The Brooklyn Growler

"Life is all skittles and beer." — Tom Lehrer

Beware the Snow Ghost!

Diablo Dark Ale; Big Hole Brewing Co.; Belgrade, Montana

Snow Ghost; Great Northern Brewing Co.; Whitefish, Montana

Pilsener Lager; Bayern Brewing; Missoula, Montana

Jubelale; Deschutes Brewery; Bend, Oregon

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Ohio Beers for the Ohio Holidays

Been a little while. I had some computer issues before Thanksgiving. Let’s just say there was wine involved. Well, all right, so the whole story is that I had a pizza in the oven and was trying out a new pizza stone that smoked up the apartment. A window was opened. A fully full glass of red wine sat on the computer desk a foot away from the machine, which sits on a little lift thingie. The wind kicked up the curtains. Obliteration. Wine all over.

Not a half hour earlier, the cat – wearing his ungainly holiday sweater – had spilled a glass of water over my wife Audrey’s laptop. We dried that one out all right. Mine had to go to TekServe to have red wine cleaned out of its innards.

In the meanwhile, a freelance job was offering more work at a better rate. I closed out the days before Thanksgiving first on an ancient iBook, then on a friend’s computer, and then on a dried-out laptop doing my best not to lose my mind. My laptop is now back at home playing the one track with all of the frog noises from that one Neko Case album.

There’s some Xmas-light action on the lower-side of the screen that I have decided I have no choice but to find visually exciting for now. So, otherwise, my laptop is A-OK. Well, it also smells like David Bowie’s breath during the late-seventies.

That’s what I get for drinking wine, I guess.

Anyway, here are some beers that I’ve had since I last posted.

Oatmeal Stout; Samuel Smith; Tadcaster, Yorkshire, U.K. (I was inspired by the Birch Oatmeal Stout Dave made.)

Woody Creek White Belgian Wit; Flying Dog Brewery; Frederick, Md.

Premium Czech Lager; Czechvar; České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Over the Rhine Ale; Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.; Cincinnati, Ohio

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter; Great Lakes Brewing Co.; Cleveland, Ohio

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Sunday Foto Dump: State of the Universe

Apparently, I’m not very good at updating these Brooklyn Growler branded Friday Photo Dump™ posts. I miss writing a new one on Friday and then think I’ll plug in a post to auto-pop on the next Friday. When that doesn’t happen, I promise to hit it next time.

Which made me re-evaluate my approach.

Friday Photo Dump. Yeah. I only decided to give this style of blog post a name back when I was thinking that I’d update it regularly throughout the week. Here was the idea for this blog from my Kickstarter proposal:

Malty Maudlin Mondays – Kind of a morning-after thing about news missed over the weekend as well as a round-up of drinks that should not have been consumed over the weekend but were.

Trappist Tuesdays – A weekly review of a Trappist beer that has already been effectively reviewed over at Beer Advocate.

Wet-Hop Wednesdays – This was going to be difficult because, offhand, I know of one wet-hopped beer. It’s about the challenge, I guess.

Trappist Thursdays – Because the chances of me remembering to hit Trappist Tuesdays are pretty slim.

Friday Photo Dump – See above.

Storm King Saturdays and Sundays – Which isn’t the title but rather a rule. I don’t work on weekends. Although it is Sunday night and I’m writing this. I cannot be trusted.

This blog is beginning to take proper shape in my head. It’s about a life as it encounters beer. “Here then is a map of my life,” as Auden said in his common reader. Hey, that would be a great lede!

So tying things down to a particular weekday gets it wrong.

Preamble sorted. Here are some pictures of beers whut have been drunk over the last few weeks by me. (P.S. These are just the ones I remembered to photograph.)

Stone Brewing Co., Arrogant Bastard Ale, Escondido, Calif.

Groupo Modelo, Modelo Especial, Mexico City, Mexico

Unibroue, Maudite, Chambly, Quebec, Canada

21st Amendment Brewery, Brew Free or Die IPA, San Francisco, Calif.

Thank you for reading this far. There will be more to come.

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Photodump Friday: Let’s Hear It for Autumn

Sam Adams, Octoberfest, Boston, Mass.

Wolaver’s, Will Stevens’ Pumpkin Ale, Middlebury, Vt.

Berkshire Brewing Co., Octoberfest, Deerfield, Mass.

Dogfish Head, 60-Minute IPA, Rehoboth Beach, Del.

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Photodump Friday: This Is Not a Lawnmower Beer

Estrella Damm, Barcelona, Spain.

Pabst Blue Ribbon, Woodbridge, Ill.

Sierra Nevada, Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale, Chico, Calif.

Pretty Things, American Darling Good Time Lager, Cambridge, Mass.

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Photodump: Dragon’s Breath to Polestar

Phin & Matt’s Extraordinary Ale from Lakewood, N.Y.’s Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Bayern’s Dragon’s Breath, a dark hefeweizen from the Bayern Brewery of Missoula, Mont.

Polestar Pilsner from Longmont, Colo.’s Left Hand Brewing Co.

Brooklyn Lager from the Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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July 2020