Simple Clicks – Shawnee Craft Brewery
So this is where beer is born! A few weeks back the Whiskey Bacon Traveling Food Circus journeyed out to Shawnee-on-Delaware, to the Shawnee Inn Resort, which is home to the Shawnee Craft Brewing Company. (And that may be a record for how many times you can use the name “Shawnee” in a single sentence.) The whole experience at the brewery is a little surreal – the Shawnee Inn is pretty upper-crust, a pinky up sort of place with a lovely golf course, on the banks of the Delaware River. And yet behind the hotel, in a former ice rink that got flooded out a few years back, there’s a brewery. Because, well, it was too expensive to rebuild the ice rink, so they figured a brewery was a good alternative. I love that logic!
So the Whiskey Bacon crew arrived for a short tour of the brewery, followed by a visit to the taproom for samples. I’m a lager guy at heart and rarely stray into ales or any of the more exotic beer types. But lacking lagers (and feeling brave), I tried several of the ales that Shawnee produces, including their rather stunning bourbon beer, which as the name suggests is beer that is brewed in old bourbon casks, where it picks up a complex set of flavors that range from beer to bourbon to vanilla.
When we finally left the taproom, having enjoyed samples of pretty much everything, we continued in the best Whiskey Bacon tradition – which means we trekked around part of the Inn’s golf course to their restaurant, where we took over a basement room and ordered lunch. And beer. And some more beer.
I’m by no means a professional food photographer, but I do have a great love for well-shot food photos and think that the mix of technique and artistry involved in making them is fascinating. Using just the natural light coming in through the window across from me, which was fortunately back-lighting the food in exactly the right way, I made sure to photograph my meal, and those of the people sitting to either side of me. And believe me, it was all just as delicious as it looks!
So for anyone out there who enjoys a good meal and a good brew, I heartily recommend a drive out to Shawnee-on-Delaware. The beers are unique craft brews, the food is excellent, and despite the fact that our group fell onto the resort like a minor culinary invasion, everyone was pleased to have us there and we had a great time.