Baseball fans may not be able to taunt the Houston Astros in ballparks across the United States this summer. But for those who disapprove of Houston’s sign-stealing can express those feelings with a beer from New Jersey.
Departed Soles Brewing Company, based in Jersey City, introduced a new beer named “Trash Can Banger” on Thursday, featuring a can that hearkens back to the Astros jerseys of the 1980s. What was the impetus for creating the beer? The answer is simple, according to owner and head brewer Brian Kulbacki.
“I’m not a fan of cheaters,” Kulbacki told NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty.
View this post on Instagram
Sometimes you need to bend the rules a little to Marwin the day, so we're up and at 'em a little earlier than we should be, getting a fresh new Hazy IPA in cans Justin time for a surprise Sunday release! Some of you may have already gotten the Signs that this was coming today, but beer releases are like a pitcher's arsenal, and you never really know what's coming and when… unless, of course, you cheat. When this pandemic first struck, much of our staff worked from home, while Brian rededicated himself to the Art of Brewing.. rewatching brewing school classes, reading new studies, and pouring over interviews, trying to Luhn(h)ow we could improve our efficiencies and processes. The result is a Fiers new approach to everything we do, from mashing in, to dry hopping, water treatments to canning, and everything in between. And, well, we don't mean to breg, man, but this new beer is Reddickulous, and you won't want to miss it! Brewed with Citra in our whirlpool, and given a touch of milk sugar for complexity, this juice bomb was twice dry hopped… first with more Citra, then with 2017 grams per barrel of Galaxy and Strata Hops… and just like an Asteroid, the flavor is out of this world! Like a craft beer Minute Made orange juice, to enjoy at a Park this fine day! Need some #TrashCanBanger in your life? Maybe Collin a favor with a friend if you're stuck in Correa, to have 'em pick you up some, or Cora ride share from Dallas to the brewery. If all else fails, throw a Belt & ran to the brewery, with a little Springer in your step, to be here at noon when we open up and release it to the world… Assuming our canning run goes off without a Hinch, 4 packs of this new #DefinitelyNotGlutenFree Banger will be available at noon for $17. Set your alarm to buzz, or tape an electrode to your chest to make sure you don't forget! The show Musgrove on! We're open from noon until 8pm, accepting same day delivery orders up until 4pm. Usual minimums, fees, etc. apply! Menu in story.
“Trash Can Banger” has attracted interest in both Los Angeles (the Dodgers were the aggrieved party in the 2017 World Series) and Texas, though Departed Soles is legally prohibited from shipping beer. However, Kulbacki, who identifies as a Marlins fan, plans to visit Texas after the coronavirus quarantine to brew a batch for charity. Kulbacki tried to put the beer on Cody Bellinger’s radar by tagging the Dodgers star in an Instagram post, though the National League’s reigning MVP has yet to respond.
The Trash Can Banger has a 5.4% ABV, and can currently only be bought in New Jersey. But Kulbacki hopes to find a Texas brewer to begin selling his beer in the Lone Star State.
“We’re all very big sports fans and we’re all desperate for sports to come back,” Kulbacki said. “We’re desperate for anything to talk about other than a pandemic right now. So we thought it was an opportune time to put out a beer.”