Archives for category: Beer Photo Fetish

(Monica says last annual.)

 

Checking IPA Dates

 

The gray, damp, cool, marine layerish part of the summer seems to be over now.

Went to high school in Kitsap County in the late 70s.

We started drinking when we were about 15.

Fake IDs (completely fake-not made to look like anything real) worked about 50% of the time to buy beer.

We never went without since about age 15.

I notice that beer websites have an honor system these days. You must make up an over 21 birth date in order to study brewery offerings. Underage people who desire to view a brewery web site will be stopped by all this?

We drank underage for years with no help whatsoever from the internet.

Making mention of these memories is not to defend operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, legal or illegal drugs or marijuana.

There was a special mystique about Coors beer at the time. For some reason, it was not shipped to WA.

“For decades, Coors Banquet was only available in 11 states, none of which were in the East. Despite its limited distribution, presidents, celebrities, and everyday folk alike wanted a taste of the West. In 1991, Coors Banquet finally showed up in all 50 states.”

People would make beer runs and bring back Coors from Idaho.

Back in those days, each state could set their own minimum drinking age. Idaho had a lower drinking age.

We have been enjoying the Yellowstone series. I noticed they are drinking Coors while at the rodeo, out camping with the Governor, etc.

Went looking for some Coors today. The old school beers now have only a small part of the cooler shelf space. It took a little looking to find the right spot. Selection of cans/bottles/16/12 OZ/6 pack/12 pack is extremely limited.

Only original Coors offering was an 18 pack in 12 OZ cans. Brought it home.

The freedom talk is just for federal holidays and overseas military operations.

Maybe of interest:

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Don’t miss our companion blog-found here: Old Man Blog

 

I’m with Greg on this one.

Checking IPA Dates

 

About time to get back out there.

Rainy and cooler here today.

Went out in the rain earlier and collected some beach wood for a 4th of July fire.

A better day for a darker beer with more flavor and alcohol content.

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Checking IPA Dates

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

About time to get back out there.

Today’s beer glass comes to us from Big Block Brewery & Taproom.

Looking good guys.

 

Some controversy related to this one, because the brewery was bought out by the big guys.

This one is pretty common to find on tap at bars and restaurants.

I order it, because I know I like it, & these days, I’d like to do less experimenting.

8.2% ABV

Related:

Checking IPA Dates

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

 

Just in time for warmer weather, an old favorite is back. We have enjoyed this one sveral times in the past.

Today’s beer glass comes to us from Big Block Brewery & Taproom.

Looking good guys.

 

Along for the afternoon:

Viva El Mariachi

 

La Gran D Wenatchee along to ensure spirits remain high.

Tequila for today: Espolòn

Unable to visit the cantina for now.

Bringing the mood home today:

Viva El Mariachi

 

A more aggressive pour & larger head:

 

Having a little fun.

 

Georgetown Brewing Co

These guys are making the effort with what is inside the can and offering an easy to read and understand date too.

Sold.

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Checking IPA Dates

 

A little more time working outside. Reaching more often for a cold brew.

Advantages:

Much lower priced than premium beers.

Lower alcohol content too.

Maybe start off with sharp taste buds and a couple of good craft beers. Wanting to have a couple more? Coors Light could be the answer.

Here’s a review that won’t be featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, etc.

The best beers require the least advertising:

More from independent media:

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

A 6 pack of IPA can be costly.

It is expensive to experiment. It can be very tricky when there is not a date to work with on the can or bottle you may want to purchase.

With a dozen possible IPA choices, why go for one without a date?

The Crafty Beer Girls

Date Code Confusion

“Regardless of where the beer is coming from, I urge everyone to either enforce or demand legible date codes on beer. If you see a smudgy date code on your can (or no code at all), bring it to the brewery’s attention. If you can’t decipher a stamped date code, email the brewery and ask for an explanation (I plan to email Merchant du Vin). As consumers, we should demand transparency from the companies we’re supporting with our dollars. Being duped into purchasing old beer is a terrible thing, and I would think it’s in the brewery and retailer’s best interest to provide accurate and legible freshness information on packaging.”

Thank you Crafty Beer Girls.

I recently purchased a six pack of IPA and did not check the date carefully at the store. When I got home I found a confusing and possibly old date on the can. I sent a polite email to this brewery asking about the freshness of their product and providing info about where (Haggen 98277) and when I made the purchase.

They never got back to me. I will make note of that. I will attempt to support the breweries that offer fresh product and an easy way for customers to verify dates.

