The Modern Times Beer Blog

Coming to Anaheim in 2017: Leisuretown

on Oct 28,2016 - 23 Comments -

We are stoked out of our frickin’ minds to announce the next major research facility in our ongoing investigation into the art of partying: Leisuretown. Prepare your mind, body, and soul for a garden of earthly delights that will span over 31,927 square feet in downtown Anaheim.

We’ve been covertly working with the geniuses at The LAB (the urban development masterminds behind the Anaheim Packing District, LAB Anti-Mall, and the CAMP) to create a mind-bending craft beer mecca such as the world has never seen. Here’s what we’ve got planned:

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What 'Selling Out' Is Actually About

on Sep 06,2016 - 87 Comments -

Anheuser-Busch InBev is in the midst of a PR push, the goal of which is to soften resistance to their craft brewery acquisition strategy. Sadly, credulous beer writers aren't asking any of the right questions, so I feel a need to respond.

The sacrificial lamb in this takedown is Aaron Goldfarb's recent piece for Serious Eats entitled, "What 'Selling Out' Allows a Craft Brewery to Do.” I'm picking this one because it covers most of the bases on this issue, which makes it convenient.

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Some Thoughts on the New Year-Rounds

on Mar 09,2016 - 29 Comments -

Releasing 3 new year round beers was a thing. A major thing. A thing that consumed much of the time, energy, and brainpower of many of the people in this building. These beers also embody our collective approach to decision-making better than anything else we've made. Let me explain.

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New Year-Round Bombers: City of the Dead

on Feb 29,2016 - 3 Comments -

City of the Dead represents the divine union of our barrel-aged coffee program and our relentlessly inventive brewhouse. "WTF is barrel-aged coffee?" Good question, here's how we make it.

When we started realizing the incredible depth of delicious complexity we were able to get out of barrel-aged coffee beans, it was a pretty short step to: "We should totally put this in beer." A couple of casks of Black House w/ barrel-aged beans later, and we were convinced that this definitely had to be a thing.

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New Year-Round Bombers: Orderville IPA

on Feb 21,2016 - 5 Comments -

If we had a nickel for every time someone said "You should make (insert preferred Modern Times seasonal IPA here) year round!", we'd have, like, so many goddamn nickels. Of course we'd love to make City of the Sun or Booming Rollers year round, but unless you've got a few truckloads of Citra & Motueka to sell us, it ain't happening.

It did, however, get us thinking. Was it even possible to make a year-round IPA that rivaled the standard of bomb-diggityness set by our seasonals without putting ourselves into a impossible hop-sourcing bind? At this point, the idea of beating the IPA boss on "Hard" mode became too intriguing to ignore.

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