Fall has officially begun. In a few weeks the leaves will change, shorts and t-shirts will be replaced by jeans and sweaters, and October baseball will the last baseball we have for the season.
In the mean time, the boys that called Comerica home for the season embark on one last road trip. While the season will conclude in a great place to play in late September, there is the business of playing in one of the worst to get through with.
Minnesota comes off a crappy trip to Oakland where they got swept in four games that were not all that close. It seems as though they are starting ice fishing season already, but one can never underestimate the uselessness of the Twins. Don't be surprised if the Tigers lose two of three, where the one win is one of those goofy 9-7 games where the bullpen is trying to lose it for us. Regardless, two wins guarantees the boys a trip to the playoffs, and one win guarantees the wild card.
While writing the BOTS, I have learned that Minnesota beers rarely make it east of the Mississippi River. Aside from anything from Summit Brewing Company, good luck finding much of anything unless you wind up in Chicago (at which point, turn around and leave). I did get lucky finding a bottle of our next brew, though: the MooJoos Oatmeal Milk Stout from Brau Brothers Brewing Company.
A good milk stout will be something that you can't see through and can substitute for coffee on a good day. The MooJoos combines the thick, rich, chocolatey goodness of the traditional milk stout with the smooth toastiness found in a great oatmeal stout. Very malty and bold, the head has a "tree ring" effect on the glass, showing the head level after each sip. A modest coffee aroma will be present throughout, and a slight hop aroma will help clean up at the end, leaving the pleasant coffee-chocolate notes to linger. At 5.8% ABV and only 24 IBUs, it comes in under most stouts, making it very drinkable with decadent desserts.
Brau Brothers Brewing Company is located in Lucan, MN.