Monday, May 03, 2021

381. 18th Street Brewery (Hammond, IN) - Act of Defiance

“Double IPA” is the best the interwebs can do for me, though their free-website-that-will-not-be-named page posted something about this being an OG Gary thing that they don’t do much anymore. I sort of bought the hype on that, but tried one at the bar when we had lunch yesterday, before I committed to a four-pack. That was the right call, as this is just a sweet IPA that tastes boozier as it gets warmer. But you know what? Even sub-par 18th Street is still better than most.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

380. Black Circle Brewing Co. (Indianapolis, IN) - U-Haul to Jamaica

“Red Velvet Cake Pastry Stout w/Hibiscus, Coffee Beans, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla & Lactose”

Nice coffee up front, but it’s not overpowering. Everything else is sort of jumbled up, but not in a bad way. It’s both busy and beautiful, and it’s one of the best things Black Circle has done in a long time.

Deep Thoughts #256

Deficit-spending Republicans should stop complaining about “exploding debt.” Since we know they are ignorant, there is no need to advertise.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

379. Black Acre Brewing Company (Indianapolis, IN) - That Fabulous Funky Song

“Bourbon + Cider Barrel-Aged Belgian Amber w. Brettanomyces”

Oh boy. The bourbon and cider echoes from the barrel are very strong, but the clean, crisp sour flavor is almost—almost—enough to make me feel like I could chug this fucker like a Mountain Dew. (And on a better day I might have done; but Sunday was a slightly off day during which we went hiking at Turkey Run for an hour and a half before we ate the sandwiches we had brought along from Shapiro’s, and moderately strenuous hiking on an empty stomach is not a good idea.) I don’t get much of the Brett funkiness, but between the sour profile and the barrel flavors, I guess I’m not surprised. This will never be packaged, which is a shame—because I would like to have a few more of them to study.

Friday, April 23, 2021

378. Sonoran Brew Co. (Phoenix, AZ) - Wht Chclt Ale

“A light, refreshing and completely unique wheat beer. This brew has a delicate aroma and a subtle taste of white chocolate.”

Fifth of five from Shane, and for some reason, they distinguish between the main PHX Brew Co. and the Sonoran Brew Co. on the website. This is the only beer in the Sonoran section, and I haven’t the foggiest what distinguishes one company from the other. The description above comes from the website, but the description on the can reads (in part), “Are you #@%&!, this tastes just like white chocolate, but its [sic] not. Or is it?” That one is probably closer to accurate; there is nothing subtle about the white chocolate flavor here. (And that ain’t remotely a bad thing—in case you were wondering where I stood on it.) It’s a white chocolate bomb, and it’s bizarre and interesting—and also my first Arizona beer, which brings me to 25 states since I started this safari.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

377. High Hops Brewery (Windsor, CO) - The Power of Zeus

“An American Pale Ale brewed with Zeus hops from our fields. These hops are carefully guarded by Zeus the Toad, the great and powerful protector of our fields. He greeted us as we planted the first Zeus hops.”

The fourth of five, and the first one that is not impressive—not bad, just not impressive. It’s got sort of a spicy thing going on, and maybe a hint of pine in there, too.

376. Hamburg Brewing Company (Hamburg, NY) - Louie

“This IPA features a soft mouthfeel, hint of bitterness, & a burst of fruity aromas from Mosaic & Amarillo hops.”

Third of five from Shane, with a smooth and slightly sweet taste of melon up front that begins to taste like banana as it lingers. Almost all fruit, with a barely-there dry finish. Thus far, these are some very impressive beers.

375. Double Mountain Brewery & Cidery (Hood River, OR) - Vaporizer

“Challenger hops, Pilsner malt, and our house yeast strain are the headliners in this easy Pale. The result is agile, alluringly herbal, and supremely refreshing. The dry hop really makes this one sing.”

Here we have the second of five that Shane shared with me, and this one is all kinds of interesting. In one sip I taste lots of different flavors, from grass to pine to citrus; and in the next sip, I taste almost no flavor at all—just a refreshingly light mash-up of Pilsner and pale ale. It’s got a nice, dry finish that might be a little bit bitter at first, but smooths out as it warms up.

