I Saw A Bird While Drinking A Pale Ale

“The Local” – Sacramento Style Pale Ale from Flatland Brewing

I am starting a new feature on the blog: Something I did while drinking a beer. (It could use a better name)

Well, I guess it’s sort of a spin-off of my Ambient Reviews.

Anyway, these are things that happened while drinking a Pale from Elk Grove’s Flatland Brewing called “The Local – Sacramento Style Pale”.

I was sitting in my backyard and…

I saw several birds. There was a sparrow and a bluejay that ate some food from my bird feeder.

I listened to the PA of this high school baseball game being played a half-block away:

Listened to a hotrod rumble through my neighborhood.

Saw a squirrel bury something in my planter bed.

Agreed on how nice a day it is:

Earned the “To Go Level 48” badge while checking this beer in on Untappd.

Admired my new Brumate with painted metal that makes it feel like a car finish.

The Hopsator Trio from Brumate is satisfying to hold

And that takes us to the end of the beer. Thanks for reading! 🍻✌️

Drinking Session: Rams vs Niners, Edition

“60 Days In Hell” from There Does Not Exist Brewing

This is the start of a (hopefully) series on the blog where I summarize a drinking session I have.

This one is the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and my Los Angeles Rams.

BEERS

  • 60 Days In Hell from There Does Not Exist Brewing (San Luis Obispo, CA). Helles Lager. 4.7%.
  • Cosmic Gumbo from New Glory Brewing (Sacramento, CA). Pale Ale. 5.5%.
  • Nelson’s Revenge from Revision Brewing (Sparks, NV). DIPA. 9 %.

BY THE NUMBERS

3:30 | Start time

3 | Amount of beers

2 | Different slasas

30 | Corns chips eaten

6-8 | Mixed olives eaten

4.5 | Highest rating of the three beers (60 Days In Hell).

1 | Buzzes acquired

20-17 | Final score. Rams defeat the 49ers to win the NFC and the right to play in the S*%#r Bowl. 🎉

8:30 | Stop time

Session over. Time to take a little break and begin another one. 🍻✌️

Sorry Allagash White Fan, Untappd Ratings Reflect What A Beer Actually Tastes Like

You Allagash White fucks.

I want just one of you, ONE OF YOU, to admit that Allagash White is not for everyone.

It is a niche style beer!!

Hello!? McFly!? Think, McFly, think.

Belgian Yeast and Wheat Beer in general, kinda fucking suck… well, suck to a lot of people anyway. Allagash White Fan always fails to mention this when complaining.

And then there is the disconnect of what the upper beer geek crust thinks Untappd is and what it actually is.

I mean really, how long is it going to take you Untappd haters to understand the app? It is not for rating a beer on how well it is made. Nope.

It is an app for rating how a beer tastes to a person. A human beer drinker. Not a brewer, or Beer Twitter, or Beer Instagram.

So when you understand the context, 3.76 is a very good rating for a shit style. Is there a Belgian Yeast inspired Wheat Beer ranking higher? I’m not going to take the time to figure it out but it’s HIGHLY doubtful.

I now present to you the most accurate Allagash White rating on Untappd:

Belgian Yeast is the Brussel Sprout of the beer world. Loved by some, disliked by most.

So Allagash White Dude should be happy with that rating. And maybe shut the hell up, for once.

Saturday Night Drinking Thread: Pineapple Socks Edition

Out Of The Barrel in Fresno

My session starts with a beer run to Out Of The Barrel to pick up some cans for the next two days. I refrained from getting a beer there ‘cause I had to get back to the family with lunch. 😕

LIVE BLOG SECTION!!🚨🍻:

The bottom of this post will be the latest entry. Refresh the page to see if there is an update.

3:30 PM

Drinking has begun!

Bay of Plenty from Almanac

A 6.5 hazy that is very light on the haze. It was a label buy. Pretty forgettable.

5:00 ish:

Humble Sea Brewing

Variant of Humble’s Socks & Sandals (Pineapple). I thought I was going to like it more.

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Maybe A “Kinda Cool” Category Next Year For the Beer Writer Awards?

The results of the Beer Writer Awards are out and I can tell you that the blog you’re reading right now is nowhere near them.

I am not a long-form writing kind of guy so it makes sense that I have nothing even worth mentioning – as far as the North American Guild of Beer Writers is concerned anyway.

After reading through all the winners, one thing is clear: they looooove love love long articles.

Lots of words = good blogging.

Blog or newsletter creativeness? BORING! Long stories with puffy and fussy words? Sign NAGBW up!

Am I bitter and longing for acknowledgment? I don’t think so? Maybe subconsciously. But if I am being honest, I get inspired by lack of acknowledgment. Makes me want to post even more.

The NAGBW does have ONE category I would have a shot in: Short Form.

Appropriate that their short form category has the least amount of award winners: three.

Was three all the entries they had or do they just not respect that category enough to even bother posting more? 🤷🏻‍♂️

Maybe next year I can convince them to create a “Kinda Cool” blog or newsletter category.

Anyway, like I said, I kind of get-off on the people considered the best in the field, not giving a shit or not aware enough to know what is happening on the small indie blogs.

When you’re a never-award-winning blogger and newsletter writer, sometimes being an unknown crank is all you have.