The new restaurant in Sea Gull Square offers "kabob" style Chinese food as well as spicier options. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Hundreds of seafood lovers flocked to the 45th Annual Oyster Festivel on Chincoteague, Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Carol Vaughn video
DelawareOnline's Ryan Cormier hosts a Facebook Live chat with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione at his bar and restaurant in Rehoboth Beach on Oct. 3, 2017.
Hundreds of classic cars and trucks descended on Ocean City on the weekend of Oct. 6, 2017. Todd Dudek video
100 varieties of jerky available, including exotic meats such as kangaroo and elk in addition to gourmet snacks, popcorn, nuts, spices, sauces and rubs available.
Delmarva Eastern Surfing Association held the Maryland State Surfing Championships on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 on the beach at 36th street in Ocean City, Md. Produced by Megan Raymond
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The 2017 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty will be hosted by Wicomico Youth and Civic Center and nearby venues in both Maryland and Delaware on Sept. 22-30. Wochit
As Wicomico County prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary, The Daily Times and DelmarvaNow.com will offer nine days of coverage, much of it recalling where we were 150 years ago and recounting the journey through time that brought us to where we are today. Wochit
An inside look at this year's event. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Larry Parsons grew up in the restaurant business and eventually decided to his own. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Big Oyster Brewery's expansion in Lewes will increase production by 2,500 barrels Produced by Megan Raymond
Pico Taqueria offers freshly made tortillas, with a variety of different toppings and is open during Chincoteague's summer season. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Joe KroArt, Ocean Gallery, was honored by Maryland's Comptroller Peter Franchot Produced by Megan Raymond
The William E. Morgan Conservation Center will offer reptiles, amphibians and conservation programs. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
OC Painting Experience brought to you by T.C. Studios is a place for locals and visitors to learn about painting. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
In Ocean City, Italian bistro Ripieno's specializes in big portions, including its 28-inch large pizza. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Zap Pro/Am World Championships of Skimboarding held its semi-finals on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Dewey Beach, Del. Produced by Megan Raymond
Hamboards allow riders to surf while on land. Here's what Don Sandusky, owner and general manager of the co., had to say about the newest model. Produced by Gray Hughes
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OC BBQ, which replaced OC Steamers, opened in May and provided a southern barbecue restaurant at the changing 45th Street Village. Wochit
An inside look at this year's event. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Vineyard Wine Bar and Bistro is providing an upscale food and wine experience at the beach. Wochit
The new space will include an expanded dining area, fire pits, cornhole and a viewing area where customers can observe the brewing process. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Pony Penning begins with southern and northern roundups on Assateague, the swim to Chincoteague on July 26 followed by the auction on July 27 and capped with the swim back. Wochit/Produced by Kamlesh Desai
Known for their crab cakes, Drum Point Market has gained attention from travelers from all over the country. Produced by Ralph Musthaler and Ben Penserga
A band of wild ponies gallops on Assateague Island. Video courtesy of DSC photography. Darcy Cole, DSC photography
Barn 34 in Ocean City puts the family in family restaurants. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Highlights from the 2017 Berlin Bathtub Races. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
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Chef Chris Parks has elevated the cuisine at Lupo in Rehoboth over the last few years. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
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Delmarvanow.com asks beach visitors about their favorite activities on the Fourth of July. Produced by Megan Raymond
The restaurant offers seafood, speciality pizzas and more to customers. Produced by Meg Ryan
Chris Clare went from a small town ballplayer to a minor-league All-Star. Wochit
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has been touring breweries in Maryland to learn about their economic impact on their respective communities. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Alan Goldsborough of Crisfield and daughter, Heather, have opened Shipwrecked Seafood at Route 50 and Main Street in Berlin. Live, steamed and softshells to go! Deborah Gates
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Take a virtual walk along the Ocean City Boardwalk while checking out some of the sounds and sights. Produced by Gray Hughes
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Local fans of HGTV’s television show, “House Hunters,” will soon see their hometown in an upcoming episode. Wochit
Downtown Salisbury Festival returns June 2-4 with with carnival rides, food vendors, craft beer, a full entertainment lineup and local vendors. Wochit
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In really broad terms, beer follows the season.
