Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sorry Not Much Time to Post Lately

I will continue soon again I promise!

In the meantime...  Watch the BEST team in the NBA (Da BULLS!) dominate the shitty Indiana Pacers!

Here's a video to get you pumped up for Saturday!

Friday, April 8, 2011

One more beer - Southern Tier 2X IPA

Ok so I decided only one more beer review today since I am already way too buzzed from my first 7.0% beer I just tasted/reviewed and well its god damn Friday and I need to relax a bit!  My local liquor store had a craft beer sale so I wanted to try something that had a generic looking label but had a good "beer score" but was still relatively affordable.  So, since I love India Pale Ale's (IPA's) so freaking much I picked up a DOUBLE India Pale Ale made by Southern Tier Brewing Company, from Lakewood, New York.

Now i'm not exactly sure how a double IPA is crafted, but for a very interesting history lesson on how IPA's are made, and where the style came from click here  Damn the internet is awesome isn't it?

Ok here's how the labeling and beer looks, it is very typical of any IPA.  Green color labels for hops, some indecipherable bullshit about 4 varieties of hops and 3 types of malts but the important part shows that it has an 8.2% ABV which is pretty strong for most types of beers, except for IPA's. 

Take that fancy marketing campaign!

So, I'm sure you are all anxiously waiting for the verdict on this, so here goes nothing!

Looks are like that of most IPA's but this one is a bit lighter and more golden in color, extremely pretty looking beer that is just begging to be drank.  Is that grammatically correct and is it gay to think a beer looks pretty?  Is beer a man or a woman?  Bah, who cares, i'm already solidly buzzed after a few sips of this shit!

The smell of this beer is something to behold.  It is like jamming your face into the garden of eden, if the garden of eden was full of masterfully mixed beer spices, hops, fruits, and satan's nectar! (or alcohol for us non baptists)

Well you would imagine something that smells super amazing would also taste amazing, and well this Southern Tier Brewing Co.'s 2XIPA certainly delivers as it is extremely smooth, not too hoppy, and spiced just right.  Dangerous, as the high ABV and amazing taste could get you blasted quite quickly if you aren't careful. 

For taste, appearance and smell, this beer gets a 9/10.  I really can't explain to you how amazing of a beer this really is unless you taste it first hand.  There is no fancy marketing campaign for this.  It is a craft beer by some guys in extreme southwest New York (seriously look up where Lakewood, NY is, its closer to Detroit than NYC) and they let the product do the talking.  I love shit like this, as it is American capitalism in its purest form, battling against the big guys for your hard earned dollars, that is, until Diageo, or Inbev/Budweiser or Miller/Molsen/Coors & Co. buy them out, water it down and charge twice as much as it used to cost...

Overall, since this beer doesn't waste billions of dollars on pointless advertisements that I will skip over on my DVR, the cost/refreshment ratio is very good.  I believe I picked up this 6 pack on sale for $8.49 (before the fuck you in the Ass city of Chicago Taxes) and let me tell you, what a spanking good deal.  The low cost of this beer easily adds another .5 points to the overall rating so this beer gets one of the highest scores I have ever given in this blog's short life of a 9.5/10.  Its not perfect, but god damn its fucking close to as perfect as an IPA can get.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Beer Review Time! - Two Brothers Brewing Co." Cane and Ebel" Red Rye Ale

Ok so to kick off another shitty and gloomy April Friday in Chicago after another long ass week at work, its finally time to do a review one of my wife's favorite beers.  The mighty "Cane and Ebel"  Red Rye Ale from the Two Brothers Brewing Company.

Located extremely close to where I grew up in scenic Warrenville, IL, this brewery has been on a fucking roll lately.  I mean wow this beer is not only unique as hell but tasty and powerful as well.  With a 7.0% ABV this stuff will knock you on your ass if you aren't careful, it is so smooth my wife drank a 6 pack by herself once and whoa... let me just say I had some freak-ay sex that night!

Ok, TMI again... so the photo above really makes this beer look like its dark brown or black like a porter  but it is actually a really beautiful dark ruby red color.  If I had poured this into a pint glass or had a much more well light background you'd be able to see it better, but here's the best I could do.

So, what does a red rye beer smell like?

Well lets just say it smells like rye bread, sugar, alcohol and hops with an emphasis on the alcohol smell.  I really like the smell of a high ABV beer, some people don't, but to me... it smells like "a good time waiting to happen"  yeah, go ahead and use that quote, I won't trademark that shit because its fuckin' gold I tells ya.

Taste wise, its fantastic!  This ale is not too syrupy, not too carbonated, not too hoppy its just fuckin' money is the best way I can explain its taste.  The aftertaste leaves a bit to be desired in a sort of sour and hoppy way, but not in a bad way, just in a way that just makes you want to drink more of this stuff.

This beer for the taste and flavor a lone is easily a 9/10, but in this economy price does matter.  I do wish it was more affordable because I would buy this much more frequently.  If you can find this on special for $9-$10 for a 6 pack, pick this shit up!  This beer is usually around $11.50-$13 a six pack which is still worth it compared to buying a shitty Bud Light in a bar for $4.
So overall, this beer gets an excellent rating of 9/10 thumbs up, as it is fairly expensive but totally worth it, and I would highly recommend it if you see it in your local restaurant as the beer will go very well with pretty much any type of food.

Most Excellent!

Beer Review time!

Ok well I said that I would review Flying Dog Double Dog Double Pale Ale... but to be honest, I really don't remember what it tasted like since I drank it well over a week ago... amazingly powerful stuff though, here's a picture I took way before I drank it...

Really, really, really tasty and strong beer.  Was extremely smooth but almost syrup-like on the tongue... would drink again for SURE.  I would give it 9/10 thumbs up.  Best part about the beer is that I drank it on a week night after a long night of Budweiser binging and since this is such quality stuff I didn't even have a hangover the next day!   That in itself is worth a few points.

Also, congratulations to a person I know Matthew Stromer, who won the Shenanigans $500 grand prize for being the funniest comic there!  You can watch all sorts of awesome shit he made on his youtube channel, including the shenanigans comedy challenge stuff...

I would also recommend hitting up his website and buying lots of his stuff.

I'm going to do some beer reviewing, so over the next few hours or days expect more crazy beer content (or incoherent jibberish).

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I'm working on it!

God dammit how time flies when you aren't feeling motivated.

I promise I will blog again sometime this month.  I just really don't have the energy for it at the moment.

in the meantime e-mail your congress people to Repeal H.R. 4541: Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000

Unless of course you like huge companies enjoying not paying taxes enabling themselves with unlimited risk (again) and record high oil prices... in that case... DIE Oil Company CEO asshole!

also In other news, the Chinese are building an aircraft carrier... which in this photo is one of the  most hilariously badly photo shopped pictures I have ever seen (courtesy of

I mean gone on.... that red boat crane behind the boat would have to be what, over 1000 feet tall?

A Varyag Soviet carrier is 240 feet tall...  which this is a picture of either one they bought from the russians in 1998 and were thinking of converting it to a casino, or just one that they copied...