But, sometimes when I head to Manhattan on other business I do like to visit again. And I had to head into Manhattan last Saturday to pick up a gift for my niece Susie who is turning 10 on Sunday. She likes fishing so I decided to buy her a starter-kit rod and reel as a gift. And Capitol Fishing Tackle Co. in Manhattan is a good place to shop.
Ugly Is Like Ugly Does
I kind of told the clerk what I was looking for and he pointed me to kind of a nifty package with a Shakespeare Ugly Stick and an enclosed reel that should be hard to tangle up. Plus an assortment of largely useless but brightly colored jigs and stuff. She did end up liking it, and we even went to a river where she spent about an hour futilely casting.
We (the Mysterious Chinese Woman and I, not me and my niece) decided to walk to Capucine's, but about the time I got to the Empire State Building, which houses a Heartland Brewery on the first floor, I had somehow worked up a thirst. So I decided to stop in for a brew.
Hard To Just Pass On By
I may have been the first customer to ever have had a beer in a Heartland Brewery. When they opened their first location in Union Square I was waiting outside early (I worked right across the park from where the were) and the manager saw me and let me in before they actually opened and let me buy a beer. Or maybe he bought me one, I really don't remember. That was back when they made their beer on the premises, making it a real brewpub. They haven't done that for a long time, ever since they opened up their third location. Now they have seven locations. The beer is still quite good though, at least for the most part.
I started out with an Indiana Pale Ale which was a lot hoppier than I remember it. I suspect they have gone with the trend of most makers of IPAs or IPA style beers and jacked up the hops. A bit too bitter, in my opinion.
A Decent, But Bitter Indiana Pale Ale
I ordered the Cornhusker Lager for the Mysterious Chinese Woman and it was every bit as good as I remembered it. Maybe even better. Or maybe just in contrast to the Indiana Pale Ale. It tasted really smooth and a pleasant hint of malt. Really a good beer.
The Winner With Her Cornhusker Lager
They had a seasonal that sounded interesting, Orange Thyme Ale. The tasting notes said: