Unless I’ve been living in a cave (I call it Brooklyn), I’m really starting to see the effects of InBev on Goose Island. Last night I was in a decent bar with a few really good beer options. I didn’t find it unusual to find Goose Island, but what I DID find unusual was that it was Matilda. Usually it would be the IPA or Honker’s. A fairly ordinary bar having Matilda on tap definitely made me think. I had the Arrogant Bastard.
Today, while out to get lunch, I walked by a bar where after-work events are usually held. I really don’t like this place. Crappy atmosphere and equally crappy beer selection. This place always has a sign outside with lunch specials and such, I think usually having the Budweiser logo on it. Today I noticed the sign had a huge Goose Island 312 logo along the bottom.
As torn as I am about the whole Evil Empire thing buying up Goose Island, in the end I guess if the quality of their beer isn’t affected, it will give me a much better choice than the usual in places like that. That could be a good thing.
I really like Sorachi Ace hops with its interesting lemony flavor. Interesting origin, a hybrid of Brewer’s Gold and Saaz, developed for Sapporo in 1988, but used more heavily in the US during the hop crisis of 2008. The most common single hop beer I see using it is Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace, a saison. I think this is a great beer, of course the lemony flavor of Sorachi Ace lending itself perfectly to a beer of this type. Mikkeller also uses Sorachi Ace in its single hop IPA series. That’s one I need to try.
But much more recently, Sorachi Ace has an entirely different meaning to me. I play bass guitar, and recently started playing in a great new hard rock band. I always thought Sorachi Ace sounded like a strong and unique name for a band. Fortunately, Alex (guitar/vocals) agreed and we are now Sorachi Ace. Have a listen.
Cheers, and rock on!
Interesting article in DRAFT Magazine on two of my favorite things, running and beer. Interesting, though, that he fails to mention the Hash House Harriers, around since World War II.