This is how I roll at the beach: I start with a long morning surf session where I spend most of the time trying not to drown, followed by marathon games of horse shoes and corn hole interspersed with shorter bursts of surfing throughout the day. Dinner, then drinking games. It’s a demanding day. A demanding day that demands an easy drinking beer, so usually I try to find the lowest ABV lager at the beer store, sacrificing quality for quantity. But during this particular beach trip to Folly, just off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, I was staring at the beer fridge in Bert’s, a 24-hour market that somehow successfully combines high end fare like craft beer and an olive bar with low end fare like $1 corn dogs, and I couldn’t resist this can of Hopart, from Charleston-based Coast Brewing.This is a big IPA in a big boy can. This is not beach beer. It’s not a lager or golden ale, it’s not a low ABV beer. It doesn’t exactly go down easy, which is another way of saying “it has flavor.” The fact that it comes in four packs, and not six packs, tells you straight up that it’s not an easy-drinking beach beer.But look at that can!I expected a juicy modern IPA, but it’s not as fruity as most of its contemporary IPA counterparts. It actually has a solid malt presence, is zesty as hell, but also still comes across as creamy. Hopart pushes 8%ABV, which is borderline double IPA territory. And it’s downright suicidal to drink can after can of a high ABV IPA in the sun all day. But day-drinking is about breaking the rules, and sometimes, the rules of day-drinking itself need to be broken. And if my horse shoes game is any indication (I was throwing ringers left and right), I might adopt Coast’s Hopart as my go-to beach beer from here on out.
Robin van Persie was Manchester United’s saviour as his brace secured a smash-and-grab victory over Southampton, with the Red Devils rising to third in the Premier League with a 2-1 win at St Mary’s.The visitors were far from their best, but punished Saints’ wastefulness in front of goal with two goals from just three shots on target in the entire game.Van Persie handed United an early lead when he capitalised on Jose Fonte’s howler, but Graziano Pelle soon had the hosts level.Southampton were the dominant force from then on but were guilty of a series of glaring misses, and the Dutchman made them pay with a volleyed winner with 20 minutes left.It meant Louis van Gaal registered a precious three points over former protégé Ronald Koeman in their first meeting in English football, as Southampton slide down to fifth following a third successive defeat.Van Gaal appointed the Saints boss as his No.2 at Barcelona, with the Man United boss later becoming his technical director during Koeman’s stint as head coach at Ajax.But that partnership ended in disaster, making the pair rivals ever since, and it was Van Gaal who drew first blood in the grudge match.All of Koeman’s evident preparation was undone after 12 minutes, as a blunder from Saints defender Fonte gifted Van Persie the opportunity to give United an early lead – a chance he took with aplomb.The centre-back’s under-hit back-pass allowed the Dutch hitman to dart in and slot simply past helpless goalkeeper Fraser Forster.United were then forced into an early reshuffle when Chris Smalling hobbled off with an injury, with Jonny Evans taking his place for his first top flight outing since the 5-3 defeat to Leicester.And Van Gaal kept the changes coming, with youngster Paddy McNair coming off later in the first-half for Ander Herrera, with Koeman seen mulling over how to best combat the attacking switch.The decision didn’t pay off, however, as Southampton were soon level after another dreadful error, this time from Marounae Felliani who had a shocker at St Mary’s.The Belgian carelessly lost possession in his own-half to allow Saints midfielder Steven Davis to drive unchallenged up the pitch, with the ball eventually bobbling to Pelle who fired home from ten yards to end a run of five games without a goal.At that point Southampton were good value for the equaliser, and their confidence only grew.Sadio Mane dazzled on the left with pace and trickery to boot, but the Senegalese forward’s final balls often lacked the finesse to really trouble United’s back-four.Nevertheless, the chances continued to flow for the hosts, who crafted a total of 19 efforts on goal to the Red Devils’ lowly five, but they were eventually left to rue their lack of clinical touch.Maya Yoshida saw a good chance go begging early in the second-half, while Shane Long was superbly denied by goalkeeper David de Gea, who flew across his goal to keep his side in it, and Pelle was later guilty of a horrible miss as he fired over the bar from close-range.And their profligacy was eventually punished by their opposition, who perhaps had a run of the luck when a Wayne Rooney free-kick floated all the way to the back post, where it was met by the outside of Van Persie’s boot, scoring the visitors’ second goal from only their second shot on target.The goal threw Koeman’s plans into disarray, but United were still indebted to the reactions of De Gea, who pulled off a stunning save from Pelle’s fierce drive in the closing stages to – deserved or not – make it five United wins in a row. Manchester United striker Robin van Persie 1