Gene's Picks of the Week of 7/30/21
1) Resident - No-No Joe
Unfiltered DIPA, 8.206%
Oho, there goes No-no Joe! Joe needs no intro - not just any old schmoe. This beer isn’t so-so - it could go toe-to-toe with any other in toto. Will be here and gone like a yo-yo, so don’t move in slo-mo (no FOMO though). For both bohos and bozos (that’s a low blow), enjoy this oh so cold IPA before it goes the way of the dodo.
2) Lowercase - B(r)auhaus
Helles Lager, 4.8%
The Bauhaus School - enormously influential despite its constrained years in the doomed Weimar Republic of interwar Germany - redefined design elements in both the interior and exterior of the home. With its maxim "Der Form folgt die Funktion" (form follows function) as a guide, the aesthetic contours that we now call Modernism took shape immediately after the maelstrom of the Great War. In the second half of the twentieth century, consumer products explicitly echoing the Bauhaus became omnipresent in homes throughout the world - witness the success of IKEA for a pre-eminent example. I have fond memories of spending an afternoon in Dessau, the site of the Second Bauhaus School, whose physical structures are still intact despite the horrors of Nazi persecution and subsequent total war. With this Helles Lager, Lowercase Brewing has paid homage to the visual appearance and typography of Bauhaus, adding a parenthesized "r" to the title in a sly double meaning ("Brauhaus" = "brewhouse").
3) Mortalis - Red + White + Blue Sour
Overfruited Sour Ale, 5%
Mortalis Brewing, hailing from a flyspeck town just south of Rochester in western New York state, specializes in heavily fruited sour beers. Their event with Mostra Coffee over this past weekend brought a pile of said cans to town. A standout among them is Red + White + Blue Sour, released for the 4th of July in their home market, featuring ingredients representing the three colors delineated in the title: blueberries, vanilla and raspberries. As any visual artist will tell you, combining those colors results in pink - but as vanilla doesn't appear to impart much hue, the final beer is more of a royal purple, and extraordinarily thick in texture. Arguably Jamba Juice in beer form!