YK Summer Mix Anniversary

Pal of mine Michael Eades used to host an annual Summer Mix series. It was before everyone was on streaming sites, so you would have to patch together a zip file of mp3s, or stitch something together and host if yourself.

This week marks the 10th anniversary of my 2012 submission which is absolutely crazy to think about. It still bangs, in case you were wondering.

I cooked it up in Spotify but a couple of crucial tracks are missing. It is still a strong listen but isn’t the same.

May 7th is a big day

Two great sports moments that bring me great joy happened on May 7th.

First, in 2016, Bartolo Colon hit his only MLB home run. That was a fun Mets team and Colon was a crowd favorite. The call of the homer is terrific.

And then, in 2019, Liverpool overcame a 0-3 deficit to beat Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal. I remember watching this one on a hacked stream at the office. It was impossible to contain the joy. This video is a compilation of the LFC radio crew calling the goals. I should have it cued to the “Corner taken quickly! Origi!” highlight with still gives me goosebumps.

Beer catchup

Reality Approaches from The Veil is a new IPA from them, brewed to celebrate their 6th anniversary.

The unusual grain profile (naked oats and raw wheat) creates a very different Veil IPA than I’m used to. I liked it.

Other Half Poetry Snaps is a tasty rice lager. Using rice as the grain really lightens the whole thing and it’s a perfect late spring/early summer beer.

Like they say in the description, it’s 100% super crushable.

Other Half Sixth Man Lager is in the more traditional lager style. You can see that it’s darker than the rice lager and it definitely has more weight.

I wouldn’t go all the way to crushable, but it is very, very drinkable.