Sunday, September 12, 2021

414. Heretic (Fairfield, CA) - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter

“Chocolate Hazelnut Porter, or CHP as we call it, is a rich, full-flavored, robust porter bursting with luscious Guittard cocoa and hazelnut. Notes of coffee and caramel round out this delicious treat. Beer lovers declare our Chocolate Hazelnut Porter is a dessert in a glass, but it has a nice semi-dry finish that keeps it easy drinking and not too heavy to drink by the pint.”

The bartender at Loom called it “liquid Nutella,” and that caught my attention. My wife doesn’t like beer, but she loves Nutella—and I thought maybe there was a chance that this beer might be the one that could bridge the gap for her. Alas, it is not liquid Nutella—but it is a pretty good beer. The flavors blend well, and the cocoa and coffee take that semi-dry finish almost to the edge of bitter—in a good way. I’m thinking I might have to get some more of this beer, and mix it with some Peanut Butter Busted Knuckle, just to see what happens.

415. Scarlet Lane Brewing Company (McCordsville, IN) - Dorian Oatmeal Cream Pie Stout

“Oatmeal stout with lactose, dark brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, and clove.”

They include pictures of actual Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies on their website-that-shall-not-be-named post about this beer, but they don’t say anything about actual Oatmeal Cream Pies in the mash (and I didn’t think to ask while we were there yesterday). With that list of ingredients, though, I suspect they’re just trying to approximate the flavor. They don’t quite get there, but it’s an interesting effect—not nearly as heavy or sweet as the brown sugar and molasses might lead you to believe, with much more of a spice flavor than you get in an Oatmeal Cream Pie. Not great, but not bad.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Deep Thoughts #271

Fuck the CDC, fuck masks, and fuck ya mother. Grow a fucking immune system, and get the fuck back out into life, you spineless cunting fuck.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

413. Black Circle Brewing Co. (Indianapolis, IN) - Turbo Time

No description apart from “DIPA” on the website. It’s got an almost buttery tropical flavor to it, and a bitter finish (which smooths out and takes on a little bit of citrus shine as it warms up). Sort of feels like they were shooting for big (8.3% ABV) and bitter just for the sake of being big and bitter.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Deep Thoughts #270

And I suppose that I should not assume that this mouthbreathing moron is a Republican, but I’m absolutely sure that of course he fucking is.

Deep Thoughts #269

Dear Robert Gansell of Rexford, Montana—I am Grammar. Have we ever met? If we have, it is impossible to tell from your letter to the Beacon.

Deep Thoughts #268

Surely none of these sheep who are blathering about too much plastic in the ocean are drinking their morning coffee from a Keurig cup…right?

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

412. 18th Street Brewery (Hammond, IN) - Villain

“I the undersigned do hereby pledge my undying thirst to this hoppy concoction of malt, water, and yeast. By drinking this Double IPA, I agree that the contract is sealed, and Villain’s fiendish deed shall be done.”

Um. I got the description from Untappd; the 18th Street website just refers to it as a double IPA, and it tastes like most of the IPAs that 18th Street churns out—by which I mean somewhat heavy and vaguely tropical. (And I don’t mean to sound as though I am tired of 18th Street churning out the same somewhat heavy and vaguely tropical IPAs that they seems always to churn out—I love them. I just think that the 8.7% ABV is about to kick me in the nuts.) It’s kind of nice to drink when you’re mainlining Whitesnake songs that nobody should really be listening to. Prolly nice to drink while other things are taking place, too; but this is going to be a long week.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Deep Thoughts #267

Hey, Fabio…I stuffed the Swiss Army Knife in my backpack and got in anyway. You didn’t check my backpack worth a shit. So much for security.

Deep Thoughts #266

They let rednecks walk around drinking beer, but they won’t let me bring my Swiss Army Knife? Fuck the State Fair and its weak-ass security.

Sunday, August 08, 2021

411. Black Circle Brewing Co. (Indianapolis, IN) - Mob Rules

“DDH IPA w Lactose added - Citra, El Dorado, & Comet hops.”

