It’s 515 miles from Dyersville, Iowa to Mariemont, Ohio.
Hang in with me for a second. That’s going to make sense in a minute
Dyersville, Iowa is where the movie Field of Dreams was filmed. In its three-hanky-consuming final scene, the long-dead father of main character Ray Kinsella asks his son, “Is this heaven?” To which the son answers, “No, it’s Iowa.”
In cosmological, if not theological terms, 515 miles isn’t that much. It would have been a different story and a different movie, but slide the setting 515 miles to the east -southeast and the only answer the Kevin Costner character would have been able to give is “Well, as a matter of fact, it is.”
You see, it turns out heaven has a very specific address. It’s 6818 Wooster Pike in Mariemont. Dilly Deli Wines & Gourmet. The bar is in the back. The bartender’s name is Peanut. That’s all you have to know.
Many of you already know about Dilly Deli, so you understand (and forgive) the enthusiasm of the newly initiated. As for the rest of you, well, there’s always time for redemption. Today, for example, Avery’s Ale to the Chief will be on tap all day today to celebrate the Presidential inaugural. Drop by. Or drop by tomorrow when something else will inevitably move onto one of the seemingly endless taps (“seemingly endless” being code for “I forgot to count.” The website says 11). Strike up a conversation with Peanut if he’s working*. Mention the most obscure beer in passing. Not only will he tell you something about the beer you didn’t know, he may run to the back and find you a bottle he’s been holding onto, as if waiting for someone worthy enough to have it. It’s no wonder it appears #12 on the “Best Beer Bars in America” in Beer Advocate magazine. The stock on the shelves is a wonder to behold.
Oh yeah, the food was great.
They sell wine, too.
But for beer lovers, it’s just heaven.
*If the space-time continuum hasn’t developed a rift, he’ll probably be working.