Monday, April 19, 2021

374. Steel Bender Brewyard (Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM) - Skull Bucket

“A New Mexican IPA that boasts orange zest and fresh pine aromas. A pale malt base gives way to a long pine and citrus finish. Always chasing that orange-pine balance, hops may vary.”

My buddy Shane very generously gifted me a handful of beers from his beers-of-the-month club that he was gifted this past Christmas, and this is the first of five that I will get to try. Two of them, including this one, are from states whose beers I have not yet tried on this odyssey—which will bring me to a total of 25 states. I think they have achieved the balance they boast about in the description, but the moderate alcohol (7%) feels a little bit out of place. A session version of this beer would be absolutely spectacular on a hot summer day when it’s time to mow the lawn.

Deep Thoughts #255

Stop reporting about Donald Trump. Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin corrected the treason they committed in 2016. You’re fired, Donald.

373. New Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins, CO) - Wild Ride

“To celebrate our 30th Anniversary, we brewed a special, hop-forward tribute to our beloved Fat Tire. Dry-hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy, Idaho 7 and Sabro, Wild Ride has a decidedly American-style aroma that rolls right over malty-sweet and fruity amber characteristics. It’s a perfect reflection of the last 30 years—totally recognizable, a little unexpected, and easy to love. What a wild ride it’s been.”

Tastes pretty light for 7%, with some nice stone fruit and citrus up front, and a little bit of pine resin on the drier back end. Feels less aggressive and more straightforward than the Voodoo Ranger series.

Monday, April 12, 2021

372. Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland, OH) - Chillwave

“Inspired by the North Coast’s dedicated (and sometimes chilly) surf community, our fully stoked Double IPA will melt the ice in your beard and never lose its balance.”

Um. Okay. It is nicely balanced, though the high alcohol (9%) is apparent. I don’t get a real specific flavor profile, but there is something rich and sweet going on that makes me think of papaya. It sort of takes me back to Honduras two years ago, where we had the chance to eat fresh papaya that we literally picked off of the trees. It’s far too big, though—if this were a regular IPA, it would be excellent. I think. It’s sweet enough that if it were smaller, it might be cloying.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Deep Thoughts #254

This place has the correct attitude toward masks. Fuck Joe Hogsett. Fuck Eric Holcomb. Fuck Virginia Caine. Let’s go eat some donuts, y’all.

371. Scarlet Lane Brewing Company (McCordsville, IN) - Admire Marylou

“Pale Ale featuring Mosaic, Mandarina Barvaria [sic] and bite from Hibiscus and Citrus.”

Too much going on here, and none of it really stands out—apart from that trademark Scarlet Lane bitter finish. After rather liking the previous one, I’m back to being unimpressed.

370. Scarlet Lane Brewing Company (McCordsville, IN) - Oddities & Curiosities

“Grilled Grapefruit IPA. The Official Oddities & Curiosities Expo beer.”

Because of course Eilise Lane would brew an official beer for this kind of event. And…it turns out to be one of the better offerings I have tried from Scarlet Lane. It has a very light grapefruit flavor and is not as strongly bitter as their usual IPAs. It’s also surprisingly small for an IPA, at only 5% ABV.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Deep Thoughts #253

So St. Elmo was allowed to re-open just in time for the national title game on Monday. I’m sure that basketball was no consideration at all.

Monday, April 05, 2021

369. Jackie O’s Brewery (Athens, OH) - Under a Cloud

“Hazy India Pale ale brewed with Simcoe, Eukanot, Bru-1 and Citra Cryo hops.”

All kinds of nice tropical and citrus things are going on here, along with a small initial burst of pine in the first sip. The timing of our trip to southeastern Ohio was not conducive to visiting Athens and its many breweries and wineries, but I managed to find a six-pack of this at a local grocery store; and it was one of the better beers I tried while we were out there.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Deep Thoughts #252

Know who I want to have standing next to me when the shit hits the fan and the fists start to fly? Sasha Stone. Want to know why? Read this.

Friday, April 02, 2021

368. 18th Street Brewery (Hammond, IN) - Dank Disel

No description that I am able to find, apart from “DIPA” on the online menu. Stone fruit and pineapple up front, and mostly alcohol on the back end. Some citrus emerges as it warms up, and it’s not bad—but it’s a little heavy.

