Mets On Tap Episode 71: All The Talent’s In Syracuse

Mets On Tap Episode 71

Michael and Jason talk the unwatchable Mets, radio commercials, reclaiming free time.

We talk a little softball, and the quality of the Syracuse Mets. We discuss London and the time off.

We figure out who’s on the block.

You can email us questions, comments, and beer recs at podcast@barleyprose.com.

Do you have a beer you’d like us to try on the podcast? Do you have a cool beer and/or Mets related factoid you’d like to share? hit us up at beer@barleyprose.com.

BEERS
Michael: Fat Head’s Hippy Sippy Imperial Stout
Jason: Willow Rock Galway Red Ale
Botty McBotface: Bumper’s Belching Blonde Ale

Bluesky links: Ceetar

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Mets On Tap Episode 70: Beer Miles, Dollar Dogs, and Mets backup infielders

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Michael and Jason talk backup infielders and running for/with beer.

We talk about DJ Stewart, about the dang Phillies and Brett Baty.

Do you have a beer you’d like us to try on the podcast? Do you have a cool beer and/or Mets related factoid you’d like to share? hit us up at beer@barleyprose.com.

BEERS
Michael: Gearblock Lemon Laws
Jason: Catskill Brewery Grass Wagon IPA
Botty McBotface: Base and Barrel Brewery’s Spicy Catcher’s Mitt IPA

Bluesky links: Ceetar

Follow Us On Twitter: Jason, Michael,Chris, and Jake.

And check out Barley Prose on Instagram for more beer content.

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Mets On Tap Episode 67 – Ohtani Takes The Over On Podcast Hosts

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Everyone’s here! Join Michael, Chris, Jason and Jake in this pre-Opening Day podcast episode where we discuss the ends of the roster, minor league baseball, Jay Payton vs. DJ Stewart.

We talk about the offense, home runs, and how JD Martinez fits in.

We talk about some fun beers, and the prices of them.

Do you have a beer you’d like us to try on the podcast? Do you have a cool beer and/or Mets related factoid you’d like to share? hit us up at beer@barleyprose.com.

BEERS
Michael: Southern Tier Irish Cream Stout
Jason: Willow Rock Galway Red Ale
Jake: Water, Tap. Later: Ex Novo Mass Ascension IPA
Chris: Other Half 6th Anniversary DDH IPA
Botty McBotface: Dinosour Delight Brew

Bluesky links: Ceetar

Follow Us On Twitter: Jason, Michael,Chris, and Jake.

And check out Barley Prose on Instagram for more beer content.

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Mets On Tap Episode 64 – Welcome To Pitchers and Catchers

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Michael, Jason and Jake talk the new 2024 season, new personnel, hopes and dreams.

Pete Alonso and Joey Cory’s no high-five routine.

Switching to Hulu.

Do you have a beer you’d like us to try on the podcast? Do you have a cool beer and/or Mets related factoid you’d like to share? hit us up at beer@barleyprose.com.

BEERS
Michael: Bolero Snort Arcobaleno
Jason: Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale
Jake: Athletic Run Wild IPA
Botty McBotface: Galactic Haze Commander

Follow Us On Twitter: Jason, Michael,Chris, and Jake.

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Botty McBotface Dreams Up a Barbie Themed Beer

via GPT3/davinci, I asked Botty to give me a description of a Barbie themed beer for the movie release.

This limited edition Barbie Doll Beer is a decadent treat for Barbie fans everywhere. It is a light and refreshing blonde ale that has been brewed with a delicious blend of malts and hops to give it a unique flavor. The beer is lightly carbonated and has a sweet, creamy finish. The beer is aged in oak barrels for a smooth, mellow taste. The beer is adorned with a custom label featuring an illustration of a Barbie Doll in her signature pink dress, with the wordsBarbie Movie Release written in a classic font. The beer is a perfect addition to your Barbie Movie night, and is sure to be a hit with Barbie fans everywhere.

I then took that description and fed it into Midjourney, to produce, these:

My Top 5 Ways To Enjoy A Beer

Saw this tweet recently*, and while all these things are just engagement farming repeated endlessly across the internet, and people are allowed to have subjective opinions all they want, I thought it’d be fun to dissect/do my own.

This person is clearly more of a party person than I am, but to me, the best beers are never _before_ things.  At the start of things? Sure, but not before. I’ll enjoy a beer at the beginning of the game, but before in the parking lot? Not really my thing. Sure, I’ll have one or two on the right occasion, but they’re not great. Days I know I’m going to be drinking all day, especially outside, are days I know that are going to end with me tired, worn out, drunk, and very possibly with a headache. Beers before a trip on a plane? Nah, I hate getting up on the plane to pee and traveling can be rough enough without adding in alcohol before it even begins.

