Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Sgt. Pepper Shipment

As a loyal voter on The Battle Of The Bands on various blogs, I recently won the Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band CD from Stephen T. McCarthy, a man willing to sacrifice his liver for my cap collection.  Thus I was not surprised that, as I fought mightily with the packaging the above CD came in, I felt a gentle thunk on my foot, and then heard a rattling sound.  No, I hadn't broke the CD; he had sent more lovely caps my way.

The first three up there we covered earlier; the fourth, a Bud Light Lime with an actual lime twist pictured on it, Scrappy helped me find a while back.  The next 8 are the ones that rode the Beatles express from Arizona, Land Of The Rainbow Shades.  (There was also a Blue Moon and a Shiner I already had.) 

The lone newbie on the top row is from Coronado Brewing, not surprisingly out of Coronado, CA (Which is smack in the middle of San Diego Harbor).  It is a mermaid with a round of beers (which I stupidly didn't recognize at first- DESPITE the fact it belongs to a Mermaid Red Ale.)  Starting off row 2 is my third different color from Alaska Brewing;  Beside him is an El Toro, from wine country in Morgan Hill, CA, south of San Jose.  My second Smithwicks is next, followed by Boulder Beer.  Founded in a goat shed outside Boulder, CO, way back in 1979, this offering from Colorado's first micro was a Kinda Blue Blueberry Wheat, which I might have to look up this spring (when the website says it comes out:  around March-April).

My third Abita is next, this is from their Harvest series, and is flavored with Pecans, of all things.  Leading off the bottom row is an offering from Epic Brewing, one of the many startups once Utah allowed them in 2008.  This came from a Hopulent IPA- something that is nowhere near my taste wheelhouse, sorry.  Finally, we have a Mendecino Red Tail Ale.  Founded in the early eighties, their first claim to fame was "the world's largest six-pack"- six magnum bottles that contained 50 ounces each and packaged out at 42 lbs.!  Impressive, but I wonder what a six-pack of the old Oktoberfest Gallon cans would have came in at...


  1. Hi Martin,
    Nice to be here,
    Very interesting piece.
    Thanks for dropping by.
    Have a Blessed day,
    Season's Greetings too!!

  2. Very cool. I hope Stephen found a liver donor.
    Happy Holidays.

  3. Congratulations on winning the caps. My parents collect exotic bottles and have an interesting collection from around the world.