367. The Sour Note Brewing (Hammond, IN) - Pomegranate Gose

“Ale brewed with Coriander and Sea Salt with Pomegranate Added [sic].”

This was on tap at the 18th Street taproom this afternoon, and I just assumed that it was one of their beers; but when I looked it up for a description, I discovered that The Sour Note brewing is…um…separate?…from 18th Street? Sort of? Best I could find was a little blurb on Untappd that describes it as a “gypsy style brewing project of the 18th Street Brewery.” Either way, it was a fine beer. Light pomegranate taste and moderate sourness, and relatively big for a gose at 6.6%. Refreshing change of pace for an 18th Street joint.

Deep Thoughts #251

Take your travel restrictions, stick them as far up your ass as you can get them, and then go back to East Germany where you fucking belong.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

366. Little Fish Brewing Co. (Athens, OH) - Jeffs & Sherries

“All Ohio saison brewed exclusively with barley from Jeff & Sherri Gochnauer from Smithville, OH and hops from Jeff and Shari Bailey from Auburn OH.”

This one might have had a bit of Belgian stank to it, but not much. Tasted like a regular beer, with a little bit of light fruit floating around in there. Not especially impressive.

365. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (Columbus, OH) - Yeah, I Said It

“Collaboration IPA with Alematic out of Dayton, Ohio. Strawberry and Lemonade on the front end with lactose added for a light and creamy finish.”

I’ll give you the lemonade, but not the strawberry—and definitely not the “light and creamy finish.” It had the hazy look of a milkshake IPA, but it was very citrus forward (I tasted oranges), and pretty tart. I thought it was a really good beer, but I’m not sure that the description matched what I was tasting.

364. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (Columbus, OH) - Espresso Porter

“Brewed with espresso beans. Dark and Rich with delicious coffee and chocolate overtones.”

This was on tap at a winery in Lancaster, Ohio, but I can’t find it on the Wolf's Ridge website, and the closest thing the interwebs can give me is a couple of milk stouts (Night Method and Into the Night). I get strong coffee on the nose and a bitter finish that smooths out as it warms up. There might be chocolate malt in the brew, but the flavor is not overt.

363. Wild Ohio Brewing (Columbus, OH) - Blueberry Tea Beer

“Your taste buds are in for a flavor eruption with Wild Ohio Blueberry Tea Beer. We combined the flavor of juicy, succulent blueberries with small hints of lavender, and we instantly knew we had did [sic] ourselves a winner! At 6.5% ABV, Blueberry is a great, year-round drink that is popular among Wild Ohio fans.”

The blueberry flavor is sweet, and very strong, but not exactly off-putting. I thought I could taste the lavender, but if the word had not been in the description, I would never have guessed. The finish is smooth and crisp—not even a little bit dry.

362. Brewery 33 (Logan, OH) - Standard Exchange

“All Cascade hops from Knauss Hop farm in Sycamore, OH. Light, hoppy, fruity and session able [sic]!”

This was the beer I bought for carry-out when we visited Brewery 33 on Sunday. Unfortunately, the first one I tried was mostly flat. Oddly, though, that did not seem to affect the flavor. Very Cascade-y, with grapefruit, spice, and citrus, and a slightly bitter finish. There are three more waiting, so hopefully at least one of those will be a little bit better. The second one was also flat, and tasted mostly the same as the first one. The third one, at home, and poured into a mug, was not quite as flat and had a much smoother flavor, with very prevalent spice notes. Not sure how I feel about this place, though the tiny little taproom had a very friendly vibe.

361. Brewery 33 (Logan, OH) - Holiday Cheer Egg Nog Beer

“Egg nog taste with hints of nutmeg and lactose for a creamy & sweet flavor.”

The egg nog flavor is so slight that if you did not already know it was there, you might not guess. The nutmeg flavor is slightly more prevalent, but both are very light; and it has a very dry finish that lingers awhile. This is one of those odd beers that I really liked and thought was really well done—but which I’m not sure I ever need to drink again.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

360. Black Acre Brewing Company (Indianapolis, IN) - 1802

“1802 Lager is a light and crisp American lager at 4% ABV. No rice. No corn. No international conglomerate. 112 calories per 12oz serving.”

