Some new. Some classic. They all hit well at the moment. Pretty much mostly kinda available, if you live in California or have a California Mule.
The Hop Concept [San Marcos, CA]:
Jolly & Joyfull IPA.
Dude, with that can I’m thinking “Spruce Tips. Here come the Spruce Tips!” But this is not that beer. It’s just a good clean IPA.
Pizza Port Brewing [The San Diegos]:
Bacon & Eggs – Coffee Porter
It’s a classic and great for this time of year. A wonderful Palette Cleanser Beer for an IPA fan like me. I don’t finish it in one sitting but keep it in the fridge for a couple days to break up the IPAs and reset myself.
Modern Times Brewing [So Cal & Portland]:
Danger Dolphin – Pilsner
A little spicy way to begin your drinking or slow your pace. Citra hops in a Pilsner setup. The can color is brilliant.
Zack’s Brewing [Fresno, CA]:
Air Hugs & Finger Guns – IPA.
This beer is better than it was earlier in the year. A fine-tuned Simcoe & Mosaic based IPA, waiting to be enjoyed now.
Liquid Gravity [San Luis Obispo, CA]:
IPA – WCIPA
What a modern dry West Coast IPA should be. Not too much of anything, just enough of everything.
I enjoyed the hell out of all these beers the past couple weeks. Hope you can find one so you can too.
It’s a limited release beer. Comes and goes. But if you look in your Total Wine or maybe your beer buying place of choice, you will see individual cans of Monsters Park. Not the 16oz, mind you, the 12 oz cans.
Those cans are going for $17.99 or more.
Should I get a Quicken Loan for a can of Monsters Park?
Cute 12oz can, Modern Times. Now bring out the real can. These must be gag gifts, right? No, it’s real? Okay sorry. You need a $20 bill to get one 12oz can of beverage now, I see. This deserves a strongly worded Untappd rating.
if we were talking about one of the bombers of Monsters Park, that would be a different story. But this is a baby 12oz can. Hardly enough for a personal beerfest.
Can I age a can of beer like Monsters Park?
When you get a bomber bottle, Modern Times suggests that it would be totally cool to age it anywhere from 6 to 24 months.
But what about the can?
Let’s say we don’t think $18 for a can of Monsters Park is too damn high and we buy it. Can I age it, or (if you prefer the term) cellar it?
Yes, aging beer in a can is a thing too and yeah, do it. I think cellaring beer in a bottle or a can has equal benefits and drawbacks so it does not really matter.
I would like to one day take the same batch of beer, one in a can, one in a bottle, sit on it for a year and then see how they do. But that is for another post, another day.
A few years ago I started taking the day off from work to watch Opening Day of baseball. One of my favorite days of the year. It was obvious to join my love of craft beer, baseball, and having a day off from work, into one glorious day. I really need to name it.
This year is different. Instead of a tradition Monday start it’s a Thursday. I’m fine with it because they are not doing any funky stuff like having games in Japan or having a game on the Sunday night before. Just straight up begins on Thursday morning and goes all day.
So here is a brief rundown of my day. I will probably update as the day goes by as I had to put this post together quickly.
OPENING DAY DRINKING & ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
8:00 AM PT: Wake up late because I recorded the Perfect Pour last night and I’m starting out a bit hungover. Blueberry pancakes and lots coffee.
9:30 AM PT: Clean the studio/man-cave from the podcast the night before.
9:40 AM PT: Cubs vs. Marlins begins the 162 game season. I’ll have a Modern Times “Blackhouse” coffee stout to begin the drinking day.
10:10 AM PT: Cards vs. Mets joins the game watching. Still milking the Blackhouse (gotta keep this up for 12 hours).
12:05 PM PT: Twins vs. Orioles. First AL game of the season! Maybe a little Wiffleball, now thinking about what beer is next. Likely a Modern Times again as there was a sale at Total Wine.
12:35 PM PT: Astros vs. Rangers. First AL West game, now the season truly has begun.
12:37 PM PT: Yanks vs. Bluejays. Time to put burgers on the grill!
1:00 PM PT: Red Sox vs. Rays. Do I dare open up a third beer?
1:05 PM PT: Oakland A’s vs. Los Angeles Angels. Highlight of the day! My favorite team is the A’s and it’s a rare treat to have their game on so early on opening day. Usually, I’m fading by 7:00. I think the A’s have a good team this year and if their starting pitching can surprise, they can legit challenge for the West.
4:08 PM PT: Giants vs. Dodgers: I hate these teams which means it’s fun to hate-watch. I might be veering off the Modern Times or going back to the Blackhouse for the coffee at this point. I’ll probably be feeling good, at any rate.
7:10 PM PT: Indians vs. Mariners: Hopefully I am not too bloated and filled with toasted onion dip, at this point. Gotta finish off my AL West support!
There is more to do and talk about. I just wanted to get a quick schedule up. I’ll be updating on my Twitter and Instagram feed (@mikeytoppour) along with my Untappd feed (@dorktown). Along with this post.
Please hit me up with a comment here or on social media and let me know what you’re doing for Opening Day! Cheers and PLAY BALL!