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Like most writing jobs where travel is involved, you sometimes find yourself being shipped out to strange locales that wouldn't normally be your first choice in visiting for a story. This is the situation I found myself in not so long, long ago as Jay decided that I should broaden my beer knowledge by heading out to the desolate planet of Tatooine and checking out the Mos Eisley Cantina to see what out of this world brews were being served on tap.
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There's not much to say about the harsh desert planet Tatooine. It's located way out on the Outer Rim, mostly run by vile slug-like gangsters known as Hutts and orbits not one, but TWO giant suns. With my hatred of Louisiana summers, you obviously know this wouldn't be my first choice of places to visit. Besides kicking back on a Saturday afternoon to watch the local podraces, the Mos Eisley Cantina (located in Mos Eisley NOT Mos Espa as most people think) is the only other place with some entertainment and cold brews.
As I made my way through the doors of the very smoky and dimly lit cantina, I took a look around at the local and not-so-local clientele. Everyone from smugglers to criminals and other various rogues filled the cramped spaces at the bars and tables. Totally a wretched hive of scum and villany. As I made my way to the bar I noticed The Modal Nodes, a popular touring band from the planet Bith, were about to kick off their first set. I'd heard nothing but good things about these guys so I was super excited to hear them.
As I waited for the bartender to finish washing some glasses I surveyed the taps and noticed the selection ranged from local brews like the Dewback Dry Ale from Binary Suns Brewing, Far Far Away IPA from Allendale Brewing all the way to Sierra Nevada's The Empire Strikes Black, a hefty 9.8% Imperial Stout that pulls no punches.
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While figuring out what to order, I noticed this impatient blond kid rudely tugging at the bartenders shirt to get his attention. The nerve of some people. I thought to myself, he'd better watch himself doing stuff like that in here. You could easily lose a limb with this kind of crowd.
After a few minutes I finally made my choice and went with the That's No Moon Treetop Pale Ale from Twin Moon Brewing Company located over on the forest moon of Endor. This tasty 6.5% ale goes down smooth with just the right amount of bitterness from the Corellian, Bespin and Yavin hops. Before I could get my phone out to log this brew into Untappd though that pesky blond kid seemed to have picked a fight with an angry walrus-looking guy and his pal.
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I had to get out of the way before...hey is that a lightsaber? Uh oh, I've got a bad feeling about this. WHOA! Down goes walrus man missing a right arm. This looked like a good time for me to finish my beer and head back to the hangar and catch the next cruiser back home. I also need to remember to have a talk with that scruffy looking nerf herder of a boss about where he plans on sending me next time.
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