On the off chance that you might have confused this with a Clydesdale-beer-that-shall-not-be-named. (And on the further off chance that you come to craft beer looking for something with a low ABV.) The chalkboard at the garden said this one was 5.4%, but when the numbers are that low, I can’t really tell. Slightly more interesting than the porter, but only because it has the slightly sweet taste of a lager and the crisp backbone of a pilsner. Perfectly fine, but not something I think I want to pay craft beer prices to drink.

359. Black Acre Brewing Company (Indianapolis, IN) - Fairwind

“A malty Robust Porter with a strong roast character.”

No description from Black Acre, so had to cadge this one from Untappd. There’s nothing bad about this one, but there’s nothing really interesting, either. I would not have used the word robust, but that’s just me. Amy and I went over to the Black Acre Garden this afternoon, and this was one of only two things on tap that I had not tried. I also still don’t have a lot of experience with porters, so it’s possible that this beer is really good and that I just find it disappointing because it’s not as interesting as most of the other things that Black Acre has been doing.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Deep Thoughts #250

I signed up for the roni jab, and the website asked why I wanted the vaccine. I wrote, “Common Sense?” Are you fucking kidding me? Die, Joe.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

358. New Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins, CO) - Voodoo Ranger Captain Dynamite

“Locked, stocked, and fully hopped. This hazy IPA explodes with tropical citrus flavors & aromas.”

Sweet pineapple flavor up front, balanced out very nicely by the high alcohol (7.7%) and the clean, dry finish. This is the kind of beer I want to drink during a violent thunderstorm or when Republicans are winning elections and I think the world is going to end.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

357. Scarlet Lane Brewing Comnpany (McCordsville, IN) - Middy

“Bitter and Bright Kölsch.”

And I’ve had even fewer Kölsches (sp?), so I really don’t know what to make of this one. It was quite bitter, which seems to be something of a trademark with Scarlet Lane. Nothing else really stood out; it was clean and fresh, and might have had just a hint of fresh-cut grass or unripe lemons, but anything else that might have been present was crushed and melted by the bitterness.

356. Scarlet Lane Brewing Company (McCordsville, IN) - Dorian Millionaire

“Oatmeal Stout with Sea Salt and Caramel.”

I haven’t had a lot of oatmeal beers, but the ones I can recall have all been pleasant surprises. This one isn’t as interesting as its coconut variant, but that soft caramel finish is very nice. This and its variant are the two best things I have tried from Scarlet Lane, so it looks like stouts may be the way to go at Cannonball from now on.

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

355. 18th Street Brewery (Hammond, IN) - Churrolicious

“Churrolicious is a Sun King/18th Street collaboration Pastry Stout made with actual churros in celebration of the inaugural Indiana Statewide Stout day.”

And so my inside source at Sun King says that these kinds of things are generally 50/50 and that the collab distinction is something like a marketing ploy. (Actually, he didn’t say that. I made it up. You don’t know who I am, and you don’t know who he is, either. We never spoke.) It is clear upon sipping this bad boy that I have not consumed many churros in my life. I suspect it’s possible I have had more pastry stouts than churros, so I probably shouldn’t even be talking about this. But I just discovered what a great album Led Zeppelin’s Presence is, so I’m sort of in that place where I feel like I’m at least marginally qualified to talk about anything. (And even though am not be an expert, I feel pretty confident that I am smarter than the average bear when it comes to both beer and Led Zeppelin.) Motor oil you should have changed six months ago isn’t as dark as this shit. There’s a nice roasty flavor to balance the sweetness, along with the faint taste of graham crackers—and as it warms up, I get sort of a hint of root beer. (That can’t possibly be right, can it?) Overall, it’s a little bit heavy for me, both in terms of flavor and strength (8.0%), but I’m glad I got the chance to try it.

Friday, March 05, 2021

Deep Thoughts #249

It took a crossword clue to bring this home, but why the fuck do we have to live in a world in which Renée Zellweger has two fucking Oscars?

