Saturday, July 16, 2016

June's 6 Best Craft Beers Crushed

Camping season is here and you know what they say "camping without beer is just sitting in the woods." Below are the six best craft beers I crushed this June.

6. Rogue - Cold Brew IPA

Coffee cara-beaners rejoice, Rogue has got you. They teamed up with famed Portland, Oregon coffee roasters Stumptown to create the perfect summer time hoppy-coffee combination.

5. Block 15 - Anthem of the Sun

I like my women like I like my sours, tart as fuck. Anthem of the sun is a little mellower for a sour than I normally prefer, but its mellowness adds to its summer time thirst-quench-abilty.

4. 10 Barrel - Cucumber Crush

A lot of beer nerds have been shit-talking 10 Barrel's Cucumber Crush.  I know this because I'm a nerd too, so I know what nerds do. Also I frequent many beer forums.  Let me just say I will proudly stand up for this one.  I found it to be delicious and unique.  It's a great option to include when buying beer for a BBQ where not everyone there is a beer lover.

3. Aslan - Dawn Patrol

The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe must have all had a hand in this lovely beverage.  As far as I can remember this is the first time I've ever tried a Pacific Ale style brew.  It finishes cleaner than a lion's mane, and you know they clean themselves like all day, every day. The king of the jungle has to look his best you know.

2. Pfriem - Wit

Find me another 'best of' list that features a wit?! No seriously, if you happen to see one please post a link in the comment section below, I'd love to check it out.  Best American wit I've ever had, hands down.

1. Belching Beaver - Peanut Butter Milk Stout

A milk stout is your pick for best beer in June?! Why yes self, it is. First of all, drink what you like, when, where, and how you like it. Second of all its always peanut butter season on my calendar!  This one might even top Sweet Baby Jesus... Its less filtered than S.B.J. if cloudiness bothers you I would shy away from this Belching Beaver. Personally I need to do a side-by-side comparison before I officially choose a favorite, but dam (not spelled wrong, we're talkin' beavers) this is a killer milk stout!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Wet Your App-etite: Which Beer Apps Are Best?

There are at least 37 different apps specifically for craft beer enthusiasts.  Beer is trending so hard lately that there's an app for just about anything even remotely related.  Brewzor Pro is a recipe manager for home brewers, Beer Counter helps drunks keep track of how many they've had so splitting a tab is less complicated, there's even an app called Bottle Opener that simulates the experience of, yes, you guessed it, opening a bottle of beer...
I've sorted through gallons of these apps and came up with a crushable list based on usefulness, amount of worthwhile tools, originality, user friendliness, aesthetics, level of addiction, and over-all enjoyment. 

Most Useful: Untappd

Untappd is the beer app I use the most because I'm addicted to trying new beers. I love the locator, I love rating things, and I enjoy seeing my friends photos and funny remarks in their comments. It lets you organize and review all the beers you've drank and sort through your friends collections as well. Careful with this one, its highly addictive and may cause you to pull out your phone in social situations more often than a normal, courteous, functional adult should. 

Making Beer Lover's Lives Easier App: BeerAdvocate 

I won't talk this one up too much, you likely already know it as one of the top-two most popular beer rating sites in existence, the other being Beer Advocate is my go-to for ratings because of its clean layout and easy navigation.  I'm not saying its a bible but if 100k users rate a beer less than a 75 I'm probably going to opt for a different choice. 

The Andy Kaufman Award: 
There is not one, but three phone apps to let you pretend like your drinking a beer with your phone. The competition is high with this one. Personally I'm holding out for the app that let's you make it look like you're pissing out your beer into a toilet. Not as patient as me and want the drinking app now? Here are your choices: ibeer, virtual beer, beer drinks prank. 

Tool Time: BeerMenus 

Don't get stuck at bars that suck. Beermenus app and site are now used by bars and restaurants more than even checking their actual websites. I love this app and even though Untappd has some similar functions, BeerAdvocate is the most efficient way to see what's on tap where you're going, or to help you choose a quality drinking hole for the night.

Loving The Layout: BJCP

Break down beers by style-categories like a judge! We all seem to think we're experts when it comes to craft beer...  This app helps us to critique specifically like the pros do it.

Once You Tap You Can't Stap: Pintley
If you're a Pandora or Spotify kinda person this app will suit you well. Much like those music apps, Pintley takes the beers you drink, and your ratings of them, and scans through an enormous search engine to recommend you something similar that you'll likely enjoy. Pintley doesn't seem to stick you with random Dave Matthews Band songs on your Tupac station either...