Suds: June 8

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Today marks day two of The Great Ship America’s maiden voyage. GSA is my steam ale, modeled very closely after—though not identical to—Charlie Papazian’s “The Sun Has Left Us On Time” Steam Ale.

Papazian took his name directly from Thomas Edison’s journals. I lovingly borrowed the phrase from one of my favorite writers, and frequent cameo here on this blog, John Updike. “Going down with all her lights blazing the great ship America,” Updike writes, taking on the characteristics of disgruntled Harry Angstrom. The Angstrom’s live in Brewer, Pennsylvania. A quick Google search will show that Brewer, PA doesn’t exist. It’s fictional existence ranks up there with Garrison Keilor’s Lake Wobegon, but more closely resembles William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County. The Great Ship America sails around Brewer daily, a world full of people running scared with the uncertainty that life brings.

Well, as uplifting as that is, it’s time for Suds. Grab a Lake Louie IPA, and let’s get to it.

Goose Island has a plan to take over park beer distribution in the city of Chicago. I still don’t know how to feel about this.

-This is not an endorsement, but Bell’s has a Raspberry Ale coming out.

-Seriously messed up: Alabama state legislators are not cool with homebrewing. Probably because homebrewing makes people winos.

-Reminder: Get to know your hops better at the University of Minnesota.

-Lots of news from Nebraska Brewing. First, the release of Reserve Apricot au Poivre Saison and second, taking home two gold medals. Cheers!

-They’re back! When is a brewery big enough?

-Nice beer and food pairing: Thai beef salad.

-Finally, many changes for Flying Dog. Steer the course, my friends, steer the course.

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