Friday, April 6, 2018

Lagers...you guys



To be fair, you have to have a very perfect palate to understand Lager. The taste is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical brewing most of the flavor will go over a typical drinker’s palate.

There’s are also the Lager brewer’s nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into his characterization- of their personal philosophy draws heavily from Horst D. Dornbusch literature, for instance.

The lager fans understand this stuff; they have the tasting capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these beers, to realize that they’re not just beer- they say something deep about LIFE.

 As a consequence people who dislike Lagers truly ARE idiots- of course they wouldn’t appreciate, for instance, the flavor in a Perfect Pilsner Urquel while sitting in a cafe in Prague which itself is a cryptic reference to Turgenev’s Russian epic Fathers and Sons.

I’m smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Vaclav Berka’s genius wit unfolds itself in their beer glasses. What fools…how I pity them.

And yes, by the way, I DO have a Budvar (no not Budweiser you pelbs) tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It’s for the ladies’ eyes only- and even then they have to demonstrate that they’re within 5 points of my cicerone test (preferably lower) beforehand. Nothin personnel kid

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

King of the Hill - Pilot

Hello! Welcome to my blog of King of the Hill Episodes. Each of these posts will usually be for a group of episodes, with certain episodes getting there own post, so here we go!

Today we start with, the start. The Pilot episode where we meet the gang, Peggy, Bobby, Luanne and a brief cameo by everyone's favorite shinless war hero,Cotton.

Great way to start the episode Seinfeld talk, then probably the best joke of the episode. You know what Ford stands for, Fix it...again Tony, classic Dale

Anyone know where I can get the Funny Phone Jerks tape?

Why is Boomhauer the umpire at Bobby's little league game, and why does he just wear his normal clothes? These questions may never be answered.

I did look up what a Tap and Die set is. I still don't really know what it is, Amazon didn't help. At least Buckley also doesn't know what it is.

Season one Dale was definitely a Trump supporter. So since this episode aired it got at least one degree hotter, did Hank kick Dale's ass?

This twigboy is clearly a shitty Social Worker, having no training in that field I would at least want to verify things with the coach.

BC Headache powder is still sold, so there is that. Going to need to try it out when I have a hangover.

Why is Luanne happy that Hank will let her use his tools to make a wig? Also I miss Luanne being able to fix cars.

Hank is eating a bacon sandwich with bacon grease instead of Mayo, not a idea really.

Pilot Bobby is a dick.

My final thought for this episode, why in the fuck does the bus that takes the Social Worker away go down the alley? Also does Texas just put bad social workers on a bus to take them away? Where was he going and who was the guy next to him that calls him twigboy?! So many unanswered questions.



Monday, February 29, 2016

Fuck Beer Releases

Beer releases are getting fucking stupid. I have done my share of releases, but honestly those days are over.

Two brewers had bottle releases this weekend in the Boston area, both drew HUGE lines and it's just stupid. It gets even stupider that I was able to get these beers without even trying later. Of course my favorite party is all the beer bros posting on BeerAdvocate or Reddit to trade these for anything rare they can get, but that's a story for another day...

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Beer Trading is an Ass Blast

I like to trade beer, I really do. I like to try things I can't get near me, and I like to get some beer to other people that can't get it. That being said the whole thing is about 98% an ass blast.

There is always some hyped beer that someone is trying to trade just to blast you. It all goes something, like this.

  1. Find out local brewery is releasing barrel aged stout or a sour (if the sour has peaches/nectarines in it, no need to hype, the hype will come), and begin to hype all other beers from said brewery. Terrible IPA becomes really solid, their Brown Ale is out of this world.
  2. UNTAPPD 5 STARS ENGAGE (note this is where you must get your friends to do the same)
  3. Hype release on popular beer forums.
  4. Post pictures of you drinking said beer, maybe even with the glass you have no intention of ever using again. Beerporn threads work best. You may also take a picture of you drinking this at the brewery and mentioning how it is truly...the perfect beer.
  5. UNTAPPD 5 STARS ENGAGE
    1. At this point you can also toss in a RateBeer or BA review, but that is a lot of work
  6. FT: Your new beer ISO: Proven beer that was released 5 years ago, and had a 200 bottle release, and... you know, people love it. Ensure you mention Bottle Limit, other great beers (That you already hype) by the brewery, and how long you waited in line for said beer.
  7. Have friends jump in during discussions of trade values and have them mention they completed this trade on other forum, or have seen it done. THIS IS KEY!
  8. Argue with people on forums, how if this beer was from X Region everyone would be flipping out about it.
  9. Never drink the beer, cellar it instead, hoping you can flip a five year vertical of the beer even though the brewery will be gone in two.


See....Ass Blast.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Beer Tasting Photos

About 100 years ago, #ProjectBadass had a beer tasting. Focusing on mostly IPA's/DIPA's, but we had a few out there beers too.

We did the head to head of Pliny vs Heady, and IMO Heady was better, but it was VERY close. I also got to taste the single worst beer I ever had, and no it wasn't the Sam Adams Triple Bock. The Rogue Voodoo beer was...truly awful.

This was basically the whole lineup here. My friend Moses did bring a bunch of different Portsmouth Brewery beers that aren't pictured.


Heady Topper with it's nemesis Pliny the Elder lurking in the back...


I wish I knew what Roberto was doing in this picture...


