Spring is here and the birds are on the way. I’m so excited for warm weather birding, I could drink a beer. So I will. Care to join?
My goal today and in the future is to bring a balanced pairing to you, of a delightful beer and bird. I can’t promise the correlation will always be clear, but we will hopefully get to the bottom of a pint together.
As most birders do, my wife and I have a number of feeders set up around our house. We have a few strategically placed just off of our deck, near a kitchen window. On a sunny and not terribly frigid day last week, I heard a pleasant sounding call from outside the kitchen window. I stepped onto the deck and found a stunning male House Finch wooing the females nearby. Across the lower 48 states, these birds can be found visiting feeders year round. Now that breeding season is coming near, the males are beginning to be much more vocal, as well as competing for who can wear the most vibrant ensemble.
Their hue inspired me… to go to my refrigerator. I had a perfect pairing. I enjoy having a beverage while editing photos so I grabbed one of the latest releases from 450 North Brewing Co. A heavily Fruited Sour beer, Double Raspberry Jam Slushy XL, is one of many limited release from these divine beings of brewing.
They typically have a new release of multiple beers every 3-4 weeks. A bit thick with raspberry pulp, the initial feeling is sweet jam. But, before you are fully aware, the tart-triggered tingling in the back corners of your mouth takes over. A bit like a biting lemonade on a spring afternoon. But better…because it’s beer. A treat equal parts tasty & refreshing, combined with an ABV of 8%, this is a scary good libation.
450 North Brewing Co. sells out of their canned Slushys within hours, each release. However, they do regularly have them on tap. The 450 North Brewery & Brix Haus Restaurant just outside of Columbus, IN has some killer hand-tossed brick-oven pizza as well. I visit this location way too often for living an hour away, but it’s worth the drive every time.
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Beer Info –
Brewery – 450 North
Location – 450 North Brewing Company – 8111 E 450 N, Columbus, IN 47203
Beer – Double Raspberry Jam Slushy XL
Style – Slushy
ABV – 8%
Untappd Rating – 4.50/5
URL – www.450NorthBrewing.com
Bird Photo Info –
Species – House Finch
Nikon 850 / Sigma (C) 150-600mm lens
1/1000s @ F6.3. ISO 320 – 600mm
Handheld – No Flash
Location – Greenfield, Indiana
Date – March, 2019