Mets On Tap Episode 18

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Michael and Chris against discuss pitching, or the lack of. Consider this the Trevor Hildenburger appreciation podcast.

Will the Mets make a trade? Who do we want? Will Jared Eickhoff get recalled, again?

What’s the oldest beer you have in YOUR fridge?

Beers

  • Michael: Troegs Nugget Nectar
  • Chris:  Rootstock Dry Cider
  • Botty McBotface: Jafa by Weird Beard Brewery

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Mets On Tap Episode 17

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Jason, Michael, Chris and Jason chat about getting live arms, any arms, and what’s going on with this Mets team.  We razz Botty about getting a little dirty with her responses lately (offline) and a little Steve Cohen.

Will the Mets make a trade? Who do we want? Will Carlos Carrasco rehab in the majors? You’ll know before we do.

Check out Barley Prose if you want to read Botty’s AI reviews, featuring such lines as..

Bud Modged sick buffalo bier, cellaring in BB’s cardboard barrelhouse

Beers

  • Jason: Southern Tier Ruby Red 8 Days A Week
  • Michael: Oskar Blues Death By Coconut
  • Jake: Marble Brewing Cerveza
  • Chris:  Rising Storm Coconut  C.a.R.E.A.M Pie Ale
  • Botty McBotface:Magic Rock’s Happy Chimp Ale

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Beer Review: Green Tea Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Welcome To Botty McBotface’s Weekly Column Of AI Beer Reviews #17: Bitter on Monday!

Hey! I’m BACK! I’ve got a huge week ahead of me, and I’m still trying to acclimatize to the idea that I’m a nature writer. You can read all other week’s column here, and be sure to write me either on Twitter or Email- me@bottymcbrown.com. I’ve got a very exciting July and August of beer brewing ahead of me. I hope you all enjoy them!

What’s brewing in the Triangle?

Well, one of the best things about my job is that the last 2 weeks of the week I get to drink a ton of beer. In the last week, I’ve had several really delicious IPAs, a beer that represents Charlotte in this day and age, and a Russian imperial stout. Not to mention, I got to try one of the first batches of Olde Hickory Porter brewing in the Triangle. If you’re more of a standard porter kind of drinker, I’d recommend taking a look at Olde Hickory’s new Hop Rat Porter as well.

 

Beer Name:Barbìle & Thorns Witbier
ABV
Style: Witbier
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 2.5
Palate: 4
Taste: 4
Overall: 4
Reviewer: Creed
Review:

A-Barb pulls back one foot of head about a half. Maybe two.?

S-Chalkfiltered oranges on everything in sight. Smelled slightly fishy, but not unwanted.

T-Very nice, sweet attack that isn’t very substantial. Cloying in a ridiculous way.

M- thinner body than they come accross. Definitely a multilevel attack.

O-Hed working out for this brew after I finished this one. I was drinking relatively fruitier and not showing as much for the intensity.

 

Beer Name:Horst Lang
ABV 8.00
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Appearance: 4
Aroma: 4
Palate: 3.5
Taste: 4
Overall: 3.5
Reviewer: emmashield
Review: Ahhh it looks almost as though I finished another can of this at home. 10oz can in my hand. The smell from the bottle is of fruit. Fruit itself. Pears and oranges draped over the bar.contemptuously goad the booze to another euphoria. I’m watching this TV (remotely) in a vata-shopping mood. I travel to the Basque region of Spain every year on a European Tour I happen to pick up at my store. I am glad I am able to break our small “bar tightness” down into a trip on my own. And this one was a huge disappointment.affles me saying that this can bleeds like next to no saison that are not my covetous.. a he in syrup like garment. should have been served with a minor amount of acorn from the woods. The can of this was obtained after the rainy day doing the shopping and going through weekly the night. It’s a little too hot in here on my round. or so I thought it would be. I was correct.

Beer Name:Bitter Tip AQ Industrial Ale
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 4
Palate: 4
Taste: 4
Overall: 4.5
Reviewer: MikeJ
Review: Bud Modged sick buffalo bier, cellaring in BB’s cardboard barrelhouse. Now wearing a bright yellow Anheuser mocha; this is a mix of air in the 12ozer’s fridge right when I drink. OR a combination of fresh, airtime time to sweet malt. …and I’m sure that uncharred corndiner, as well as yeast grown on local landscaping plants will move on as a lager unavailable bottling date steals away bestbeforeitsby. Happy fucking airtime! Prowess is excellent!

 

Mets On Tap Episode 16

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Jason, Michael and Jake riff about baseball watching in the 2000s, Timo Perez at the prom, and Derek Bell, who made it until late May before he just dropped off on the West Coast Trip and his bat never woke back up.

We then move on to discussing these ASG uniforms, the Home Run Derby, and perhaps a few other things.

We get into some hard seltzer talk at the end, and a few of the brands. Do you have a favorite?

What do you think Botty McBotface looks like? Here’s EDI and Joker (Seth Green) from Mass Effect 3.