Prevailing temperatures notwithstanding, if you think of spring beers as a little more yellow, summer as a little more golden, fall as a little more amber and winter as black, we’re pushing through the end of the amber and moving toward black.
Porter season nearly is upon us and that is one of the best times of the year for fans of crisp, rich beers. If you think of amber beer as a little sweet and winter stouts as super smoky, porter is right in the middle.
Porter is one of the newer beer styles. It was brewed using brown malt, which made it darker than beers made from the pale and amber malts popular at the time. Its popularity was tied pretty closely to the improvements in being able to roast different malts in a way that gave different flavors.
Porter also was one of the first beers that only was made by breweries, since taverns at the time didn’t really have the space to make and store it in the amounts needed.
There’s some debate among beer people about what separates a porter from a stout. The shorthand distinction is alcohol content, stouts having evolved as porter’s more boozy offspring. Setting aside low alcohol stouts (like Guinness) and high alcohol porters, it still is the best way to distinguish the two. Mostly, though, the distinction is tied to a crispness that is less present in stouts.
Porters look deceptively rich but really have a pretty mild smoky, nutty and (or) chocolate-like bitterness. They also have very little hop flavor, so they are not bitter, not sweet — just bubbly and wet and flavorful, which is what makes them a great fall dinner beer.
They also had fallen off the grid for most of the last 200 years, but are coming back in a big way. That makes this a good season to get into them, because there’s as much variety as there’s been in awhile.
While craft beer has in no way shied from making the high-octane, aggressive beers with which it made its name, there has been a trend toward greater subtlety over the last few years.
“Session IPAs” were so-named because a drinker could have more than a couple without getting too intoxicated. Many of the session IPAs were between 4 and 6 percent alcohol by volume, as opposed to regular IPAs that run between 6 and 8 percent ABV.
Brewers upped the flavor and lowered the alcohol, making the beers more accessible. Think of a porter in a similar light. It’s flavorful but lower in alcohol than a big heavy stout. Where a smoky stout might be a little cloying, a smoky porter will just have a bit of a sweet bite.
It’s a transitional time. We’re not out sweating in the yard and craving something cool and refreshing, but neither are we hunkered down by the fire hoping to stave off the chill with a heavy pint.
Mostly, we’re enjoying the kind of fall leisure that comes with heavier foods and dinners after dark. Also, they’re not as filling as they look so they don’t detract from the big meals they complement.
Chili, soups, stews and barbecue, especially those on the richer side, are seriously improved by a porter, which has a palate-cleansing aspect when paired with thicker foods. It's similar with fried things, particularly (and at the risk of being cliche) fish and chips. If a food has any pungency at all, the porter will equalize it, reducing the peaks and raising the valleys.
The best part for many people who want to like craft beer but haven’t had a lot of luck is that porters aren’t bitter, or at least they aren’t hoppy. There are some hops in them but just enough to limit the malt sweetness. When people try stouts, sometimes they are scared off by the high alcohol content or the beer’s thickness and depth. Even though they are “dark beers,” porters are light tasting.
Oktoberfest is over in Germany and ending here in the next few weeks. Traditionally, that represented the end of the beer laid up over the year and the beginning of brewing for the long winter.
That isn’t the case anymore, but there will be no shortage of porters in the coming weeks as breweries start producing this solid transitional beer. Package stores, restaurants and bars will start placing a greater emphasis on porters and other dark beers, which means they will be easier to get and to try than ever before.
To be clear, there still is no shortage of IPAs and even wheat beers have become available year-round, but brown beer tastes better with fall food and fall life generally.
You’re welcome to test that theory on your own.