Thursday, July 30, 2009

BridgePort India Pale Ale

I was thinking about the bottled water industry while I was in that aisle at Publix a few days ago. On Saturday mornings, the protocol is to go to Publix and buy the week's groceries, and on the way fill up with gas at the local "you can't use debit to buy a lottery ticket"-Hess station. Being hurricane season, one of the precautions I insist upon with my wife is to always keep the tanks at least half full. That way, you are not screwed should you be desperate for gas (and I get to keep the 20 gallons in the garage for when we blow through that reserve). BTW, 2.5 months after telling me that they launched an official inquiry into my lotto incident, I have received zero input from Hess corporate. I guess they have internal bureaucracy too. I continue to use my debit card to by lottery tickets at another gas station, and they will get a fat check from the Florida Lottery when I win.

Back to the water. Probably almost best case scenario, you can buy generic spring water at $5 for a 24-pack of 12 ounce bottles. That's 2.25 gallons. Follow me here. That's about $2.22 per gallon, very slightly less than the cost of a gallon of gasoline. And people are buying them at a dollar or more per bottle in some places, unbelievable! Really? If you buy bottled water for anything except hurricane backup when water is a luxury or your supply is contaminated for some reason, maybe (a BIG MAYBE) for convenience at the beach, or if you live in Mexico or some other third-world country, I don't believe you have the right to openly bitch about the price of gas. Reuse one or two of those bottles with water from the tap, with water from your refrigerator filter, or buy a stronger filter for your sink if those are not good enough for you. Stop being so spoiled! Not to mention the wastefulness of making the plastics and the un-greenness of it all, which is the least of my concerns. So that's the thought of the day.

I just started drinking BridgePort India Pale Ale brewed by Oregon's Oldest Craft Brewery, BridgePort Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. This is the second of four beers to come back from Texas (it's not available here in Florida). While having a difficult time loading their website in Firefox, I stumbled across quite a few references to this brewery being linked to the Gambrinus Company. Yep, they own this brand. Hopefully they've kept the traditional craft ideals and kept giant dad from intruding. Let's see.

There is a quite nice citrus and caramel aroma. Hoppy to start with a bit of pine and citrus flavors too. However, this beer doesn't have the grapefruit and astringency that a lot of IPA's have. It's more on the lighter side of the style, missing some kick and bite. Don't get me wrong, the hops are good and it is very nicely balanced. There is a little lemon as the beer progresses. Medium carbonation is right on. The finish and aftertaste leave a slight bitterness. Solid beer. Don't go to the effort my friend did to bring it to Florida, but if it's available where you live, it's worth a shot.

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traveler said...

Most third world countries have very messed up pricing policies - exchange rates, hyperinflation, and lack of local production all combine to create absurd prices. Then again, you make the best of it.

Venezuela, for example, has subsidized oil. This means that a liter of 95 octane gasoline is sold at a whopping US $ 0.05 per liter.

I don't recall the exact price of beer, but I know its very inexpensive. On the other hand, bottled water and milk are much more expensive, and sometimes even scarce.

So yes, its cheaper to fill up your gas tank and drive around while drinking a six pack (and you can do that) than to go purchase milk and bottled water. Nice priorities.

Beer Drinker said...

Hey Traveler. Thanks for the comment. I guess no one in Venezuela openly complains about the price of gas.