Non-Alcoholic IPA Reviews Redux

A little while back I wrote up some reviews of non-alcoholic IPAs.  The first set or reviews is here, and none of them beat Athletic Brewing’s – Run Wild IPA, my favorite from last time (though two come close).

As far as the beers themselves, first off, these are all way better than O’Douls, Kaliber, etc.  I would drink my least favorite of these any day before I ever ordered another Kaliber.  

Once things are back to normal and we can go out again, I do hope that restaurants and bars start to expand their selection to sell some of these brews.  And though I didn’t like all of the ones I have tried, some of them are great, and I am glad that all of them are creating a product that has been missing in the marketplace.

Over the next few months I also am thinking about trying some more of the non-alcoholic gins that are out there.  So maybe we’ll see a review of those at some point.

Pilot Program Single Hop IPA
Available at: Athletic Brewing
Probably $12.99 per six pack (not currently available), free shipping on orders of two or more six packs

This is now the third Athletic product I have tried.  It is hard to top their flagship Run Wild IPA, but this is still a high quality beverage.  It doesn’t have the same full body, but still maintains a subdued refreshing bitterness.  It has an aroma of grapefruit which is enjoyable, without being overpowered by a grapefruit taste.  If you want a good variety of brews to try (and this one come back around) it is worth checking out.

Milkshake IPA
Available at: Surreal Brewing
$12.99 per six pack

Interesting flavor bouquet. Has a strong flavor of cloves with hints of vanilla. Wouldn’t really compare it to a milkshake more of a chai tea latte.  Also lacks a little in fullness. It was a nice change of pace from the more typical IPAs.

Juicy Mavs Hazy IPA
Available at: Surreal Brewing
$12.99 per six pack

I do really like the main hop flavor on this one. It has the right mix of citrus and bitter and has been my favorite of the three Surreal products I have tried. However, it really is just that one flavor, so it lacks the complexity of a typical IPA. I’d definitely get this again if it was readily available locally, but I’d probably opt for the Milkshake IPA if I was going to order through the mail.

Partake IPA
Available at: Partake Brewing
$55 per twenty-four pack, includes shipping

This one tastes like a flat grapefruit soda. Not a fan.

Intentional IPA
Available at: Wellbeing Brewing Company
$10.99 per four pack (pints)

I saved the best for last. The Intentional IPA ios now second favorite. Like Athletic Brewing’s “Run Wild” it reminds me of real IPA, though more citrusy and bit lighter.  I also am a big fan that it comes in pint cans. Usually, I do prefer something richer and deeper, especially during a winter’s day, but this is a great option as the summer nears and has become a regular purchase.


Add Birthday Song to Google Contacts R Script

One of my favorite music columns of the past several years is The Number Ones on Stereogum.  The column is reviewing every single Billboard Hot 100 Number of Hit of all time.  I was looking through my contacts and thought it would be nice to know what someone’s #1 Birthday Song was, because that is the type of person I am (mine was Blondie’s “Call Me” – Tom Breihan gave it a 10/10). 

I thought it would be interesting to have that available for my friends and other network folks,  but I would never want to manually add that information.  So using rvest, I threw together a script that takes a csv downloaded from google contacts, finds every entry with a complete birth date (month, date, and year), and adds a custom field with the song’s name and title.  This data is then exported to a new csv. 

One then needs to make a minor edit to the header so that it looks like the next image (the single “.”s need to be replaced with a ” ” and a the “…”s need to be replaced with a ” – “).  Then the file can be re-imported into google contacts.  You then need to run “merge and fix” on all of these “new” contacts and voila you now can tell your friends what their #1 Birthday Song is.

The script is available here.


I was able to make a little time to post links to the code repositories that are up on Git Hub that I have been working on.  The first is ERTAC EGU, which is a python-based power plant projection tool that I contribute code to.  The second is r4movess, which is an R library I developed for accessing data from EPA’s MOVES model.

You can check out the code through here.

Social Graph Project – Making the Network Map (5 of 5)

We have gotten to the last entry in the series on how to make a social graph using  For this entry I will walk through some of the settings you can play with.

Quick review. In the first entry I discussed an overview of my social graphing project and in the second entry I discussed how to deal with data from LinkedIn. In the third entry I discussed organizing data in google contacts.  In the  fourth entry I discussed reformatting the data from google into a format to import into kumu and how to set up the social graph.

You can take a look at the final map here:

Now to begin a brief trot through playing with settings.  Here is a glance at what the network looks like centered on Frodo:

To start changing the visuals we will go to the upper right hand corner to settings (the bottom of these four boxes):

We will next add some color by organization:

Next let’s change the way the connections are done and set them up by tags and watch the network swing and fly!  This setting is probably the best way to explore different aspects of your network since it will move the nodes around in different ways:

Changing on size isn’t an option for the way this one was set up (it needs a numeric field of some type), but is another good option to explore the data.  I didn’t really play with the filter option when I developed my personal network, but it could come in handy too if you have too many nodes to manage. There is also an advanced editor that allows you to code changes, but that isn’t something I had the wherewithal to explore.

One last thing to note you can get a PDF of your final project.  When I did a private project I had to pay for this luxury, but either kumo changed their fee structure or you don’t have to pay to make a PDF of a public project.  You can find the PDF option here:

Well that is it.  I hope you enjoyed my lesson on how to put together a social network diagram.  I definitely learned a lot about who I could reach out to on certain issues through this project and it definitely incentivized me to clean up my contact list, which has paid off dividends.  Part of the reason it took so long to finish the last entry was that I was using my newfound network weaving understanding to implement a challenging advocacy project.  Perhaps if that is successful I will write up a few entries on that.