30 October 2022

NOPE: Indiana City Peach Blueberry Hazy Pale Ale

 I really thought I had tried the original, regular Kickoff from Indiana City - but it's not on the website. 
I really thought I had taken some over to Snow's house for a Colts game...?  I don't know.

Nonetheless, here's the story on this NOPE beer.
My Beer Brother John gave me this beer.  It was Beer #478 for his blog.

Three out of his four were bad.  So, in the game of Beer Roulette, he gave me his fourth can and said, "Maybe this one will be good!"  You can read his story about what happened, and I will tell you mine:

I started pouring the beer, and it was coming out almost clear, a little gold-tint to it.  As I poured the beer, and tipped the angle of my glass, the can still felt heavy in my hands, and then suddenly... a large mass of brown "sludge" fell out of the can, splashed the clear-ish liquor all over the place, and then suddenly changed the color to the brown stuff you see in the photo.

John was brave enough to try to drink some of this beer...  I mulled it over for a solid ten to fifteen minutes.  I thought about writing a story about how I decided to subject myself to the flavor of this poop-water, because of how bad the Colts season has been.  (I cracked this beer open a few minutes before kick off, to potentially drink during the game...)  I smelled it multiple times, and kept putting it down and trying to hype myself up.  (10 years ago, there would have been no question, I would have drank it without any questions, I guess I'm getting soft in my old age...)

I couldn't do it.  I poured the beer out, and it sludged its way down my sink...  
So, that was a bummer.  I should try to find this beer again and try it on a different Colts Game Day.

29 October 2022

1399 REVISITED: Yuengling Hershey's Chocolate Porter

Going back to one of my seasonal favorites.
I first tried BEER #1399 back in January of 2020, the world before COVID.
I enjoyed it during lockdown during the Winter of 2020/2021, but last winter I was in the middle of my sobriety-stint, so I didn't get to enjoy this beer last year.  So, I'm happy to get back to it tonight.

Unlike my January 2020 Self, I'm not doing this like a car-bomb, I'm adding the Skrewball to the beer, and I'm going to sip on it during Saturday Night Live.  I don't know who Jack Harlow is, and I couldn't tell you a single song that he sings - but I'm looking forward to SNL tonight.  I grew up in the greatest era of SNL - the Mid-Late 90s run of amazing cast members.  So, even though the show isn't what it used to be, I still enjoy getting to watch weekly live comedy, specifically The Weekend Update.  Colin and Che are the greatest part of the show.

I'm drinking out of my Pacers pint glass, because they looked GOOD on ESPN National TV last night, and then they got a back-to-back win tonight.  I'm really loving this young team this year, and I think they are going to be a lot better than most people expect.  It's been a rocky start, but I think they are starting to gel together.

Yeah.  Just had my first drink...  It's amazingly delicious to sip on.  It really nails the Reese's flavor by mixing these two together. 

28 October 2022

1705. Lost Coast Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout

Beer #5 for “Scream” (2022)
Sadly, another let down for tonight. 
The cacao flavor is strong, it’s hits upfront. 
The milky smooth body of the beer goes down thick and easy, with that strong powdery-chocolate flavor. 
Sadly, the peanut butter flavor seems to be completely lost. I’m going to let it warm up some more and see if that changes things. 

1704. Left Hand French Toast Milk Stout

Beer #4 for “Scream 4”.
Getting a little heavier again, this time a milk stout. 
Sadly, it’s not as good as had hoped. 
I’ve had a few maple beers and the aroma and flavor are usually nice and strong. Sadly, it’s not with this one. It is there, and that’s good, but it’s really subtle.  The beer is good, it’s tasty, but it’s just a little shy of what I had hoped for. 

1703. Hi-Wire Bed of Nails

Beer #3 for “Scream 3”.
For a long time, I’ve felt like brown ales were almost non-existent.  There’s the regular standard mass produced browns like New Castle.  But it’s not as often that I see a new Brown for me to try. So, I was happy to find this one - also from Hi-Wire. 

It’s a very solid and good brown ale. 
And that’s about it.  It’s nothing amazing, it doesn’t set itself apart from any other brown ale, but it’s exactly the taste that I want and expect.  So, I am happy and enjoy this beer. 

1702. Hi-Wire Mountain Water

“This is the beer to share with your seltzer friends.”
It says on the can. 
And I believe that. 
After my first drink, I had to check the can to make sure it wasn’t a seltzer. 
It’s light.  It’s easy to drink.  It seems a little “extra” carbonated.  
The lemon-lime-citrus flavor is there, and it’s good.  
It’s an easy to drink beer, it just does kind of come across as a seltzer. 

Time to watch “Scream 2”.

