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.
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.
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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