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Baseball is back and so am I!  I’ve had difficulty finding inspiration for posts lately, but this is definitely an occasion that has me excited.  Although I have some very mixed feelings on whether or not the time is right for the sport to return, it does make me happy to see games again.  As I’ve said here before, the MLB season is the soundtrack to my summer, sometimes in the background and sometimes blaring front and center but it’s always there.  To help welcome it back in true BeerRantsAndBooks style, I paid a visit to my friendly neighborhood brewers at Idle Hands to no contact pickup a pair of baseball themed brews!

My beverages of choice were a pair of brews named Short Season and Backwards K.  I started out with the 6.0% Short Season, a NEIPA brewed with Sabro and Galaxy hops.  It poured to a bright, cloudy pale yellow body fully capped by thin white foam.  It featured a distinct base of pale malt and oats beneath a sweet tropical haze and a low-key bitterness that mixed in just a hint of spiciness.  Overall I’d say this was a fine beer, but I was perhaps expecting a bit more from it.  I think if the malt backbone just a bit more subdued this would have been a real winner.

Batting second was Backwards K, another NEIPA that checked in at a slightly higher 7.3%.  Brewed to emphasize the glory of Mosaic hops, it poured a darker/more amber tinged color yellow with a thin layer of foam covering the top.  It had an invitingly sweet aroma followed up by smooth tastes of melon, berry, and tropical fruits.  It finished with a mild bitterness that followed perfectly from the front end of the beer.  This was the star of the night for me and one that you definitely don’t want to get caught looking on.  Check it out if have the chance!

Well, that’s it for now.  Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy out there!