With only 12 games left in the season, all against teams below the .500 mark, and half at home, It's looking like the Tigers will easily eclipse the 90-win plateau. The hopeful goals for the remainder of the season: clinch a playoff spot, nurse some nagging injuries back to health, set the playoff rotation, get the bats back to normal, win 50 games at home (only need 3 more to reach this goal), and try to get up into the 1- or 2-seed for the LDS.
The Seattle Mariners come into Detroit this week, and for the twelfth consecutive season, look like a rebuilding project. As much as it sucks to be a Mariners fan (one winning season since 2003, no playoffs since 2001, traded away the second most well known player in franchise history last year), the future should be a little better. Plus, you live in Seattle, where it rains all the time...oh who am I kidding, you're counting down to the NFL playoffs and breaking noise records.
For this Beer of the Series, we're going back to Founders Brewing Company. Earlier in the season, we profiled their fantastic Kentucky Breakfast Stout. For this series, we're going to take a look at their wonderful Harvest Ale.
The Harvest Ale is a wet-hopped ale which allows the hop characteristics to impart more flavor in the front of the beer and opens up the citrus character of the hops. The hazy, straw colored body matches up nicely with the slightly sweet malt flavor which plays off the aggressive hoppiness. Don't let the color fool you; this beer is a complex, hearty brew with layers of flavor and a sophisticated makeup. The floral notes at the beginning play off the smooth, toasted finish. At 7.6% ABV and 70 IBUs, this beer will work nicely with cooler temperatures at the end of September and throughout October.
Founders Brewing Company is located in Grand Rapids, MI.