In honor of Mother’s Day here’s a few mother related brews and breweries.
Mother’s Brewing Company in Springfield, MO, home of Mark Twain. Beer names like Mother’s Li’l Helper, towhead and MILF.
Mother Earth Brewing in Eastern North Carolina, whose motto is Peace, Love and Beer!
Let’s not forget Mother Road Brewing, named after John Steinbeck’s name for Route 66.
As for beers there’s Mother’s Milk, of course, from Keegan Ales in the Hudson Valley.
Then there’s Mom beer by Rogue Ales, a Hefeweizen style craft beer. Good choice I think…
And there has to be a bad choice as well: Slap Yer Mammy beer by Trinity Brewing. It kinda speaks for itself. It is a double IPA, so I’m not discounting it off the cuff!
Social media brings Mommy Needs A Beer Facebook site.
Happy Mother’s Day and lassaiz les bon temps rouler!
It’s named for the appearance of wild ground phlox or moss pink, one of the first spring flowers according to the Farmer Almanac!
I can remember having a pink moon when I was a disobedient child…
Apparently, you can make a Pink Moon Beer.
There’s also an eclipse on this one but it’s on the other side of the planet.
Lassaiz les bon temps rouler!
I have a goal of arriving at my thousandth unique beer at the time I arrive at the annual Beer Bloggers Conference in Boston in July this year. I joined Untappd on Christmas day 2010. I guess we were having some good beers that day and wanted to record them.
I wasn’t really trying to drink a bunch of beer; it’s just that it’s really hard to remember which great craft beers you have had if you are drinking great craft beers! After checking the internet for possible ways to track craft beer consumption and asking my fellow beer professionals, I picked Untappd. I like the Untappd site because it tells me what other folks think of the beers that I am having and provides me with an interface with other beer lovers and friend who use the app. In the interest of full disclosure, 20 or more apps were downloaded in this process and somehow Untappd floated to the top, which is not to say that there aren’t a couple of improvements I’d like to see. Last time I bitched about something, they got all upset so let’s not go there…
One of the main reasons I have been able to keep up a strong pace of unique beers is the proximity of some craft beer restaurants and bottle stores who have a strong love of craft beer as well. Blue 5 in Roanoke and 622 in Blacksburg are my go- to restaurants. The Vintage Cellar and the Cellar 6-Pak Store in Blacksburg bring in some great brews, too, and let’s not forget the Wine Gourmet in Roanoke. Travel for my work has been helpful in finding new brews as well. Max’s and Alewife in Baltimore are examples of well run multitap bars, and I once even made it to The Ginger Man in NY, my all time favorite craft beer destination!
As the magic number approaches, many beer styles that have been avoided in the past are becoming targets. My friend Brewdads’ Barleywine-style beers are increasingly showing up on the radar. In conjunction with that, the high alcohol content slows down the ability to try large numbers of beers in a single sitting. In the plus column for me, minus for Brewdad, I’m starting to develop an appreciation for the style. Gonna start stealing from his private stock!
The other beer that I’ve neglected to some extent over the last few years is the stout. Many of my beer buds like that style and continually endeavor to get them in my mouth. There are multiple new offerings from the craft beer brewers in that area as well, so it makes a good place to get some new ground in my search for untasted brews.
Angling my beer acquisitions back to the root of good beer, lagers also have provided some fertile ground for delicious beer that has not previously graced my palate.
The current count is 899 as of today. That leaves 93 days and 101 beers. Just gotta do one-ish a day, and I’ll make the goal. So feel free to offer me a beer you think I haven’t had!
Lassiaz les bon temps rouler!