Grant Way

My immune system has a bit of a love-hate relationship with North American trees.

I have pretty bad seasonal allergies. Decades ago allergy tests confirmed that I'm allergic to various North American trees like ash, birch, maple, oak, cedar, elm, juniper, and pine. During spring, pollen from these trees triggers allergic rhinitis, causing sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, itchy and watery eyes, and a scratchy throat. Breathing can be challenging due to nasal congestion.

To manage my allergies, I take medication year-round. I also have what my allergist calls "allergy-induced asthma," so I use an albuterol inhaler to ease symptoms. Thankfully, I don't have allergies to tropical plants or food.

Interestingly, my allergy symptoms are milder when I'm in wooded areas. I disjt understand why until Shaan learned that many suburban and urban areas primarily plant male trees, which produce lots of pollen but no seeds, fruits, or pods. Female trees, which don't produce as much pollen but do produce fruit, are less favoured by landscapers and homeowners who don't ant to deal with uneaten fruit.

It's frustrating to think that as a society we contribute to our allergy woes, but that's the situation in many parts of the United States. We ignore our relationship with nature and do what's convenient and attractive.

pFriem Family Brewers's Dank IPA

I am drinking a Dank IPA by pFriem Family Brewers at Grant Way.

Venue: Grant Way, Princeton, NJ
Beer: Dank IPA
Style: IPA - American
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.8%
IBU: 70
My rating: 3.5/5
Brewery: pFriem Family Brewers, Hood River, OR, United States
Brewer's notes: Tropical fruit, grapefruit; dank hopiness

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Bolero Snort Brewery's The Last Bovine

I am drinking a The Last Bovine by Bolero Snort Brewery at Grant Way.

Saving the Troon for tomorrow.

Venue: Grant Way, Princeton, NJ
Beer: The Last Bovine
Style: IPA - Imperial / Double
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9%
IBU: 0
My rating: 4.5/5
Brewery: Bolero Snort Brewery, Ridgefield Park, NJ, United States
Brewer's notes: Strong signs of the hops are within this one - train with care, a few too many can send you to the dark side. Brewed and double dry hopped with Citra, Amarillo, Falconers Flight and a tiny hit of Columbus lend notes of bright tangerine and spacey clementines with background resin.

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