So, I made my way over to Rattle N Hum the other night to meet up with a friend, that was staying at a nearby hotel. While there, I was lucky enough to sample the Pretty Things Once Upon A Time 1855, a delicious East India Porter. The recipe dates back to December 6th, 1855, brewed at Barclay Perkins in London. 4.5 pounds of hops per barrel turning out a delicious double porter. It was fantastic and had a nice hoppiness and sweet taste for a dark bodied porter. I’ve always had a thing for history, especially Colonial and Civil War era stuff. So, needless to say I was really psyched to try this classic style beer from Pretty Things.
I’ve always loved the idea of drinking old-timey style beers. Think that’s one of the reasons I love drinking cask beers. It’s just a more authentic experience and generally the flavor is just insane. But, to think of it, there was no refrigeration or oxygen being pumped into kegs in old times. The last two big projects I’ve worked on at my job have been period piece works. I’ve wanted to re-create a period style beer made from our last two games’ time period, 1910 and 1947. Just thought it would be an interesting project and a fun lesson in the history of certain beer recipes. I always love when breweries try out old recipes and make cool recreations of them.
The other day, I posted this article about recipes from some of the nation’s founding fathers, Jefferson, Franklin and Madison are mentioned. The New York Public Library in collaboration with Coney Island Brewing company will recreate George Washington‘s small beer using a historical handwritten recipe. The brew, Fortitude’s Founding Father will only be available during the Public Library’s Centennial gala on May 23rd(cough, my birthday, invite would be nice, cough). However, if you can’t score tix to that, all us regular beer nerds will have a chance to taste it at Rattle N Hum on May 18th.
The Antlers – Burst Apart
I have to say, I have been more than pleasantly surprised by this album. Spacey, fuzzed out jams, with touches of electronic and ethereal vocals. There has been lots of hype around this band for a while now. And references to Arcade Fire, who I think are one of the most overrated and boring bands out there, certainly did not help. This record is just awesome. It’s one of those records you can cozy up to with a tasty beer and pleasant company or just kick on with some good headphones.