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. // "My opponent and I are now in a deep situation of classical Monopoly. The torsion is almost perfect - Boardwalk and Park Place versus the brilliant reds." While it's fun to read new things, sometimes revisiting a classic is what the soul needs. John McPhee's "The Search for Marvin Gardens" is a must for me at least twice a year.
LOOK. // There's nothing I like more than tilt-shift photography: it's equal parts surrealism and perfect framing, with dashes of the humbling limitations of our perspective and vision.
DRINK. // Flying Dog Brewery's Bleacher Beer
Decorated like a retro-Baltimore Orioles player turned into a 16-oz. can, this no-frills Lager is exactly what it needs to be and nothing more. Saaz hops pop a touch, but generally it's a very easy base-rounder—ideal for hot summer baseball games and enough to wash away the pains of a crap season.
READ. // "God will decide, or Messi. No pressure, Leo. No pressure at all." This breakdown from a new study on "choking" by Yair Galily and Elia Morgulev comes just in time for the pressures of the World Cup.
LOOK. // Among other great studio musician groups of their time, the "Wrecking Crew" were the sound behind some of the greatest 1960s hits. This documentary about them recently aired on my local public television channel.
DRINK. // American Solera's Somebody Loves You In Copenhagen
This foeder-aged beer is the combination of two things I love very dearly: sour beer re-fermented on cherries and Frederiksdal cherry wine. Aged in barrels from the Danish cherry wine producer and further re-fermented on cherries, this beer hits all the right notes.
READ. // "You are the only one who wants to give up on you, and that is just because of your illness. No one else sees you the way that your illness is making you see yourself. Try to trust that." In light of some high-profile, celebrity suicides, and as someone who's had a life-long struggle with depression, this is an important read for those suffering—and the people who care about them.
LOOK. // It's one of my favorite Instagram accounts. Such a simple concept using old magazines and an X-Acto knife to bring an old medium to life in collage form.
DRINK. // Black Sands Brewery's Coral Isle Plum Saison
Bless Black Sands of San Francisco for serving alcohol before noon during their brunch service. I spent the previous day in Paso Robles at Firestone Walker's Invitational basting in the heat and sampling whatever I could get my hands on, which made this all the more enjoyable. Bright, prickly, and tart, it hits all best parts of a Saison but comes with an earthy, fruity finish from fermenting with plums. Oh, and it pairs well certain recreational activities recently legalized in the state of California.
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