First beer on my third day in a row at Loom, and it was a beaut—so much so, that I took notes on it while re-reading the painter-in-the-desert section (KATE) for the first time in months. To wit: “Sweet and smooth, with strong stone fruit flavor up front, light carbonation, and a citrus finish. That sweet stone fruit flavor becomes more pronounced as it warms up, as does a dry element to the finish. I almost always have two different beers when I stop in at Black Circle or Loom for a bit of writing after doing my time at the old juke joint, but I might have to have a second one of these this time. Philip is on a roll with new beers in the last couple of weeks, and this might be the best of them.” And those are revised notes, of course. I got halfway through the KATE section and made it home in time to see most of the Saturday rerun of Jeopardy!; but I didn’t do any writing on Sunday.

410. Black Circle Brewing Co. (Indianapolis, IN) - Two Minutes, Turkish

“American Wheat Ale w/Citrus & Spices.”

The first one didn’t taste like much of anything, but the second one, on the second of my three days in a row at Loom, had mild notes of cinnamon and a citrus finish that only began to bloom after it had warmed for a few minutes. I was still making my way through the Chatterbox section, which I felt like I had been revising for-fucking-ever; but I could see a stopping point, and I could myself working on the painter-in-the-desert section before too long; and I was even having some ideas about how to knit the disparate sections together. I didn’t know if I was going to get the third day, because I was supposed to work later—but I was already scheming for ways to make it happen.

409. Black Circle Brewing Co. (Indianapolis, IN) - Cosmic Gumbo

“Mango-Lime Gose w Cilantro & Lactose added.”

See…that cilantro idea sounded interesting—I just couldn’t taste it. Or the mango. Or the lime. The lactose, however, had an interesting effect. It softened the sour flavor, giving the beer a smooth finish that was almost creamy. This was the first of two beers I had on the first of three days in a row that I stopped at Loom on my way home from the old juke joint—and I wish that I could stop at Loom every day to drink two beers and write for an hour. That’s always a good hour, and when you get three of them in a row, you get on kind of a roll, the way interest compounds in a bank account. You come to a stopping point in the section about the birth of the Chatterbox and Mass Ave, and you come back around to the section about the painter living in a trailer in the desert. She has to allow a wolf to bite her, so that she can bleed, and finish her canvas. The last pass wasn’t very good, so there’s a lot of revision to be done; and you’d really like to be at Loom for that fourth day in a row.

Deep Thoughts #265

If there had been an idiot like Marjorie Taylor Greene when Lincoln was President, he would have just said, “Fuck it,” and let the South go.

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Deep Thoughts #264

No reasoned person needs to be told that Twitter should be chained to a rock and set on fire; but for all the morons out there, here you go.

Sunday, August 01, 2021

408. Black Acre Brewing Company (Indianapolis, IN) - Sunsphere

No description apart from “hoppy wheat beer,” and it has a dirty-dishwater-brown color that is somewhat off-putting. It vaguely reminds me of iced tea, both in the flavor profile and the color; and it’s got shiny citrus and berry notes all over the place. The dry finish warms toward bitter, but doesn’t quite get there. I can’t decide if I like it or not—but I don’t want to drink another one, so that’s probably a sign.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

407. 18th Street Brewery (Hammond, IN) - Crushed Marshmallow (#2)

“Berliner Weisse with Strawberry, Pineapple and Marshmallow.”

The previous iteration of Crushed Marshmallow that I tried was made with raspberries and blackberries, which complemented the natural sour flavor of the Berliner Weiss style. This version, with strawberries and pineapple, is sweeter—but not exactly sweet. It’s like a liquid version of strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups—and that ain’t a bad thing either.

406. 18th Street Brewery (Hammond, IN) - Shadow Dog

No description apart from “IPA with Tangerine,” but if I had not known it was an IPA going in, I might not have guessed. Not quite as rounded and smooth as a blonde ale, but close. The tangerine flavor comes from the zest or pith of the fruit rather than from the juice, so it’s not sweet; and that bright flavor lingers for a while. At 6.4%, it’s a relatively light IPA for 18th Street—but that ain’t a bad thing. I’m all for big, romantic beers, especially IPAs—which 18th Street does a ton of; but easy drinking and refreshing have their merits, too.