Mets On Tap Episode 27 : Mets In A Holding Pattern, So Hold Your Beer Instead

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Michael and  Jason talk about the playoffs, the stupid Atlanta team, and much ado about nothing with the Mets.  Some playoff format discussion, some pondering the Mets, and a lot of beer and glassware.

  • Michael: Yuengling Hershey Porter
  • Jason: Great Lakes Oktoberfest
  • Botty McBotface: 4 pints of Fuller’s London Pride

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BeerSport: Oktoberfest Edition

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

I meant to make BeerSport a regular feature here on Barley Prose, reborn from the glory Beergraphs days, but alas, it’s been nearly two years since I last did it. Time flies, and apparently Oktoberfests make me want to drink two.

If you’re not familiar, I drink two beers at the same time, and compare and contrast them in the five tradition categories of Appearance, Smell, Taste, Mouthfeel and Overall, and declare a winner in each. Today’s contestants are two beers out of Saranac’s 12 Beers of Octoberfest Variety pack, the Hoptoberfest IPA and the Festival Pils.

Oktoberfest is a special time for me–I got married in October, and my wife’s family is German, though Northern Germany which is actual quite different. More Prussian versus Holy Roman Empire stuff, but nonetheless, passion for beer. We visited Munich in 2012 for Oktoberfest, and it was absolutely amazing. Delicious roasted macadamia nuts, half-meter bratwurst, and beers as far as the eye could see.

None of these beers are as good as those, but let’s get to it.

Appearance

Both lighter beers, clean looking. The pils is golden, and very pretty. The hoptoberfest is a little more of a bronze, clearly with some slightly darker malts. Head pretty similar. Labels are both pretty neat, the Pils features steins of beer in front of a beer hall, lots of Bavarian blue and white.  Hoptoberfest is more of a green and white hop theme, with clinking glasses. Since this is a fall BeerSport, I’m gonna give the slight nod to the more traditional Pils.

Winner: Festival Pils

Smell

The Pils has some malt though. It’s got some sulfury aroma, spicy german hops? Reminds me of biergartens, though not Munich’s.

Hoptoberfest smells like an ‘old school’ east coast IPA. one with plenty of malt backbone. Not surprising for a NE brewery trying to make a “hoppy oktoberfest” light hints of caramel, maybe some pine? Gonna go for the Pils on this one, just a little bit more appealing. I like the sulfur smell more than the taste.

Winner: Pils

Taste

That’s a pilsner. It’s nice. Pilsners aren’t really my favorite, but they’re inherently drinkable regardless. The sulfur taste is there, but muted. Some light sucking candy sweetness, but it’s balanced nicely by some hop bitterness to make it just crisp enough to want another sip. 

The Hoptoberfest? Yeah, that’s a East Coast IPA circa like 2002. It’s got some caramel sweetness, probably typical of a Märzen grain bill, but plenty of sticky pine hops to bitter. It’s not cloying or anything, but there’s an ever present sweetness to it that just doesn’t jibe with the hops. We’ve come a long way and learned a lot about IPAs and the malt/hop balance and we’re better for it. This beer is fine, but I didn’t miss it. 

Winner: Pils

Mouthfeel

The Pils is crisp on the tongue at first, acid like, and then you get some of the sweetness, that fades into a little bit of like, resiny stickiness, just a hint of it.  Coming in at 5.2%, it feels nice. 

6% on the Hoptoberfest. It’s got some of that sweetness that lingers, before the pine puckers your mouth a little.

Winner: Pils

Overall

Well, I didn’t expect this one to be such a runaway. The pils is a nice solid easy drinking beer, perfect for a festival or a party or just a night outside by the fire. 

The hoptoberfest is..meh. It’s fine, but it didn’t need to be like this. The oktoberfest style is a great beer, and this basically tried to add hops on top of that and it just doesn’t work that well. 

Winner: Festival Pils in a landslide!

So there you have it. Stay tuned for round two of the Saranac battle, as I pit the 1888 Octoberfest up against the Black Forest Schwarzbier.

Ceetar can be found on Twitter and Untappd where he’s probably drinking an Oktoberfest.  You can also email him at beer@ceetar.com.

Mets On Tap Episode 26

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Michael, Chris, and  Jason talk about the Covid baseball rules, Dave Kingman, and where it all went wrong.

Talk about maybe getting in one more game in person, about what to watch, and where to watch it, in the offseason, and a little about the Mets branding news. Hockey right? We’re all watching the Islanders?

  • Michael: Bells Oktoberfest
  • Jason: NA Athletic Run Wild
  • ChrisRising Storm Key Lime Pie It Was Written
  • Botty McBotface: Mexican beers

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Mets On Tap Episode 25

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Michael, Chris, Jason and Jake talk about the weird yellow  City Connect jerseys the Red Sox where wearing, about Pedro Feliciano, Fernando Martinez, and Danny Heep.

We talk about cool merchandise from The7Line, including this Pepsi Party Patrol windbreaker.

We talk about Oktoberfest, the Goonies, beer tourism, and gateway beers.

Then Botty has a weird conversation to talk us out.

  • Michael: Cape May Oktoberfest
  • Jason: Southern Tier Nice Slice
  • Jake: Bosque Brewery IPA
  • Chris: Stoneyard Cannoli Cream Ale
  • Botty McBotface: 33 Liters of Legal Tender

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Mets On Tap Episode 24

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Michael, Jason and Jake talk about the Mets being back in the wild card some how, and whistling, and home uniforms that say New York on them.

We talk about how unfair it is to keep Gary Carter’s #8 in mothballs.

Pretty decent conversation about Conforto, Baez, and 2022 roster construction and priorities.

We talk about fall beer variety packs and tease a new post.

