Breweries "Visited"

Monday, October 1, 2012

On The Rise

Beer #296: Uprising / Iron Fist Brewing Company, Vista, CA

So, I've been a bit grumpy lately.  Had to deal with being sick a few days last week, and even once I was better, I still wasn't exactly right.  I've had a sinus headache continually happening for about five days, and every now and then I'm still very congested.  Headaches are never fun, particularly when you're measureing their duration in days instead of hours.  Quick trip to the urgent care center after work, one prescription for antibiotics to cure a sinus infection later, and I'm feeling much better about things.  Well, I haven't rid myself of the sinus headache yet, but soon....soon.  Drugs make everything better.

Here's how you know your West Coast beer vacation was good - you didn't even get a chance to try anything from Iron Fist Brewing Company, located just north of San Diego.  Let's rectify that and update you all on today's beer, a Belgian IPA that goes by the name of Uprising.  This beer is an amber hue with a thin head, and a pleasing citrus aroma.  The flavor has strong caramel malt notes, which somewhat subdue the hop bitterness.  There's lemon and floral notes in there as well.  I was expecting a bit stronger hop profile, but this was still a rather nice beer to sip on a Saturday afternoon.  Uprising has a rather potent 12% ABV, and you definitely notice that warm alcohol feeling along the way.  Keep this in mind when starting your any large scale revolutions.
Thing to Think About Today:
Tempted to talk about Che Guevara here, or at least two-part film Che, starring the magnificent Benicio del Toro.  However, I imagine there are many readers of this blog who endorse neither Communism nor revolution in Cuba, so I'll go ahead and switch gears.

If you're looking for a song to play during your personal uprisings, or perhaps at least in your running mix, may I suggest Rising Down by The Roots.  Popular as the house band on Jimmy Fallon's show, Philly's own Roots Crew weaves an amazing blend of music together - hip hop, R&B, jazz, funk, and whatever else floats their boat.  We were fortunate enough to see them live twice, including VIP seats for The Roots Picnic, a summer festival which in addition to The Roots starred diverse acts such as Mayer Hawthorne, John Legend, various members of the Wu-Tang Clan, and Vampire Weekend.  One of the better live shows I've ever seen in person.  Yes, this video isn't a video so much as just the song with the album cover staring at you for the duration, but maybe that will let you pause for a minute to listen to some very well done lyrics.  Oh, what, your favorite band manages to weave in global warming, references to the Onassis family, overuse of prescription drugs, and Grapes of Wrath during the same song?

"He'll prescribe you all meds for everything / A little stuffy nose?  Tell you get some Claritin"

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