Good Beer Hunting


073. Read.Look.Drink.

These are the words, images, and beers that inspired the GBH collective this week. Drinking alone just got better, because now you're drinking with all of us.

image by  Matthieu Paley

READ. // "Gawker began as a crusade to save journalism. Like its alternative predecessors, Gawker challenged the processed wire copy and objective norms of standardized news content with pieces that could be opinionated, sensationalistic, and occasionally bizarre." I miss it so much.

LOOK. // I spent a little time in Chattanooga this weekend soaking up the weird, wonderful world of Wayne White. He's worked for and with Pee Wee Herman, the Smashing Pumpkins, and Art Spiegelman, amongst many others. All the while, he's kicked against the system and never taken himself too seriously. His delightful Wayne-O-Rama exhibit is going until Sept. 30.

DRINK. // Bearded Iris Brewing's Homestyle IPA
Also while in Chattanooga, I found myself returning to this smooth-and-juicy India Pale Ale from Nashville's Bearded Iris. Our Airbnb was walking distance to a bottle shop that had four-pack tallboys of this stuff, and I simply couldn't get enough. I guess I need to get back to Music City soon.

READ. // "British colonists viewed the train as a harbinger of progress—a tool to abolish the caste system and forge a capitalist society. Instead, it evolved into a space that was invariably Indian: beauty and chaos in tandem." While this is about taking a train through India, and it's accompanied by photos that transport you there, it inspired me to think about my own relationship with time.

LOOK. // I've never looked at bread (and snakes) from a sculptural viewpoint until I found Lexie Smith's Instagram account.

DRINK. // Miskatonic Brewing Company's Catchpenny
A perfect beer as I mentally transition from summer to fall. It's still warm in Chicago, but I've been been wearing flannels—I'm putting it out there to the universe that I'm ready for cooler days. This rye ale is refreshing and light, but balanced with a subtle rye spice character that reminds me of the best parts of the impending season.

READ. // "A sign in the exhibit reads, 'Who has power, who does not, how one can acquire power, and how power should be used—all of these pervade Butler's work.' The white mothers in the exhibit do not know who Octavia is. They do not know her power, or mine. They were not asked to leave." I've long understood the privileges I have as a white women living well above the poverty line. But until I read this powerful piece by Cecilia Caballero, I don't think I'd ever truly felt them. The ease with which I'm able to move through this world is invisible to me most days, but this was a haunting reminder.

LOOK. // Color Factory is a pop-up interactive exhibit in San Francisco featuring work by Jacob Dahlgren, Tom Stayte, Geronimo Balloons, Tosha Stimage, Stanton Jones, Andrew Neyer & Andy J. Miller, Carissa Potter, Jessica Hische, Rebecca Wright, Randi Brookman Harris, Leah Rosenberg and Erin Jang. And it's all over my Instagram account. You'll see why.

DRINK. // Bell's Brewery's Oatsmobile
After working through a fridgeful of ciders and farmhouse ales collected from various trips out East, all I wanted was a simple, sessionable Pale Ale. This one's slightly more full-bodied than most, with some light honey flavor from the oats. At 4.3% ABV, it's easy to drink. Two of them, even, straight from the can. While watching the Game of Thrones season finale.

Curated by
The GBH Collective