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  1. jester king grisette ale refermented with currants batch #1 december 2020 - 5.7% abv. this is a nice shade of dark purple that looks more or less like a light bodied red wine if you ignore the carbonation. this has a mildly tart mixture of currants, dark cherry, a tiny bit of oak, and some of the same bright brett I liked to much in femme sauvage I had recently. this is a lot sweeter than most lambics, and the sweetness shows through the currants at the same time the brett does. this is a really well made beer that’s pretty distinctive, but I prefer the other two jester king beers I’ve had rec
  2. sierra nevada hoptimum triple ipa - 11% abv. sierra has been making a version of this beer for the last couple years, I haven't seen it before and I'm pretty sure this is the first time they've sent it to nyc. they've changed the abv at least once, this year's version has the same high abv as last year's version but uses amarillo, bru-1, pahto, and simcoe. (pahto is a new to me hop that is apparently neutral tasting and best used as a bittering hop.) these bottles are from early april, which makes them a lot older than almost any ipa I've had in years, but I've been curious about this for year
  3. maine beer company little whaleboat india pale ale - 6.5% abv. this is a brand new mbc ipa, which combines a bunch of older hops (citra, mosaic, columbus) with the newer talus. apparently talus is descended from sabro but has more of a focus on pine and citrus than the weird coconut like flavors you can get in sabro. this tastes more like a traditional ipa than the last few new mbc beers I've had, and there's no use pretending I'm going to do better than the commercial description that I read when looking up the hop bill, so... mango, grapefruit, and pineapple with notes of rose and chamomile.
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    the body - the basic sound, at least at this show, was a really incredible mixture of electronics with harsh bass & guitar, but there's no song writing and it's hard not to think it would be a lot more compelling with better drumming.
  5. kcbc taco friday pilsner brewed in collaboration with hop revolution and halleratau new zealand style pilsner riwaka, motueka, and saaz hops - 4.9% abv. I was pretty excited for this one, the previous beer in this series was excellent and I've had a couple of pretty good pilsners made with nz hops recently. this has the type of well done citrus notes you expect from these hops in a pilsner, along with some well done malt sweetness and a little bit of noble hop spice in the finish along with a bunch of the lychee/rambutan/hairy fruit you expect from these hops. this isn't perfect, everything is
  6. jester king femme sauvage dry-hopped farmhouse ale femme sauvage is a dry hopped saison brewed with wild yeast and the 2019 pink boots society hop blend - batch #2, december 2020, 5.5% abv. the pink boots society was created to advance the role of women in the brewing world, their 2019 blend was a mixture of loral, glacier, mosaic, simcoe, and sabro. that's a pretty modern hop bill, and it really goes well with the mixture of brewer's yeast and wild yeast they used in this one. this has a terrific combination of white grape gummy candies, peach, melon, which is followed by some really terrific
  7. kcbc beverly hills croc india pale ale simcoe, amarillo, idaho 7, mosaic, falconer's flight & warrior hops, malted barley - 6.9% abv. one of the things that I tend to forget when thinking about how uniform the ne ipas available to me are is how much better they are than the ipas that preceded them - finding a great ipa was exciting because it was my favorite beer style and because they weren't in every bodega and so on and on. so it's exciting that the variability of these new west coast ipas is a feature not a bug or whatever. this is pretty decent, it's got a pretty old school hop bill w
  8. how will kim die? how will lalo die? (I bet the gun gus put in the tractor is key) will howard’s pi get picked up by mike & gus’s outfit? howard, like kim and lalo, isn’t in breaking bad. will he die too?
  9. jester king bitter death extra hoppy belgian style pale ale batch #1 april 2021 - 5.4% abv. jester king is an austin, texas known for their open fermented wild ales, which are as good as any similar american beers I've had. this isn't one of those, it was apparently made with antwerp ale yeast and nothing else. I was pretty bummed to see that, because I expect beer to need brett to be good more than a year after bottling, but this is terrific. there's a really nice mixture of slightly bready malt, tea, a lot of fairly gentle noble hop spice and the accompanying bitterness, and tiny bit of citr
  10. that's true generally but the strain that's going around my kid's school seems to be a lot worse than the one that was around six months ago.
  11. the covid that I caught in early april was pretty unpleasant, I never had trouble breathing (or was scared for my life) but there were liquids pouring out of my head for about 72 hours and I've never had a flu/cold/stomach bug that was that physically uncomfortable. the person I probably got it from, who had a slightly milder set of the same symptoms a few days before I did, never tested positive with at home tests. hope splinky and sig eater feel better soon.
  12. reporting on the farmer in the deli is so funny to me, probably because of the absurd article the new yorker published about it.
  13. I wonder if that covers the cost of the needles.
  14. maybe it was in one of their stories but the pate looks like it probably serves two. eta: I just sent you a different picture of it and it’s not as big as I thought.
  15. if you look at their instagram you can see why those are priced that way.
  16. if you look at their instagram you can see why those are priced that way.
  17. oec brewing obscura baltic porter obscure is a baltic porter brewed with debittered dark malts and hopped with fine european noble hops. a warmer fermentation starts in open tanks for one & a half weeks using a traditional lager yeast. finally it is layered cold prior to packaging. - 8% abv. this is the kind of simple beer that really benefits from the open fermentation that oec uses. there's one basic flavor - dark malt - but there's all kinds of detail here. you get dark malt, mocha, mint, dark cherry, raisin and a little bit of anise. there's a little brightness at the end that reminds
  18. is this better than the angie mar place?
  19. finback eight year triple india pale ale triple india pale ale dry hopped with simcoe, citra, and talus cryo - 10.7% abv. talus is another newish hop from yakima hops, which is apparently descended from sabro. this is a pretty solid ne ipa that has some interesting herbal stuff on top of the usual citrus. it's also the first beer I've had in a long time that has the cryo hop buzz you used to see before people figured out how to use it. other half's anniversary beers tend to be among their best, that's not true of this or the way I remember the sixth year. the stout they made for their annivers
  20. of course, but the fact that they’re comfortable cooking their spoon on someone’s steps means the cops are still on vacation.
  21. there's people cooking and shooting heroin in the open a few blocks from where I live in brooklyn, which is something I had never seen before.
  22. finback nelson drip double india pale ale dipa dry hopped with nelson and cryo pop - 9% abv. google tells me cryo pop is a hop pellet developed by yakima chief using some kind of advanced technology that identifies the specific chemical elements that survive the brewing process and selecting hops that are rich in them. apparently it's been around since last year and I'm surprised that this is the first time I've come across a beer made with it. the yakima website ways that these pellets will give the beer an intense set of peach, pineapple, and lemon flavors, which is very much how this smells
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