My brother Jarrod with Yoshi looking angry in the background



Toast, a Nugget Beer from Porstmouth Brewery and Double Jack. This was later in the night I believe, not really sure though it got a bit blurry...


Our host Kenblo, probably being hit on by Moses


Tim watching over everyone.


Roberto, I assume he is thinking of what Bo Kata's he should work on after he leaves.



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Top 20 Beers of the Year

Trying to get more into blogging this year, and figured the thing I am best equipped to talk about is beer.

I figured the best way to start is a list of the top 20 beers that were new to me last year. So without any more delay, in no particular order, my top 20 (no way was I ranking these).


80 Acre Wheat - Boulevard Brewing - I never knew I wanted a hoppy wheat ale until I tried this. Whenever I see a six pack of this I snag it for sure.

Bee Tea - Night Shift Brewing - One of the best new breweries in Massachusetts, one that I waited to long to find. First time I had this beer I was blown away, I will be seeking more Night Shift in 2013

Narwahl - Sierra Nevada - Sierra Nevada seemed to decide to make some great imperial beers this year (Hoptium is another). This beer was easy to get, and this made me happy.

Cucumber Saison - Cigar City - Vacationing in Orlando allows me to find a good amount of Cigar City beer, this wasn't one of them. Luckily a friend got one through a trade. One of the more unique beers I had, but one that I fell in love with quickly

Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker - I don't believe Firestone Walker makes a bad beer, this was no exception.

Jimmy - Hill Farmstead - This is the beginning of sort of a theme, Hill Farmstead is still my favorite brewery. This beer was probably one of the most complex beers I have ever had.

Society and Solitude 4 - Hill Farmstead - There is tons of hype for Heady Topper, and it is an amazing beer, but there are a few Double IPA's from Greensboro VT that are just that much better. This is one of those beers.

Meadowlark - Pretty Things - Best IPA made in Massachusetts IMO. From a company that hadn't made an America Style beer before it.

Cocoa Mole - New Belgium - This is a beer people are either going to love or hate. I loved it, finally a chocolate Chili beer that was a perfect balance.

Love Child #2 - Boulevard - I am a huge fan of Sours, and this beer provided me with what I seek. My only regret was buying only one bottle of this.

Sucaba - Firestone Walker - One of the best Barleywines I have ever had, again I love Firestone Walker.

Anna - Hill Farmstead - If I had to choose a number one beer this year, it would be hard to not choose this beer. Just an amazing Saison.

Porch Rocker - Samuel Adams Brewery - My new summer beer, so refreshing on a hot day. I just hope I can find it through the whole Summer this year.

Double Sunshine - Lawson's Finest Liquid - After a few trips up to Vermont the year before, this beer eluded me. Finally in May, we decided to break down and take a trip to Warren, and the Warren Store. I was rewarded with what might be the best Double IPA I have had (wait didn't I already kind of say that?)

Banryu Ichi - Cambridge - I loved this beer/sake Hybrid. Not only for the chance the brewer took on it, but how delicious it was.

Lou Pepe Kriek - Cantillon - If you don't get why this on the list, well...I don't know what to say.

Hopslam - Bell's - Got this in a trade. One of the better Double IPA's I have ever had. The plan was to drink these over a few nights, did it in one instead

Kate the Great - Portsmouth Brewery - Five Hours in line in freezing cold weather, for a beer. Not sure I would wait again, but this beer is one amazing stout. I am really hoping we see Tod Mott brew this again, and make it more widely available.

Bourbon County Coffee - Goose Island - I don't care who owns this brewery, this beer is amazing.

Noble Rot - Dogfish Brewing - Tried this more on a whim, and was greatly surprised. If you want wine drinkers to love beer, get them this. If you like beer, you should also have this beer.

So that's my list, all beers new to me this year, agree/disagree it's up to you.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Disney's Food and Wine Fest

There are two things in this world I enjoy thoroughly. Beer is one, the other is Disney. So when we go to Disney during their Food and Wine fest I am a happy man, mostly because I love food too.

My gripe is although Disney does a solid job with Wine and a great job with the food, the beer just isn't good. The local beers are better, but nothing from Cigar City or Swamp Head Brewing. How can you even have a Florida booth and not have Cigar City, they are clearly the most prominent brewery in the state.

Another issue is where are the brewers dinners. These, in my opinion, would be a great way for Disney to showcase some smallish breweries who don't have the production to distribute everywhere. They could also just have Sam Adams do it again, and that would even be great. Jim Koch is a great guy to listen to talk about beer.

I also don't get how we can't have more American Craft Beer. I look at the list, and I do love that Sam Adams is fully represented, and the scant few other decent craft beers are nice. But there are some pretty glaring omissions. I get there are some breweries that just don't have the production to serve at a fest like this, but there are some that could, at least for a few weeks. Stone, New Belgium, Dogfish Head, and the list goes on from there. But Disney sticks with whatever beer AB/InBev tells them to, which brings me my next point. WHERE THE FUCK IS GOOSE ISLAND?! Why aren't they full integrated in the beer fest?! They are an InBev brewery and it seems like Disney is carrying lot's of InBev beers, but WHERE IS GOOSE ISLAND!

That will do for my rant for now. I will end this on one finally point. Disney, please stop pretending the beers you carry in the Belgium pavilion are....good...at all. They make the best beer in the world, and you pick some of the worst beer made there.