Allagash White Is A Terrible Beer

Allagash White can
Trying an Allagash White on my Beer Bench

Yep. To me it is. To me.

What a good beer is can be very subjective. A large community inside Beer Twitter adores Allagash White. Some herald it as the perfect beer.

I could never stand the fucker.

A thin old tasting beer that tastes like it was put through a Randall filled with smushed bananas? No thanks.

But it had been a long time since I had one. Maybe I was wrong. Maybe my palete had changed. I am wrong a lot so I could be totally off.

So I tried one again:

Yep. Still as awful as I remember. Maybe more so. So difficult to drink. Just gross.

Allagash Brewing is a great top-tier Indie brewer that I highly respect. But Belgian Wheat beers are terrible, and the King of the style is Allagash White.

Hello Friend, Glad You’re Brewing

Hello Friend beers

I went to my neighborhood bottleshop today and noticed some new beers from a brewery I had never heard of called Hello Friend.

Normally I am too tight with my beer budget to risk trying something from new breweries, but today I had some rare cash to take chances with.

I look for beers with Mosaic hops first off and this brewery had several with Mosaic – if you’re a brewery that uses a lot of Mosaic you are already pulling me in, brother.

Over the past few days I have had four of their beers. One I forgot 🤷🏻‍♂️, but the other three were:

  • I’ll At Ease.
  • Nothing’s Never Forever.
  • Till I Crumble.

If I had to choose my favorite of the four three… Till I Crumble. But they are all nice beers.

Come to find out this is a brewery operating out of Berkeley’s the Rare Barrel. They are on the property but have their own “area” I suppose.

I think it’s a good idea to make a separate brewery in your own brewery, if you want to make a different style beer with its own marketing.

If you are interested and in California, you can get their beer here.

I Drank These Two North Park Beers In The Past Couple Hours and I Want To Tell You Something…

North Park “GeometricGalaxy”
North Park “Mr Hoppy” IPA

They are very good beers.

That is it.

Wait…

I will say I don’t understand why they put “dank supreme” on the Mr. Hoppy beer, I did not get dank at all, which is fine, I don’t freaking care because it was a good beer, it’s just in this day and age when you say “dank” on the label and then you add “supreme” and you marry that with a SD brewer that knows how to make a damn dank beer and knows what a hazy California San Diego IPA is going to be in your mind – yes you know what we are going to think when you say those two words we are thinking HAZY AND POT – and you make the beer clear as fuck and totally west coast and now I am thinking “There are no rules to beer society anymore!! Every one do whatever the fuck you want!!” and that is cool and all but you made a westie, good on ya I guess.

Like I said, great beers.

Why Don’t Breweries Sell Bags Of Ice?

I was ranting about this yesterday on the Perfect Pour: Why don’t more taprooms carry bags of ice!?

When I make a run to a brewery I usually have an ice-chest with me. My fridge doesn’t crank out enough ice to make a relevant amount so after I pick up my beers from the brewery, I then have to stop at a store and buy ice.

One too many stops for me – I’m lazy.

Why don’t taprooms have bags of ice for sale? I supposet there must be some but I have not seen nor heard of this. Not even in bottle shops.

Matt on the show pointed out he would give you some ice from their machine at Tioga Sequoia Brewing if you asked but I don’t want to do that. I want to buy it right then and there with my beers.

Sure, I will totally forget to buy the bags of ice at a brewery that started carrying ice, just like how I walk out of a grocery store forgetting the ice. But it would be nice to know I could have gotten the ice at the taproom.

Normalize bags of ice at breweries!

ICY SIDE NOTE:

Bags of Ice from Sonic Burger
(Photo by: Hip2save.com)

There have been times (maybe now still) when you could buy the perfect-for-drinking, Sonic Ice, in bags from your local Sonic joint. It would feel like a misuse to put them in an ice-chest but it might work for the road trip with a brewery stop attached.