Brewery Riffs on Astros’ Sign-Stealing Scandal With Session IPA

Behold, the magnificently-named Trash Can Banger

Trash Can Banger
Jersey City brewery Departed Soles has gotten creative with their new beer.
Departed Soles
By Tobias Carroll / May 30, 2020 7:00 am

It seems like years ago that the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal dominated all things sports media-related. Looking back on it now, it feels like reading dispatches from a much simpler world — one where cheating scandals, rather than existential crises, were the biggest threat to a sport.

But now, there’s an appropriately surreal post-script to the whole thing, and it comes in the form of a stylish session IPA from a Jersey City brewery. That brewery is Departed Soles, whose offerings have included everything from homages to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to tributes to their local Major League Soccer team.

And now, Departed Soles has cast its gaze onto the sign-stealing scandal and created the gloriously-named Trash Can Banger session IPA. Writing for, Brendan Kuty writes that the idea came as the brewery’s owner, Brian Kulbacki, talked sports with the brewery’s staff.

“We’re desperate for anything to talk about other than a pandemic right now,” Kulbacki told Kuty. “So we thought it was an opportune time to put out a beer.” Among the ingredients? Milk sugar — and 2,017 grams of hops in each barrel.

As of earlier this week, Departed Soles reported on their Facebook page that they’d sold out of cans of the beer . But Kulbacki has plans to revive it when travel restrictions are lifted — and take it on the road.

[Kulbacki] said he’s already made post-pandemic plans to travel to Texas to brew a batch of the beer with a brewery there, where they can sell it to Astros fans and raise money for charity.

Beer fans getting together and raising money for a worthy cause? Sounds like a delicious win for all involved.

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