Good Beer Hunting


109. 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.


READ. // "The sovereign ego, with all its armaments and fears, its backward-looking resentments and forward-looking worries, was simply no more." So says Michael Pollan—a man perhaps better known for writing about the sort of mushrooms used in the culinary world—in the midst of a guided psilocybin trip. The piece, while cataloging his individual experience, paints a wide-ranging picture of the shamanistic doctors trying to make psychedelic drugs mainstream.

LOOK. // 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's magnum opus, 2001: A Space Odyssey. To commemorate the occasion, champion of celluloid, Christopher Nolan, premiered an unrestored 70mm version of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. Even better, that same, unrestored 70mm version will be making the rounds in select theaters throughout the U.S.

DRINK. // The Veil Brewing Company's dieyoung Kellerbier
On a recent trip to Richmond, I brought back a 4-pack of this beer along with three 4-packs of an assortment of DIPAs/TIPAs from The Veil. In hindsight, I could've used some more dieyoung. It drank a little bit like a Banquet, but much more elevated and nuanced and complex. It was a fun exercise for my palate to explore those familiar flavors in entirely new ways.

READ. // "Chiles provide another sensual path of information during eating, one that is independent of the primary flavors: sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. Chiles create breaks in the continuous flow of chemical-neural paths of the primary tastes. Contrary to popular belief, these chile spaces do not block other flavors but they rather help us perceive them better." Mark Miller looks at how spice affects the complex action that is "taste."

LOOK. // Armed with his iPhone, Ryan Pernofsky captures the mind-bending array of colors and forms created by waves breaking in the sunlight.

DRINK. // Kros Strain Brewing's Helles Creek
This light, extremely drinkable Helles was a welcome find while navigating a weekend full of family, graduations, and Mother's Day. With its clean malt profile, a hint of sweetness, and a restrained hop profile, I look forward to working this beer into my rotation during return trips back home.

READ. // "I took a sharp experimental inhalation and nearly jumped. It felt as if a tiny ghost had rushed out of the vaporizer and slapped me on the back of my throat." At 29, I'm already far too old to fit in Juul's target demographic, but Jia Tolentino's recent long read about the rise of this vaping juggernaut was in turns fascinating, hilarious, and kinda troubling.

LOOK. // As the weather warms, I don't just want to admire artist and illustrator Jean Jullien's bright and beachy paintings—I want to find a way to live inside of them.

DRINK. // Hoof Hearted Brewing's Don't Microwave It, Don't Boil It
Speaking of bright and beachy, this collaboration Sour IPA, brewed with Asheville's DSSØLVR, has it all: questionable label art, the aroma of a scented candle, and the hue of a tube of Lip Smackers. Purportedly made with raspberries, lime zest, Tahitian vanilla, and lactose, it tasted, honestly, like melted Skittles. Did I like it? Well, it certainly stood out from the other cans that Matt Curtis muled back from America.

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The GBH Collective