Monday, March 01, 2021

354. 18th Street Brewery (Hammond, IN) - Best Patio Pils

“Take a step outside onto the patio and take a breath of fresh air. Then crack open this Pilsner Style Lager because the best day deserves the best beer.”

You will not be surprised to discover that I do not spend a lot of time with pilsners. I’ll buy a case of Miller Lite in a pinch, if I happen to be at a liquor store outside the beltway and they don’t have PBR; but that’s about it. However, I have been enjoying the offerings from 18th Street since Amy and I tried it for lunch back in November, and this is one of the styles you can sometimes get in their case deal. I tried a four-pack with my most recent case deal, and they aren’t half bad. There’s a sort of floral/citrus flavor up front and a dry, hoppy finish; and could that maybe be fresh-cut grass in there, too? I generally don’t think of pilsners as nearly this complex, but this was a pleasant surprise—and it’s a nice low-ABV (4.9%) option from 18th Street, where even the session IPAs crest around 6%.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

352 and 353. Quaff ON! Brewing Co. (Nashville, IN) - X1 and X2

“Quaff ON! Xperimental IPA (X1) has a pleasant malty sweetness balanced with Centennial, Chinook, and, [sic] Simcoe hops featuring citrusy flavors of grapefruit and hints of pine.”
“Quaff ON! Xperimental IPA (X2) has a pleasant malty sweetness balanced with Mosaic, Equanot [sic][?], Cascade, Citra, and Simcoe hops that offer intense and unique flavors and aroma of fruit and citrus notes of melon, berry, lime, passion fruit, and papaya.”

So right now you can go to Big Woods and vote for which of the two new “Xperimental” IPAs you like best. You can try them by the pint, or get a “flight” of one five-ounce pour of each beer. X1 worked a little better for me; the flavors are more focused. X2 is also pretty good, but there’s a lot going on there. X1 is clearly a West Coast-style IPA, and they totally nail it. X2 tastes like they want the West Coast backbone and the more-tropical East Coast flavor profile. (And actually, now that I think about it, if that’s what they’re shooting for, they did pretty much nail it—I just don’t dig it as much as I dig the X1.)

Oh, and by the way—if you scan the QR code on the menu and fill in their voting form, they’ll send you a t-shirt. The winning beer gets added to the menu for the rest of the year.)

(X1 is on the left, and X2 is on the right.)

351. Quaff ON! Brewing Co. (Nashville, IN) - Six Foot Cinnamon Blonde

“Quaff ON! Six Foot Cinnamon Blonde infuses our popular Six Foot Blonde Ale with organic Indonesian cinnamon. A touch of natural vanilla balances out the flavor for a crisp and lean brew with the perfect amount of spice.”

Yep—although I would not have guessed the vanilla on my own. There is something smooth and almost sweet on the back end that gives a nice balance to the cinnamon flavor. I am not as personally enraptured with the cinnamon version as I am with the strawberry version, but they are both excellent blonde ale variants.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Deep Thoughts #248

Joe Hogsett is an inept mayor and a liar. He’s easing roni restrictions for some reason other than the NCAA tournament? Equine fecal matter.

Monday, February 22, 2021

350. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA) - Wanderland

“Set out and see where the adventure leads. Roam until your paradise appears—like this juicy, golden sunset of a beer. Take it all in with an aroma of just-picked fruit, bold hop flavor, and a bright burst of nectarine. Enjoy the ride.”

The first sip is an absolute fruit bomb, a lingering shot of ripe nectarine that is full-flavored, but not sweet; and neither is it bitter or boozy, though it clocks in at 7.5% ABV. I get a little more of the complexity of the alcohol as it warms up, as well as a little bit of a shiny citrus finish. I will stipulate that it gets more interesting and complex the warmer it gets, while at the same time maintaining that it is more refreshing (deceptively so, I’m afraid to say) and more fully-stone-fruit-flavored when it’s very cold. Either way, one of the most interesting and satisfying new beers I have tried in a long time.

