Adventure Awaits

Down 14th Street in DC there are still Washington Nationals “Welcome to October” banners hanging from lampposts. They remind me of heartbreak each morning and afternoon when I see them. Each one has a different player on it. This afternoon a woman looking for Bryce Harper stopped me. Her 11-year-old son, Big G, is writing a paper on him for school. He is apparently a superstar little leaguer in Fredericksburg, VA. If somehow by the grace of the internet gods Big G ever sees this post I want him to know that he has a good mom. She saw the banners and wanted to get a picture of Bryce for his assignment. We walked nearly two blocks passing Ian Desmond, Denard Span (my personal favorite), Jason Werth, Wilson Ramos, Adam LaRoche and finally Bryce Harper. She thanked me and I continued my walk to the bus. This whole time I kept thinking of my long forgotten Beer Missions and my upcoming trip to Japan.

I leave for Japan in what feels like no time. Between going to a baseball game (which it so happens Bryce Harper was supposed to play in), Mt. Fuji, eating as much sushi as I am able to and a ton of other activities I plan on hitting up some local craft breweries and bottle shops. Here’s a premature shout out to Diana who sent me some recommendations.

I have never been out of the country. I’ve spent 27+ wonderful years within the borders of the US of A. I’ve never had a beer outside of America. I’ve never had an American beer in another country. I’ve never had a beer brewed in another country other than the USA in that country. I feel like I should get some sort of Life Achievement Badge once I touchdown in Japan (I guess that’s what my passport is for). I have no clue what to expect. But I hope I take some lessons learned from Beer Missions and explore.

Beer, among its endless list of qualities, creates bonds between people. It extends beyond the bounds of language, borders and culture. I have no idea what to expect, but it should amount to a good time and new memories.

I’ll be back in a couple weeks with a new post about my Japan journeys. Until then, I hope you break out of your comfort zone and make some new memories along with me. Cheers, y’all!

P.S. If I’m somehow able to get to WiFi and check in a beer from Japan, I expect you to toast me or we’re no longer friends. Got it?

Breaking a beer glass, pain. (Handwritten)

Maybe a bit of Oliver is rubbing off on me but I had a really random idea. Well, it came from laziness. For some reason today I felt like handwriting a post (I usually type them like most people). Now that I wrote it on paper the thought of typing it out pains me. So this is what I’m going to do: show you the completely unedited, handwritten post.

I want everyone to know that I’m a lefty, which already puts me at a disadvantage in the handwriting category. But, for the most part, my handwriting is pretty good. Today however (not realizing I’d be showing it to the world) sitting on my couch just free writing I didn’t care how it looked. Before I chicken out, here it is…

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Broken SAVOR Glass

My broken SAVOR glass

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Glass Cabinet

My glass cabinet

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So yeah, if you couldn’t read that let me know if you’d like to see a video of my glass cabinet. Also, when’s the last time you broke a glass? What happened?

Hope you enjoyed this post. I don’t think I’ll be too embarrassed from it. Go out and do something different. Make sure to check out Beer Missions too!

 

Power Hour: Nitro Beers

Power Hour is a new segment where I will spend exactly one hour answering a question or writing about a topic. It can be on beer, writing, myself, anything. You can submit a question anytime by leaving it at the bottom of a post or sending it privately to me here.

Start the clock! It’s time for another Power Hour. In one hour I will answer a question/write about a topic and post it. Questions about what? Anything. I’ll stick to beer for the most part but I’m game to answer any questions you have on life, writing, video, etc.

What are Nitro Beers?

When kegged beer is poured from a tap it is carbonated on the spot through CO2. This is true for 99% of kegged beer (the typical beer you get off a tap at a bar). However, N2 or Nitrogated beer (Nitro beer) is starting to grow in popularity. Instead of CO2 the beer is carbonated with N2. The most famous Nitro beer is Guinness. Nitro beers are much creamier and have less of a bite to them. They coat your mouth leaving you wanting more. You can usually spot the Nitrogen taps by the downward-facing black plastic (I think plastic) nozzle the beer flows from instead of the angled metal tap head.