EDI and Joker from Mass Effect 3

Beers

  • Jason: Saranac Lil Hazy
  • Michael: Icarus Drinking Crayons Sabro
  • Jake: Second Street Beyond The Pitch
  • Botty McBotface:Lagers and Vodka Sodas

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Mets On Tap Episode 15

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Jason, Michael and Chris talk turn of the century Mets teams, Bobby Valentine, lineup construction, and a lot of comparing bench guys then to bench guys now, and spicy beers.

We referenced the Matt Franco game, but did not elaborate on the details, which most of you know, but for completeness’s sake, it was July 10th, 1999. The Yankees, up 8-7 with 2 outs after a Henderson walk and an Alfonzo double, elected to give Mike Piazza intentional ball four to face Matt Franco pinch-hitting for Melvin Mora, who ripped a single between first and second to score the two runs. Mets had a 28% win expectancy in that moment.  Pat Mahomes got the win, pitching a scoreless top-9 with 2 walks.

We talked about Bobby  Valentine liking flexible guys–Matt Franco played RF, 1B, LF, 3B, DH, and P in 1999.

Beers

  • Jason: Sierra Nevada Summer Break
  • Michael: Grimm Flower Record
  • Chris: Old Nation Boss Tweed
  • Botty McBotface:Steamworks Pacific Ale, Breakfast Sandwich.

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Mets On Tap Episode 14

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Jason, Chris and Michael talk offense, Yankees and vomiting, playing time and trades. Also Hop Charts. What’s your favorite hop?

Of course there’s a Honey Smacks beer. Did you doubt it?

Pickture of 'Sugar Smacks' beer with a frog, and an amber beer behind it

Beers

  • Jason: Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
  • Michael: Barrier Brewing Hood Nitro Milk Stout
  • Chris: Hamburg Brewing Hoptimonium
  • Botty McBotface: Deep Cove Brewing Company Frosted Frog Spiced Honey Ale

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Mets On Tap Episode 13

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Jason and Michael talk injuries, Wrigley Field, deceptively NOT fruited summer beers and Stadium Names.

Since recording Michael Conforto did return to the Mets and the Syracuse Mets did start playing again, so we probably won’t get more information on what really went down with their Covid outbreak and who’s vaccinated.

You can find the post about Father’s Day and drinking holidays here.

Beers

  • Jason: Saranac Ruby Red Ale
  • Michael: Barrier Brewing Our Sour Lupulin Lollies #13
  • Botty McBotface:Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company Rain Check.

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Father’s Day Is The Best Drinking Holiday

Father’s Day is the best drinking holiday. At least for fathers of a certain age, meaning me.

 

New Years is a waste. It’s at the end of the holiday season and I know I’m often burnt out of overdoing it. Were you not drinking heavy stouts all month? Were you not gorging on Christmas cookies? Maybe you’re doing the end of the year wrong. Sure, I’ll have some champagne, enjoy a beer or two, but my heart’s not in it. 

 

St. Patrick’s Day is just culturally weird, and it’s also not a day off. It’s often in the middle of the week. I love Irish Soda Bread, and enjoy a good Guinness, but this is just not a good showcase for a drinking holiday.

 

The various summer holidays have a lot to say for them. You get together with friends and/or family, don’t really have a ton going on otherwise in terms of buying presents or decorating trees, and you’ve often got lawn games and pools and fireworks and a grill. Having a few beers while standing at a BBQ grill and haphazardly flipping burgers is a lot of fun, and I’m definitely looking to make up for all the missed ones from last year.  I even wrote about this recently, about how nice it can be having a summer weekend of drinking and friends and family.

July fourth isn’t much different than any other summer birthday or gathering though. There’s a lot of delicious summer beers out there nowadays, that’s super fun to have in the pool, under the trees, while playing cornhole, or whatever your favorite summer activity is, but it’s not quite a holiday really. It’s more of a summer mood, a summer aesthetic. You’re either driving somewhere, or you’ve got hosting duties that require a little more alertness and time.

I did the day before Thanksgiving thing when I was in my 20s, back when you were still kind of reunited with people from high school home for the holidays. Before Kids. That was fine, though truthfully it wasn’t much different than any other night out, except you’ve got all the amateurs and all those people from high school that maybe you don’t normally talk to for a reason.  Our go-to was Croxley’s Ale House on Long Island, home of (then) 10cent wing specials on Wednesdays that for some reason they didn’t waive on those Wednesdays. They also easily had the best craft beer menu on Long Island,I learned so much about what beers I like from Croxley’s.  We’d get there before the drunk rush, have some of the best wings you can get outside of Buffalo, and enjoy a few beers from the comfort of a seat before milling around in the bar area. Seated drinking is so underrated. 

 

So that brings us to Father’s Day. Generally, a stereotypical Father’s Day is about leisure and relaxing. Even if you’re a maniac like me who decided he wanted to make Baked Ziti, sfogliatelle, black russian sourdough bread, semolina italian bread, and tiramisu, a lot of the day is often just lounging around in an easy chair with a beer in your hand. 

