Weekly Mix Pack: Ecto Cooler, Westy 12, and Non-Pumpkin Fall Beers

By Brett Vanderbrook - Six fresh stories for you to crack open and enjoy!

We live in a world of instant gratification. We watch movies and TV shows on-demand, we eat fast food, and we surf the web at blisteringly fast speeds. So it only makes sense that a company would try to capitalize on this need for speed when it comes to beer delivery. Amazon's Prime Now service has launched in Seattle, and will be coming to other cities soon, bringing beer (and other less important stuff) to your door in two hours or less. Read all about it (and five other stories!) in our Weekly Mix Pack!

1. Tired Hands Brewing Releases Ecto Cooler Themed Beer
For those of you whose childhood fell somewhere in the late 80s/early 90s, you probably remember the Ghostbusters themed offering from Hi-C called Ecto Cooler. Tired Hands Brewery in Ardmore, PA cashed in on this nostalgia with a one-off brew called Necto Cooler, which was a sour wheat ale brewed with tangerines. Unfortunately you likely won't get a taste, since it sold out immediately, but perhaps with the upcoming Ghostbusters spin-off, we'll see a sequel to this beer?

2. Amazon Launches One Hour Drink Delivery Service
Amazon is already king when it comes to buying just about anything you could possibly want or need online. Their new service, Prime Now, will guarantee one-hour delivery on much of what they sell. This will include beer, wine, and spirits which should give some competition to already existing on-demand drinks delivery services like Drizly and Minibar. Sure beats going to the store!

3. Less-Than-Legal Ways to Get Your Hands on Westvleteren 12
OK, the title is a tad misleading. Nothing contained in the article is actually illegal, but beer lovers will go to incredible lengths to get their hands on Wetvleteren 12, one of the rarest, most sought-after beers on the planet. While the only place one should be able to buy it is at the Abbey, or the bar across the street, Westy 12 still finds its way onto the market, so there are definitely ways to get it...for a price.

4. What's the Difference Between Stout and Porter?
The short answer is all stouts are porters, but not all porters are stouts. The long answer is far more complicated, and mired in centuries of British politics and advancements in brewing science. These days, especially in America, the two styles are virtually interchangeable, but at one time there were important differences, economically and historically. No matter what you call it, though, it's hard to resist a pint of the roasted, toasted goodness of either.

5. 10 Fall Beers With Absolutely No Pumpkin in Them
2015 seems to be the year that pumpkin beers jumped the shark. The fact that they were released earlier than ever before probably plays a role in the backlash, but it seems that the "cool" thing to do this fall is to rebel against the spiced American standby. While I'm not necessarily on board with the pumpkin b(sm)ashing, this is still a decent list of Autumnal brews to try, and I think we can all agree Autumn is a pretty swell time of year for beer.

6. Blind Tasting 115 American DIPAs
"Best-of" lists are kind of an exercise in futility most of the time as they invariably rile people up when the list doesn't reflect their personal tastes. That's why I enjoy Paste Magazine's best-of lists, because they are always done blindly, meaning the tasters have no idea what they are drinking. The results are more objective and honest, without any bias given to hype or pre-conceived notions.
It's great to see some East Coast breweries placing so high on that Imperial IPA list, as it's a style that has mostly been dominated by the West Coast since it was essentially invented by Russian River Brewing Co. in the early 2000s. Heady Topper certainly was a game changer, but NY-based Grimm and Other Half are both cranking out trade-worthy IPAs with impressive regularity. And it just so happens that the New York beer scene will be explored in season three of Beer Geeks, which will be dropping this Fall! Get ready!

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