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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rivertowne Hop Lace White IPA

This modern, creative interpretation of a classic Belgian-white ale style is hop forward, in flavor, or "laced" with hops. Hop-Lace, a White IPA made with sweet orange peel, Amarillo and Citra hops create a tight formation of "Belgian Lace" leaving an intricate flavor that will have you clinging on for more. 

83 BA score on Beer Advocate. 79 overall and 50 style score on RateBeer.

Yes, canned beer. Why? Because canned beer is actually better than bottled beer. Why? No light can get into the can. Less chance of air working it's way in either.

From Rivertowne's website:
Canning Process 
The canning process delivers lower disolved oxygen levels and no light penetration; the two major enemies of freshness to beer. 

 The seal being tighter than any bottle cap, the seal holds the integrity of the beer longer. It is vastly more expensive to can than it is to bottle. However, canning is better for the environment and freshness of the product. Accountants hate canning, brewers insist on it. 

At Rivertowne Brewing our mission is to brew quality, craft beer that embodies our commitment to using the freshest ingredients, state of the art brewing processes and sustainable packaging. This enables us to focus on what matters most-- preserving the integrity of the product -- in every way possible. With that being said, we are dedicated to delivering to you the most enjoyable craft beer experience. 

The decision to use cans began with our mission but doesn't end there. Cans are the only container that keep out both oxygen and light. A bottling process inherently introduces beer to large quantities of both. Our decision to adopt new canning technology allows us to can beer at much lower dissolved oxygen levels and eliminates the issues of light. 

The lining in cans is completely different from what it used to be. Our cans have a water-based polymer lining that eliminates any metallic contamination. The can locks in flavor better than even a dark glass bottle, because there is no light penetration and the seal is tighter than any bottle cap. Thus, fresher beer, longer. Cans also provide more versatility than their counterpart. 

We at Rivertowne Brewing are dedicated to providing you a quality product that you can enjoy just about anywhere that you like to drink great beer. Take them to the beach, take them on the river, the golf course, your tailgate and its easy as pie. Bonus!

Whoever says canned beer has a metallic taste must have repeated punches to the head.

Same people that think football is a sport. And Pantera is a "music" band.

Typical person who says canned beer tastes metallic. 

Those people also think (for some unknown, inconceivable reason) that Stone Go To IPA (A sessin beer) is much better than....

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA. Don't know if because Yellow Snow actually has a taste or because they aren't used to decent beer. Stone Go To couldn't hold Yellow Snow's jock strap. Maybe the consumption of a Sloppy Joe affected the taste buds. Maybe some people were born without taste buds? Who knows.

Never have been a big fan of white beers. A lot of white beers tend to be wheat beers. And no, white beers are not white in the strictest sense. They appear to be lightly colored or "white". 

A lot of white beers have coriander, orange peel or something else to add flavor. I can take only so much coriander in a beer. Hop Lace has orange peel in it.

Not the biggest head but at least the lacing is nice. Interesting aroma. Some hops along with some malt. Some slight orange to it. Taste is somewhat interesting as well. Orange peel adds an interesting bitterness to it. Hops are there but aren't as strong as I would have liked. Malt is a little up there for me. Decent version of a white IPA. Rated it 3.5 outta 5. While drinkable, it's not one I would drink all the time. One of the better white beers.

23rd Ohio Cup (Vintange Base Ball Tournamet) - Saturday Games

August 29 - 31, the Ohio Cup was held at the Ohio History Center. The Ohio Village Muffins are the host team.

The Muffins use the 1860 rules:
Rules of 1860
The Ohio Village Muffins play by the Base Ball rules of 1860. Learn more!

