Mets On Tap Episode 61 Clinching The Playoffs

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Michael and Jason talk Mets postseason positioning, the schedule down the stretch, and some blackout/expansion talk.

Some Moosehead Lager and skunked beer talk, road trips to Syracuse, and pondering when  Starling Marte is returning.

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BEERS
Michael: Treehouse Quaint
Jason: Buried Acorn Pumpkin Shoreski
Botty McBotface:  Moosehead Lager

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Mets On Tap Episode 60 Still In First Place

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Michael and Jason talk Mets injuries, big beers, playoff seeding, and holding off Atlanta.

We talk stumbling on new breweries, about the Mets approach at the plate, and Timmy Trumpet’s appearance at Citi Field. I think his stories are gone, but his Instagram of visiting Citi Field were great. Lots of cool behind the scenes stuff.

Let’s whittle down that magic number!

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BEERS
Michael: Somerset Brewing Millie
Jason: New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juice Force
Botty McBotface: Miller Chill

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Mets On Tap Episode 59 Timmy Trumpets Episode

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Michael and Jason talk Timmy Trumpets, holding off the Braves, Dendrites, and jerseys. What do you wear to Mets games?

Some talk on what may or may not be wrong with the Mets, playoff seeding, and vacation beers.

Let’s whittle down that magic number!

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BEERS
Michael: Treehouse Brewing Couch Tour
Jason: Middle Ages Recess Stout
Botty McBotface: T’weister Speshul

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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 57 deGoat is deBack, Welcome Jacob!

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Michael, Chris and Jason talk Jacob deGrom, Trade Deadline, Beer Flights, and so much more while Jake motors across the lower latitudes.

How do you drink a beer flight? How do you grade the Mets trade deadline acquisitions? How would you use Chris Bassitt in the playoffs? All those secrets and more contained within.

BEERS
Michael: Goose Island 2020 BCBS Carmella
Jason: Goose Island 312 Grapefruit Lemonade Shandy
Chris: Three Heads Creamsicle
Botty McBotface: Four Winds Brewing’s Namaste Hefeweizen

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Mets On Tap Episode 56 – The Edwin Díaz is Unhittable Episode

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Michael and Chris talk Subway Series, and roster construction and where the Mets might try to improve, as well as how much we think first place means versus just making the playoffs.

Welcome Daniel Vogelbach, shoutout to Edwin Díaz, and what beers would YOU drink in a heat wave?

BEERS
Michael: Whetstone Brewing Midnight ‘Stoner
Chris: Rising Storm Show Goes On
Botty McBotface: Wine coolers

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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 54 The Multi-tasking With The Mets Episode

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Michael and Jason start by getting into some of the blackout stuff, YouTube TV’s “catch up” feature, and where you can listen to baseball games.

Then we talk some about deGrom rehabbing in Syracuse, forget to mention Francisco Alvarez, and talk some about Marcus Stroman and the Cubs.

We finish up with beer in a baseball bat, and a please for you, the listener, to send us tweets and pictures of your favorite MLB Draft (we definitely mean beer here!) and we’ll talk about it on next week’s episode. Send those to @BarleyProse and we’ll include you.

BEERS
Michael: Bay State Becky Likes The Smell
Jason: Shiner Ruby Redbird
Botty McBotface: Bud Light Tall Boy

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Mets On Tap Episode 53 Mets Are Mismanaging Mr. Redlegs Injury

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Michael’s a little grumpy in this one, getting on specialty hats, minor league team names, and questioning whether or not the players or the organization are running the show.

We mock Mr. Redlegs a bit, talk about rehab starts, and enjoy Max Scherzer being back.

There’s some Francisco Álvarez talk, and roster stuff in general, before getting into playoff format, expansion, and overall scheduling issues MLB seems to have.

AIf 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: Big Day Brewing Secret 7
Jason: Genesee Tropical Pineapple Kolsch
Botty McBotface: PBR, Busch Light, and Vodka

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