The Tigers followed up a poor 1-6 week with a slightly better 3-4 week that included two wins over the Oakland Athletics in the Coliseum. Unfortunately, they finished up the week with two consecutive losses to the Mariners (the MARINERS?!?!) that ended with a shutout to a guy whose parents have never heard of him. That left the Tigers 4-10 since ZubazGate, including three losses in the last at bat or extra innings, and sorely in need of a day off.
Now, they get to take on a hot hitting Toronto team making noise at the top of the AL East. Edwin Encarnacion is doing his best Wily Mo Pena impression. The team is fourth in batting average, but second in runs scored (side note: the Tigers are second in average but only eleventh in runs scored mainly because they're 27th in walks and tenth in OBP) based mainly on being second in slugging. Two top five offenses with bottom half pitching staffs mean we could see a lot of runs and long games. This also means we'll have plenty of time to drink beer!
We profiled Keweenaw Brewing Company last year pointing out the fact that they are way the hell up in the Upper Peninsula (fun fact: Yooper got added to the dictionary this year) near they home of Michigan Tech University. My dad always said that you have got to LOVE hockey to want to play way up there. It's not the end of the world, but you can definitely see it from the brewery roof. Basically, Kurt can walk to the brewery if he wanted to. This series' profile is on the Old Ore Dock Scotch Ale.
A beautiful deep copper color is appropriate for this beer given its location. The roasted barley gives a fantastic full bodied straw colored head that leaves a cathedral lacing on the glass as you drink, showing your progress through the tasting. Like all scotch ales, the aroma of a smoky campfire is everpresent, but the flavors of toasted nuts balance nicely with a pleasant piney hoppiness that also color the beer perfectly. The red oak chips allow the beer to finish subtly sweet without fatiguing the palate. At 7% ABV and only 26 IBUs, this beer pairs nicely with either barbeque chicken or s'mores.
Keweenaw Brewing Company is located in Houghton, MI.