have a field trip on our hands. They couldn't remember the name of the place (!!!) but I'm guessing it's The Daily Scoop.

It's unlikely, however, that any ice cream shop will supplant Somerset Creamery. Especially now that they're going to have a location within walking distance of our house. I've calculated that we can burn around 200 calories walking to and from the ice cream shop. Surely, that's a healthy activity.

Trivia: If you're familiar with the Hood Milk Bottle outside the Boston Children's Museum, did you know that it was originally located in Taunton, Ma? it was. I found this out after reading that the family who owns Somerset Creamery used to own another ice cream stand shaped like a milk bottle. It was located in Somerset until it apparently was dismantled in the late 70's and shipped up to Boston (music) to the Naval Shipyard in Charlestown (according to this story).

Posted by James at May 22, 2010 11:58 AM
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Yes. Yes I did know the milk bottle used to be in Taunton. I remember it, though I was very young and the paint was peeling.

I was a bit skeptical when I first heard that that milk bottle had moved to Boston, because there was (and still is!) a milk bottle in Raynham (and I think the Hood one was originally a Frate's too). I hadn't realized there had been two bottles in the area where I grew up; I had thought it was just one and was very confused as to where it was. We were actually closer to the Raynham bottle.

The one in Taunton closed before I was born, and I don't think we ever went to the one in Raynham, though we drove by it frequently.

And I just now discovered that the milk bottle in Raynham has a twin in New Bedford too. Huh.

Posted by: Julie at May 22, 2010 12:39 PM

I barely remember one being in Somerset.

Posted by: James at May 22, 2010 1:10 PM

Er, that's "Dark Matter" (fixed)

Posted by: James at May 22, 2010 2:15 PM

When I first saw the headline, before I read the post, I wondered if "Darm matter" was some sort of mysterious pun.

There was a milk bottle in Somerset? Was it a Frates too? Maybe they were everywhere! That would further explain the severe confusion I suffered over milk bottle locations in my childhood... it was such a striking landmark, I thought there could only be one. (Also, people tended to speak of "the Milk Bottle," not "one of the Milk Bottles.")

Posted by: Julie at May 22, 2010 7:25 PM

And the blog spam returns.

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