Bring Your Beer: “The Studio” from Portlandia

I was always a little frustrated with Portlandia never developing a brewer or beer geek character on the show

It is such an obvious fit for a show about Portland culture and its nerds to have a quirky beer nerd character – too obvious for Fred and Carrie I guess.

At least the characters occasionally are having a beer in sketches. One of this best is the above sketch “The Studio” which starts with Fred’s Studio Guy character (maybe my favorite) asking Lance Bangs to come check out his studio and he can bring his beer.

The mellow statement of “bring your beer” just plain feels good.

Going to check out a thing someone wants you to see and you can do it while hanging with a beer in your hand? Perfect.

If this isn’t my favorite Portlandia sketch of all time, it’s at least one of them.

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Sometimes I Get Tired of Untappd

Beachwood “Citraholic” check-in

Nobody talks about Untappd more than I do. I love it. But sometimes… it tires me the hell out.

I just want to drink my damn beer and not worry about taking a perfect flipping picture and putting it on Instagram or checking it in on Untappd.

It can be exhausting. Especially when you’re drunk.

But. But but but BUT, I often DO like posting on Untappd.

I like checking-in Uniques. Writing a little review in hopes it helps someone or the brewer. Or reminds me in the future to get this beer again. Or don’t get it.

I like following other people, seeing what everyone is drinking. I love that ChewYourBeer likes to boast about being the first to drink a beer in his community:

Chew’s first Fieldwork!

People using Untappd in a creative way is the best. It’s pure.

Unlike Instagram, there is no game behind posting. You’re not using hashtags or whatever, to try and gain followers or ‘game’ some algorithm.

You post for you and your beer friends.

So yeah, I get too tired to use the app sometimes and miss posting a new beer. But I always sober-up and comeback. It’s my favorite beer community.

BLACK IPAs Are Already Over Again. Stop Before It’s Too Late

Black IPAs have already made their “comeback” and are moments away from hibernating again.

If you have a BIPA in the tank, cool. It’ll be fine. But don’t get too crazy.

I only mention it because I’m observing a lot of buzz from people just now figuring out Black IPAs have come back, and are acting like they are a permanent thing.

Learn from history, my children, they are not BACK back.

I think BIPAs can stick around. But only by just being released during Black IPA Season.

What is Black IPA Season?

What’s that you say? You didn’t know there was a BIPA Season? Well there isn’t one. But we are making one, right here, today.

January 1st – March 30th. I declare this to be Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale Season, forever and more and stuff.

What Should I Do With These Old Beers!?

For various reasons I have these old beers.

Mostly they were bought on accident, either from not checking the dates or unable to see the dates due to the packaging. One is a gifted old beer.

There’s nothing worse than an old IPA, especially a hazy.

Should I throw them out?

I currently have the space for them. They may not taste good but they are still beer. And I don’t have an infinite beer budget and sometimes run out BUT still really want a beer.

And sometimes a dude will show up and just want beer and not care how old they are.

Well, I guess I’ll keep them around then. Since I have the space for them at the moment.

Glad I worked that “problem” out here.

If I only live bed in a place that snowed and I needed to save parking spots, my problem would be solved here:

What do you do with your old hoppy beers?

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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