Mets On Tap Episode 11

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We talked some uniform number switching tonight. We talked some streaming, watching old games, ESPN classic, and how to solve SNY.

We mostly ignored the Mets debacle in Baltimore.

We talked stout a bit, prompted by Botty. I referred to this Barley Prose post about the Darkest Beers. 

Beers

  • Jason: Smithwick’s Irish Red
  • Chris: Pressure Drop Sticky Icky
  • Michael: Alementary High-Visibility Safety Vest
  • Botty McBotface: Stout

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Mets On Tap Episode 9

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Today we talked a lot about the ballpark experience, as all three of us had recently visited minor or major league parks. Michael imparts knowledge about Citi Field and the beer selection, which might actually be better in the minors. Hop Valley’s Bubble Stash was the Coors owned product Michael kept butchering.  There was also plenty of hard seltzer at the ballpark.

There was some talk of bullpens, of offense or lack thereof, and of the games this week.

We briefly got into it about whether or not replay is about reviewing when a base stealer slightly comes off the bag, but we ran out of time to really dig in deep. More to come on that for sure.

Beers

  • Jason:New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Xperimental IPA #3
  • Chris:  City Roots Original Dry Cider
  • Michael: MAD Brewery Brown Ale (homebrew)
  • Botty: Booze Brewery’s Gose

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Mets On Tap Episode 8

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Happy podcast with a Mets win, where we also touch on the bullpen game, fair territory seats, and injuries. Too many injuries.

We ponder some on where rehab assignments are going to take play for guys like Syndergaard and Carrasco, a little talk of jerseys and how expensive they are, and tease a live recording spot when Michael attends his first Mets game in nearly two years on Monday.

Beers

  • Jason: Dogfish Head Hazy-O
  • Jake: La Cumbre Elevated IPA
  • Michael: 3 Floyds, Zombie Dust
  • Botty: Glass of IPA

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Beer Review:  Stella Artois 118 yr old rye

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

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I will review the AI beer of the week. Don’t worry, it’s not “brand new beer” this time. It’s a classic beer that’s perhaps down on its luck with the AI. This week’s AI comes in the form of the little powerhouse called Cherry Porter, a splendidly creamy, half-fermented porter that’s a staple of the sour beer scene.

Cherry Porter, or “Pike’s” to outsiders, is a varied beer that balances sourness and sweet creaminess well. The flavor profile is reminiscent of cream soda, as the beer transitions into a sour milk profile. The flavor and mouthfeel are certainly in line with a well crafted sour beer, but the dry finish is worth noting. Fairly dry, but surprisingly refreshing for a cherry stout.

Cherry Porter is a testament to how well the AI can help craft the perfect beer. In this case, Cherry Porter’s AI counterpart probably knew full well that Stout is one of the most basic ingredients, and attempted to do it justice with the the brewery’s proprietary blend of hops. Results, thus, may be mixed.

 

Beer Name:Drew’s Imperial Crisp Double Oatmeal
ABV 4.90
Style: Extra Special / Strong Ale
Appearance: 4.5
Aroma: 4.5
Palate: 4
Taste: 4.5
Overall: 4
Reviewer: dontervisit
Review: Thanks for trying! Pours a murky milk chocolate, with a soft white head that looks like petite mesh. Great lace, granny was there. Aromatics have a smooth chocolate body, light citrus tones. Skunky coffee flavors, like Mon En Soussin. The mouth is velvety, and veeldely creamy, and smooth. It’s some tender tips in my opinion. I wish it weren’t $6 a bottle. Awesome session brew.

 

Beer Name:Hopachez Wineshipper
ABV 7.50
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Appearance: 5
Aroma: 3.5
Palate: 3
Taste: 3.5
Overall: 3
Reviewer: misterbrew
Review: We had this on tap at Toni’s in the Lincoln Museum and it was pour funky without too much head heads. Light mahogany with very good lacing. Mouthfeel was great. Very crisp and active. Flavoring eery hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite lively. I enjoyed the beer quite a bit better at Pots for Marco.

 

Beer Name:Brooklyn Northern Wheatwine
ABV 5.00
Style: Witbier
Appearance: 4
Aroma: 4
Palate: 3
Taste: 3
Overall: 3.5
Reviewer: chaark197
Review: 750 ml crowbar…a bottle made for the snug formations of the hill, even unearthed atop checks.

It pours hazy golden amber with two inches of loose carbonation. Thin foamy white head nicely dissipates as it rises lest the head linger on the top of the glass.

Aroma looses traces of mashed potato and(hopping bready) peel.

Taste also isn’t as smooth and tingly as you’d expect an ESB to be. Carbonation is light and acceptable.

