Aussie Beers Going Under
Interesting video talking about how the big Aussie Beer brands are struggling, while craft beers sales are up. More and more microbreweries are popping up and that’s a good thing. It makes all breweries work harder to make better beer. Love how the guy at the end talks about how he’s met the brewer of his beer and big beers are created by machines. Which makes me laugh, because I picture little robots dancing, making beer.
Thank the beer gods, baseball is back. I now have something to do with myself. As spring approaches every team has endless amounts of optimism as a new season awaits. I’ll have a post at some point on my thoughts on the Yankees and other teams. At some point, I may even swing a cool trip down to Tampa for a couple spring games and tour of Tampa’s great breweries, Cigar City, I’m looking at you. Further down the line, I’m going to do a review of the beers(and lack of quality beers) at the New Yankee Stadium, as well as the beer situation at Citi Field.
However, here’s something I just can’t avoid commenting on today. News out of Minnesota Twins camp about how All-Star catcher, only into year two of an eight year $184 million contract extension, received lubricating shots in his knee last week. I thought the Twins giving him that extension last year was a stretch for a catcher that’s never stayed healthy a full season. Despite his incredible ability, I’m glad the Yanks won’t have to deal with that later down the line.
Last Friday night my buddy and I attended a tapping of a Troegs Nugget Nectar cask at Café D’Alsace The Nugget Nectar was amazing. Really adding some extra oomph and flavors with a 9.5% abv. We had a great time and even were given a bottle of Dugges 1/2 idjiti on the house to celebrate some good news. Café D’Alsace has one of the city’s most extensive beer selections – including a beer sommelier to assist you in selecting the perfect choice to go with their expertise in Alsatian cuisine. I did not have any food there that evening, but from what I could see and smell, it’s fantastic. They will be tapping a new firkin every Friday. I believe they said Weyerbacher was on deck, with Great Divide the week after. Oh, and they rocked really great music, which is always good. It’s great when a place’s soundtrack sounds like it could be your ipod.
Radiohead are great. There is no denying it. They have put together another fantastic album with King Of Limbs. Using a similar method to what they did with In Rainbows, they dropped a record on an unsuspecting audience. They are doing a deluxe version for the record heads and also digitally distributed from their own site. Amazing stuff and really should be respected for doing things on their own terms. Really love the song above, probably my favorite on the album. Check it out.