Apologies for the post being a day late. I had a weird ass day yesterday.
During the last thread, fellow reader thepartybird floated the idea of a Midwest beer gathering. I know that there have been BYB meetups in the past. Would a Tigers game/brewery tour be something everyone would be interested in doing? We could do it either in Detroit (Atwater or another nearby brewery) or at a road game (Cleveland has Great Lakes, hint hint, and there's Revolution in Chicago). Use the comments below to discuss this further, and I'll keep everyone abreast as the season goes along.
Last night was not how you want to show off your "New and Improved" bullpen and a new outfield signing. However, it's always cool to get out and see a stadium you don't always see as long as it isn't for the last game of the season. Plus, any time you can get Vin Scully to call a Tigers game, it has to be counted as a cool experience. Hopefully game 2 today turns out better.
Last year, when the Tigers visited the Angels, I commented that the LA area has not gotten as many beers out to the Midwest unlike San Diego and northern California. However, on my visits to see Mrs. rbbaker while she lived in Pasadena, I did find one or two worth having if you ever end up in the LA area. For this series, we'll be featuring the Blue House Citra Pale Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company.
Don't let the pale straw color fool you, this is a hop heavy pale ale with bold floral and citrus notes balanced with subtly sweet crystal Vienna malts. After initial fermentation, the beer is double dry hopped, imparting a fierce hoppy aroma and flavor upon the beer without making it overly bitter, making this a great entry level "hop bomb" for most beer drinkers. The 5.5% ABV and 38 IBUs make this a great sipping beer on the patio while listening to Vin Scully be better at his job than anyone else in the world is at theirs.
The El Segundo Brewing Company is in (you guessed it) El Segundo, CA.