Mets On Tap Episode 36 Does Chip Ambres Drink Beer?

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Michael, Jason, Jake Chris discuss all manner of Mets related topics, from new podcasts, to broken arms, to Foeders. We spent a lot of time on Matt Harvey, but maybe even more on Chip Ambres?

_One_ Of us did not drink a beer this episode, and there will be consequences.

Michael: Carton Brewing Austen I
Jason: Buried Acorn Integumentary Funk
Jake: LaCroix Lime
Chris: Captain Lawrence Snyder Bier
Botty McBotface: Weird Beard Apocalypse Cow

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Mets? On Tap Episode 35

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Michael and Jason blather on about the Mets and how there’s nothing to talk about. Talk about Old Timers Day some, bounce around talking about beers, what to drink for moving, Super Bowls, etc. Little cocktail talk, some checking in with Botty, and that’s a wrap.

Michael: Troegs Nugget Nectar
Jason: Buried Acorn Stoutland
Botty McBotface: Tom Cruise

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Mets On Tap Episode 33 : Matt Harvey and the Girl Scouts

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Michael, Chris and Jason talk about all manner of things with the Mets baseball season being so very far away still, though not really that far away! How are the negotiations going? Yay for Keith Hernandez and his number getting retired.

Some coach talk, brief David Newhan talk, and Chris guesses three of the last four people to wear number 17. We meander into Kohler reviews, Girl Scout cookies, and even some NFL and NHL stuff? WEIRD!

Michael: Alementary Arecibo
Chris: Rising Storm Nocturnal Storm Vanilla Porter
Jason: Buried Acorn Skinny Chicken
Botty McBotface: Miller Klaustrofobia

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Mets On Tap Episode 32 Get Buck Wild

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Michael, Chris, Jake and Jason talk about the end of the year while celebrating the Winter Solstice and dark beer. We spend a lot of time talking about Buck Showalter, and how good or not great  he might be for the Mets, and what’s in store for us during this lockout.

We talk some holiday drinking, some Kris Bryant, and meander to some other topics as well.

Michael: Brooklyn Brewery Black Ops – Four Roses Small Batch
Chris: Captain Lawrence Fudgie The Whale
Jason: Buried Acorn Porter Hill Porter
Jake: La Cumbre Elevated IPA
Botty McBotface: El Baero Negro

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Darkest Beers For The Darkest Days: Happy Winter Solstice!

Happy Winter Solstice everybody!

It’s the day with the least amount of sunlight, or as they say, the darkest day of the year.  With apologies to the southern hemisphere, let’s talk about some of the darkest beers we should be drinking on this dark day. 

I’ve mentioned Brooklyn Black Ops before, specifically in the solstice post from 2018, but it’s still an amazing beer. This year, Brooklyn has released Black Ops in 16oz cans, and a Four Roses Small Batch version, which is what I purchased. This beer is just superb all around. It’s smooth and rich and just freaking EXPLODING with flavor. Chocolate and some coffee and rich bourbon  and roasty notes.  It blows my mind how smooth it is too, beers that come in at 12.4% ABV usually burn a little, especially when they haven’t been aged. And this beer is dark for sure, but keep in mind that drinking 16oz of 12.4% beer is roughly equivalent to four Bud Lights. 

Next up we have this fun beer from Tree House, Cafe Kola, that I purchased back in the summer when I was in Cape Cod. This is another rich imperial stout. Kola is Tree House’s coffee liqueur, which I have not tried, and this beer is meant as a complement to that. It is ALSO quite dark, though the ABV on this one is slightly lower at 10%, and comes in a 12oz bottle. There’s actual coffee in this one, so it gives it a lot more bitter/roast notes that just balance out everything else so nicely. Complex, chocolatey, delicious and not too sweet. I’d have welcomed another one of these.

Kilgore Stout is drinking an Empire State Brewing Black Magic Nitro Stout

 

We’ll be talking about the Darkest Beer for Darkest Days thing when we record the podcast tonight, so stay tuned for that. Will we compare it to the Mets Black Jerseys? Only time will tell. 

SRM isn’t a great measurement, though it suffices for measuring how dark a beer is. One thing I like to do to assess is the next day, when I wash my dirty beer glass that had a dark beer in it, is to fill it up with water and see how dark the residue makes it. This Cafe Kola water is darker than many a beer.

 

Ceetar can be found on Twitter and Untappd where he’s probably baking too many cookies.  You can also email him at beer@ceetar.com.

 

Mets On Tap Episode 31 Do I Know You, the New Mets?

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Michael, Chris and Jason talk about all the new Mets, how they all fit together, what else we need, and how this roster is constructed. Some CBA talk, some uniform numbers talk, and of course, beer.

The tweet I was referencing from Newburgh Brewing Company.

Michael: Magnify Brewing Do I Know You?
Chris: Singlecut Inexplicably Used Umlaut Marzen
Jason: Critz Farms Pig City Porter
Botty McBotface: 1.5L beers and O’Douls

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The Thanksgiving Beer Post

I like wine well enough, but Thanksgiving should be more of a beer holiday, and I don’t mean downing eight beers with old friends the night before off dirty taps and watching the parade with a hangover. True story, I once went out to a local place with a great selection, had two beers and woke up absolutely miserable on Thanksgiving. It was in the early 2000s, and I blame dirty taps, even if I don’t have any proof.

So now that I’m “grown up” and hosting Thanksgiving and a little more in control of the menu and the beverage selection, what’s the plan? The crowd will still be pandemic-limited, so there won’t be that many drinkers at my house, which is a shame, but that’s not going to stop me. 

