What happens when you send a reluctant chimp into space and then let him return to Earth? The answer is one happy monkey chillin’ at the beach sipping on session-able IPAs. 21st Amendment Brewery has been making a great session ale for years, but when I stepped into its San Francisco pub and saw that the Bitter American has returned to Earth, I couldn’t believe my eyes, nor the delicious taste on my tongue. I have a love for simians of all kinds: apes, monkeys, chimps. There is something primal about watching the animal that we are most closely related to. I feel that humans often reject the instincts that our tree-swinging cousins embody. The simple joys in life are what makes life worth living. Having a cold brew, or three on the beach is one of those things that I simply do not want to skip. A nice cool dip in the Pacific Ocean followed by a refreshing sip brings you Down to Earth in a way that this monkey finds simply refreshing! I hope you enjoy this painting and have a cold one for me in the heat of the sun!
Ahoy! I see a pirate ship on the banks of these beaches. Well, shiver me timbers, I believe that be Black Beard’s ship, and I thunk he long been plundering the booty at Davy Jones locker! A few weeks ago my friend returned from a trip to the East coast and brought home this New Hampshire brew. I never knew that NH had an 18-mile long coastline, the shortest one of all the coastal states, nor that the legendary pirate, Black Beard, supposedly sunk his ship along the NH short coastline. Sometimes I’m amazed at the information one can learn by reading verbiage on a beer can. 603 Brewery makes the 18 Mile Rye Pale Ale. It is a perfect beer to take to the short, 18-mile long coastline, while you are looking for buried treasure. Or, if you are simply burying your toes in the sand while you watch the sunset. This pale ale has a bit of a bite, and I’m not only talking about the 25 IBUs, or the Rye punch, but also the 6.6% ABV that makes this beer nearly session-able, but will have you talking like a pirate before the night is through. Cheers to NH brews! Great work 603 Brewery!
“The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great- grandfather was a pirate.” Source: http://www.coolnsmart.com/pirate_sayings/
This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
The painting for this week’s Thirsty Thursday is of a beer known as the Grapefruit Sculpin by Ballast Point Brewing in San Diego. The brewery started distributing to Alaska just a couple weeks ago, and Alaskan craft beer enthusiasts welcomed the beer with open arms and wallets.
Germans have been flavoring their beer with lemonade and lemon-lime sodas for many decades, making a product called radler bier (cyclist beer), or a shandy. Leave it to the West Coast Americans to make a beer that tastes like candy but hits hard with a 7% kick and serious hop character. The lesson is learned, don’t feed this one to your wine-cooler swilling friends. It sounds like they will like it, but save this one for yourself, you alpha-loving hophead. Grapefruit and beer sounds like a terrible, mad dog beverage invented to get 16 year old high-schoolers drunk, but it’s actually a match made in heaven. The twangy bitter-sweetness of the citrus fruit pairs perfectly with the 70 IBUs of Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA. As Ballast Point’s marketing department declares, “Grapefruit is a winter fruit, but Grapefruit Sculpin tastes like summer!” Cheers to innovative craft breweries! Hoppy American Craft Beer week!
This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition fine art prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Short’s Brewing Company’s Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale is a noteworthy beer, one you cannot buy outside of Michigan. Named for the hop plant Humulus Lupulus, this beer is for the hop head. Fruity and piney, Short’s doesn’t hold back on the hops. This beer comes in at 7.7% ABV, and 140 IBUs! Most people would call it a double IPA. Michigan has some great beer, and this one is a fine find when you are in MI!
Short’s is only 13 years old, starting out in a small vacated hardware store in Bellaire, Michigan. With a seven-barrel brew system, and five fermenters, Joe Short only produced 178 barrels in his first year. However, this is not the case today. The upgraded facility in Elk Rapids now produces 800 cases a day of the fine product. What a great success story! I hope you get to drink a little of this tasty brew if you get a chance! As Short says, “Life is Short’s, drink it while you’re here!”