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New Jersey Craft Brewery Trolls Houston Astros With New Beer

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There might be a lot going on in the world these days but don’t think for a second that Major League Baseball fans have forgotten what the Houston Astros did.  Well, one northern New Jersey craft brewery certainly hasn’t forgotten and is reminding others with its latest beer release. 

For several seasons, the Astros allegedly stole signs using trash cans and electronic devices and it even helped the team capture its first-ever World Series Championship back in 2017.  The fallout to the scandal was huge, with coaches losing their jobs and fines placed on the team, though many thought the repercussions weren’t as stiff as they should be – especially given the fact that the players, many of whom were complacent in the whole ordeal, received no penalty.  And now, as baseball looks to get back on track as COVID-19 restrictions ease, Departed Soles Brewing Company announced a new release trolling the Astros and their cheating scandal.  

Trash Banger IPA, a brand new hazy effort from the Jersey City, New Jersey brewery, features Citra hops, and just a little milk sugar, in the whirlpool.  Then, according to the brewery’s Instagram post, Galaxy and Strata hops are added – 2017 grams per barrel, to pay tribute to the team’s tainted World Series title – to create a complex juicebomb perfect for any ballpark, or any cheater.  The label of the can features the very identifiable orange and yellow stripes, much like the Astros’ throwback uniforms from the 1980s, and makes sure to emphasize the 2017 grams of hops right on the front.

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Sometimes you need to bend the rules a little to Marwin the day, so we're up and at 'em a little earlier than we should be, getting a fresh new Hazy IPA in cans Justin time for a surprise Sunday release! Some of you may have already gotten the Signs that this was coming today, but beer releases are like a pitcher's arsenal, and you never really know what's coming and when… unless, of course, you cheat. When this pandemic first struck, much of our staff worked from home, while Brian rededicated himself to the Art of Brewing.. rewatching brewing school classes, reading new studies, and pouring over interviews, trying to Luhn(h)ow we could improve our efficiencies and processes. The result is a Fiers new approach to everything we do, from mashing in, to dry hopping, water treatments to canning, and everything in between. And, well, we don't mean to breg, man, but this new beer is Reddickulous, and you won't want to miss it! Brewed with Citra in our whirlpool, and given a touch of milk sugar for complexity, this juice bomb was twice dry hopped… first with more Citra, then with 2017 grams per barrel of Galaxy and Strata Hops… and just like an Asteroid, the flavor is out of this world! Like a craft beer Minute Made orange juice, to enjoy at a Park this fine day! Need some #TrashCanBanger in your life? Maybe Collin a favor with a friend if you're stuck in Correa, to have 'em pick you up some, or Cora ride share from Dallas to the brewery. If all else fails, throw a Belt & ran to the brewery, with a little Springer in your step, to be here at noon when we open up and release it to the world… Assuming our canning run goes off without a Hinch, 4 packs of this new #DefinitelyNotGlutenFree Banger will be available at noon for $17. Set your alarm to buzz, or tape an electrode to your chest to make sure you don't forget! The show Musgrove on! We're open from noon until 8pm, accepting same day delivery orders up until 4pm. Usual minimums, fees, etc. apply! Menu in story.

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Departed Soles was founded in 2015 by Brian Kulbacki who wanted to honor his friend, drinking buddy and fellow sneaker enthusiast who had passed away in a car accident years earlier, continuing to make him proud through delicious beer. Kulbacki strives to make a tap list as diverse as the location, with a spotlight on gluten free beer – and he even became the first brewer in American Brewers Guild history to focus on that specific style.

And, for just one last little jab at the Houston franchise, Departed Soles is charging $17 for a four-pack of 16-ounce pounder cans because, once again, of that 2017 title.  Trash Banger IPA is local to the New Jersey area but if you’re local too, the brewery is open for curbside pick-up or same day delivery.