Rules and Customs of 1860
From the Rules and Regulations of the Game of Base Ball Adopted by the National Association of Base-Ball Players March 14, 1860:

The ball is pitched underhanded from anywhere behind the pitcher's point.
The striker must stand on or straddle a line through home plate.
Pitches are not usually judged as balls or strikes, but the umpire may call a strike if the batter persists in not swinging at well-pitched balls.
The ball is judged fair or foul according to where it first touches the ground (people, structures, and trees don't count as the ground).
Articles of clothing such as a hat may not be used to catch a ball.
An out is declared if:
A hit ball is caught on the fly or on the first bound, including foul tips to the catcher.
A striker misses swinging at three pitched balls and the third strike is caught by the catcher on the fly or bound. If the catcher misses the pitch, the umpire will declare the ball to be fair and the batter must make his run to first base. Foul tips do not count as strikes.
A ball arrives in the hands of a baseman whose foot is upon the base prior to a base runner who is required to make that base.
A ball in the hands of an adversary touches a base runner not safely on his base.
A base runner does not return to his original base before a caught fly ball reaches the same base.
A base runner overruns any base (including first) and is touched by the ball in the hands of an adversary.
A base runner may not advance on any foul ball and must return to his original base. He may be tagged out if not there after the ball has been settled in the hands of the pitcher.
A base runner may advance at his own risk on a fair ball caught on the bound.
A base runner may advance after a fair fly ball is caught provided he has tagged his most recent base after the ball is in the hands of the fielder.
A base runner must run for the next base if the ball is hit, and the force remains on even if an out is made behind the advancing runner.
Muffin Conventions
The call "Striker to the Line" indicates that the next battter should appear at home plate.
A tally bell announces aces (runs) to the crowd.
A base runner may take a lead from his base but cannot advance until the ball passes the batter. The base runner must be motionless when the pitcher delivers the ball to the batter.

After one of the games.

A guy that I used to work with at Kroger plays on the Muffins. Here is one his at bats. He did make it first base safely.

Some of the other games. The guy with the walking stick and the bowler in the pic directly above is an umpire. The man in the top hat and dark jacket in the first pic is also an umpire.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

All is right in the world....

3-2 Pirates win over the Reds and International Bacon Day both on the same day. All is right in the world....

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sunshine Daydream Session IPA

96 overall and 98 style score on RateBeer. 90 BA score on Beer Advocate.

Wonder what the name refers to?
Could it be the Grateful Dead's concert film?

From the song Sugar Magnolia from American Beauty? I'm not a Grateful Dead fan and I knew it was a reference. Not knowing at least something about the Grateful dead is unamerican.

You know what else is unamerican?
A decade of domination? Domination of what? Suck assness? Almost Nickleback quality of songs? Ability to last that long without being laughed out of the music industry? Only PBR swilling commie pinkos listen the unamericaness of Pantera. At least those damn dirty hippies have an actual band like the Grateful Dead.

Picked up a 6 pack for $10.99 at Savor Market. It's one from Fat Head's I haven't had. I refuse to try their bumble berry beer. Fruit beers are unamerican. Plus fruity beers are girly beers anyway. Along with Light/Lite beers and PBR. Since I have no use for tampons, I have no use for those beers.

As refreshing as wading in a cold stream in the morning sunshine or a walk among the tall trees, this beer has big hop aromas and flavors of citrus, peach, orange and tropical fruit with a nice light malt backbone. Like a sweet coming, never fade away dream... because it's deliciously real. This is a very drinkable session IPA. (Our fans call it an obsession IPA.) Peace, Love & Hoppiness!
Food Pairings: Spicy Foods. Chicken Wings, Crab Cakes.

Sunshine Daydream has 60 IBU and 5% ABV. I've come to the realization that different organizations/websites define what a session beer is. Some places may define it as no higher that 4.5% ABV. While others define it as no higher than 5%. Lew Bryson is one that defines it as 4.5%. The Brewer Association defines it as 5.1%. I tend to go with the 4.5%. For this one, it is a little out of the session beer realm. Have run into people that think 5% ABV is extremely high. I think it's funny that some people consider that high.