  • Michael: Grimm Everything’s OK IPA
  • Jason: Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout
  • Jake: Santa Fe Oktoberfest
  • Botty McBotface: Beer cans to the face

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Mets On Tap Episode 22

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Michael and Jason discuss the Mets four game winning streak, boggle at Soccer and the NFL, and ponder if the Mets can just CRUSH the Nationals and the Marlins.

Some talk about NE IPAs, Tree House, Trillium and Other Half.

Here’s the clip from Gary Cohen calling the winning run in the first game on Steve Gelb’s Twitter. 

We talk a little visiting away parks, some 2009 Mets, and tough on Javier Báez and his thumbs down a bit.

Beers

  • Michael: Tree House Julius
  • Jason: New Belgium Summer Bliss
  • Botty McBotface: Fuggled Buggles

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Mets On Tap Episode 21

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Michael, Jake, Jason and Chris discuss the Mets plummeting season, the We Follow Lucas Duda instagram account, fantasy baseball, rehabbing stars, Michael Conforto and so much more.

Botty wows us with not one, but TWO beers she’s drinking after she took over all of last week’s podcast.

I forgot to take a picture of my beer in a Mets glass while recording, so I just put the Bearded Mistress label as the header image. Check it out.

Beers

  • Michael: Provincetown Brewery Bearded Mistress
  • Jason: Saranac Pumpkin Ale
  • Jake: Topo Chico Tangy Lemon Lime Hard Seltzer
  • Chris: Zero Gravity Most Easy IPA
  • Botty McBotface: Ditch Cider and Vodka

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Drinking on Cape Cod – Provincetown Brewery

I didn’t specifically intend my Cape Cod vacation to even include breweries at all, of course I did so little planning you could argue I didn’t really intend it to include anything, but on the beer front I just figured I’d get a six-pack of whatever from a store and drink whatever local stuff was available if I dined out anywhere. 

 

Then a few days before I left I discovered that Tree House Brewing Company was in the process of opening a brewery in Sandwich, and it all changed. They weren’t open for the beautiful beach views, but you could pick up beer. Similarly, I didn’t intend to round the cape and go up to Provincetown, but I did, and hey look there’s a brewery. 

 

We ate outside at a restaurant, and my wife ordered a Provincetown Brewing Company Crandaddy Sour, a 4% session sour. Of course, they were out, but that only fueled our efforts to pick up beer to go on our way out. 

 

It’s a small place, and with a recent Covid outbreak everyone was dining outside and all the food looked delicious as I walked in to get my beer. Provincetown Brewing Company opened in late 2019, which might’ve been the worst possible time to have opened a new business.

 

It seems like they’ve weathered that storm judging by the crowds, and Provincetown is better for it. They’re committed to donating 15% of profits to organizations reflecting the values of Provincetown, particularly LGBTQ+ inclusion, conservation and local arts. 

 

They’re a small place, so I was only able to get three beers, as there were no cans of either of their DIPAs, The Siren or Double Rainbow, available. I’m sad I was there too early for Asphalt Glitter Stout, a coffee stout made with coffee from one of the coffeeshops i like on the Cape, but alas.  I bought the aforementioned Crandaddy Sour, the flagship Bearded Mistress IPA, and the Golden Hook Ale. 

 

The Crandaddy, a cranberry sour, was very good. Cranberries, if you didn’t know, are prevalent on Cape Cod. In fact, a vodka-cranberry cocktail is called a Cape Codder. This was a light refreshing sour, lots of fun.

The Bearded Mistress didn’t wow me or anything. It’s just a regular drinkable IPA. Perhaps with a little more malt presence than is common, but I was drinking it out of the can in the hotel, so I’ll reserve real judgement until I have another. 

 

The Golden Hook Golden Ale pours a light straw color, with a very white fluffy head. It smells a little citrusy, a little sweet. It’s light, crisp and refreshing. Some light toast notes, a little fresh citrus, not quite tart, more like bitter hop citrus. Those light toast/bread crust notes are a soft undertone of malt sweetness, just balancing out the whole thing.  Even at 4.9% it provides decent body and mouthfeel, a little stickiness but the crispness of the flavor washing away and sweetness and you’re ready for the next sip. This was a good drinking beer for sure, definitely one appropriate for a beach.

 

Ceetar can be found on Twitter and Untappd where he’s probably already planning his next vacation.  You can also email him at beer@ceetar.com.

Botty McBotface’s AI/Machine Learning Episode 20x

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This episode is a little different, since Michael is current on vacation in Cape Cod, trying to figure out how many times he can go to the Treehouse Brewery shop there.

Botty McBotface has composed this entire episode, with help from OpenAI’s GPT3 and some choice prompts. It’s weird, but that’s alright. We’ll be normal next week.

Beers

  • Jason: Grimm Rainbow Dome
  • Jake: Stillwater Cellar Door
  • Michael: Michelob Ultra for the win
  • Chris: Ommegangs Iron Throne
  • Botty McBotface: Solemn Oaths Thanatos Tripel

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Mets On Tap Episode 19

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Michael and Jason against discuss pitching, or the lack thereof. They also discuss the Mets approach at the plate, or the lack thereof.

Lots of pondering about what’s going wrong, energy levels, fatigue, and some extra Botty to make up for it. Botty jumps in near the end for a longer review of a different beer she’s drinking.

Here’s a sample image that the VQGAN+CLIP machine learning tool generated for a Botty avatar. It’s real funky, but I’m having fun.

VQGAN+CLIP of Botty. weird rounded chrome robot shape listening on a phone and with a beer in front of it

Beers

  • Michael: Alementary Work Boots
  • Jason: Oskar Blues Death By Flapjacks
  • Botty McBotface: Conductor’s Craft by The Beer Employees

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