Monday, February 15, 2021

348. Black Circle Brewing Co. (Indianapolis, IN) - Pizza Scissors

I don’t like to credit Facebook with anything useful, but when that’s the only place for information on a local business, I sometimes have no choice; and I believe that one of Jesse’s posts described this—quite briefly—as a double-dry-hopped, hazy New England IPA. I’m not sure hazy is the right word, though—it’s more on the order of opaque (though that is not bad). There is a pleasant bitterness that tastes a little bit like grapefruit and smells a little bit like pine—and I kinda love it.

349. Centerpoint Brewing Company (Indianapolis, IN) - Social Distance

Another gift from my buddy Shane, this is an odd specimen. Centerpoint brewed it, but it’s in a Daredevil can with an Industry Relief Series label slapped onto it. Sort of a melon-y taste up front—either that or age. But hey…beer is beer; and as my wife has grown fond of saying recently, it’s better than a sharp stick in the eye.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

347. Black Circle Brewing Co. (Indianapolis, IN) - Spruce and Juice

This is a seasonal pale ale with spruce tips and grapefruit zest, and the first time I tried it, two or three years ago, I thought it was one of the strangest things I had ever tasted. Each year thereafter, though, it grew on me—to the point that it is now one of my favorite Black Circle beers. This year’s batch has a moderately strong flavor and a very smooth, almost sweet, mouthfeel. It’s not quite as aggressive as it’s been in the past, but it’s still awfully good.

Friday, February 12, 2021

346. 3 Sheeps Brewing Company (Sheboygan, WI) - Fresh Coast

“Fresh Coast is an East Coast-style pale ale brewed for the Midwest. Like most beers of the style, it pours cloudy...and that’s on purpose. The haze lets hop oils linger on the palate, enhancing their naturally citrusy and tropical fruit notes. To get that haze, we cultivate a special Vermont yeast strain that’s only used for Fresh Coast. It’s a pain to manage for just one beer, but it’s worth it. It’s the kind of beer you can drink all day, with your feet dangling in the lake. Because we live on the ‘Fresh Coast’ and that’s worth celebrating, right?”

Well shit…when you’re four beers into the afternoon and the pulled pork is rocking in the crock pot with your secret blend of seven spices (plus a little barbecue sauce and worcestershire sauce), you don’t really see the signs on the side of the road anymore, do you? Maybe the Vermont yeast strain gives it the piney backbone that resembles neither citrus nor tropical fruit, but it’s got something sharp going on that belies the advertised 4.8% ABV. I don’t really dig the way the flavors mix, but with that low an ABV, I could drink a few more of them; alas, this was a gift from my buddy Shane, so this is prolly my only one.

Monday, February 08, 2021

345. Books & Brews (Indianapolis, IN) - Clifford

“Clifford is a strong, roasty, and satisfying full-bodied Irish Red Ale. It’s [sic] big body and red hue make for the perfect malt bomb. It’s [sic] flavor may be mild, but the high ABV [7.4%] puts the fight back into the dog.”

Yesterday, Amy and I went out and about and contributed a great deal of money to the local economy. (Well, sort of local, I guess. We were shopping in Greenwood, so the taxes go to Johnson County, and not Marion County.) We were about to head home when she decided to make a u-turn and stop at Fresh Thyme to see if they had any Wildish Tea. I perused the beer selection while she (successfully, in case you’re into that kind of thing too, and haven’t been able to find it) hunted, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a Books & Brews beer that wasn’t Nancy, which so far is the only one of their offerings that I have seen in cans (as opposed to really expensive bombers). I’m not big on red ales, but I was intrigued by the 7.4% ABV (and the $10.99 price tag for a six-pack); and it does not disappoint. It has a sort of caramelized flavor that might have been cloying if they had opted for a lower ABV, but the strength of the alcohol provides an impressive balance. It ain’t no secret that I prefer hop bombs to malt bombs, but this one is kind of bad-ass.

Sunday, February 07, 2021

344. Scarlet Lane Brewing Company (McCordsville, IN) - Lenore Dry-Hopped Ale

“Northwest Pale Ale Double Dry-Hopped w/Meridian Hops”

Neither that brief description from the menu nor the website’s purple prose winking madly at Poe say anything about this being the less bitter and much fruitier version of Whiteaker Haze, but I suspect that it is. This one has the same flavor profile without that spectacular initial burst of bitterness. There are some floral notes in there, I think, but there’s lots of rich tropical and stone fruit up front, and then a shiny citrus finish.