Decent head. Lacing left a little to be desired. Aroma I thought was rather good. Piney hops. Some citrus. Citrus seems to be grapefruit along with orange. Malt wasn't that much in the smell, which for me is a good thing. Taste was interesting. It is rather piney. Love pine in beers. Grapefruit and orange are what I taste, citrus wise. Only big gripe on this one is the body. Body is rather thin. Dropped the rating due to that fact. Rated it 3.5 on Untappd. Would actually give it 3.75. IF the body wasn't thin, it would have received a higher rating. Nice bitterness. Just enough citrus. Citrus could have been more.

5 Worst Beer States in America Revealed

Stone 18th Anniversary IPA

89 BA and Bros score on Beer Advocate. 83 overall and 63 style score on RateBeer.

As we compose the text for this celebratory beer—a golden-brown India pale ale dry-hopped exclusively and abundantly with El Dorado hops—we stand ready to leap from the precipice of all we know into a new era for our company, our beers and, most importantly, our fans. It’s one that will see us exploring new territory, both geographically and creatively, as we evolve from pacesetters for the American craft brewing movement to cross-planetary champions of the worldwide cause of craft, hoisting our banner to proclaim artisanal beers’ vast superiority over stripped-down, business-driven, industrialized, fizzy, yellow mediocrity. We thank you for shadowing us for the first 18 years of our journey, and welcome you to join us for next leg and all that follows.

Picked up a bottle today at Savor Market for $8.99. The Savor Market remodel seems to be coming along nicely. Taps were actually already installed when I visited earlier. The place smelled of paint. Paint huffers would have rejoiced. But we all know Pantera fans huff paint in their free time. How else would you explain them listening to Pantera.

Pantera is the "metal" version of Lil Wayne.
Same thing goes for Pantera.

Lil Wayne is the (C)Rap version of Justin Bieber. Much like PBR is the goat urine of beer. Does really anyone read what I say about PBR or Pantera or Lil Wayne?

I'm usually a fan of Stone beers. Even a style I am not a fan of is still decent. At least they taste like beer. I've run into people that say they don't like beer because it tastes like beer. Probably the same people that don't like fish because of the fishy taste. What would anyone expect? It's like wanting a porterhouse that tastes like a pork chop. If you tried something wanting it taste like something completely different, get the other thing. Beer should taste like beer and not like some liquid tootsie pop. If I drank a PBR, I wouldn't expect it to taste like a beer. I expect it to taste like goat urine.

Tasting Notes
By Brewmaster Mitch Steele

Pours deep amber with a reddish-brown hue and an off-white-colored head.
Herbal, lemon and lemongrass hop notes, combined with very light levels of cocoa, coffee and roasted malts.
Fruity hops, lemon, orange zest and tropical fruit, with a complex malt base featuring coffee and toffee elements. The hop finish is very lemony.
Full bodied with a bitter, dry finish.
This beer was conceptualized a bit later than usual, and several iterations were created before we settled on this recipe. Using a small amount of English Brown Coffee Malt in a double IPA seemed like an interesting idea to me, and was inspired in part by the success we had brewing Aleman/Two Brothers/Stone DayMan Coffee IPA and The Alchemist/Ninkasi/Stone More Brown Than Black IPA. The malt character is rich and complex, with hints of cocoa and coffee that don't interfere with the hop intensity. We used one of our favorite new hop varieties, El Dorado, 100 percent in the dry-hop stage, which provides a distinctive lemony character in the aroma and taste that we've come to affectionately describe as "lemon candy."

Pours a very large head with nice lacing. It's a somewhat odd color for an IPA. Usually IPA beers are a bit more on the golden color. But there are black IPA beers, but they are darker than this one. Aroma is nice but somewhat odd. While the hops and citrus are there, some of the malt adds an strange note. Lemon and maybe some tropical citrus are there. Malt seems to add a toffee like note. Not something I would expect in an IPA. Taste has all sorts of flavors going on. Lemon is there. Orange isn't there at first but seems to come in slowly. Malt lends a toffee like note. Roasted malts are there as well. Finish is a bit on the dry side. To me the flavors seem to work well together. Rated it a 4 outta 5.