Good evening fellow beer (and maybe blogging) enthusiast. I’m starting late tonight because of a busy day of being a dad, watching the ending to Spike Lee’s HBO Epicenters series on 9/11 (it’s good) and the fact that I only have three beers.
I knew I wasn’t going to be able to buy more beers today and I only had three left so I waited as long as I could so I could have a decent drinking session and maybe have a productive buzz.
Live Drinking Blog:
Mammoth Brewing’s “Yosemite Pale” is beer number one. A beer I am familiar with, nicely priced, and a little bit old-school but not in a bad way.
So, do I have this right: GABF (virtual) and Craft Brewers Conference (in person) happened roughly at the same time this year? … um ookay?…
10:18: New Beer Alert! 🚨 Wren House Brewing session IPA. Super stoked to have Phoenix’s Wren House in Fresno somehow:
Watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Chrystal Skull because that is what’s on at the moment (Showtime). It’s still a large disappointment but it also isn’t that terrible.
Another nice night in Fresno:
12:29: I’m back! I had a bit of a family emergency but everything is cool now. On to my 3rd and final beer:
1:33AM PST: What a rip. Never achieved a buzz. Just disappointment. Oh freaking well. Maybe next Saturday.
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This Almanac Beer Co “Love Hazy IPA” is just 68 days old. It tastes way older than that.
It’s normally a good beer (I have had it before), a great brewer, it was stored cold (in the grocery store at least), so, even being a hazy, it should still taste fine.
It doesn’t. It tastes like it’s 6 to 7 months old. I think I am to blame.
I usually don’t have a hazy (or any pale or IPA really, past 30 days). This has ruined me for grocery shelf beer.
Under three months should totally be fine for any beer, but it isn’t for me. I am broke. It’s either start drinking older beers to re-calibrate my palate so I can enjoy beer that isn’t SUPER fresh. Or choose violence and exclusively drink super fresh beers.
I choose violence.
A PLEDGE!: If a hazy is past 31 days, I no longer will buy it.
It’s very difficult to choose and it changes often but mine, as I write this, in no particular order, and all from California – so I guess mine is pretty regional too:
Pliny The Elder – Russian River (Santa Rosa).
Mai Tai – Alvarado Street (Monterey)
Like Riding A Bike – Urban Roots (Sacramento).
DDH General Sherman – Tioga Sequoia (Fresno)
Citraholic – Beachwood Brewing (Long Beach).
I know it’s kinda obvious to put Pliny on there but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s true. It is always true.
Side note: This post was inspired by this thread and is worth checking out for the KC influenced responses:
It’s #NationalIPADay ! What are your top 5 IPAS? Mine are: 1. Sierra Nevada Celebration 2. BKS Counterculture series 3. Boulevard Grainstorm (miss u) 4. Alma Mader Smooth Cone 5. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale