And the first item of the day is even more anniversary beers! What a twist, right? This week we're talkin' about a hoppy session ale called Ad Nauseam that we brewed for a late addition to the fest: Stryga! As for why they're a late addition, one of the other bands* had to bow out because of Reasons (they probably told us what those reasons were, but you know how it is) and our pals in Stryga jumped onboard ready to rock! Anyway the beer's gonna be in cans tomorrow and it's tasty as heck!
Anyway, in addition to giving us some of the most unusable beer names of all time,*** they told us they wanted a pumpkin stout so they could "take fall back from white girls." And while that is sound logic, we were faced with the prospect of releasing a pumpkin beer in November, to which we told them an extremely reasonable "fuck no" before finding a compromise (which was Dark Humor, the vanilla-cinnamon stout we released last year). BUT, what we've (mostly) managed to keep under our hats until now is that we saved part of that batch and aged it in a rum barrel so that we could brew a pumpkin**** stout this year and have it be a ridiculous rum-barrel-pumpkin-stout monstrosity and that's exactly what we did do and it's gonna be in bottles and on draft Friday, 8/26 and we're actually pretty proud of the end result and you should have some!
On Thursday (the 25th) it's not necessarily a "band" per se (though it might be? Unclear), because this is the night when our sound guy (who is a skilled musician, by the way. He's not just, like, some guy) is takin' the stage and doin' whatever he feels like (which may or may not include bringing other musicians onstage) and anyway we're expecting it to be a good time (paired with: Baby Monster sour brown)!
** For logistical reasons, we don't usually give bands much of a say in what their anniversary beer will be (unlike how we normally do band collabs), mostly in the interest of avoiding a weird/lopsided menu day-of. But since this wasn't a real anniversary beer, we figured it made sense to play it like a real collab.
*** Most of them are unprintable, but we are at some point going to use "All Hops are Bastards"
**** It was "brewed with pumpkin" in the sense that there was, in fact, some pumpkin in the room when we brewed it. We were gonna carry around a pumpkin during brewday, but it turns out those are hard to find in July.
***** We almost sent a cask of their beer as our entry to GBBF until we realized that it might not be the best idea to send a beer called "Blood Built Empire" to England