Breweries "Visited"

Friday, March 1, 2013


Day #447 New Dogtown / Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA
Previously from this brewery: the IPA (and a friendly reminder to not visit Lagunitas on Mondays or Tuesdays) and Daytime IPA

Last night was my second night of furious scanning and posting of old photos.  Taking a break tonight... don't want to use up all the good stuff too soon!  I have received numerous threats and bribes from friends who realize that these pictures were taken before the days of camera phones.  Back then, we could act like idiots, because the only people who would know about it were the people there with us in the moment (and they were likely also acting like a fool) and whoever was shown the developed photo.  Not easy to share that developed photo broadly.  Now with the internet, it's sooooo easy to share those drunken spring formal pictures.  I'm no dummy.  I know there are friends out there currently purchasing their own scanners (looking at you, Jay), getting ready in case they need to launch a counter strike.  I feel confident this will end up like nuclear warfare: courtesy of mutually assured destruction, no one will be posting the truly absurd or embarrassing photos, for fear that we'll all wipe each other off the face of the earth.  The mere threat of the truly ridiculous photos is enough to keep everyone in check.

To celebrate my break from scanning (and my ability to work the theory of mutually assured destruction into a beer review), tonight's beer review is the New Dogtown, an American Pale Ale from Lagunitas.  This beer shows off a gold hue, with a lingering white puffy head.  The aroma is of citrus and malt, and the taste is dry, with an earthy characteristic.  Plenty of malt to go along with a nice balance of pine and lemon.  I knew this wouldn't be as hoppy as an IPA, but I did expect a bit stronger citrus flavor.  If I had to pick between two recent beers, I think I'd take the Heavy Seas Loose Cannon over this one in a fight.
Who's the man now, dog (town)?
This brewery has been up and running since 1994, but seriously: check their schedule before you show up at their door, only to find them closed for the day.

Thing to Think About Today:
If we're talking about nuclear war, let's at least have some fun with it.  This of course means the 1983 film WarGames!  Starring a young Matthew Broderick, this film tells the tale of a teenage computer hacker who accesses the U.S. nuclear missile system, which was awesomely named, 'WOPR'. When the computer challenges him to a game of Global Thermonuclear War, the military thinks a nuclear strike is happening, and prepares to counterattack the Soviets.  Can Broderick and Ally Sheedy get the military to understand it's only a game before warheads start raining from the sky?  And was the internet even invented in 1983?  To quote WOPR, "Shall we play a game...?"

"Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess?"

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