My 3 day/3 show sojourn into South Dakota continued on Sunday. That morning I met with Ben Hanten, owner of Ben's Brewing & The Copper Room, at the historical Cramer-Kenyon House. While there, we shot a couple videos for my songs "27 Feet" and "Sweat Equity". Singing songs about my home in a beautiful place like that? It just felt right. To kill time in the afternoon, I returned to the house with my wife and were given a private tour by the resident care taker. That or we followed a ghost around. It made the house that much more interesting to know the story behind it. For the remainder of the afternoon, we hit several other landmarks and had, I think, a pretty authentic Yankton experience. Last year was my first time performing at 6th Meridian Hop Farm and I believe it to be one of the first that they had. It has been great to watch them grow and succeed. Upon arriving on the scene this particular afternoon, the first thing I saw was the new stage they had built out of an old deck. It looks cool out on that hop farm, and it's especially nice when you're performing on a sunny day. I'm really looking forward to being back at this place two more times this summer. Once to open up for Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band (7/28/19) and a second time as a part of the Swing Cat Festival (8/10/19).
Come on, man. They can see those dates under the "Shows" tab. Get to the beans.
Counterfeit Curbside is an upscale food truck that, lucky for me, was on site for the entire weekend. They had "Ancho Libre Baked Beans" on the menu, and I just had to dig in. The order of beans was a large serving, handed out in a cardboard dish. I didn't see a spoon available, so I had to use a fork. That didn't stop me from shoveling these down. This offering was a 3 bean variety. Dark, and light, red kidney beans as well as black beans. If I'm not mistaken. There was a decent bean-to-sauce ratio, but since I'm being picky, that many beans could have used a touch more sauce. Those 3 different types of beans had been cooked very well, resulting in a perfect consistency. There were large chunks of bacon in the dish to provide a nice change in each bite. The brains behind this dish included some nicely cooked down green peppers, plenty of minced garlic, and fresh green onion as a garnish. This added a depth of flavors that I've yet to encounter in any of the dishes I've sampled. There was a mild sweetness to these beans and it was balanced well with a smokey, spicy flavor. This was no doubt a result of the dish having been simmered in Lost Cabin Beer Company's "Ancho Libre" ale. Had I not needed to get up and sing my songs, I'd have had a couple more bowls of these.
Ratings (On a scale of 1-5)
Total Score: 12
Tied for the highest score.
For what it's worth,
Tastee Treat Drive Inn's Hot Fudge Shake: 5