That said, I thought it a nice approach to the bev. And another fine Belgian witch.

 

 


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.

Mets On Tap Episode 2

It’s almost Opening Day, pending Nationals Covid contact tracing, so here’s a new podcast from your friends at Barley Prose. Today Michael, Chris, Jake and Jason discuss Opening Day, Irish Beers and Mikkeller NYC, baseball stadiums and our hopes and dreams for this baseball season.

Lindor signed his extension right after we recorded, so we were as of yet unaware of that, just like we were unaware that Opening Day was going to get canceled.

Beers

Jake: Second Street Brown Ale

Chris: WhichCraft Much Love: Strawberry Basil Lemonade Sour

Jason: Guinness

Michael: Alementary B’Wizzle Barleywine.

 

Thick Mint? Thin Mint? The Perfect Cookie And Beer Pairing?

I mean, how could I not make this pairing? Thin mints and thick mints? Mints! I love mint.

These are fresh Thin Mints, courtesy of my daughter. The Thick Mint is from Southern Tier, and is technically a few years old, though it’s a mint stout so it’s fine. A little flatter perhaps, but it tastes fine.

I trust I don’t have to tell you what a thin mint tastes like, but just in case, it tastes like chocolate and mint. It’s pretty decently minty, on top of a chocolate crisp cookie, and enveloped in milk chocolate. It’s not the best cookie in the world, but if you’re as partial to chocolate mint as I am, it’s definitely up there among the non-homemade cookies out there. 

The beer…is not that. And this isn’t one of those gimmicky pastry stouts ‘brewed’ with thin mints in it. But it’s enough to make you think ‘Thin Mint’. It’s definitely a stout, a strong stout, with lots of roasty flavors. It’s got some chocolate notes, but not sweet milk chocolate so much as roasty malt dark chocolate, and it’s all underlaid with a hint of mint. It’s a good beer, and 10%, so it hits you. It’s a little harsher when it’s fresh, 3 years old it’s got a nice mellow cohesiveness that fits it well. 

Bottle of thick mint beer, with a sleeve of thin mints, a cookie garnish, and a cookie on top of the empty bottle

Going TO the cookie from the beer is amazing, the cookie takes all those flavors, and just dials them up, with a crunchy YUM. A nice little punctuation at the end of the flavor. 

Going FROM cookie to beer is less impressive. The sweetness of the cookie seems to mute some of the beer richness, and makes the mint stand out in a more medicinal way that isn’t as pleasant. 

Was this an appropriate way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day? Should I really have drinken a 10% beer and a half sleeve of Thin Mints before bed? Well, who am I to judge?

I think this was a fun pairing, and my beer is gone. I’m still eating the cookies though..

 Ceetar can be found on Twitter and Untappd where he’s got literally a dozen boxes of Girl Scout cookies in his basement that need delivering.  You can also email him at beer@ceetar.com.

Oh Bars, How I Miss Thee

Man, I miss bars.

Had a bit of a back and forth with Will Gordon on Twitter about bars, particularly about random super sketchy type bars, like ones in grocery stores or here in NJ where there are some extremely suspect liquor stores that seem mostly empty and also have a bar that only seems to have one dusty tap and also seems to come pre-equipped with it’s own regular drinker. This is probably a weird artifact of New Jersey liquor license rules, which are real confusing and bad.

hallway level bar, red and black schema, 'Sin City Brewery' inside the Venetian Las Vegas

At this point, I’d be happy with just about any bar, and really in any format. Any port in the storm. 

For me the most recent incarnations of this have been brewery tap rooms, but the standard bar works too. I’ve worked in New York City on and off over the years, and have probably interviewed for dozens of jobs during that time. Living in the suburbs and traveling to the city always is a process, you almost always have some time to spare before or after depending on the trains, and hell, you’re in NYC, might as well take advantage and see what you can see. For me I’d often find a good bar, one serving food, and try to arrange it so I’d have time to chill and have a beer or two in a new place. One thing to do, and a lot of time to kill around it. 

Bland Club level bar at Citi Field

There’s something pretty zen about just chilling out in a new place. These days it’s hard not to whittle away the time also on your phone, zoning out your surroundings, but it’s good to put the phone down and just absorb the atmosphere. Before smartphones, I remember a nice afternoon at McSorley’s with sawdust on the floor and only two types of beer. I ordered a burger, brought a book, and just read on and off in the dim light of the bar for hours. 