Today, I passed over a six pack of this product, because there was only an ink smudge where the date would go on the bottom of the cans.

 

Georgetown Brewing Co

These guys are making the effort with what is inside the can and offering an easy to read and understand date too.

Sold.

 

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

 

Mini Spring Break update:

The beer photo fetish page features a true grab bag of different beer styles and brands. We’ve been at it since 2012.

No specific emphasis on any particular brand this afternoon.

Mexican beer has always been one of our favorite styles.

Before cracking a beer today, we made sure that all schools had been shut down for the coming weeks.

We verified that all bars and restaurants in Illinois and Ohio were headed for complete shut down prior to drinking at home today.

As a public service, we hired a sign language interpreter to stand on our porch and deliver ongoing public safety updates to the neighborhood while the sun shines this afternoon.

 

More than $10.00 for a 6 pack of IPA update:

I have no specific brand in mind here. It is expensive to experiment. It can be very tricky when there is not a date to work with on the can or bottle you may want to purchase.

With a dozen possible IPA choices, why go for one without a date?

The Crafty Beer Girls

Date Code Confusion

“Regardless of where the beer is coming from, I urge everyone to either enforce or demand legible date codes on beer. If you see a smudgy date code on your can (or no code at all), bring it to the brewery’s attention. If you can’t decipher a stamped date code, email the brewery and ask for an explanation (I plan to email Merchant du Vin). As consumers, we should demand transparency from the companies we’re supporting with our dollars. Being duped into purchasing old beer is a terrible thing, and I would think it’s in the brewery and retailer’s best interest to provide accurate and legible freshness information on packaging.”

Thank you Crafty Beer Girls.

I may send a polite email to a brewery asking about the freshness of their product and providing info about where and when I made a purchase.

If the brewery ignores me, I will make note of that. I will attempt to support the breweries that offer fresh product and an easy way for customers to verify dates.

 

A few small projects taken care of, then time to see if the barbecue still works.

Mexican beer update:

West Coast/NW IPA

German Pilsner

Beers from Mexico

These are my favorite styles.

Several of the Mexican beers I’ve tried, I would call routine.

Low on flavor and low on alcohol content. This would make sense if you were reaching for a beer in a location where 100° temps are the norm.

My favorite Mexican beer:

Bohemia

I also enjoy Carta Blanca, Modelo, and Corona Extra.

The Bohemia beer can be hard to find in the grocery store and in restaurants.

I would rate the Corona Familiar pictured at the top of the page as a routine Mexican beer.

What others have to say:

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Green/Clear Beer Bottle Myths?

Neil Young at 9:07

 

German Pilsner

One of my favorite styles, and one that can be hard to find in the local grocery store.

An enthusiastic review:

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

Sun came out.

There’s a rush hour out there somewhere.

A really nice beer. Always enjoy this one.

Looking like a good date:

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

After a month of storms, ferry links shut down, Hood Canal bridge closed, etc., the sun made a showing today.

Happy Sunday.

Really enjoy the IPA style, but the alcohol content can be a little high.

Pairing a Mexican beer with a decent tequila probably brings the alcohol impact right back up, but we are celebrating a calm & sunny winter day.

 

This one has more of a Brown Ale feel.

I prefer a NW IPA style.

 

Why is the can in the photo sealed?

Because sometimes, it’s windy here and an empty can will get tossed around during the photo op.

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

Fremont Interurban IPA.

I would reach for this one again.

 

Why is the can in the photo sealed?

Because sometimes, it’s windy here and an empty can will get tossed around during the photo op.

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

Calm, dry and gray until early afternoon. A good winter day for an outdoor work session. Temps around 50° F.

Took care of a few minor cleanup chores in the yard. Many more similar days and we’ll be all caught up.

What Puget Sound area grocery stores have the highest turnover (freshest dates) in the beer section? Need to learn more. Hate to spend $10 on a six pack & find out it’s not at its best.

Used to buy German Pilsner at Haggen. No longer seeing it. One of the most difficult styles to find.

Why is the can in the photo sealed?

Because sometimes, it’s windy here and an empty can will get tossed around during the photo op.

Alpine, Wyoming is the home of today’s brew.

Right on the Idaho border.

I’d reach for this one again.

 

Total Domination India Pale Ale – We’ve been this way before.

 

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

Mrs. Real checking in:

 

 

 

Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts

 

Heineken? Why it’s the finest beer in the world! President Kennedy used to drink it!

Not everyone likes this style, but there are many choices out there for many tastes.

Positive reviews:

A wintry night in an area surrounded by maritime culture.

 

A review with personality: