Front Porch Chats #50

I don’t usually get things by Modern Times, partly because they’re a known quantity (I usually like their stuff!), partly because they aren’t “local”.

But they have a brewery here. Even if the headquarters is in San Diego, if you make beer here…that’s locally made, right?

So, I got their Caliban IPA, which was described as “lightly hazy”.

Look at this. I’ve had Sierra Nevada’s Hazy Little Thing. THAT was lightly hazy. This is just hazy hazy.

The nose-a bit of grapefruit and papaya-fades too quickly for my liking. But the beer has kind of Sprite tart/sweetness going on, so the middle of the Caliban works. Unfortunately, the finish is a bit too pith-y for me. Not my bag; maybe for someone else.

You know what’s for everyone? Money.

And if they’re gonna make you work for it, then they ought to pay you enough, regardless of what job you do, to live off it.

If they aren’t going to pay you enough to live off it, then enough money should be given to you until you can live off it.

That’s it. Those are the choices, if you want to have a stable, much less functioning, society.

And The Man has been whinging for decades about how paying people will destroy businesses or “the economy” (as though someone truly understands what that is) while actively working to suppress what little people DO get.

So fuck ‘em. Minimum wage should be $31/hr. That includes servers in pubs and restaurants. That includes prisoners. If you work, you get paid. We shouldn’t do any form of slavery in this country (or anywhere but I digress).

Why should minimum wage be $31/hr? Because if things had kept up, it would be $24+/hr right now. Think about how many people’s lives should be changed if that was the case?

Hell, they’re talking about the impact of $15 an hour and I’m here to tell you: that dream is weaksauce bullshit. That’s scraps, after a year where this country has produced it’s first trillionaire.

So let’s dream big. Bigger than a trillionaire.

Just Half

The black tea cinnamon comes up in the nose…and unfortunately dominates most of the flavors of this beer.

Winter warmer ale in glass

This is a surprise; I did not think that 3/4ths of an ounce of tea would be enough to dominate five gallons of beer. And yet….

With it comes a less pleasant wood flavor, herbal, a little dirty. I don’t think this got infected, but I probably need to rethink how I use tea in my beers.

On the upside, I really only want half a bottle before I can move on  to the next beer.

The downside is there’s 48 bottles of this…

Brew date: 12/12/20

Steeping grains
1.5 lb Opal C20 malt
.5 lb Carabrown
6 lb Maris Otter

Fermentables: 3 lb ExLME

2 oz N Brewer @60
.75 oz Chai tea @ flameout

Yeast: Imperial’s House (2nd use)

OG: 1.06

FG: 1.008

Bottled 12/19

ABV: 7.0%

Common Ales: Sierra Nevada- Hazy Little Thing

This…is a hazy? This beer is so BRIGHT. Sure, I cannot see through it but light penetrates. So many hazy IPAs I drink are opaque.

Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA in glass, with can, on table indoors

The nose has some sweeter grapefruit qualities but it fades rather quickly. There’s enough going with this beer that it doesn’t matter though.

The flavors are where this shines: grapefruit is still the dominant feature, but while this beer does have some malt qualities, they’re mostly there for body, to give this beer a little weight. The finishing bitterness is strong but it doesn’t lean into pith qualities.

There are no soda pop elements. There are no fruit skin bitterness notes. It’s just…an outstanding beer.

I have to say: I’m really, really impressed. If THIS Is what hazy IPAs were, I’d probably drink a lot more of them. I am a bit shocked: after spending the last 18 months being incredibly disappointed with almost every hazy IPA I had, this is delightful.

Front Porch Chats #49/SEcond Pint PAI

Sometimes, a series of words is put together in such a way that I think to myself: well, I gotta know what this is about.

Such is the case with Asheville’s Dark Cherry Saison. I just had to know what that was about.

The nose has a tart cherry quality, and…well, it overwhelms the beer. It isn’t bad, but a Flemish Red ale would have similar tartness and offer me a little chocolate or sweetness, too.

Asheville Dark Cherry Saison in glass on table outdoors.

This just gives me cherry. I’m not sorry I tried it; it is mostly what they said it would be, right? But I cannot pick up any citrus or peppery qualities, the cherry is just too strong.

There’s a wind blowing from the South and it’s giving me a chill, which means I don’t want to be out on the porch right now. Then again, I never wanted to be out on the porch but…we do what we must.

There’s a list of must things that need to be done, I suppose. Setting the minimum wage to $31/hr would be one.

We’re going to be lucky if we get $15 out of an “elite” class that doesn’t know the price of a loaf of bread, and people are going to needlessly suffer because of it.

Needless suffering seems very on brand for 2021. The right wing of this country is going full Nazi cult and money seems perfectly happy to support it. If anyone was ever about needless suffering, it’s the Nazis. And if money was ever about anything, it was almost certainly about needless suffering.

I don’t expect changes to happen overnight but…it is demoralizing to see such political cowardice from the Democratic leadership, in particular.

Biden has no elections left to win, so why is it important to compromise with people who are out to crush democracy as we know it?
Why is it important to coddle Nazis?

I want to know why the apparent leader of the nation doesn’t seem to have a dream big enough for it?

We deserve better than this and while it isn’t a problem that we have to fight for it, it would be better if we felt like someone with the authority to go after these grifting goosesteppers and violent dickheads was doing that job.

I mean look at this. What batshit reality have we stepped into? I don’t think it’s too much to ask that the criminals responsible for the state we’re in be held to task.

Today’s second pint is going to the People’s Advocacy Institute, for the work they’re doing trying to ensure people in Mississippi can get water.