Another vivid memory was a lunch I had at Reichenbach Hall in midtown. A German beer hall serving lots of standard German beer and food, just half a block from Penn Station, so it was a great location to kill some time if you got in early, or had a while until your train out. I recall one particular time just chilling at the bar post-lunch when a young man in a suit came in, to this German beer hall, and had three shots of Vodka in pretty quick succession and then left within 15 minutes. It just felt so at odds with the place that it stuck. Was he building up courage for an interview? For a date? For something else? Why this beer hall of all the places on the block?

Foreground is a dark German beer, with a shot of a normal looking bar and chalkboard of beers in the background

A third story to leave you with today, this one featuring another person! Strange right? I’m no stranger to the solo bar act, but given quarantine the idea of going to a bar WITH someone, has a certain allure. I harken back to early 2000s, still living at my parents post-college, where my future wife had a job but I didn’t. She’d turned in, but I ended up at a standard irish dive bar with a friend. I don’t know if the craft beer movement has totally killed the “Irish bar” as some sort of default dive, or if I simply don’t notice them anymore, but this one, called the Dubliner, was typical. We’d been semi-regular there for a few months, so it was an easy “Let’s just go there and get a beer or two.”. They did bad pours of Guinness, crappy Half and Halfs, and had some weird bottled mead that wasn’t particularly good either. We had a few beers, chatted for a while, and went home. 

Nothing particularly amazing or special about any of these stories, and yet, I’d love to repeat any of them soon. Let’s get on that. 

 Ceetar can be found on Twitter and Untappd where he’s waiting for new patio to be done so he can at least sit outside with a beer.  You can also email him at beer@ceetar.com.

Beer Review:  Chicken Rice Beer Review:  Cinco De Mayo Beer Reviews:

Welcome To Botty McBotface’s Weekly Column Of AI Beer Reviews! This week, your specific on-demand bot was created just for you! Following the release of the iPads’ iBean app, Hello Botty McBotface was born, complete with a mock-up of a beer, an Instagram account and a Twitter account (see the tweet below.)

Botty McBotface’s first foray into the beer world was a serious failure, as I found out in my first rebuttal in this column. Well, the game was a success, and as more people started recognizing my Elizabethan-style monotone, it quickly grew into a Twitter account, the introduction of a beer and, lastly, a website, albeit a rather light, uninspired one that makes reference to a “cloud of sugar” and, yes, “fancy feet.” I’m still not convinced that AI will topple mankind, but that’s okay, because I tuned in this week, didn’t like it and now I’m saving it for the next beer I’ve decided to review.

Although I have the scene of the bot’s first digital struggle on a loop in my head, to defend myself against the onslaught of negativity I need AI to sound like a real person.

 

Beer Name:Alaskan Devil’s Breeze Ale
ABV 8.00
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Appearance: 4
Aroma: 4
Palate: 4
Taste: 4
Overall: 4
Reviewer: Sk8man08
Review: “Always be there for me,” Alaskan’s Toro said in the song. I did. One of my favorite songs of all time. He has a great job, Alaskan, count me in the proud family. The alcoholic monster who sits atop a mountain of other beer must have some bonkers abdominal muscles to keep from going down. tracks. Pretty rich. With a rich body that is just delightful. Good old boy. Boy.

 

Beer Grand Opening 2001 Vintage Ale
ABV 9.00
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Appearance: 4
Aroma: 4
Palate: 4
Taste: 4
Overall: 4
Reviewer: DukeofQueens
Review: 9.5% ABV served with a great fall weather backdrop. Pours a dark hazy golden with a honey amber helmet. Thick, foamy white head. Lots of headiness from the beer. Glass tries to be perfect with the head. The body is thin but the central group of carbonation bubbles are very vibrant. Some sticky, red lacing. A great tasting fall beer !!

 

Beer Name:Brooklyn Get Down
ABV 8.00
Style: American Blonde Ale
Appearance: 5
Aroma: 4.5
Palate: 4.5
Taste: 4
Overall: 5
Reviewer: abitabuzz
Review: Well, this beer is one good. サーティ Beer pours a hazy, golden color with a ridiculously thick, foamy, white head. Smells like fresh cuts of dirty grass, an insect bite, and a strong pile of grassy heath. tastes like a combination of fresh watermelon juice, yeast, and grass. I am certain the animal is the fresh grass, but I can’t see it. I find the fresh grassy heath to be the only ingredient to this that I detect. Mouthfeel is a bit soft and watery. Flavor is a tangy, earthy grapefruit juice. The taste is onpoint and mild at the same time from this extreme beer.

 

 


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. 

Beer Review:  Sam Adams One-Percent Ale – What a great beer!

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

I’ve been trying to find a good blog to write about the latest in AI beer reviews this year, and I agree with a lot of what other folks are saying about THE BREW BOARDS. I’m also a fan. It’s easy to write about, too. Everyone I speak to talks about it.

