Thursday, July 12, 2007

Hot Cars / Cold Beer

It's another nice week in the Allegheny Highlands of Cambria County. Once again I'm happy to be living in paradise. Too bad the weather can't be this nice all year round.

Out with the old and in with the new. I guess it's true. Now undergoing renovation is the old Palace Hotel in Northern Cambria. When all the work is done the borough will be home to the area's only sports bar.

Sounds from the Porch, a local Nanty Glo string group, entertains the masses during the second annual Nanty Glo Homecoming.

The Kiss

The Hope Fire Company of Northern Cambria held it's 13th Annual Car Show on Sunday. Shown here is a beautifully turned out 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. The car took Best in Show.

A blast from the past is this nice looking front engine AA fuel dragster. This pride of the late 60s took first place in the special interest group.

Another hit of the show was this pretty blue and white 1955 Chevy Bel Air ragtop.

1949 Ford Pick-up. Oh Yeah!

And the hits just keep on coming with this 1940 Willy Coupe.

This crowd pleaser out of Hillsdale, PA is a 1964 King Midget produced by the Midget Motor Corporation of Athens, OH. It had an invoice showing a total cost for the little two passenger vehicle of $777.12. It took second place in the special interest group.

Welcome to Pennsylvania.
Please keep moving.

Due to the bone heads that run our state government, thousands of visitors/campers to our state parks were forced to leave and find somewhere else to camp. However, you could still buy liquor and lottery tickets. Go figure.

Last one out, please turn off the light and lock the gate.

Straub Brewery, St. Mary's, PA.

The Eternal Tap, located inside the brewery which is open to the public 5 days a week. Every visitor is invited to have a couple (2) beers on the company before or after your tour.

Here's where the light refreshments get their start. This is the main brewing kettle. It takes two hours to fill and about 1/2 hour to cook the mash. From here it goes into the fermentor which I didn't get to see because they were making repairs.

Our tour guide on Tuesday was Kristen Straub, the great-great-great granddaughter of the founder, Peter Straub. You can tour the big breweries but I doubt if you are ever gonna find the great-great-great granddaughter of the founder giving you the tour.

With their trademark red stripe around the barrel, these kegs sit in a refrigerated room waiting to be filled.

Fill'r up. If I'm right, our tour guide said this machine will fill 28 12-ounce bottles a minute. From here the bottles go into a pasteurizer.

After the bottles are filled they are run thru the pasteurizer where they stay for 40 minutes at a temperature of 140 degrees.

At the end of the line the beer is put into cases,

loaded onto a pallet and moved to the warehouse.
From the very start of the process it takes approximately 21 days to produce a batch of beer. Because Straub's is an all natural beer with no preservatives it has a shelf life of about 90 days which makes it fresher than almost every other beer on the market when purchased. To learn more about Straub Brewery, go to their website at .

One last note about Straub's beer. Now normally, I don't promote people or products or anything, but if you are a diabetic or someone who is supposed to stay away from sugars and preservatives and other things like that, Straub's beer might be something you might consider.

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