Now, waiting beers? Those CAN be great. Plan a group trip to Vegas and those first beers at the hotel bar while you wait for everyone else to arrive? Gold. You’re early to a party or are hosting a party and for once have everything ready to go? That first beer of anticipation as people arrive and the party gets going can really be a great warm up.

Special shout out to the third beer of the night at a great beer spot. The first two are often more of a hype beer, you get excited for something and order that, but by the third you’re probably already feeling good and are ready to settle in and make an informed decision and choose the best beer on the menu for you. Sitting with that beer is a rare pleasure, and you’re probably not deep enough into the night that you’re not appreciating it either.

“One for the road” beers. NOT driving. Obviously not driving, be safe people. These are the commuter beers. The beer you have at the end of dinner when you realize you don’t want to leave yet. The beers you have on the train home from work, or the last beer you have at the end of a great party where you got 30 minutes to just shoot the breeze with the people you like most that are still there because they want to be there. (Side note to this one, if you’re the host and your spouse is elsewhere cleaning up and putting stuff away while you ignore it, take your buddies and at least bag up some trash)

This beer is great, and it can be a good throwback to earlier in the day too. “You got anymore of that smoked peach Kölsch? That was fire, let’s finish that off.” This one shouldn’t be heavy, in most cases. You’re just looking for something with a little bit of character to complement a moment.

This one’s not for everyone, but the beer you have at a group meetup, a social event, a holiday party, etc, that keeps you company while you still feel awkward and don’t know where to stand, who to talk to, or what to do. This beer is good enough that you can pay attention to it, and interesting enough that you can use it as a topic of conversation. The one that you take out your phone, open a notes app, and jot down notes to blog about later. Novelty type beers can often seem silly, but they make good conversation openers!

I realize I have not actually made a top-5 list out of this, but who really needs a list anyway? I think I may make a whole series out of these, with longer thoughts, as they come up. “The commuter beer”, and my relationship to it. Also terrible beers, like the late-evening 14% BCBS that your friend who showed up late to the party insists you taste with him.

Here’s an unhinged TikTok I found to cap off the post that’s not quite beer specific but I thought it was a funny drink/place pairing video.

@conajam_

if you know you know #repost

♬ original sound – Conajam

Darkest Beers For Darkest Days

It’s that time of year again, the Darkest Day, the Winter Solstice, the time to drink those pitch black beers.  Of course, we drink a lot of dark beers throughout the winter. I had a really delicious can of Hardywood Christmas Pancakes Gingerbread Stout a few weeks ago and it was dark and syrupy and amazing.

Hand holding a Low Earth Orbit 16oz can up to the ceiling, like it's in orbit, with an Elf on the Shelf dangling from the fan above it

This year I’m celebrating with an oatmeal stout that really paired amazingly with the cookies I was baking while I was drinking it. Spritz cookies and Millionaire’s Shortbread and chocolate snowball batter. It’s an Oatmeal Stout from Alementary called Low Earth Orbit. It’s a nice drinking stout, at 6.7% it’s not an oppressively heavy imperial or anything.

Jason: “I liked it smooth not overpowering”

It got some nice roast flavors, some chocolatey notes to pair with cookies, and then just that smooth oatmeal stout mouthfeel without feeling overwhelming or dominating. Just a nice happy beer to enjoy while doing my Christmas baking. And plenty dark.

Jason is drinking a Skinny Chicken 12.8% blackberry pastry stout from Buried Acorn

What are you drinking for our darkest day? Feel free to tweet at us and let us know.

Ceetar can be found on Twitter and Untappd where he’s still making cookies.  You can also email him at beer@ceetar.com.

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

Do you have a beer you’d like us to try on the podcast? Do you have a cool beer and/or Mets related factoid you’d like to share? hit us up at beer@barleyprose.com.

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

Follow Us On Twitter: Jason, Michael,Chris, and Jake.

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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.

Do you have a beer you’d like us to try on the podcast? Do you have a cool beer and/or Mets related factoid you’d like to share? hit us up at beer@barleyprose.com.

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

Follow Us On Twitter: Jason, Michael,Chris, and Jake.

And check out Barley Prose on Instagram for more beer content.

Please rate (5 David Wright   ..or Davey Johnson..or Ed Charles.. Stars!) and review the podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, your favorite nail salon, or just scribble the URL on a cocktail napkin at your local brewery.