343. Scarlet Lane Brewing Company (McCordsville, IN) - Whiteaker Haze

“Northwest Dank IPA w/Citrus”

The first sip is a huge, bitter gut punch, but then it smooths out a little bit. I still don’t know what dank is supposed to signify with respect to beer, but I guess that could be what I’m tasting in the wake of all that bitterness. I get more of a floral taste than a citrus one—and I still haven’t found a Scarlet Lane brew that really impresses me.

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

342. Revolution Brewing (Chicago, IL) - Valkyrye-Hero

“Valkyrye-Hero is a hazy new hero soaring into battle with bold rye flavor—balanced with a huge dry hop of Chinook, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo and Citra. Tastes like victory!”

I have perhaps been conditioned on too much Saucy Intruder from Black Acre—or else I don’t know what the hell rye is supposed to taste like. (And of course I don’t mean the bread. You weren’t really going to go there, were you?) It’s fruity and light up front, with just a hint of crisp malt on the back end. Then it sort of lingers with a pineapple-y kind of flavor. It’s more interesting than I expected, so I may have to revisit this one after the remaining two have a chance to get cold.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

341. Triton Brewing Co. (Indianapolis, IN) - Gingerbread Milk Porter

“Originally brewed as a Brown Ale in 2011, Triton Brewing Company has a history of making gingerbread-spiced Ales at Thanksgiving time. A unique brew from the mind of Brewer Jon, this deliciously sweet, spicy and earthy Ale is here to help you enjoy the family and hearth.”

We decided to try our luck at Fort Harrison today for the snowy walk and sledding that we haven’t had the chance to do in the last couple of years because of not enough snow, so I talked Amy into trying the Triton Brewing Co. Bistro for lunch—and the ironic part is that I was the one of the three of us who enjoyed it the least. It was overpriced faux-gastropub fare, and I should know better than to get nachos at places like that, but apparently I do not. I was, however, pretty pleased with an 8-ounce pour of their Gingerbread Milk Porter. It’s clean and light (5.0%), with a spicy flavor that echoes root beer a little more than it does gingerbread. They brought out a sample pour of the nitro version and said that it was a little better for tasting the ginger, and I agreed. I was going to get a mix-and-match case to take home, but it turns out that the case discounts they advertise online don’t actually exist when you’re in the building. I’m no economist, but $11.22 for a 12-ounce six-pack does not qualify as any kind of deal. (And hell, as long as I’m piling it on, that description up there is pretty bad writing.)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Deep Thoughts #247b

Seriously…are there any Republicans on earth who are not fuck-dumb assholes with no concept either of reason or of the fucking constitution?

Deep Thoughts #247a

Um…Rand…Senators don’t get to decide what’s constitutional, and the House has already ”done” an impeachment. Sit down, and shut the fuck up.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Deep Thoughts #246

Um…Mitch…you no longer run the Senate. Shut your fucking mouth and let some real leaders do some real work for a fucking change, you asshat.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Deep Thoughts #245

President Biden is in good company: only three other Presidents have had poems read at their inaugurations—a lesson for Republicans, I hope.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Deep Thoughts #244

Maybe Republicans would be welcome at more places if they could manage more often to sound as sane and reasonable as Garth Brooks does here.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Deep Thoughts #243

In the name of fucking Darwin, please let this be the first great sign that 2021 will be the year the Republican party finally fucking dies.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Deep Thoughts #242

It’s very hard to respect homophobic goblins like Mike Pence; but when you hold him up against Donald Trump, you can see that it’s possible.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Deep Thoughts #241

James Comey fucked this country and everyone who lives in it four years ago, so why in the sweet blue fuck would we care what he thinks now?

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Deep Thoughts #240

Possibly the worst thing is that even after this awful day, some Retardlicans will make an attempt to muster a defense for their party. Sad!

Deep Thoughts #239

Donald Trump needs to never talk again, and that also goes for his unhinged offspring and all the mental furballs who support these monkeys.

Deep Thoughts #238

I’m sorry your parents did not do a better job of raising and educating you, but “socialism” is not the same as “communism.” Please shut up.