Hey Beer League. This Tuesday looks really good on you. You’re witty, good looking, and everybody likes you.
Just wanted to remind you that we care.
But hey, while we’re talking about how great you are (seriously, great) let’s talk about the recent kerfuffle (you love that word, don’t lie to me) involving Sam Adams, spurred from this Boston Magazine article, where Jim Koch is portrayed like this in the first couple of paragraphs:
Staring at the beer menu, Koch began to criticize the selection. More than half of it, he said, wasn’t worthy of being served—inadvertently insulting the establishment’s owner, who unbeknownst to Koch was sitting next to him. Then Koch interrogated the beer manager about the offerings. Unsatisfied with the answers, Koch complained about the beers so intensely that an employee at the bar teared up. Koch rose from his seat and walked into the keg room, where he started checking freshness dates on his competitors’ kegs.
Later he’s painted as a man driven wild by the fact that hop-heavy beers are palatable by lots of beer dorks in the USA, and almost like a brother who took the traditional route through school to make his millions, then sees his little bro do the same thing with no schooling. Koch paved the way for a lot of little guys, like it or not – or admit to it or not, and to not recognize his contribution and show just a modicum of respect to the guy shouldn’t be too much to ask.
Also, personally checking the freshness dates on competitors kegs in a bar you don’t own comes off a bit jerkish.
This week’s beer is Sam Adams Cold Snap from The Boston Brewing Company who says that Cold Snap comes:
Stirring from the haze of winter, this refreshing unfiltered White Ale awakens its smooth wheat with the bright snap of spring spices. From the subtle sweetness of orange peel and plum to the peppery bite of fresh ground coriander, the blend of spices creates just the right refreshing kick to signal that spring is on its way.
Yeah, snappy winter beer. You can’t stout all the time. Well, you can. And you’d like it.
Beer League is Turning 5!
It’s true and it’s hard to believe. What started as a way for Sarah to occupy some time with friends at The Waiting Room while Tyler was deployed, hanging out and trying new beers every week has blossomed into Sarah occupying some time with Tyler at The Waiting Room, hanging out and trying new beers every week.
And we’ve had a lot of good times over these years. We’ve collected donations for the food pantry and cancer benefits. We’ve had some excellent beer and a few of us got to smell the empty Utopias bottle. I heard that Jimmy even had some. We’ve met so many great people and had so many new ideas come from Beer League. Like the Great Middle Coast Beer Tour. And let’s not forget Schlafly Cabin Fever.
Schlafly Cabin Fever!
This Saturday, January 17th is Cabin Fever at the Bottleworks. So many beers to try, so few hours between noon and four. Plus you have a tiny glass. Thread up your pretzel necklaces, find the fanciest hats you own, and get ready for a day of revelry and hands-free drinking! We will meet at The Waiting Room at 11AM on Saturday to carpool to Cabin Fever. There are at least two vehicles with designated drivers, and if we have more people than that we will call cabs, as we do every year. You can still buy tickets online (if there are any left) or you can buy them at the Bottleworks tomorrow (if there are any left) or you can buy them the day of the event (if there are any left.)
So we’ll see you soon. Like every Thursday, because Beer League ain’t goin’ nowhere.