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. // Glover is happily missing much of the stifling bravado that weighed down far too many male African American performers in, say, the 1990s. He’s in touch with all his feelings, and he seems to think everyone else should be too." Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino AKA The New Hardest Working Man in Show Business is unconventional, in so many ways, and that's precisely why he's killing it right now.
LOOK. // A quick glance at Matt Johnson's Wood Sculpture series is confusing. A longer meditation doesn't clear anything up. You see, all of the mundane objects—cardboard boxes, styrofoam packing, bags of concrete—are actually carved out of solid wood. But with all of the intricate details meticulously accounted for, and the uncanny sense of gravity he achieves, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was just a bunch of trash.
DRINK. // Night Shift Brewing Morph IPA (Batch 1/12/17)
I was in Boston slurping oysters when a guy came in with a handful of cans. He put them on the bar, shook the bartender's hand, then left. The owl was unmistakeable, but there wasn't any Night Shift on the menu. I asked the server. He got a bit cagey then talked to his manager. I'm not sure what was said but the next thing I knew the server was back with a wry smile and fresh can of Morph. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It was fantastic.
READ. // “We’re our own worst enemies." The headline of this story will raise the ire of beer geeks, but voices of Montana farmers tell the real tale: they were really good at their job and now there are unfortunate financial ramifications.
LOOK. // Who needs viral videos, anyway? Step aboard this Internet spaceship that brings you the least viewed videos of the past week, "unnamed, unedited, and unseen by anyone but YOU."
DRINK. // Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
The classic now comes in six-packs and still costs less than Sculpin. I've had conversations with people knocking this Barleywine because it's only 9.6% ABV (do you even BJCP, bro?) but I'd argue it helps the pine of the hops shine through. Like North Coast's Old Rasputin, it's one of those wonderful beers we take for granted simply because we can find it easily. More for me.
READ. // "Like many of its fellow Americans, the bald eagle apparently prefers white meat." Wyatt Williams is the chicken whispering pride of Atlanta, but his first piece for The New York Times is an intriguing one about a different legendary bird.
LOOK. // What do you do when the subject of your music video bails on the video itself? If you're director Ryan Staake, this is the hilarious result.
DRINK. // Burial Beer Company's Skillet Donut Stout
Don't tell the bossman, but coffee beers have been bumming me out lately. Far too often, they're unbalanced or harsh or otherwise pedestrian. Luckily, these Ashevillians recently started distributing to Atlanta. Skillet Donut Stout is smooth and sweet, slightly-but-not-annoyingly thin, and packed full of java. Plus, it comes in a totally metal tallboy. Speaking of which, this is the last of my four pack, so if you'll excuse me...
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