Cider For Thanksgiving

Long time readers and/or followers of mine may remember that my go-to Thanksgiving beer is Figgy Pudding by The Alementary. Figgy Pudding is an English Barleywine aged in Rum barrels and conditioned on Figs, Prunes, Apricots, and Dates. It’s slightly different every year but every year it’s amazing. That’s for me though, what else are we drinking?

Cider. The answer is cider. For Thanksgiving I’m a big proponent of early drinks and late drinks. The beverages you might enjoy early on in the day are much different than the ones you might want when you’ve already packed in some heavy food. Drink whatever you want first, good time for that Figgy Pudding, or Gingerbread Cookie Porter or whatever, but once you’ve sampled from all eight cheeses I bought? Maybe switch to something a little crisper. Like Cider!

A nice dry cider feels like the perfect contrast to rich food, plus it’s apples, which is harvesty and topical! As luck would have it, and totally not the reason for this post, I was just a a cider mill in Vermont and came back with a six-pack of a hard cider I liked. This one’s from Cold Hollow Cider Mill, called Rural Recess. It’s not quite as dry and crisp as I would pick for Thanksgiving, but it’s pretty balanced and it’s also dry-hopped with Cascade Hops, which gives it that nice fresh flavor.

So Figgy Pudding early, and Rural Recess late, and maybe I’ll mix in a Alchemist Heady Topper in there, because this is a beer blog and I did just go to Vermont. What are YOU drinking for Thanksgiving? Tag us on Instagram or Twitter and let us know.

 

Ceetar can be found on Twitter and Untappd where he’s making too many potato dishes for Thanksgiving  You can also email him at beer@ceetar.com.

 

Mets On Tap Episode 63 – Playoff Preview

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Michael and Jason talk McNeil, Alonso, the Padres, ticket prices, ESPN, and all the playoff goodness.

Some roster machination stuff, who’s in, who’s out. Rotation stuff.

Tin Barn Brewery

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BEERS
Michael: Tin Barn – District 96 Barn Snake TIPA
Jason: Full Boar Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
Botty McBotface: MadTree Blood Ornge Psychopathy

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Mets On Tap Episode 62 – We Miss You Starling Marte!

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Michael and Jason talk Starling Marte and the struggling Mets offense, and if their numbers look better than they are due to a couple of blow-outs.

Some talk of dark beer season coming, and Joey Lucchesi and Hurricane Ian.

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BEERS
Michael: Treehouse Old Man
Jason: Sierra Nevada Sunny Little Thing
Botty McBotface:  Budweiser with Frangelico

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Don’t Put Bacon In Your Beer–An AI Exploration Of A Bad Idea

Bacon feels like it’s always apropos, and it’s one of those things that seems to go along with beer so well, bacon, burgers, beer. Classic summer fare right?

In my experience, they can be put together too well. I’m a big fan of smoky rauchbiers, it’s a great style, but a delicate one. In typical American fashion, sometimes it’s over done here. Take, for example, this bacon beer I had at a Bacon fest at a German biergarten on Long Island in 2015. They’re having the fest again this year. They mention specialty drinks, but do not mention beer.

Does that look appetizing? It wasn’t. I wrote “eh” on Untappd, and “poor execution” on Facebook when I posted about it originally. It just wasn’t particularly good, and adding all the oil directly into the beer did nothing. I don’t know if this was just a beer with a piece of bacon in it, or if it had any smoky qualities that were just masked by the actual meat, but this is not a win.

As many things do these days, this experience gave me the idea of using it as a prompt for some of the text-to-image AI models out there these days. Most of these were done with DALL-E.

AI generated photo of a plastic cup of beer with a piece of bacon floating on it
PROMPT: food photography, a plastic cup of German pilsner with a piece of bacon in it

This one uses the bacon as a condiment. Just sort of tosses it in there, which I guess is fine. It’s floating on the foam, adding little. In a plastic cup, because that’s what I asked for, and that could definitely be a Pilsner.

AI photo of a glass mug of beer with a piece of bacon floating in it
PROMPT: food photography, a  German pilsner with a piece of bacon in it

Left out the plastic cup part of the prompt here, and now it’s in a nice glass, but the bacon is just free-floating in there like a fish. No oil coming off the bacon either, AI doesn’t really seem to understand the interaction here.

a pint glass 2/3rds full of an amber beer, with the words BACATER poorly printed on it. There is a piece of bacon sticking up out of the middle of the glass through the foam
Prompt: instagram post of my german lager in a beer glass made out of bacon

Switched over to instagram from food photography in the prompt, and get this gem. DALL-E can do letters, but it often fails to do whole words correctly. BACTER? BACTEN? I dunno, but it often has funny results. That’s now how bacon acts in a liquid either, just sticking up out there. Nice glass though. I dare you NOT to Instagram this if you were served it.

AI beer in a mug shaped mottled mug with a pilsner in it. There is an outline along the top of the glass design that looks a lot like the Lowenbrau Lion. There's a ribbon of bacon coming out of the foam of beer.
PROMPT: a german pilsner with a piece of bacon in it.

I think this is my favorite. Simple prompt, so it’s a black background. But it’s got an attempt at the Löwenbräu Lion along the rim there, and that bacon is..not how bacon looks? It’s like a ribbon or a sheet of think bacon. Some pieces off in the foam.

A Marge Simpson tall mug of beer on a blue and white plate on a picnic table. It's an amber beer with a big head of phone and then strips of bacon in a circle going up from there
Prompt: Food photography: A large Maß of German bier with a piece of bacon in it, served at a German Biergarten, full shot

One of the fun things about these text-image models is that you can go crazy making tiny modifications to terrific results, though it does eat into your generation quotas. I just ran this one now, for one final image. Marge Simpson ala Bacon Beer. With a garnish for some reason.

