Have you ever caught a whiff of something and had an immediate flash back to your youth or to a moment of time that you had forgotten? That’s what happened to me last night while working at the liquor store. A gentleman walked by and a caught a huge whiff of his cologne “Polo” the original green. I flashed back to my Freshman year at La Salle and a football mixer on a Friday night. It was such a happy and carefree time I wonder if I should start wearing this cologne again? Polo and Drakar Noir where my two mainstays back in the late 80’s. Or maybe I’ll just stick to my current choice of antiperspirant and hard work? When did I get so old? Ugh!!!
I have been MIA for awhile. Although I have been keeping busy with the family, work, applying for graduate school and of course watching the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. It feels good to have your team doing well especially after a season of what if’s last year (so many turnovers and missed assignments). Regardless of the outcome this week I am looking forward to The Irish being back in the National spotlight and going to a BSC Bowl.
A beautiful day for baseball yesterday (10/11/12) aside from the 6-3 loss in Game 5 of the NLDS at Great American Ball Park. And I have to admit I sat in the last row at the highest point and I really enjoyed it and could stand the entire game which was an added bonus being 6’4” I need to stretch my legs every now and then and these seats game me that opportunity for the entire game. Go Reds! Enjoy the off season and get ready to go a little further next year!
NO MORE COW BELL!!!
So I took off work to go see the Cincinnati Reds lose game 5 of the NLDS at Great American Ballpark. Aside from the loss it was a beautiful day with some good friends and some new friends. If you spend anytime with me you’ll come to realize I am not much of a rah rah guy. I’ll clap and throw out an occasional high pitched whistle at a baseball game and you better believe I am going to high five when we score or on a awesome play. However, as the rally towels are the flying and the chants for Jay Bruuuuce are going you hear an odd noise that I wouldn’t come to think of at the ball park … a cow bell. Seriously? We are bringing a cow bell to the park? I can see maybe for a high school football game, maybe even college if you went to Texas A&M but please sir leave the cow bell at home next spring the Red Legs hit the field. Aside from Mat Latos giving up the grand slam I put the loss square on the bad karma of cow bell guy. Okay back to my beer musings.
So my part time jobs affords me the luxury of tasting some new beers usually before those in my geographic area get to try them. If you’ve followed along you may have realized that I live in the Cincinnati, OH region. So a couple of days ago I come into work to find a bottle of “This One Goes to 11” Ale from Bells. Bells indicates that it is an Imperial Red HOWEVER this thing screams hops!!! From the nose to the first sip and the finish it’s chock full of in your face citrus. However it does have a reddish hue so maybe they are right? In a blind taste test I would have guessed Imperial APA but what do I know. If you find it on the shelf give it a whirl or come find me tonight at work and I’ll sell ya a bottle. Cheers!!!
I am all for trying new things but I think the Wynkoop Brewing Company Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout with REAL Bull Testicles may be crossing the line. However I did try the Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel & really enjoyed it (for those that don’t know it is brewed with civet coffee which the weasels eat and poop out the beans which are used for coffee and in this case a ingredient in their beer recipe.
So I guess what I am saying is that your pet can poop in my beer but, I’d prefer if they kept their nuts or anyones nuts outta my beer. Thanks! TGIF
Cheers! - Greg
It’s hard for me to go into a bookstore and not come home with a beer magazine. No longer! Now I just subscribe to magazines and in this space I will try and share why I like these four:
- Zymurgy - This is the magazine you get when you join the American Home Brewers Association . They do a great job of telling you what some current styles are as well as introducing you to the latest and greatest brewers. If you are looking for contests to enter this is a great resource. They even include some recipes for your to try in your own home brewery.
- Brew Your Own - Do you like home brew gadgets, recipes and general know how? If so than this is your mag … every issue is packed with tons of recipes, tips on home brew remedies and in-depth scientific articles on the science behind home brew (some of these articles are way over my head but it’s another great reference while your waiting on your wort to boil).
- DRAFT - This is a great mag for the person who loves all kinds of beer but more so what can be purchased versus brewed. They have countless articles on the best beer for whatever season we are in and they do great top 10 lists. My only gripe with a lot of these lists is that if you live in Cincinnati like me you are not going to find Russian River unless it’s a collaboration brew like BRUX. It’s still a great magazine and has more novelty beer items than any other mag I have found.
- Imbibe - Man cannot live on beer only can he? I think someone proved that you actually can. However this magazine explores all beverages including: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, etc. and would be the ultimate coffee table mag for the man cave. When I am not drinking beer I do like whiskey especially bourbon and this mag has some great references for drink recipes as well as particular spirits that are new to the market. If you can make up your mind on what to drink this is your magazine.
All of these are excellent choices and if you are in Barnes & Noble or your local book seller than take a look through the magazine rack and pick up one of this great reads!
This is my Monday Laugh out Load video I hope to make this a weekly thing … enjoy!