Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hooray For September!


Why is September so great? Well, it seems pretty obvious on the surface, but let's break it down for those of you who recently came out of a coma, or have finally found the right blend of meds to stop the voices in your head:
  • September begins with a long Labor Day weekend. 
  • Football starts. Finally.
  • Fall beers arrive. 
  • Baseball becomes increasingly more meaningful each day.
  • The temperature in the south becomes tolerable. (Yes, this year was an exception. So in the case of this year, September is great because the sun finally came out.)
  • More fall beers arrive.
  • And just when you thought September could not get any better, it wraps up on my birthday.
So as you can tell, I love September, and have for as long as I can remember. What's your favorite month, and why? No, don't tell me. I can't hear you. That is just a little conversation starter for you the next time you find yourself with really boring people, or maybe just in a weird awkward lull in an otherwise stimulating conversation. Another one you can try is, "What five living people would you currently want to meet?". You can learn a lot about someone when they tell you who they really want to meet, and why. Try it some time. Make your own list first or you will look like an idiot when it's your turn and you got nothin'.

Another thing you can try is Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA at The Fred Bar on Tuesday. It will eventually make it to other locations, but we are going to get together Tuesday and try this new seasonal beer for the first time. The brewery folks say that they have struck gold with this one, so I am doubly excited to taste it. Considering that both of my Beer Camp beers at Sierra Nevada were red IPA's, you might deduce that I am fond of that style. And there is no better brewery at making hoppy beers than Sierra Nevada. That is not an opinion, it is a fact. Look it up.

Other than that, you might want to make your way to the Dallas Hwy location on Friday the 13th. We have an individual getting his 2000th beer on his Brewniversity list, and we have a special cask for the occasion. This is an O'Dempsey's Big Red cask, and we made a special Brewniversity credit for this one. If you have not met Mr. Mighty Fine yet, I suggest you drop by to do so. He is a colorful character, as are most people who have had 2000 different beers. We will tap it around 6:00 pm.

Last thing I have for you for today is a "Save The Dates". Atlanta Beer Week is October 19th-26th, and we have been hard at work at the Taco Mac HQ planning events all over Taco Mac Land for the week. I will have a full calendar for you once everything is finalized, but for now, just clear your calendar. All of it. And start looking around for you best 80's get-up. Don't ask questions. Just be prepared to go all-out 80's-style on October 25th to close out ABW.

I gotta run. I am taking a long weekend in the mountains of northern Virginia. I guess some brewery up there is sponsoring some outdoor music festival, and they need me there to drink beer with them. Talk to you next week, and maybe even in person if you come out for the Flipside launch. Bye.

From My September Trip-Sierra Brewhouse

From My September Trip-Sierra Brewhouse
This is the top floor of the brewhouse, with buckets of fresh hops about to go into the kettles.