The week before I left NYC, I took a trip down to Philadelphia with my friend Yana. According to her, we visited the best thrift store ever. And we also went and saw my friends Tom & Peggy at the brewpub and pizza place they own, Earth Bread & Brewery. Though don’t call them pizzas to Tom, they are officially flatbreads and they are officially delicious.
They make one that is called The Seed, which is an amazing garlic paste spread where one more often would put tomato sauce and then layered with an assortment of delicious seeds and olive oil on top. For the uncouth and uncultured you can have them place some sort of cheese on top too. But really, why on earth would you want to disguise the amazing garlic flavor with some totally unnecessary oily mess of cheese?
I have to say, leaving the states this will be one of the things I miss eating the most. Last year, right before I did the hell of chemo, I made sure that my last real meal for some three+ weeks was a seed pizza from Earth. Likewise, I had to make sure I had one more before venturing off on my journey.
I also wanted to make sure I was able to go down and thank Tom & Peggy personally for what was one of the most amazing things anyone could have ever done for me. Tom made a beer, full of hops (which as a sensible man, he does not enjoy too much) called Antibody Ale. It had lots of hops for their natural antibacterial properties. But it was named for me and my struggle with my wayward antibodies attacking my kidneys and getting me into the place where I am now. Earth also decided to donate all profits from the beer to me to help fund my journey.
On their beer menu they described the beer as such: “Randy __, a friend of Earth, and is in remission from Lupus and battling kidney failure. Randy cannot drink, but proceeds from this beer will help him with his struggles.”
To say I was touched would be an understatement.
I met Tom & Peggy many years ago, when I was a heavy beer drinker and instantly connected with them. They too are vegetarians and one of Tom’s beers, Perkuno’s Hammer (when he owned and brewed under the name Heavyweight), was easily one of my favorite go to beers.
Over the years I have visited both Heavyweight and Earth countless times, and sure the beers and food were good, but the company was exponentially better. As I am sure you can see from the amazing gift they have given me. I look forward to seeing them again where ever I end up.