Jan. 30 2014 12:00 AM

I drink it so you don't have to, but you still probably should, though

hoppydaze
Hoppy Daze are here again
Photo courtesy of coronadobrewingcompany.com

Beer pairing is as much an art as a science. There's plenty of conventional wisdom to draw upon for complementary elements, but the reality is that some pairings curiously work better as they clash. So even with my lengthy tenure in this realm, I found myself struggling the other night to answer a simple proposition: What beer would pair best with blood-spattered Japanese kids?

It's not (quite) as horrible as it sounds. I was sitting down to watch Battle Royale for the first time, a Japanese movie set on a deserted island (somewhere deep in the Sea of Suspended Disbelief) where 42 students must kill one another to survive. The promise of that kind of ultraviolence can make a guy pretty parched, so I grabbed a Hoppy Daze, the seasonal Belgian IPA from Coronado Brewing Company, which was likewise an unknown to me. 

It's a bright, golden brew that produces a seemingly impenetrable head. Of course, I would have said the same of Oki up until he took that axe to the dome. Streams of carbonation flush through its center like blood from Megumi's carotid artery, delivering a deeply floral and somewhat dank aroma. The flavor is a melange of peaches and grapes, as bright and sharp as Mitsuko's kama blades. The finish abruptly jumps that track and steers it toward Funkytown, offering a more floral tone and a yeasty, somewhat vegetal finale that unfortunately just has no analog in Battle Royale. I was doing so well there for a while, too.

While the pairing was mostly one derived by circumstance, it was a pretty apt one. Just as Battle Royale attempted to merge violent mayhem with teen melodrama (*cough* Hunger Games* cough*), the Hoppy Daze bridges two styles that should practically have little to do with one another. Neither one would ordinarily pique my interest as described, and yet I found myself enjoying them just the same. I wouldn't coin either as a classic, but I'd be happy enough to revisit each again.

Calendar

  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
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