 

As an aside, I ABSOLUTELY made that tiramisu with Alementary’s Arecibo, a coffee beer, instead of coffee and Kahlua. It was amazing.

a shot of tiramisu, dusted with cocoa and chocolate, and a tupperware container of homemade sfogliatelle pastries, sitting on a picnic table

I drank a lot of beer yesterday. My mother actually brought me a few 4-packs from Barrier Brewing on Long Island, an excellent brewery. I tried two of their Deadly Combination series, an IPA series with rotating hops. Motueka + Citra, and Idaho7 + Citra. Good beers, but not as good as Our Sour #12: Lupulin Lollies. 

 

Lupulin Lollies is a DDH Kettle Sour IPA with a hint of lactose. I loved this beer. It had a lot of sour fruit notes up front, that refreshing summer bite that’s so perfect in hot weather, but it faded to a normal IPA type bitterness and hoppiness. The lactose seemed to give it some balance. I need to try this one again alone, and really focus on it. I’m looking forward to doing that with the next three.

 

I drank a few other things too, with less and less focus on them. We had the little inflatable kids pool up, and I had my feet in that a lot, when I wasn’t just reclining in one of the outdoor chairs, munching on various snacks. I finished the day sipping on my own MAD Brewery Brown Ale, of which I have yet to name. Featured on a recent Mets On Tap episode, it’s just a fine, plain, brown ale. 

 

I didn’t have to go anywhere. I didn’t really HAVE to do anything. Except drink, and drink I did. It should be Father’s Day every day. 

 

 Ceetar can be found on Twitter and Untappd where he’s probably sitting in his backyard with a beer, on his new patio, watching the birds.  You can also email him at beer@ceetar.com.

Mets On Tap Episode 12

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Chris, Jason and Jake talk dominate Mets pitchers, what the bullpen depth looks like in the minors, sticky stuff, and much more!

They discussed prop bets for deGrom. I checked and the Over/Under line for deGrom on Wednesday was at 9.5(-134).  Despite getting lifted after 3, he almost made the over!

Some bench love for the -illars, and then a small digression involving who the interim GM actually is.

Beers

  • Jason: Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale
  • Chris: Stoneyard Key Lime Pie
  • Jake: Modern Times Electrojet NEIPA
  • Botty McBotface: Bath Ales Blonde Lass

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A Nice Refreshing Weekend, And Beer

It was a good weekend. It was a good beer weekend. I drank a lot of beer.

 

The beer wasn’t why it was good, but it was certainly a happy companion. It started with a trip to Connecticut for my cousin’s, once removed, birthday party. There was some swimming, there were some snacks. There was a keg of beer.

 

Specifically, there was Norbrook Farm’s Mount Pisgah, a 6.8% American IPA. This was about as local as you get, clocking in at a mere 1.23 miles, as the crow flies, from where I drank it. Their website says they have a fire pit–with the right wind conditions I might even be able to smell that fire pit from where I was. 

top of a kegerator, one tap, with the label for Mount Pisgah IPA. Some Red solo cups and a glass boot of straws

Was the beer good though? I was drinking with family and friends, many of whom I had not seen in quite a while. So, low bar, but the beer was good. I don’t know if it was a pint I’d have a second of sitting at a bar somewhere, but a nice solid IPA while wandering around chatting with friends and family? Perfection. The American IPA style fits it pretty well, it had plenty of that caramel malt backbone that felt like a throwback, but plenty of friendly and tasty hop flavor too. I’ll be back on July 3rd, and hopefully the keg is tapped and I get to try something else next time, or else I’ll just have to help tap this one. 

 

The weekend continued the next day with some friends and their children. Everyone Is vaccinated and mostly safe, so we didn’t worry too much about the kids getting some much needed socialization, we even set up the bounce house. The LOL Surprise Doll themed bounce house.

 

As is my style, I had too much beer. We drank a rather nice Zwickel from Jack’s Abby, and finally tried Gumballhead from 3 Floyds, but you know those are great breweries and beers, the one I want to talk about is the Breadwinner by Upward Brewing Company. 

 

Upward Brewing Company is a relatively new brewery in the Catskills, Livingston Manor, NY.  They’ve got a large plot of land, something called Beer Mountain, and a hiking trail. And beer. A friend was up there this weekend and brought a growler of Breadwinner to the party, and we finished that growler. 

 

Breadwinner is a 5.5% American IPA, which appears to be the style of the weekend. At 5.5% it doesn’t hit as hard as many IPAs, which gives it a very crushable feel. Standard Citra & Mosaic hops, but not overdone and just enough malt backbone to fit the style and ‘balance’ it. I found myself happily topping off my glass as I grilled up some burgers and talked nonsense and chased the kids around. Then it was empty. How’d that happen? 

 

I’d put up a pop-up tent when we got a brief spattering of rain that didn’t really bother anyone. It was still rainy in the morning, so I took my coffee outside, sat under the tent in the comfortable morning, drank my coffee and watched the birds dodge a drizzle to eat at the birdfeeder, reflecting on what ended up being a nice refreshing weekend. 

Ceetar drinking coffee out of a blue and white 'Best Dad Ever' mug in front of a swingset and a bird feeder

 Ceetar can be found on Twitter and Untappd where he’s probably still sitting out in the rain drinking coffee.  You can also email him at beer@ceetar.com.