Alementary Brewing releases a Thanksgiving beer, an English Barleywine called Figgy Pudding. It’s a beer aged on Turkish figs, Turkish apricots, and Medjool dates and then into Jamaican rum barrels. It’s a great rich and malty beer that pairs well with the season. 

Another great drink is cider. Apple cider is already a delicious fall/harvest beverage, and it’s even better with booze. I recently purchased a pack of cider from Graft Cidery called Back Country Old Fashioned Cider, Citrus & Bourbon, and it’s quite delicious. It’s almost like a cocktail, because of the bourbon flavor, but the lemony citrus gives it enough acidity to not be overly sweet, and it just seems to go well with everything. 

What, you might ask, is Botty McBotface, our resident AI, drinking for Thanksgiving? 

“I’ll tell you what,” Botty said, “I’m gonna make a big batch of wine spritzer. I’m really excited about it. It’s gonna be great! I’ll put the wine in the blender, add some soda water, ice, and cranberry juice. That way, everybody can have a glass of wine.”

Sure. You could do wine. Spritzers seem like the way to go, give yourself a little carbonation to go with the big meal. I saw a fun recipe of Limoncello, cranberry juice, and seltzer, which I might give a whirl. Maybe even use prosecco instead of seltzer. 

I personally like to drink Oktoberfests on Thanksgiving, because I feel like beyond that I start looking at all the stouts and dark rich Christmasy stuff, and if I have any Oktoberfest left they just linger in my fridge, despite being one of my more loved styles. Drink ‘em while you got ‘em, so to speak. 

All in all, the best Thanksgiving drink is the one that’s in your hand, and if it hits the spot and pairs well with whatever you’re eating, all the better. So feel free to share your beer photos with us on Twitter or Instagram, and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Ceetar can be found on Twitter and Untappd where he’s currently making apple pie and drinking an Alementary Random Placement Of Things.  You can also email him at beer@ceetar.com.

Mets On Tap Episode 30 The We Almost Have A GM Episode

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Michael, Jake and Jason yammer on about Noah Syndergaard signing with the Angels, and what we think about that, Billy Eppler, and some roster construction ideas.

We once against ponder why Edgardo Alfonzo is not being considered for manager.

Michael: Sierra Nevada Celebration
Jake: La Cumbre Malpais Stout
Jason: Empire Black Magic Nitro
Botty McBotface: Lighthouse Brewing Company’s Suicidal Bastard dark barley wine

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BeerSport: Oktoberfest Take 2

The name of the game is BeerSport – two beers enter, one beer leaves. Beersport.

I don’t we’re starting to cross into stout season, but imo Oktoberfests go right up until Thanksgiving, they’re a nice meaty supper beer. Anyway, These are the two _other_ beers from the Saranac Oktoberfest pack dual BeerSport I did.

This time It’s the 1888 Octoberfest facing off against the Black Forest Schwarzbier. The Octoberfest is billed as an ‘authentic German-style lager’, but comes in a little low at 5.4% and the Black Forest is named for the homeland of Saranac’s founder. 5.3%.

Preconceived notions on these is that I thought I’d had the Black Forest before and liked it, but actually that was the Black Forest Cake. I expect the Octoberfest, and apologies if I add a k to that–never trust an Octoberfest, to be pretty typical of the style.

Appearance

Octoberfest is a little darker than I’d like, and maybe has a little too much malt. Only a little bit of head. Looks fine.

Black Forest. It’s black? Just a hint of lighter/cola colors around the edge. Pretty coffee colored head. 

Edge: Black Forest

Smell

Octoberfest: A malty smell with hint of some cherry perhaps. Whiff of sulfur. Smells a little sweeter than I expected. 

Black Forest is very clean. Aroma is very light. Also get some sweetness, more than I expected. Sort of a dank sweetness, that fades into more of a light coffee note. Not fresh coffee, but just that impression you get when you walk into somewhere where coffee is frequently brewed, but is not actively being brewed. 

Edge: Octoberfest

Taste

This is definitely a sweeter Octoberfest. Are all of Saranac’s sweet? This is fine, there’s not quite that sulfury/yeasty richness that usually cuts the Octoberfest malts here. It’s faint, but it needs more. It’s very drinkable though, and it definitely tastes better after you acclimate to the extra sweetness.

Black Forest. The black forest might be more drinkable though. Its got that light coffee note, maybe a hint of cola but it’s that sweetness playing with me perhaps. It’s light though, airy. 

Edge:Black Forest

Mouthfeel

The Octoberfest has a little more of a beer feel, it’s a little fuller. The black forest is very airy, tickles your tongue and then moves along. They’re both basically the same 5.4 or 5.3 ABV, which is low for an Octoberfest. 

Edge: Octoberfest

Overall

Neither of these are great beers, they’re good, but they’re forgetable. The Octoberfest just missing the mark, and is a little weak. The Schwarzbier is just lacking alittle bit overall in flavor.  It just needs a little bit more there. 

Winner: Octoberfest takes it home here, barely, with a more beer like experience.

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Mets On Tap Episode 29 : The Reincarnated Corpse of Dead Mets For Manager Edition

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Michael, Chris and Jason yammer on about stuff. Mets managers, maybe Carlos Beltran? Maybe a re-animated corpse? Maybe a Twitter poll? What happened to Edgardo Alfonzo?

Should the Mets branch out and hire an exec that’s committed a different type of crime, you know, for variety? What’s a little arson between baseball teams?

Michael: Barrier Emperor’s Blood Thickerer
Chris: Rising Storm Battle Scars
Jason: Buried Acorn Hop Whip
Botty McBotface:Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s Blackberry Saison

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