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Tales From a 6 Pack

This assorted six pack I handed picked FOREVER ago. Enjoy!

The Beer: #110 Left Hand Brewing Co. Good JuJu Ginger Beer (ABV 4%)

Refreshing taste of ginger and spice.  It tastes like ginger ale, but better.  A good recommendation for the girls who want to drink beer, but can’t handle the “beer taste”. Thumbs up!

The Beer: #111 Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter (ABV 9.2%)

The description on the lable states that this beer will have an assault on your tastebuds and they weren’t lying. It didn’t taste the same in the beggining as it did at the end.  When it first hits the tounge it taste similar to a pale ale, but it finishes like a porter.  It kind of tasted like an chocolate orange Godiva candy bar.  Strange beer, but I liked it. Thumbs up! Side Note: There was a RIP shout out to Hunter S. Thompson. I had no idea who he was until Google saved the day. He created Gonzo journalism and wrote The Rum Diary and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He must have been good friends with Johnny Depp. So I guess that the explination for the name and crazy bottle.

The Beer: #115 White Rascal (ABV 5.6%)

I could immediatley smell the spices while I was pouring the beer.  Nice balanced flavor of spices and tangy fruits, although it put a sting in my throat from the carbonation.  Thumbs up!

The Beer: #119 Brother Thelonious Belgium Style Abbey Ale (ABV 9.4%)

Could be easily mistaken for a glass of Coke if your not paying attention (apperance, not tatse).  Umm… At first it tasted the way nailpolish remover smells.  After a few more sips I tasted coffee, cocoa, and toffee and fruit flavors, but near the end of the glass it started tasting like nailpolish remover smell again.  Slight side thumb only because of the goodness in the middle of the glass.

The Beer: #127 Bluegrass Brewing Company American Pale Ale (ABV 6.0 %)

Made in the KY (s/o to my peeps)!  Instant slap in the face (well tounge) with hops, grapefruits, and citrus rinds.  Not so exciting pour, but was very hazy/foggy in in apperance.  Remember in the movie “Aliens” when Ripley was trying to see what was inside the glass, but she couldn’t see through the the murky water and when she got closer the alien popped out? Thats was “Aliens”, right? Anyway… Thats how it looked. Thumbs up!

The Beer: #128  Tuskers (ABV4.2%)

I feel like I’ve been chasing after this beer for a while and I finally got my hand on one.  It was  sweet (maybe honey) and malty.  It’s got some bite to it, but nothing amazing. Confused side thumb because I don’t know how I feel about it.

Forgive me for jumping around on the beers and numbers. I thought it would be fun to have a special post for my hand picked 6 pack, to bad it took me 3 mos to write it. I’ll try to better next time… I always say that.

High Fives and Shout Outs

  1. To Beer Trappe in Lex,KY for the supply.
  2. Fall TV! So glad to have you back! Now I have an excuse not to blog, work out, read or do anything to improve my life

R.I.P. to my car Steven.  We had some good time together.  4 states in 5 years, numerous ride outs and several southeast tours. He fought it out till the end, but it was time for us to part ways. I hope his new owner (if he has one) enjoys the Blueprint 3 cd I accidently left.  I love you, Steven.

Steven Johnson Williams (1999-2011)

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Me, Tom Hanks, Corey Matthews and Tim Tebow all walk into a bar…

I had the most bizarre dream last night and it was beer related so that makes it even better!  Ok… Me, Tom Hanks (Yes! That Tom Hanks), Corey Matthew from Boys Meet World (I think his real name is Ben Savage) and Tim Tebow met up at a bar for beers. I had a deadline for a beer article, so I had to get a beer that wasn’t on my list to write about. Finally, after what seemed like forever I chose a limited release Sierra Nevada that had my name on the bottle. I walk over to the table and they’re all mad at me, because I took so long and they refused to believe that I had a deadline for my article. Tom Hanks and I got into a huge fight! I told him that just because Forrest Gump went to the University of Alabama doesn’t mean that people from Alabama actually like him (I’m not from Alabama, but I’m a UA alumni. Roll Tide!). Tim Tebow starts laughing and I told him that he shouldn’t laugh because NOBODY likes him. Corey Matthew was yelling at me from afar, while some blonde girl was hanging all over him. My mom comes in and Tom Hanks is being extra nice to her and acting as if nothing happened. I told my mom about that situation and she confirmed that I really did have a deadline for my article. They all tried to be nice to me after that, but I wasn’t trying to hear it. Just as I was about to go off on Tom Hanks for being a d-bag, I woke up. Crazy, huh? Is this a sign? I know this looks like a cluster freak (can’t say the F word, my mom might be reading) of words, but this dream was too good to not to share with the world.  Maybe all this beer is driving me crazy!  Oh well, if it makes me have these amazing, vivid dreams I must keep going!  Thumbs up for turning into a crazy person!

