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073: 2013 Gift Guide – Pt. 1

Well hello there fine chaps! It seems it is that fine time of year again when we all start gearing up for the holidays. The parties are planned and scheduled, good times are shared, and goodfaith compromises are made on how much weight gain is acceptable between Thanksgiving and Jan 2nd. For most people it’s also a time of exchanging gifts, and in case any of you are looking for a little inspiration we’re here to prep you before you find yourself wandering the mall on Dec 17th in a spiked-eggnog fueled daze with no idea what to get anyone except your self. Also, don’t forget my birthday falls conveniently halfway between now and the old 25th of December so anything you want to pop in the mail is up to you. Follow the jump to see what’s in store.

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065: New Belgium Sunshine Wheat

I want to start this off with a disclosure and then an anecdote and finally my thoughts on New Belgium’s Sunshine Wheat.

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First the disclosure, I have always wanted to write about beer. As a guy who was a college student as the craft beer revolution finally began to edge its way into Florida I had the distinct pleasure of softly exploring the world of beer. I started at the bottom with those classic standbys of Budweiser, Miller, and all their lighter varieties. Luckily we then progressed into slightly more interesting if not necessarily inventive options such as Yuengling, Guiness, Blue Moon, and Woodchuck. I have no illusions that these are not what are now considered craft beers, but at the time they were leaps and bounds better than what we were routinely guzzling at parties. It was only towards the end of my career at FSU (approximately 2009) that we started to get access to the better stuff. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sweetwater Blue and 420, New Belgium Fat Tire were among the first. However, shortly after this initial renaissance I shipped off to Korea which to be fair may have some of the worst beer in the world. A year later when I returned the craft beer renaissance had hit Florida like a tidal wave and I dove right in. Two and half years and close to 300 different beers later I surfaced with a new outlook on beer, one of moderation. A view point where I can enjoy the slamming hops of a Cigar City Jai Alai, pick out the intricacies of a Left Hand Fade To Black Vol. 4, and savor the cool, malty crispness of a Miller High Life.

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052: THE ROUNDUP

Well it’s another week. I guess that’s what it is? At least we have TWO, count’em TWO drinking holidays to look forward to this weekend. More on that later.

  • What do you get when you combine a Jewish Family, Suburban Ontario, and A Strip Club? The Manor, which looks to be an incredible documentary. Keep an eye out for it soon. Also, I’d rate that video as NSFW.
  • Love Basbeball? Love Food? Love both together? Check out the 15 Most Exciting New Baseball Stadium Snacks.
  • Not to be repetitious but: Love Baseball? Love Beer? Love both together? Check out The Summer Of Beer And Whiskey. It’s the story of one man’s quest to start a baseball team in St. Louis just to sell more beer. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s earned a high slot in my overflowing summer reading schedule.
  • Finally, as many of you may have heard Bill Gates in all his philanthropic wisdom recently offered $100,000 to anyone who could develop a better condom. It seems this has spurred a great debate about condom usage itself and The Atlantic has a great article on why so few men still do not use a condom.

016: Moat Water

Moat Water for SPoT x CCB: 5/5

After celebrating my birthday last weekend with a long beer filled Saturday I decided to dial back and just dip into a few quality brews this weekend. While perusing the shelf at one of my local sources I stumbled across something I had only heard briefly mentioned on Twitter a few times. A wonderful collaboration between two Tampa Bay Area institutions: Skate Park Of Tampa (SPoT) and Cigar City Brewing (CCB). The two collaborated to make a one time limited edition release in celebration of SPoT’s 20 year anniversary.

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010: Required Listening For A Happy Birthday – Titus Andronicus

In honor of my birthday, listen to these two songs in order, and a slam a couple beers while you’re doing it.

005: Red Hook Longhammer, Your Everyday IPA

Red Hook Longhammer IPA: 4/5

Beer has become one of my passions over the last few years, and I love to share that passion with others. In that spirit I plan to bring regular Monday postings on the best and the worst of the things I try. But, before we dive into this first one I would like to make a few disclosures.

1. I am not a beer snob. I can just as much joy in guzzling half a dozen Miller High Lifes as I can in slowly sipping my way through 3 or 4 intricate craft beers.

2. I am not a beer nerd. I plan on starting to brew one day soon, but I have no intimate knowledge of the science and art of beer making.

3. I am not a beer┬áconnoisseur. My palette is not intricate and refined. Sure I can pick out things like a strong citrus or coffee flavor, and I can tell the difference between things that are bitter and sweet, but at the end of the day I usually can’t tell you a whole lot about the flavor profile of a beer.

Now that that’s all off my chest, let us begin.

 

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