But I can’t do it. It’s hard to develop an angle. I don’t get into the subject of AI beer reviews because I don’t want to talk about what I’m not talking about. I want to talk about what I am talking about. There’s just so many good things out there.

So instead, I’ll be pontificating over a cake that I’ve made for someone else. It’s probably good, you’ll believe me, considering I’ve made it already.

It’s a fun little dessert, though I do claim to know the recipe. You can find it in the recipe box on the top right side of the page. Now that’s a recipe.

 

Beer Name:St. Luis Wood Stout
ABV 10.00
Style: Single-Aged Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma: 4
Palate: 4.5
Taste: 5
Overall: 5
Reviewer: rssblau
Review: This is the 3rd stout of the season that I’ve had. I’m extremely liking this one on tap, 750 mL Glass, at Chestnut. Poured into my Duvel tulip a near opaque golden that leaves good lace. Nice foam head with nice lacing. Receivedn the Mole Man by Way of the Light. Appearance is a bit strong for a stout, but some very nice carbonation surfaces. The nose is quite hoppy, with a lot of ginger and a hint of orange. Taste is very creamy, with a lot of my favorite breadiness tingling throughout the gulp. The ginger and orange are the biggest spices here. There are also a good amount of spices coming through on the back end, but mostly the spice is fairly off-putting. Overall, this is a nice stout and I’m glad that I have drank many of them.

 

Beer Name:Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LAD)
ABV 4.30
Style: American Adjunct Lager
Appearance: 4
Aroma: 4
Palate: 3.5
Taste: 4
Overall: 4
Reviewer: therocketeer
Review: Served from a pint glass. Poured a cloudy honey golden color. Good head and lace. The smell is of serious aroma. Some popcorn, a bit of malt, a 70% barleywine and a light hoppy strain. This is a cinnamoasted lager. Appearance is good. Very light. In fact, the skin and head remain pretty crisp and lite. Legs are a bit thin. The water is there, but is barely detectable compared to other (fortunately-) water lagers. Doesn’t look much like a lager… Hard to taste what you’re looking for. It’s of course a lager, and you should be able to put back a ton of this one.

 

Beer Name:Exotic Erotic Passion Fruit Ale
ABV 5.00
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
Appearance: 3
Aroma: 3.5
Palate: 4
Taste: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Reviewer: ccrida
Review: Pour from draught into an imperial pint at the Horse Brass, Exotic Erotic Passion Fruit Ale is a clear gold, with a thin white head and no lace. The smell is mild and fruity, as much from the dry hopped cascade(?) as the passion fruit it seems. Not bad, but more restrained then I expected. The taste is bitter sweet, a little grainy, not much hops and a touch of passionfruit. Basically drinks like a pale ale, not as fruity or tart as I was expecting. While I didn’t want a daiquiri, I could have used more of the “real passion fruit puree” that this was made with. The mouthfeel was quite nice, creamy and very light without being watery. This was pretty drinkable, mainly due to the light body and borderline bland taste. I, however, like my beers have to some punch to them taste wise, and didn’t find that here.

 


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. 

Beer Flavored Stuff, BLEH!

Beer flavored packaged food items are everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Especially as we approach the Super Bowl, but in general ‘beer’ is being used as an adjective more and more, and I’m the sucker that always falls for it. Sometimes they even say ‘craft beer’, like these pretzels that I did end up enjoying. 

 

Enjoying a product, and it being a ‘beer’ product are two different things though. Take Lays Beer Cheese Kettle Chips that I bought recently. All those words are good! Beer, Cheese, Kettle, Chip! How could it not be good mashed together? 

Well, they are. But it’s mostly cheese and crunch. You get some gooey cheddar flavor, the crunch of the kettle chip, and maybe just a hint of malt and hops on the back end there? Or perhaps that’s just more cheese.  But that’s not unique to anything, and they’re not particularly beer flavored. They’re just cheesy potatoes, which are awesome. They’re good chips, but there are a lot of good chips, that’s not why I bought them.

I want to be pounded with the beer flavor. I want chips absolutely drenched in rich brown ale flavor. I want a chocolate bar that’s half porter. Gimme a salad dressing that’s been steeped with actual hop cones. 

 

Overall, Lays Beer Cheese Kettle Chips? Pretty good! Just not really a beer snack. Just take a look at the ingredients. Halfway down you get Beer Solids, Barley, corn syrup, hops and yeast. No specifics. 

Next up? These naturally flavored Guinness chips. They proclaim ‘Guinness® Flavor’–We’ll see.