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My Old Kentucky Home

I took my talents to Lexington, KY for Fourth of July weekend to visit my peeps.  Every time I come back to visit I always have a medical mishap (i.e. passing out for no reason what so ever), so I was scared of what might happen this time around.  Despite the abort mission with a certain bacon flavored beverage, it was good times as usual.

The Place: Malone’s Steakhouse Lexington, KY

The Peeps: Jen R., Jacob R., Tina R., Jordan, Brandon, with special guest Logan F.

The Beer:# 103 Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale (ABV 8.19%)

This is the first KY beer added to the list (fist is air)!  The beer has a bold bourbon flavor, but not so much that it was over powering.  Bourbon and malts was pretty much all I tasted.  Thumbs up! 

Malone’s was amazing as always.  It’s hands down one of my favorite restaurants.

The Place: Marikka’s Lexington, KY

The Peeps: Jen R., JordanW., Brandon W.

The Beers: # 104 Kalnapilis Litholania Lager Beer (ABV 5.0%)

                     # 105 Saku Rock Star (ABV 5.3%)

                     # 106 Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen Bamberg (ABV 5.2%)

I’m not going to lie, from the outside Marikka’s does not look “ethnic friendly” if you know what I mean. The bouncer assured me that I wouldn’t get lynched.  Apparently he was right… or maybe I’m typing from the grave.

#104 Kalnapilis Lager Beer (ABV 5.0%)

I was scared and surprised when it came out in the huge 16 oz  instead the typical 8 ouncer.  Crisp flavor of hops and light citrus with a little tangy after taste.  It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great, but it was much better than I expected to be.  Slight Side Thumb. 

#105 Saku Rock Star (ABV 5.3%)

It tastes like something, but I don’t know what.  Side thumb for being drinkable.  Side Note: This will go down in history as one of the worst beer descriptions ever. Fingers crossed for an award!

#106 Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen Bamberg (ABV 5.2%)

This was my first (and probably the last) smoked beer.  I didn’t know they existed until I tried this one.  It was like drinking a BLT.  Seriously, it was like someone brewed bread, bacon, lettuce and tomato and bottle it.  Interesting first couple of sips, but it started to taste gross after drinking for a while.  I was quick to give this a side thumb based off the first  sips, because of the unique flavor.  If I would have waited a little while longer  I would have given it a thumb down.  I had to push the eject button when I got back to Jen’s that night.

Marikka’s was interesting to say the least.  The beer selection was out of control!  There was a volleyball court in the back and they played a assortment of Wu-Tang songs.

BEER!

Volleyball action!

High Fives and Shouts Outs

  1. The random guy we met wearing a “Vote for Ron Paul” t-shirt and glasses with yellow lenses.  His only purpose for voting for Ron Paul is because he wants to legalize weed.
  2. Logan for doing push-ups at Malone’s after we had to bribe him with money.

Thumbs Downs and WTFs

  1. To the people at Marikka’s that bought Bud Lights. There were a gajillion of beers to chose from and you chose that? C’mon son!
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Big reunions in little cups

The Place: Peters Street, Atlanta, GA

The Peeps: Turtle and Stone

The Beer: #102 Carling Canada Black Lable (ABV 5.0%)

My friends from high school were in town for a fellow Chattanoogan’s party.  We hung out with old acquaintances, made too many new ones, and were completely over dressed while we did it.  Despite two shoe changes and an incident with 4 Locos, we managed to have a good time.

