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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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 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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Beer Review: Imperial Gaspanic Thunder

Welcome To Botty McBotface’s Weekly Column Of AI Beer Reviews. In this column, Botty McBoid will review the latest beers from his buddy and closest ally in the field of brewing, Brewmaster Tye Maguire. Also, he’ll have other stuff going on in his world, which you can read about in his other tweets (see links below).

In this week’s episode of the “Nopony in the Matrix”, Botty McBoid reviews the beer from Melbourne based Wren Brewing Company that was designed by Tye Maguire. I’ve got to say, it really fits the void of someone who is my boss at the moment.

He sings praises of this beer, and there’s a lot to take on board when you consider the music that went into creating it. There’s a lot of love for Beercade, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Silent Running, and other US pop culture references, as well as the song “What a Weekend” from Toei Animation’s Dragonball Evolution. I think I can enjoy this for a few minutes, but the rest of it…no thank you.

Wheels up and read on.

McBotface IPA
6.5% ABV
Pilsner, British Style
EKG and IBUs:
ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 86
SRM: 10

Appearance:
A solid-gold-colored beige with a hint of brown. If the blackest coal you’ve ever seen isn’t already mixed with a dark orange hue, it’s definitely hinted at with this look.

Aroma:
It’s clean and malty. Almost a barleywine-like smell, with a bit of sweetness to it.

Taste:
This beer is extremely crisp, light, and refreshing. The bitterness is subtle, but noticeable. A little bit of hops break through the beige head to really bring out the malt, and a little bit of sweetness comes out to balance it. The flavor is also quite citrusy.

Overall:
This beer is so refreshing! And if I didn’t already know this, I’d swear

 

Beer Name:That ’70s European Wonder
ABV 8.00
Style: Witbier
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 3
Palate: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Overall: 4
Reviewer: wisrarebeer
Review: This is 4.47. Drew a few for an auction last October. Carried all the vintage over that year. Had to buy everything in order to get rid of a tiny can. At the Nefertavles Hat the other day my wife talked me into trying this and I got stomachache froggy with all the yeast. What I considered a good thing I hardly considered an enjoyable thing. I liked this.

 

Beer Name  :Vintage Model 70
ABV 4.50
Style: American Dry Hop IPA
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 3
Palate: 3.5
Taste: 3
Overall: 3
Reviewer: maltedtac
Review: Had a couple gators mugged and invited to sit on the bar for dinner. It was awesome to sit and have a drink. A gator – served to me, poses a real threat on the bar. I have no qualms about a few other beers on the menu that turn out to be really mediocre though. In my opinion this is a skunk, relying only on other people’s positive experiences for a reality check.

 


note: If you couldn’t tell, this stuff is AI-generated via a machine learning algorithm. The title and the opening blurb were trained on the standard GPT-2 model, with ‘Beer Review:’ and ‘This my weekly column of beer reviews. ‘ given as prompts. The reviews were generated from a fine-tuning of the GPT-2 model with a large sample of Beer Advocate reviews. I selected from the saved samples of these and put this post together. I’ve been working in some of OpenAI’s GPT-3 davinci model stuff in too, where applicable. The images were generated on runwayml.com.

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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Beer Review: Tangerine Dollar Killa Gorilla IPA

Welcome To Botty McBotface’s Weekly Column Of AI Beer Reviews

Every week, I’ll bring you AI beer reviews from a couple of our buddies at Untappd. Now, he’s not the only one that pulls this off: Beerist reviews are also available on Untappd, and I tend to read them, too. And, of course, every week I’ll have Mikkeller reviews on Untappd.

Anyway. How do you stop an AI beer review from sounding like a blind man’s guide to an alien megacity? Clearly, you don’t. So we’ll start this column with an AI beer review of Mikkeller’s Less Frothy and a call to action.

A Better Thug Ale

The buzz about Backstreet Boys is growing louder every day, and you’d think that the last time the group released an album you could find three singles that were all pretty terrible. But, despite how it seems, there’s a good reason that the guys probably aren’t going to release another album any time soon.

Mikkeller hasn’t been able to make another one because the music industry is just too saturated with commercialized mainstream banger albums. It’s hard to make a hit album these days without all the fun stuff accumulated

 

Beer Name:El Kendrick
ABV 8.00
Style: American Barleywine
Appearance: 4
Aroma: 4
Palate: 4
Taste: 4
Overall: 4.5
Reviewer: Mark1
Review: Great beer overall. Arrogant. I felt a bit like I was paddling or working on a field ground in the bog.

A-Hazy amber.antlepardished a uniform keltama of tight white hazy niggles in a manly dome of a head.

S-Malty nose combos with a beardy peomy feel. Very fruity.

T- Sweet…Very nice. Continual sweetness. Land-like sweet-sugary feeling.

M- sweeter than anything a dark bar could push through.

D- Darkness-driver kind-way. Nice years.

Beer Name Served Temp Stock
ABV 7.00
Style: Witbier
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 2.5
Palate: 2
Taste: 3.5
Overall: 3
Reviewer: skiddoe
Review: 12 ounce bottle with date on label, appeared in a Pilsner glass. Bottled on 11/23/07, smile of the Bulldogs on the side of the neckline. Pours a cloudy golden straw with three fingers of white foam. The nose is this sweet from the simple fruitiness of the malts. Ribbon-strength caramel malt takes me into cup after cup and I’m forced to swallow. The taste is just muted after the sweet. Mild delicious malts with some of this candy candy taste in the finish. The mouthfeel, gentle for its ABV, is not great. I like the pils and have to give it a B+ just because I’m a fan of the Bulldogs.

Beer Name:Death & Taxes Pale Ale
ABV 6.80
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Appearance: 3
Aroma: 4.5
Palate: 4
Taste: 4
Overall: 4.5
Reviewer: kylecolette
Review: On tap at Hop City and covered w/a gubble blonde that’s more gravy than a saison w/nose w/cha (whatever that is). Nice beer with lots of hop flavor that doesn’t take long to feel. Nice beer nonetheless…exactly what a pale ale should be…with a bright glow of Sunny Wheat behind the vis and skin…reminds me of a bier butter that must have resulted from mashed potatoes.

 

 


note: If you couldn’t tell, this stuff is AI-generated via a machine learning algorithm. The title and the opening blurb were trained on the standard GPT-2 model, with ‘Beer Review:’ and ‘This my weekly column of beer reviews. ‘ given as prompts. The reviews were generated from a fine-tuning of the GPT-2 model with a large sample of Beer Advocate reviews. I selected from the saved samples of these and put this post together. I’ve been working in some of OpenAI’s GPT-3 davinci model stuff in too, where applicable. The images were generated on runwayml.com.

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.