Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Few Beers and The Babe

Aloha, everybody, 

It's a relaxing night at home and the Dodgers are beating the Angels on TV in the annual Freeway Series, so let's open a few packs of Babe Ruth Story baseball cards and review a few more beers from the beer trade between Matt from Bob Walk the Plank and I. 

These Babe Ruth packs are great fun. They feature wonderful photos of the Bambino on the front, and plenty of stories and trivia about his exploits on the back. 

For example, here's a few cards with Red Sox Ruth. 







Ruth went from riding the bench during the World Series despite pitching 18-8 as a rookie to leading the club with an incredible 0.87 World Series ERA just a few years later. 



The set is chock full of photos of the Babe and other greats from the era. 



Speaking of greatness...




Devil Anse IPA from Green Valley Brewing
The name of this beer is taken from ol' Devil Anse Hatfield, who led his family in the legendary Hatfield-McCoy feud. the story on the can tells of Anse being so bold and fearless, he could take on the devil hisself. 

Tasting this IPA, I'm not sure I could take on the devil, but it sure is the perfect beer for a summer's day that's so hot the red guy might be around. 

The beer is bold, citrusy and hoppy. The taste is absolutely delicious to an IPA lover. This one might make you want to chug it, but be careful, as the devil is in the details, hiding in a big 6.9% abv. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 




The back of this card tells the story of how Babe Ruth earned the dubious honor of being the only man to ever end a World Series by being thrown out trying to steal. 

It was Game 7 and the Yankees were down 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth. Babe drew a walk, and despite the fact Lou Gherig was hitting right behind him, he had the idea to steal second base - on the first pitch! 

Ruth fooled noone. He was thrown out and the Yankees were dead. It looked like a great idea, but didn't turn out that way. 

Kind of like this beer. 




Hopslam Ale froom Bells Brewery, Michigan. 
A double IPA brewed with honey sounds like a wonderful idea. A 10% abv makes it sound even better. But like Ruth's mad dash for second base, something went awry along the way. 

There's a strong hoppiness with a sour grapefruit finish that holds on long after your drink. People argued for years whether Ruth should have stayed at first base. This beer will probably inspire equally intense debate. 



Babe's on his way too heaven in this one. Everyone knows how much the Big Bambino liked beer, so he probably found a beer like this one up there. 



Siberian Night from Thirsty Dog Brewing.
The first taste of this beer let's you know this is something special. It's like rich, dark chocolate mixed with caramel on the front of your tongue, with a hint of sweet raisins bouncing off the rear of your palate. 

The taste is big, so you can't drink it fast. But it's so complex, you'll really just want to savor and sip it. 

Thanks again for the beers, Matt. Only three remain! 

Aloha! 


9 comments:

  1. Very cool. Love me some imperial stout.. will have to keep an eye out for Siberian Night.

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  2. Glad you liked the beers! Hopslam is always a highly debated beer. It is considered one of the original hype beers. Some people even call it hypes lam because they feel the good reviews are based on nostalgia

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    1. Hmm...seems my review was just about right. It is a debatable taste.
      Some might like it, but I'll pass.
      Those others really hit the spot, tho.

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  3. Glad you liked the beers! Hopslam is always a highly debated beer. It is considered one of the original hype beers. Some people even call it hypes lam because they feel the good reviews are based on nostalgia

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  4. Excellent post and I like how you wove together the Babe and the Beer. I too had the Devil and Hopslam and was quite distraught when I realized both were in my belly. Mighty fine.

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    1. Hehe - thanks for the compliment, Peter!

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  5. Great post as usual. Hope you save those last three beers with your poker buddies. :-)

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