You may have noticed (but more likely didn't) that I haven't been around much, particularly since the launch of SBNation United. This isn't because I'm exceptionally busy, or because I'm not interested - turns out I can't actually use most of SBNU at work. I run IE8, and don't have another option (we can't install our own software, I can't use a USB drive, nothin'), and SBNU doesn't run all that well on IE8 at this point in time. I'm told they're fixing the bugs as fast as they can, though, so hopefully I'll be back to normal posting here shortly.
In the meantime, it's Wednesday, and I can still post FanPosts, so here's a FanPost. In the last NSSR, Travis asked a question that got lost at the bottom of the post:
"For the beer nerds out there, do you have a favorite fresh hop (also called wet hop) beers?"
Why yes, Travis, I do! With the caveat that I haven't had any of this year's fresh hop beer yet (most of them have just started being made/released in the last few days), here's a couple that I dig:
Oakshire Ask The Fish (http://oakbrew.com/fresh-hops-2012): A Northwest-style red ale. Combine an easy-drinking IPA (not the hop-bomb that is most common, but one with a little less bite) with a red ale, and what do you get? AWESOMENESS IS WHAT
Chatoe Rogue (http://rogue.com/beers/chatoe-wet-hop.php). Rogue is probably my favorite of the "bigger" craft breweries in Portland; they've really only ever made one or two beers I've disliked (I'm looking at you, Voodoo Maple Bacon Ale!). I don't get Rogue very often, though, because it's also one of the more expensive craft beers in town - a six pack of Dead Guy Ale is about $12, which is just dumb. But their Chatoe Rogue fresh-hop is a really good, solid ale; it's got a bit of the hoppiness but it's not as aggressive as a typical IPA.
I am actually looking forward to trying several fresh hop beers over the next few weeks, while they last - I would encourage you to do the same if you're into beer. Also, there have been Jubelale sightings in the world, so life is good.
Anything else on your mind this week?