1701. Metazoa Trash Panda

Adding FIVE new beers today during Scream-A-Thon 2022, one new beer for each film. 

There is SO MUCH going on in this beer, and I actually like it all.  It has a serious coffee smell in the head, like powerful.  Which usually turns me off - but this is appealing.  It drinks light and smooth, and definitely has coffee flavor.  The creamy-marshmallow flavor lingers well and makes the beer really tasty. 

Time to start “Scream” (1996)!

16 October 2022

1700. DuClaw Regular Beer.

When the Miller brothers and I were discussing me coming up on Beer #1700, we picked today to get together and celebrate - and I told Garrett to pick out something for us. 

Then, he found something that celebrates Beer #1700 AND celebrates his grandfather. 

“My Papa John used to drink a beer that was just a white label and it said ‘beer’ in black letters. This is the closest I’ve ever seen to that.”

-Garrett Miller. 

Very happy to be celebrating the beer, their grandfather, and a day full of sports. 

West Ham, Barça, Bayern, Colts and Packers are all playing today. 

15 October 2022

1699. Elysian Chucky

I had to rush these last couple of beers, because I have a man-sports-date with the Miller Brothers tomorrow to watch a lot of football and fútbol and fußball tomorrow and we have Beer 1700 picked out to celebrate together. 

So, last night I drank Nosferatu, and tonight I’m drinking Chucky.  Really enjoying the horror season with my beers. Last night I watched the new crappy “Halloween Ends” and tonight, I’m catching up on the first two episodes of “Chucky” Season 2.

Man, this beer isn’t my jam. 
It gets the flavors - sadly, it’s not flavors I enjoy. 
I give them credit, it’s a quality beer that nails it’s pumpkin upfront and cranberry finish for flavors. I just don’t care for pumpkin flavoring, and if you search this site - it’s very rare that I enjoy the flavor. 

So, if you like pumpkin and cranberry - you should enjoy this. 

14 October 2022

1698. Great Lakes Nosferatu

Came over to my buddy Garrett’s house to watch “Halloween Ends” in his backyard. (I watched it in theatres last night, but still agreed to subject myself to this poor entry because of the good company).

Since there’s no Michael Myers beer that I know if, I brought this Nosferatu beer for the viewing. 

IPAs aren’t really my thing.  This is a true dry and bitter IPA, and just isn’t really my jam. 

09 October 2022

1697. BrewDog Hazy Jane Mango

It’s Saturday Night. 
Which means, SNL.
Yeah, it’s not what it used to be, but I still get some laughs and I love Weekend Update. 
A little beer seems to make things a little funnier. 
This is my last gift from Steve Brown, and my fridge is empty of beers for the website.  

I’m not a big fan of Hazy Jane. 
It’s fine.  It’s not terrible. 
This version is an improvement. 
I’ve tried a good number of Mango-favored beverages, and it definitely adds to the enjoyment of this beer.  
Upfront, it’s still the dry and bitter flavor I expect - but the mango quickly kicks in, adds some flavor, and then lingers for a while after the drink. 

It’s nothing amazing - I appreciated all of Steve’s gifts - but I never would have bought this for myself. 

06 October 2022

1696. Untitled Art Banana Foster Stout

Ok. Hm. Ok. 
There is a lot to process here. 
First, the Colts are on Thursday Night Football, and this was a gift from my buddy Steve Brown - who I watched the last Colts debacle with on Sunday. 

To the beer…
It’s rich.  It’s creamy.  It’s powerful upfront. 
Whatever they used - it gives a good rum/brown sugar flavor to the creaminess, and then the banana hits HARD.  Like, I don’t like banana at all - and the nailed the flavor of banana. It has a really good lingering flavor, and I’m not exactly sure what it is…?  Im having trouble nailing it down, but it’s sweet. 

Untitled Art is always top-notch quality, even when they do flavors I don’t normally like.  Glad this was a gift, but I don’t hate it. 

02 October 2022

1695. Boulevard More S'More

 I ended up being convinced to come out and join Snow, Steve, and Biscuit for the Colts game.
Snow ordered this beer, and we all ended up sharing it in small doses, as it is an 11% ABV Big Boy.
Honestly, I was happy with my two drinks, and probably wouldn't have wanted to finish an entire one.

The beer is delicious.  It's aromas are perfect, and give off a wonderful chocolatey/marshmallow scent.
The chocolate flavor is very thick and strong up front, and you can tell its aged itself into the Big Boy it is.
The lactose kicks in for the marshmallow flavor pretty quick and helped smooth the beer out as it goes down.
The marshmallow flavor lingers for a while, and then there is a subtle graham flavor that creeps in the end.

Overall, this is a delicious and high quality beer, but being so strong, I don't need to drink a whole one - so, I was happy with what I had.