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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What’s the Difference?

posted by on June 18 at 17:28 PM

At my barbecue last weekend we had some local Mongoose IPA to drink. But when I looked at the label, I was baffled:


This is obviously a picture of a meerkat—I know all about it from watching Meerkat Manor. Copy editors are picky about these types of things. Granted, meerkats are adorable—but what the hey? THEN I found out that a meerkat is a type of mongoose. A learning moment, thanks to beer.

Now please enjoy this photo of meerkat babies:


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all of my learning moments are due to beer. seriously, who knew not to bang your head against a brick fireplace yelling yahtzee.

Posted by vooodooo84 | June 18, 2008 5:51 PM

All my learning moments are from Eurovision and football (the kind where you use your feet). Which do often involve beer...

Posted by Abby | June 18, 2008 6:07 PM

I love Meerkats! And I have loved Mongooses since I saw Chuck Jones' Rili-Tiki-Tavi when I was but a child. Goes to show how unobservant I am. I need a beer.

Posted by elswinger | June 18, 2008 6:56 PM

and i learned that the plural of mongoose is "mongeese."

Posted by ellarosa | June 18, 2008 7:31 PM

Lemur Kingdom > Meerkat Manor

Posted by bobcat | June 18, 2008 7:39 PM

My ex-boyfriend brought some Mongoose IPA over to my apartment one night. He only drank one and then avoided the rest on every subsequent visit. After we broke up, I drank one, hoping to consume and get rid of them. I then found out why he wouldn't touch any of the other five.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 18, 2008 10:32 PM

I've never understood why they didn't call it Meerkat IPA if they thought the mongoose on the label was off-putting (OK, so I'm assuming that last bit).

Posted by Katie B | June 18, 2008 11:32 PM

European football (soccer) without beer is like a bear without fur.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 18, 2008 11:49 PM

Everything by Hale's is made of win. My favorite is Red Menace.

Posted by Greg | June 19, 2008 8:28 AM

for the longest time I thought they were called meekrats.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 19, 2008 8:38 AM

"I then found out why he wouldn't touch any of the other five."


Bill Jenkins head brewer of Big Time -does- brew a seasonal "Meerkat IPA" as a nod to Mongoose IPA (and the label) which he had a hand in creating when he was at Hales. Someone on the Meerkat Manor production team found out about Meerkat IPA and paid Bill to send over several cases of Bombers* for their season three launch party.

*Though the beer was labeled as 'Meerkat IPA' the bottles actually contained Scarlet Fire (another IPA) as Bill haden't brewed Meerkat IPA in months. Don't tell anyone.

Posted by deeplennon | June 19, 2008 8:48 AM

too many fucking hops. could american microbrewers please learn to approximate a decent european lager?

Posted by max solomon | June 19, 2008 9:34 AM

While they are many excellent European lagers, if you're refering to any you'll find at a Safeway (Becks, Heinekin, Stella Artois, Harp) then your answer is American brewers already have approximated it. It's called Budweiser. I'll give you Pilsner Urquell, but not by much.

Posted by deeplennon | June 19, 2008 10:14 AM

This reminds me of something Megan Seling would post, minus the beer of course.

Posted by Scottie Yahtzee | June 19, 2008 11:44 AM

I also love Meerkat Manor, and the American Hobbit's strangely placid narration. A little baby meerkat gets eaten and he intones, soothingly, "nature at its rawest" before segueing to something cuter. Love love love.

Also, I suspect his immersion in this matriarchal society is responsible for his support of Hillary Clinton; his incoherent pitch at the 43rd LD caucus gave nothing else to go on.

Posted by Phoebe | June 19, 2008 12:05 PM

@12 -- You are a fucking jackass. Not only are there a huge number of domestic craft breweries doing high-quality low IBU lagers and ales, there are a bunch of local breweries producing great stuff. Try Baron, Alpine, Georgetown, Laughing Buddha, Elysian to name a few...

You probably drink Stella, right? Fucking frat-boy phillistine.

P.S. We stopped using the word "microbrews" in around 1989. Might want to get rid of your Jesus Jones cassette tapes as well.

Posted by Drink Local, You Dildo | June 19, 2008 3:39 PM

A philistine wouldn't drink shitty over-priced microbrews, you idiot.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 20, 2008 10:10 AM

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