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.
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.