Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset: A Brief Conversation With a Bartender

This past weekend, I met a couple of friends down at Juke’s Ale Works in Elkhorn, NE. It was my first time visiting this craft brew hall and I have to say it has a good atmosphere. It’s located in downtown Elkhorn, which I didn’t even know existed until a few days ago. This is the kind of area that looks like the Old Market of Omaha or many other old midwestern/plains area former trade centers that have now shifted to mostly an array of bars and restaurants.

I’m at the bar ordering from the vast selection of in-house brews. I ended up with an IPA called I‘m Quite Aware We’re Dying, which was pretty good. I got to talk to one of the bartenders there who noticed I was wearing my Modest Mouse shirt. I told him I had seen them at the Maha Festival a few years ago where they were the headliner that year. He then told me he had one of the beers there named after their song “Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset”, in which he said the beer was simply called Pretty Sunset. He said they partially named it that because he wanted it to be where if someone gave it a bad rating on Untappd, the reviewer would then be “talking shit about a Pretty Sunset”.

I definitely got a good laugh out of that one. One of the things I love about craft beer is the various names the beers receive. They’re always unique and sometimes even colorful. It was good to hear the backstory to one of those brews.

Zipline Milk Stout 🍺

Name: Milk Stout
Style: Milk Stout
Brewer: Zipline - Lincoln, NE
ABV: 5.8%
IBU: -
Rating: 4.3/5
Notes: Chocolatey with a hint of coffee on the backend. Very smooth.

Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier Dunkel 🍺

Name: Hefeweissbier Dunkel
Style: Dunkleweisen
Brewer: Weihenstephan - Frieberg, Germany
ABV: 5.3%
IBU: 14
Rating: 4/5
Notes: From the world’s oldest brewery. What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest!

White Elm Copperpot 🍺

Name: Copperpot
Style: Milk Stout
Brewer: White Elm - Lincoln, NE
ABV: 8%
IBU: -
Rating: 4/5
Notes: White Elm Brewing out of my current home of Lincoln, NE has a reputation of nailing the flavors they’re trying to replicate in a beer. Take their Permanent Saturday, a Key Lime IPA which is brewed with actual graham crackers. It takes like fucking key lime pie.

With Copperpot, they sought out to make a rocky road milk stout. And yeah, they nailed it. Ultra smooth and slightly sweet. I’m definitely getting chocolate, almonds, and marshmallows with this one. Well done.

My First Attempt At Making a Black &... Copper

Black and tans are one of my favorite cocktails of any kind, much less a beer cocktail. I still had a couple cans of Guinness in the fridge along with a local brew from Zipline called Copper Alt. So, why not make a black and… copper.

Since I don’t have a proper spoon, it was a little messy. And of course, since it’s Cascadia Day, why not make it in my Mt. Rainier (aka Tacoma) glass? Over all, not a bad first take.

Deschutes ‘19 JubelAle 🍺

Name: ‘19 JubelAle
Style: Winter Ale
Brewer: Deschutes - Bend, OR
ABV: 6.7%
IBU: 65
Rating: 3.8/5
Notes: Classic spiced winter ale, but not over-spiced like some. I could see this paring well with Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

I’ve been saving this Omnipollo Mudcake Imperial Stout for a special occasion and I finally have one.


Thunderhead Chocolate Orange Porter 🍺

Name: Chocolate Orange Porter
Style: Porter
Brewer: Thunderhead - Kearney, NE
ABV: 6%
IBU: -
Rating: 3.5/5
Notes: It’s dark chocolate more than anything else. I can smell the orange in it but I’m not really tasting it. I’m kinda bummed by that, to be honest. When you name something “chocolate orange”, I expect one of those chocolate oranges you see at Christmas time.

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch 🍺

Name: Beer Geek Brunch
Style: Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Brewer: Mikkeller - København, Denmark
ABV: 10.9%
IBU: 25
Rating: 4.25/5
Notes: This is basically really good chocolate in a glass.

beer geek brunch

Code Red Ale 🍺

Name: Red Ale
Style: Red Ale
Brewer: Code - Lincoln, Nebraska
ABV: 6.2%
IBU: 48
Rating: 3.7/5
Notes: Definitely malty. Not a bad effort though.


I’m the guy who orders an Irish beer at a Greek restaurant. 🍺

Wearing what may be my favorite t-shirt to work today. 🐻 🍺

White Elm Permanent Saturday 🍺

Name: Permanent Saturday
Style: IPA
Brewer: White Elm - Lincoln, NE
ABV: 5.8%
IBU: -
Rating: 4/5
Notes: Plugged as a key lime pie IPA, it’s more key lime than pie. That said, it’s delicious. I want this around the home.

Permanent Saturday

White Elm Scoop 🍺

Name: Scoop
Style: Nitro Golden Ale
Brewer: White Elm - Lincoln, NE
ABV: 5.7%
IBU: -
Rating: 3.5/5
Notes: Easy drinking, obviously smoothed out from being nitro’d. Almost has a honey flavor on the backend.


Left Hand Milkshake 🍺

Name: Milkshake
Style: IPA
Brewer: Left Hand - Longmont, CO
ABV: 7%
IBU: -
Rating: 4/5
Notes: Advertised as having orange and vanilla flavors, I pick up the orange more. Overall smooth.

Milkshake IPA