Monday, January 24, 2011

Back to Classics

Hopslam week is pretty much over now. If you didn't get some, you're pretty much out of luck unless you can convince Mark from The Hopry to give you some from his case stockpile. It might still be on tap for a while at The Flying Saucer, Waldo Pizza or The Foundry. It won't last long.

Last year, we offered some substitutes for Hopslam that can be found (well not Little Sumpin' Extra since they didn't make that this year). This year, I'm going to offer up some old classics that people on the Hopslam hunt haven't probably bought for a while.

Goose Island Honker's Ale
I don't know when I stopped buying Honker's Ale. I've had a couple recently and remembered how much I like it. It's a no frills pale ale with tons of malt flavor with a good hop bite. With the cold KC winter showing no signs of relenting, Honker Ale is a nice contrast to the stouts that are typically associated with the cold weather.

Great Divide Titan IPA
For the hopheads that missed out on Hopslam and just want a nice hoppy sixer, Titan IPA shouldn't be forgotten. To this day, Titan is probably my favorite IPA for everyday drinking. But, I can't remember the last time I had a sixer. In the never ending quest to try new things, my Titan drinking has all but stopped. I'm going to remedy that this week.

Boulder Hazed and Infused
I used to love this beer and nearly always had some around. It's a real hoppy pale ale that really got me to enjoy hoppier beers. I haven't had a Hazed and Infused in probably 2 years. My refrigerator is going to look like 2003 with this in it.

If you want to go new school classic you could pick up some Lagunitas Pale Ale and IPA. You'll be happy, but I typically always have those 2 on hand, particularly the pale ale. As always, if whatever store you go to doesn't carry Lagunitas, ask for it. Lagunitas needs us.

If none of these strike your fancy, go out and buy your favorite classic and see if you still love it.


  1. It's funny you mentioned the Goose Island as I must recently bought a sixer of it (after several years of not buying any). It is a really good beer. I incidentally decided to try it after falling in love with their Harvest Ale fall seasonal - -which quickly became my favorite fall seasonal after all of the Bob's 47 was consumed. Sometimes the old school staples are still the best.

  2. Agreed. It's always nice to ward off Big Beer Fatigue with a plain ol' medium-size beer.

    I know I need to come back to earth when the Racer 5 I had this weekend seems mild.

  3. My suggestions for some hoppy, everyday beers would be Founder's Centennial and Hebrew Sweet Lenny's RIPA. Bear Republic Racer 5 and Hop Rod Rye always work for me as well. Hopefully they would be fairly fresh or at least refrigerated.

  4. I'll stick w O'Dells IPA or Ska Modus Hoperandi as everyday ales, mixed in w an occasional Singlewide. Lagunitas is on my radar for my next California visit, along with Russian River. I'd love to see a bottle of Pliny on the shelf someday here in KC.

  5. Ted - you may as well hit Bear Republic while you're at it! It's only a few miles north of Santa Rosa, where Russian River is located.

    The Lagunitas Tap Room was one of the best beer experiences I've had. Great people, and they'll likely have some special treats on tap.

  6. Goose Island Honkers is my favorite session beer.

    I just discovered the majesty of Schlafly's Winter ESB. The Rye flakes give it a very distinct flavor.