Day 2 of Beerbecue Daycare found the Haybag at home teleworking. And the day started unceremoniously, as 2.0 awoke and loudly announced the results of her overnight diaper stress-test. Her insistent babbling translated to something like: Wakey, wakey, suckers. This piss-brick ain’t gonna change itself.
I didn’t break away for a beer until afternoon, but this gave me a chance to eat lunch with the Haybag. During lunch, 2.0 appeared to be working on a serious deuce. I didn’t think she had consummated the deal, though. And afterwards, the Haybag plucked 2.0 out of her chair and offered to go change her before getting back to work (presumably thinking it was just a wet D). Good thing for me. The Haybag ended-up changing the baby work-product that resulted from this face:
Clean baby in hand, 2.0 and I headed to Rustico for a Port City Derecho Common. Port City is a local brewery that I am proud to pimp. Their beers are all dependable and some are quite good. Derecho came about last year after a freak derecho storm rolled through the area knocking everyone’s power out. Actually, our neighborhood didn’t go out. Everyone around us did. Oh well…don’t hate the playa. Hate the grid.
Port City had it especially bad, though. Their power ended up being out for 5 days, it was hotter outside than two bears in a treehouse, and they had 60-barrel tank of Downright Pilsner that would have preferred to ferment at 50 degrees. They eventually tracked down a big-ass generator, but not before the $20,000 worth of Downright Pilsner was not really Downright Pilsnery anymore.
Undeterred, they released it as a California Common (one could call it a Steam Beer if they wanted an IP bitch-slap from Anchor Brewing). California Common is a lager, like Downright, but it is fermented at higher temps…which, is what they did in California in the mid- to late- 1800s if they didn’t have refrigeration to get knocked out.
Oddly enough, the other day when Port City had a Derecho Common release party to commemorate the power going out a year ago, there was a big storm and the power went out. Luckily, it was back on by the next morning.
Derecho pours an unfiltered-looking pale gold with a delicate, but persistent, white head. The smell doesn’t bring the same bag-of-Noble-hops aroma as Downright, perhaps a little more Pilsnery malt and lager yeast character. The hop character isn’t absent from the taste, though. It has a pleasant bitter and spicy finish that builds as you work your way to the bottom of the glass (I would even say moreso than Downright). It’s a nice, crisp, and drinkable beer, but not one that you forget you’re drinking. And at 4.8 percent, it’s fine to pound a second one when you get your kid to take a bar nap.
The Haybag: I don’t buy that you didn’t smell that nasty D. And C totally smelled like a bar when you brought her home. Beerbecue Daycare is sketchy.