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BEER HAIKU # 90 Adroit Theory Scorpion Black IPA

Adroit Theory is a tiny brewery in Virginia but their aesthetic is VERY Metal. Their labels and beer names are both METAL. They’ve collaborated with New Zealand brewer 666 – How Metal is that? This week’s new release at Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar (only slightly metal) is a substantial Black IPA (pretty Metal) called Scorpion (really, really Metal especially if you’re German).

Adroit Theory Scorpion Black IPA (8.1% ABV)

Smoky, tenebrous

Solstice treat tests your mettle

Sting in the tail

Food match: smokey BBQ beans, stuffed jalapeños, grilled skirt steak

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: throwing Metal horns /rimshot/.

Disclaimer: None of the Thirsty Boys are the least bit Metal! Sorry.

image by Adroit Theory

 

hai·ku (hk)

n. pl. haiku also hai·kus

1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.

2. A poem written in this form.

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BEER HAIKU #79 #80 #81 To Ol (Denmark) and Kereru (New Zealand)

#79 To Ol Black Ball Porter

More madness from those hard-working Danes. Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar was kind enough to offer their loyal clientele a remarkably big Hoppy Porter from the Fuck Art guys, To Ol. Apparently, it’s boosted with dark cassonade sugar, i.e. unrefined cane sugar, that gives it a wealth of chocolatey complexity.

To Ol Black Ball Porter

What storm now brews,

A cask of Stygian depth?

Beer fit for thinkers

 

Food match: venison sausages and celeriac mash, Stinking Bishop (that’s a cheese and according to The Little One, it tastes amazing but smells horrendous).

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: You’re watching Chinatown (Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown).

 

#80 Kereru For Science! Brown Porter

Courtesy of Kereru, pride of Upper Hutt, we have a variant on their Coconut Porter, For Great Justice! Hashigo Zake Cult Beer, as their weekly new release, have tapped a version without any coconut in it. For the really adventurous, there was also the opportunity to compare both versions side by side. What could be more scientific than that?

Kereru For Science! Brown Porter

Charred mocha, no milk

Back end of Cyclone Lusi

Like the boy next door

 

Food match: Banana loaf with crystallised ginger, lamb rogan josh

It’s the kind of beer you drink when: you’re enjoying a relaxing autumnal afternoon.

 

#81 To Ol Fuck Art – This Is Advertising Belgian Quadrupel

The Thirsty multitude was pleased to see another entry in To Ol’s Fuck Art series scheduled as this week’s new release at Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar. On this occasion, Architecture has given way to Advertising, and a beer that’s big enough to draw a raised eyebrow from Roger Stirling himself.

To Ol Fuck Art – This Is Advertising Belgian Quadrupel (11% ABV)

Luminous, opaque

River water after flood

Sweet opalescence

 

Food match: Hokey pokey or gingernut ice cream, panettone

It’s the kind of beer you drink: when arguing about mid-eighties New Romantics

hai·ku (hk)

n. pl. haiku also hai·kus

1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.

2. A poem written in this form.

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BEER HAIKU #63 Fitzpatrick’s ESB

Since it was Melbourne Cup Day, it was inevitable that a couple of the regular crew would succumb to the lure of the ponies and unbridled speculative frenzy. For those who did make the effort to descend into Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar, there was ample compensation in the form of the second half of the Packers-Bears game* and an entirely respectable Brit style ale from balmy Tauranga, in New Zealand.

Fitzpatrick’s ESB (4.5% ABV)

Freshly baked biscuits
This body belies its strength
Cherry blossom days

Food match: Duck salad, chilli squid

It’s the kind of beer you drink when:  you’re ready for a long summer night when Daylight Savings has just begun.

* Packers lost at home. How sad, never mind.

cherry blossom days

hai·ku (hk)

n. pl. haiku also hai·kus

1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.

2. A poem written in this form.

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BEER HAIKU #62 Moon Dog Beer from Fermenter No. 2 Imperial Amber Ale

Moon Dog’s Mummy Have a Bite is a specialty amber ale, aged in Calvados barrels. As the name may imply, it’s a bit like drinking a boozy, liquid toffee apple. For this week’s new release at Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar, the team offered an un-Calvados-ed version with the somewhat ungainly title above. In the spirit of inquiry, the Thirsties tested it against a bottle of the commercial version.

Moon Dog Beer from Fermenter No. 2 Imperial Amber Ale (8.2% ABV)

Antiseptic bite 

Too much sugar on porridge

Tail wind numbs my buds

Food match: Aged cheddar, roast nuts, ginger creme brûlée (maybe?)
It’s the kind of beer you drink when: you’re sitting around a bonfire on hipster Halloween, i.e. Day of the Dead

click for candy apple recipe

hai·ku (hk)

n. pl. haiku also hai·kus

1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.

2. A poem written in this form.

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BEER HAIKU # 61 Mikeller Funk E * Wild Ale

With Malice secured in an undisclosed location, it was left to the genuinely hard core Thirsties to assess the latest Brett-a-riffiic new release at Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar. Fortunately, the Ladies Auxiliary showed up in force to class up the joint.

Mikeller Funk E * Wild Ale (9.4% ABV)

Sweet rustic silage

Pencil shavings in soy sauce

Rode hard, put up wet

Food match: Roast beef with bearnaise, mushrooms and creme fraiche on toast
It’s the kind of beer you drink when: Thinking about Peter Rabbit and Lady Chatterly.

hai·ku (hk)

n. pl. haiku also hai·kus

1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.

2. A poem written in this form.

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