After a fun Saturday with friends and family at the Astros game, I have been convinced to keep blogging. Apparently, it’s not cool to be a quitter.
I bought a beer from Stone Brewing Company that they made in collaboration with Bear Republic and Fat Head’s. Since Stone is located close to San Diego I thought it might be a good time to crack one open since the Astros are playing the Padres tonight. Here’s a link to Stone’s blog with tons of info about the beer called TBA (Texas Brown Ale).
Bear Republic / Fat Head’s / Stone TBA
Stats: 7.1% abv, 81 IBUs
Availability: Limited 12oz bottles & draft, beginning February 27th
Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, MA, NC, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA
Malts: Pale 2-Row, Crystal 60, Toasted Wheat, Victory, and Chocolate Malt
Hops: Bravo, Brewer’s Gold, Cascade, and Columbus
I really recommend checking out that blog link. It does a great job explaining the history behind this beer. Now I will attempt to explain the appearance/aroma/taste of the beer. How fun!
TBA poured up medium brown with a reddish tint. There’s a bit of a haze to the beer as well. The head on this beer was three fingers tall, light tan colored, and consisted of the tiniest bubbles in the history of bubbles. Not really, but the bubbles were so small it almost looked like the beer was tapped off a nitro cask.
The aroma starts off strong with the hops. Piney and little bit tropical, you can tell tell that the focus of this beer is on the hops. There is also a definite scent of toasted malt and a sweet smell of brown sugar. Honestly though, TBA’s aroma reminds me of an IPA first and foremost.
TBA tastes like a brown ale however. Malty sweetness added to a wheat bread taste give the beer a nice body. There are notes of sweet tropical fruit and bitter molasses in there as well. The hops show up in the finish with a citrus flavor, and leaves a dry, bitter taste on the tongue.
I thought this beer was great. It was pretty pricey at about $5 per 12 oz bottle, but I would probably buy a few more bottles if I can find it again. I really enjoyed the style, and I hope that some of the local Houston breweries can brew me up something similar. I give this beer a Triple!
If Wandy wants to stay in Houston then he needs to keep pitching like he did in the first 3 innings. I’m pretty sure that no team in baseball would trade for a pitcher like that. However, if he’s looking to join a contender, then it would behoove him to pitch like he did from the 4th inning on. He looked like a completely different person, and I really don’t understand it.
When he works quickly and aggressively he seems to be much more effective than when he plods around and pitches like he’s stuck in pine tar. Wandy has always had trouble with the mental part of the game, and even after all these seasons he still looks like a rookie sometimes. Very frustrating.
Offensively, we have been doing a much better job lately of getting baserunners and moving them around to score. It’s hard to say we are doing a bad job tonight since we’ve scored 6 runs, but most observers would expect many more after leaving 12 men on base so far through 7 innings. At one point we loaded the bases three consecutive innings and left them loaded each time. Not good!
Right now the score is 7-6 after a 2 run homer in the top of the 8th by the Padres. The Padres’ bullpen is their strength and we strike out a TON, so I don’t feel great about our chances in the last two at-bats, but I will stay up until it’s over and Root, Root, ROOT for my Astros!