Prost!

Mets On Tap Episode 58, The Second Inning Exit

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Michael and Jason talk pitcher injuries, the lineup, and Brett Baty. We muse about how the Mets are handling injuries, who’s going to be available to pitch in October and perhaps some creative ways to deploy them.

We talk about beers, Citi Field, and the brewery at the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium, Maimonides Park. Coney Island Brewery is actually owned by Boston Beer Company now. They’ve been around a while though. Mermaid Pils because of the Mermaid Parade.

We will be skipping an episode next week, but hopefully we can get a beer-heavy discussion going about Non-Alcoholic beers that we can drop in later. Stay tuned.

BEERS
Michael: Von Trapp Oktoberfest
Jason: Athletic Brewing Closer By The Mile
Botty McBotface: Wine Gums and 40s.

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Mets On Tap Episode 55*

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Michael and Jason start by mocking the All Star Game uniforms and star hat, and then meander into talking about how to get kids into, or back into, baseball as they become adults.

There’s some talk of Juan Soto and trading, though we recognize it’s mostly just a fun exercise.

We talk about the Home Run Derby some, about new statcast swing speeds, about broadcasts and letting the players stand out, and much more!

BEERS
Michael: Woodstock Inn Brewery Mountain Haze
Jason: Harpoon Rec League
Botty McBotface: Rheingold

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Mets On Tap Episode 51-The All Star Voting Episode

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Michael and Chris vote for some All-Stars, ponder why we can’t vote for pitchers, discuss the balanced schedule and how the Mets might benefit from having more of their games against the Braves during the healthy deGrom and Scherzer parts of the season.

We discuss ticket costs, crappy Budweiser, and a visit to Plan Bee Brewery in upstate New York. Trevor Williams gets a tip of the cap, despite giving up a bunch of home runs while we recorded.

Also a shout out to Mark Canha and Taijuan Walker for some really cool Pride support this past weekend.

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BEERS
Michael: Plan Bee Ash
Chris: Rising Storm The Show Goes On
Botty McBotface: 99 cent disgusting Red Stripe

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Mets On Tap Episode 49 Cycling In 8th Starters

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Michael and Jason discuss the SNY pregame show as well as sports talking heads in general, before musing on west coast road trips featuring cycles and splits with good teams.

We talk some apple tv+ stats, some 0-2 counts, and muse about some pitching depth.

If you want us to mention what YOU are drinking during next Tuesday Night’s Mets games, give us a tweet around 8:30 or so @BarleyProse and we’ll include you.

BEERS
Michael: Carton Cafe Revolver
Jason: Buried Acorn Hot Whip
Botty McBotface: Tall Glass Of Bourbon

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New Brewery Alert: Gearblock Brewing Company in Waldwick, NJ

Praise be to the hop goddesses, I’ve finally got a local brewery. A _real_ local brewery. Previously the closest brewery to me was a good 15-20 minutes drive on a good day, something deeply troubling. Luckily, finally, there’s a brewery within 2 miles of my house, in a spot I’ve ridden my bike past, actually adjacent to my doctor’s office…called Gearblock Brewing Company

 

I managed to find my way over there, something way easier when it’s 4 minutes of side streets, on opening weekend to try out what they had. It’s in a little strip mall type place, but with wide sidewalks that affords them a little outdoor seating, which is always nice, even in a parking lot, but I sat at the bar and ordered a flight.

It’s a nice space, bar, ample seating, bathrooms, and you can see through to the brewery in the back. Typical stuff. There was a Japanese baseball game on, which immediately raised my opinion of the place. 

 

There’s something special about community watering holes, maybe something that’s no longer a dive bar thing. Breweries often fill that space. I didn’t see anyone I knew on this trip, but it’s inevitable that I will if and when I continue to visit. 

How was the beer? The beer was fine to good. I wasn’t wow’d by anything, but I wasn’t disappointed by anything either. As I write this a few days later, the Busted Barnacle, a gose that I got in a crowler to go, might be the one that’s hitting the memories the best, but I thought their hazy was pretty good, and so was the Märzen. It’s a good start, and gives me hope going forward. 

 

Most of all, I’m stoked that there’s a brewery so close. Something close enough that I can pop in for a beer when they’re open without having to make a special trip and plan. Gearblock has already added a beer or two since I was there, and I’ll definitely be back soon to check them out. Summer BBQ season is here, and you know I’m going to get a crowler or two to have on hand. 

Mets On Tap Episode 48 The Mascot Family Foodie Episode

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After a little noisy check-in with Michael from Citi Field, Jason, Jake and Chris discuss all manner of happy Mets stuff, from cats, to pools, to why Chip Ambres won’t return Chris’ calls.

They also discuss Dominic Smith’s demotion, the lingering injuries of some various Mets players, and try to find something to be grumpy about.

Here are some shots of the Citi Field scoreboard Michael was talking about.

Mark Canha’s instagram is awash with great food photos.

Which other mascots have families? I remember a “Billy the Kid” Marlin kid, but I can’t seem to find him, but it does appear that Mr. Redlegs has a wife named Rosie and dog named Gapper.

I also stumbled upon Francisco Lindor lightsaber dueling the Astro’s mascot Orbit, so obviously gotta share that.

If you want us to mention what YOU are drinking during next Tuesday Night’s Mets games, give us a tweet around 8:30 or so @BarleyProse and we’ll include you.

BEERS
Michael: Radiant Pig Save The Robots IPA
Chris: Rusty Rail Strange Love
Jake: La Cumbre Elevated IPA
Jason: Middle Ages Swallow Wit
Botty McBotface: Goose Island Honkers Ale

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