Last night I was in my local generic grocery store (Yo, what’s happening Save Mart!?), doing my generic shopping for the next couple days. And I needed beer.
I went through the standard section that is 75% Big Beer and the rest Craft Beer. There was nothing interesting to me in the Craft. So I went to the one end-cooler where they have more specialty craft beers.
Sadly, all the interesting ale-based stuff carried a date of four months or older, making it unusable to me.
As I was about to give up and get a six-pack of Sierra, I noticed a new-to-me eight-pack of beer from San Diego’s Belching Beaver. It is a mixed pack of their Deftones beers.
Sweet! This is exactly what I need at this moment. BUT, no date on the box and you can’t see the can dates. Since the rest on the cooler has older beer, it is pretty likely this is old too. But I want it.
Fuck it. I buy it.
I wait till I get home to see if I just wasted $20 on old beer. And when I do, to my surprise, none of the beers are more than five weeks old.
A rare score. I can’t imagine I’ll get so lucky next time.
He is talking about how if Allagash White (considered by Beer Twitter to be a perfect beer) can be rated so low by Untappd, then something is wrong with Untappd.
Yes but if you are Untappd, HOW can you weight by style?
I think everyone knows “not my style” guy is a problem in Untappd, but how in the world could you actually remove that guy’s rating? How do you fix that in reality without someone at Untappd picking through every rating and messing with it?
I don’t think you can.
One of the ticks of Untappd is it’s what the world of drinkers thinks of a beer, not just what uppity beer geeks think.
Maybe you can try, like others have, to create a more curated, “educated” beer drinker app and not let anyone rate Allagash White below a five. Good luck with your boring-ass beer app.
And also, us beer geeks aren’t perfect either:
Selection bias is always a problem, to be sure. And data always needs context. But usually the folks complaining want to be the arbitrators of "good", and bias exists just as much (or more) in those groups as well
Sadly, Modern Times Brewing had a couple of sucky announcements this week. One is they are having to furlough a large part of the workforce. Second is, two of their employees tested positive for COVID-19. They don’t work in any of the taprooms, but still.
This is the first I have heard of a major indie brewery having employees test positive. Actually, it’s the first time I have heard of ANY brewery have employees test positive. This makes me think breweries are just underreporting or I’m not paying attention. Both are probably true.
I was listening to a recent episode of Trader’s Joe’s podcast Inside Trader Joe’s and they revealed that they have a Cookie Butter dessert beer in the works. It is expected to be out around September. My only thought was “What the hell took so long?”
There is an incredibly long article/blog post at Beer Crunchers sort of about DontDrinkBeer and the amazing amount of beer (and money from raffling off the beer), he has been able to collect for charity. The charity being money to the family of Breonna Taylor and the family of Elijah McClain. He was able to raise almost $68,000. There is also a Kate Bernot article about it.
I love what he did here with his following. He must have a pretty amazing reputation with the craft brewery world too because an insane amount of folks donated beer. Incredible good use of his influence. Big cheers to this.
London and Liverpool look insane. One of my travel dreams is to go to Ireland or anywhere in the UK really, and have some beers at legit pubs. Goals.
I love sitting. Drinking. Thinking. Listening to music while doing this is also nice. So I have been meaning to create a Spotify playlist designed for just this. In the meantime, I found one @beer_pop did that you can check out too.
One highlight is “Oblivious” from The Strokes and… well, actually there are too many to highlight, it’s a pretty damn extensive playlist. It’s going to take a lot of drinking and thinking to get through it all. I’m here for that.
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If you’re going to have a craft beer blog, since it is such a crowded space, it is best to at least have a niche. A focus. I need to get focused. What the hell am I going to do here?
What This Blog Won’t Be.
This is not going to be a beer review blog. That does not mean I won’t be posting about a beer I’ve tried for the first time, or maybe a beer I have had that still inspires a post. But it won’t be a traditional review. I just don’t have it in me.
Naming off accurate (or not so accurate) tasting notes is not my thing. I can’t figure it out. Part of it is I have always found it to be too pretentious for beer. Getting three or four flavor notes deep into a beer feels wrong. Feels like a wine geek kinda thing.
It’s Not One Of The Things That Drew Me To Craft Beer.
Maybe that’s why I resist training myself to be better at tasting beer. But it’s more likely that I am just lazy. I’d like to be Cicerone Certified someday (at least at a server level), but that will be later. For now (and probably forever), no boring reviews. They have their place, I read some of those blogs and listen to some of those podcasts, but you won’t see it here.
The “reviews” will be more like “This beer is making me feel things. I want to miss work for the next few days and just stare into the woods with this beer by my side.”
Hopefully, you enjoy that sort of thing.
What Will This Blog Be?
A different kind of focus on craft beer. On being a beer geek. The kind of focus that will help you not let a drink ticket go unused. Like the one pictured at the top of this post that I let go unused at this year’s Fresyes Fest. Sacrilegious!
Humor. That’s what you’ll find here. Attempting to be funny anyway. A mix of humor and focus. Both for you and me. Helping focus our lives as beer geeks, no matter where we are on that timeline.
How to never leave a good beer behind or a drink ticket unused.