What I enjoy about Nitro beers is that they are different from your typical ales. They aren’t quite at the level of Sours in terms of weirdness but it’s always fun to try something different. Heck, trying a Nitro beer might make for a good Beer Mission if you’ve never had one before.

My Nitro Beer History

Nitro beers typically are Stouts, but they don’t have to be. Stouts tend to be creamier to begin with so why not accentuate that attribute? Who wants a creamy pale ale?

That’s what I thought until last week when I had my first non-stout Nitro beer, Nitro Pale Ale by Founders at Glass Half Full. It was amazing. I never thought a light, hoppy beer would taste good with the consistency of a liquidy milkshake. Go find some!

Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout is another great one to try. If it wasn’t for my deep love and history with Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout I’d have to say Left Hand’s Nitro Milk Stout is my favorite Stout (and may be beer). At a beer club I hosted a few months ago this beer was very well received, even by non-dark beer lovers.

Speaking of Duck-Rabbit, did you know that if you look at their logo you can see a duck AND a rabbit? I didn’t know that until today and my mind was blown!

Nitro beers are growing so that Left Hand is trying to trademark the term. IMO it’s a term describing the beer, like a style or brewing method therefore it should be free to use by all. But playing devil’s advocate I don’t think another brewery could come along and brew a 60 Minute IPA even if they brewed it the same way as Dogfish Head.

A couple Nitro beers to try would be Guinness (of course), Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout and Founder’s Nitro Pale Ale. I have heard great things about Left Hand’s Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout Nitro but haven’t had a chance to try it out yet.

To sum up, Nitro beers use N2 to carbonate their beers instead of CO2. They are not beers you drink while watching professional wrestling. Wasn’t there something to do with Nitro and pro wrestling some time ago? Was it a show? That would be a lot funnier if I knew the reference. There are some great Nitro beers to try and they aren’t all Stouts. Nitro beers are growing at a fast rate and don’t be surprised to see more and more of them. Go seek out some Nitro beers!

As always these Power Hours are written, formatted and posted in one hour. That means I’m going to leave out a bunch of information. That’s where I need you! Share what you know about Nitro beers. What Nitro beers have you had that were good? Which ones were bad? What Power Hour topics do you want to see in the future?

Thanks as always for reading! I deeply appreciate any comment, like, share that you give this post or anything here on Short On Beer. If you’d like to never miss a new post or update you can subscribe to the email list at the bottom of this page. Cheers!

For more information on Nitro beers, Craftbeer.com has a good, quick writeup here.

Beer Mission #4

Thank you Oliver Gray for the most perfect picture to represent Beer Missions!

Welcome back to Beer Missions! A Beer Mission is something you can do when beer maybe gets a little boring. Yes, I said it! BORING! Beer will never be boring when it comes to taste. But besides the taste of beer there is something equally as important…the experience. The experience can get boring. You cannot drink the same beer(s) every night from the comfort of your couch. You have to mix it up! That’s where Beer Missions come in.

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Beer Mission #4

Beer Missions will make you go out (sometimes you’ll stay in) and explore different experiences you can have with beer.

Here’s your next Beer Mission:

Talk to a stranger about beer.

Talk about anything. “What beer do you have?” “Did you know [insert fact about beer or beer style]?” Who knows what will come of this.

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Beer Mission #3: Mission Accomplished

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Photo by Oliver Gray of Literature and Libation

Welcome back for the third installment of Beer Missions!

Let me take a second to thank Oliver Gray from Literature and Libation for capturing this perfect picture (above) for Beer Missions!

If you are just seeing Beer Missions for the first time, a Beer Mission is something you can do when beer maybe gets a little boring. It’s something you can do shake things up and give you new experiences.

Beer Missions #3 was to:

Draw a short comic of how you will or want to enjoy your next beer.

Many people accepted this mission, me included of course.

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Beer Mission #3: Mission Accomplished

Mrs. Short on Beer and I have spent the past week+ doing a bit of upgrading to our kitchen and seating area. Over the weekend and first half of this week we have painted and (with a ton of help from my dad) put up a backsplash. After that the only thing to do is grab the heaviest beer I could find, watch my bracket fall apart and pass out. There’s just a few more touchups to do then I’ll share some before and after pictures.

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