A Focus On Fridges

For those that like alternative beer-merch, Modern Times Brewing has a $20 pack of artful playing cards for you.

Fridge Check
As beer drinkers, we like to show off our beer fridges. I used to do a Fridge Friday on Twitter and Instagram. I’d post pics of my beer fridge. But my fridge has been too lame to show off.

Anyway, I’m just leading to this New York Times quiz that’s kinda fun to take:

There was one with a 6-pack of Guinness and I guessed correctly as Biden, but really, that could have gone either way.

I guessed at a better rate than the average. I feel it’s my Fridge Friday skills paying off.

LINKed In

  • Uproxx asked a bunch of bartenders what their favorite craft beer is. Yes, Sierra Pale thankful made the list.
  • According to Beer and Brewing, these are the Top 50 Beers of 2020.

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Reco Of The Week

I really loved the “Other Music” documentary. I watched on Prime Video (or whatever it’s called), I think it may be available on other platforms.

I found a lot of parallels between a beloved record shop and a brewery/taproom. The way they are both community centers of that scene.

Plus, if you watch closely you’ll see one of the owners is a Dogfish Head fan.

The Size of Texas

Aaron from Austin Beer Guide, first rode down every street in Austin and now he has trekked his bike along the state lines to creat that map. Just thought it was cool.

Cheers, Aaron!

Oh, and cheers to YOU! Thanks for the read. (Sorry it was a little light this week) I really appreciate the shares and love.

Be safe out there!

-Mikey

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Brewery Speak: Beer Tree Brew Co

Thanks to a post I noticed by @BrianBeerGod on Instagram, I have a new brewery to look out for: Beer Tree Brew Co.

These two beers speak to me:

  • Clickbait.
  • Maps and Books.

Clickbait has a cool name and a hop called Michigan Cooper. I have never heard of this hop before but that name is rad and it makes me want to try it.

Maps and Books. I love the name for a beer. Maps? Cool. Books? Sure.

The whole vibe of this brewery speaks to me.

How I’m going to get their beer since they are in Port Crane, New York? I don’t know, since I don’t trade (too lazy).

But I have hope.

Did I Pay Too Much For This 4 Pack of Beer?: Mixed Pack of Humble Sea Brewing

How much is really too much money for a four-pack of beer?

Let’s say I paid $27.00 for this mixed 4-Pack of Humble Sea beer. …Alright, well, I actually DID pay $27. That’s before taxes and tip.

It’s was from a beer bar/bottle shop in Fresno called Out Of The Barrel. This place is only a couple blocks from my house.

Buying it a the brewery would cost $20. I don’t believe you can mix packs at the brewery. Out Of The Barrel lets you pull from same-four-packs and make your own 4-pack, if you want.

So, I am paying $7 over what I would in Santa Cruz where the Humble Sea taproom is.

Now that leaves us with one question: Did I pay too much for this beer?

Here is what some friends on Twitter think:

Well there you have it. Beer geeks don’t believe I paid too much, that’s all I need to know. I’m guessing anybody else would freak out at the price tag, but they don’t understand.

Rare beer that is really good and close by? Worth the $27.00.

Alaskan Brewing’s Beer Garden Kinda Sucks

Picture of Juneau by Sadie

I can’t take or plan any trips right now. So lately, maybe like you, I spend a lot of time drinking beer from a bag, thinking about guacamole in beer and gazing at beer gardens and taprooms from around the world, via Instagram.

“One day I will go to there.” is about all I can think or plan on.

Today I thought, “Hey, I wonder what the Alaskan Brewing beer garden looks like? I bet it’s pretty fucking gorgeous.” Juneau looks beautiful as all beautiful gets (see picture above, dude).

I bet that beer garden is a stunerrrr..

Well, kinda? I guess? … Actually, I’m disappointed.

I like the mountain thick with trees. THAT is a nice view, one I expect. But the garden? It leaves something to be desired.

Most noticeably, that green cyclone fence! It looks hideous in that environment.

I’ll accept it in an urban taproom setting from a young brewery just trying to do their best with the space they have. But not from a craft brewery in one of the prettiest spots in the world. A brewery that has been around since the 80s.

Also, the plants. Look at the sadness. They’re trying. But still.

The tables and Easy-Ups are ok-ish. But they also give off a “best we could do with $200 bucks” kinda vibe.

I have sadly never been to Alaskan Brewing’s beer garden, so I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.

Maybe they have never had an outdoor beer garden because it’s cold as hell all the time, but they created one because of the pandemic and that’s why it’s so underwhelming.

I’m just kinda losing it because of the COVID thing and bored, and picking fights nobody cares to pick. Hi.

A good time to get reacquainted

Alaskan Brewing. Located in Juneau, Alaska. They have been around since freaking 1986 people! From what I have gathered, still owned by original owners, Marcy and Geoff Larson – a fact that is amazing to me in these days of buyouts.

The Larsons were the first people to open a brewery in Juneau since prohibition.

They sound like a wonderful example of a successful independent brewery that has never gotten too greedy or over-its-skis.

I have a new respect for them and will look out for a six-pack of theirs to pick up soon and will happily look the other way if I see a cyclone fence on the package.

Things To Be Dankful For [Drinking & Thinking Vol 11]

Welcome! Come on inside. You are safe. I will keep my mask on the entire time you’re in my newsletter shop.

Meme That Made Me Nod With Agreement (courtesy of Al Green)

As much as I agree with this and find it boring to use the same hops over and over, I also will buy this hop combo again and again. Forever.

Stone Of Controversy

As the drama continues regarding Stone vs. SawStone (Stone’s CEO left the company), a great byproduct happened this week. The Full Pint offered $500 to someone with inside knowledge of what’s going on at Stone…

…and then Stone’s Greg Koch comes in with a nice comment:

Gotta love the beer world.

Packaging Of The Week!

Stone & Modern Times colab for video play magic. This is available nationwide. The actual beer is a Hazy Coffee IPA. I don’t really know what the hell that is but I still want it.

Videos Worthy of Watching!

John G from Drakes Brewing kicks off a new video series by Drakes. In it, he leans into you for not liking pales more. I think I agree.

From the nice and knowledgeable blokes at The Craft Beer Channel, a solid primer on the basics of being a good beer geek when shopping for the right beer:

Beer That Stopped Me Scrolling

Definitely the beer I feel like I saw the most on Instagram this week, “Insert Hip Hop Reference There” by Trillium. Never had it, always wanted to though. Love that damn can art:

Window Of My Dreams

I did not think I’d be linking to a New York Post article today but I am because I think the concept of a wine window is rad:

(photo: nypost.com)

So yeah, the pandemic has sparked Italy to bring back a concept that the bubonic plague brought about: wine windows. The benefit is obvious right now, as little as contact as possible. Just move the concept over to taprooms and beer and we are set.

I have written about how we need more walk-up window style things, even before COVID-19, I would really love to see updated versions of these windows around the beer world, even staying after this is all over.

(Thanks to BenjClark for the heads up on the article)

Release To Look Out For

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten excited about a Sierra Nevada release. Besides the lovely can art and promise of dankness, Sierra has already committed (yes, before you even buy it) at least one million dollars towards community non-profits. The money will be helped by the sale of this beer, but Sierra will donate at least one million no matter what the beer brings in. Look for it mid-September.


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Be safe out there picking up your beer!

-Mikey