Drinking: Founder’s All Day IPA; ABV: 4.7% Beer Advocate: 88/100
As you may or may not know, I’m a big fan of the IPA’s. I was very surprised with how light this beer tasted compared to other IPA’s I have had. Maybe that is why it is called “All Day” because it isn’t as heavy so you can drink it “all day”. The artwork certainly alludes to a sunny, fun camping trip that probably would encourage extended periods of sipping on this beer. Perhaps if you know someone that is not a big fan of strong, thick hoppy beers, then maybe this would be a good introduction to a lighter IPA. Think of it as more of a British IPA. We tend to think of IPA’s having a higher ABV in the States, but it turns out the British have been brewing IPA’s under 4% since the 1920’s. IPA’s in England tend to be of a low gravity.
Spinning: They Make Beer Commercials Like This by Minus the Bear (2004)
Talk about becoming a household name, Minus the Bear went from the noodley, dancy emo/indie rock to an extremely accessible indie band. Generally when asked what kind of bands I like, I tend to include Minus the Bear not because they are one of my favorite bands, but because I know the person is more likely to know who they are.
I chose this album not only because it is my favorite of theirs, but because the whole camping trip image on “All Day IPA” fits perfectly with the lyrics to my favorite song “Houston, We have Uh-Oh”:
“We go home, after fishin’ all day
and get our hands dirty getting the catch clean
and mike is in the kitchen
he’s heating up the fry pan
and we’re in the front yard
we’re watching the sun fall”
This song is one of the B-sides. If Minus the Bear did a compilation of their rarities and b-sides, I would buy it in a heartbeat. Simply because they tend to not want to include songs on their albums that I tend to really enjoy.
Here’s to summer, and to many camping trips ahead.