Monday, January 18, 2010

Drafts from the Cultural Hub of the Midwest: He'Brew Lenny's Bittersweet RIPA

Web Stuff:  "Satire equals tragedy plus time."

Lenny Bruce

Emmis, Shmuck! 40 years alive. Over 40 years dead. And shares of Lenny Bruce commodities are still long-term performers - solid! Sure there's been books, posters, films, plays, a box set of course. But the big Four-O inspires innovation, something hip, modern - unorthodox - a taste that really swings...

Ladies and Gentlemen, Shmaltz Brewing Co. is proud to present Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. Brewed with an obscene amount of malts and hops. Shocking flavors - far beyond contemporary community standards. We cooked up the straight dope for the growing minyans of our nation's Radical Beer junkies. Judges may not be able to define "Radical Beer," but you'll damn well know it when you taste it. Bruce died, officially declared a pauper by the State of California, personally broken and financially bankrupt simply for challenging America's moral hypocrisies with words. The memorial playbill read: "Yes, we killed him. Because he picked on the wrong god." -Directed by, the Courts, the Cops, the Church... and his own self-destructive super ego. Like Noah lying naked and loaded in his tent after the apocalyptic deluge: a witness, a patron saint, a father of what was to come. Sick, Dirty, Prophetic Lenny: a scapegoat, a martyr, a supreme inspiration.

From Burlesque to Broadway, Carnegie Hall to the Courtroom, Long Island to Lima, Ohio to L.A. I've been to Lima. They're not drinking this beer in that town., savor the provocative spirit of Lenny's R.I.P.A., our HE'BREW monument to the richness, the bitterness and the sacred sweetness that is life... L'Chaim!

Blah, blah, blah.  Get to the beer!  This was a beer that'll knock you on your ass.  Drink it while sitting down.  The bottled version was part of the world tour.  When I ordered it, Flo the bartender asked if I had biked instead of driven.  A rare moment of care from a bitter Cleveland fan.  The draft version tastes hoppier than the bottled beer.

Grade: B+


  1. Glad you liked it. I had it about a year ago, and though it was just out of control and unbalanced. I'm all for pushing boundries, but this just didn't push the right buttons for me.

  2. I find that big beers like this vary from batch to batch. I don't find that to be a bad thing at all. It makes craft beer more like wine. Sometimes it's good, but from time to time, it's amazing. This beer has tasted different every time that I have had it.