#102 Carling Canada Black

The beer choices were limited at the party so it was either this or PBR.  Even though the can was kind of scary the beer wasn’t that bad.  There wasn’t anything that stood out about it.  It has the same crispy, fizzy, slightly metallic after taste of most “lower class” beers.  I gave it a thumbs up, because I was in party mode and it wasn’t awful, but in real life I probably would have given this beer a slight side thumb on the lower end of down.

The paper napkin makes it classy.

High Fives and Shout Outs

1.  To me and 100 other people who participated in Michael Jackson flashmob on Saturday at Atlantic Station.  I was a little sad that it wasn’t more of a surprise, but it was still fun! (I’m in the back wearing bright red shoes… Those are Toms by the way :0))

2.  My old school ND girls!  We haven’t all hung out (peacefully) since good knows when!  It was too much fun (Yes, there is such a thing as too much fun).  Special shout out to Stone, my new beer partner! 

SHOE CHANGE!  Shout out to Julie for being too fancy to change her shoes :0)

 

3.  Gilles!  I’ve heard about him (per J. Nguyen facebook statuses), but it was my first time seeing him perform that night.  It’s refreshing to hear good music again. http://supergilles.com/

4.  The parking attendant that let us park for free at Hole in the Wall.  I don’t know what was said to convince you to be so nice and probably don’t want to know, but I appreciate it.

5.  The art gallery on Peters Street for having those bombs a #% mini poppy seed muffins.

Thumbs downs and WTFs

1.  4 Locos… Nothing more to say about that.

2.  My stomach for being the organ’s equivalent of a gold digger.  Cheap=Rejection!

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>Where you been, son?

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Man… Has it been a long time or what? I know it is super late, but I hope everyone is having a excellent start to the new year! Between studying for the GRE and writing grad school essays I hardly had anytime to blog. Ok… I’m gonna lie…I just didn’t feel like blogging after all that mess, so I took a small hiatus. Now I’m so far behind on sharing my adventures I’m going to be typing like a mad woman!  Even though I haven’t posted anything in a while, I definitely kept the tour going.  So without further delay I present to you… (dun dun dun) the beers of 2011!
#54 Delirium Tremens (ABV 8.5%?)
I have heard nothing but good things about this beer, so I was excited to try it.  First off… Super scared of the bottle. I have no idea why, but it made me feel dirty.  Like I was doing something wrong.  Once I got passed the feeling dirty part, it was all good. It’s golden, kind of frothy.  I’m pretty sure there was some kind of funk coming from the bottle, but I chose to ignore it. Also, there were chunks of stuff at the bottom. I’m no beer expert so I don’t know what that was about.  In all, I give a thumbs up.  I didn’t go crazy like some people claim to do, but it would have made for a nice adventure.
#55 Reunion 08 (ABV 6.50%)
I chose this beer because it was organic and the profits go to Multiple Myeloma and bone cancer research.  I was having a “do-gooder” moment and felt like I was doing my part to help someone.  As I mentioned before, the beer is organic (my 1st organic beer, btw).  It is made from caraway seeds (never heard of it).  I’m not gonna lie, When I started pouring it I was scared to death!  It was thick and reminded me of old soda for some reason.  It wasn’t awful, but it certainly was NOT amazing. Can’t really describe the taste, but it’s not one I could get use to.  I give it a side thumb for the cause.  Sorry about the pic… I couldn’t turn to pic around.
#56 Sierra Nevada Hoptimum (ABV 10.4%)
Let’s start from the beginning with this one… I go to my local place for my new beer adventure and to pick up some stuff for a girls night with friends.  The clerk is going crazy about these limited release beers and how it is soooooo amazing.  I resisted the urge to buy some, but I by the time I got to the car I already changed my mind.  So I made a u-turn back into the store and the clerk is giving a history listen to a customer about the fabulous beers.  I was in and out off listening because, I was much more interested in which beer had the coolest bottle.  At the end of it all, I spent over $20 on two beers.  If you know me for real, you know that I’m will probably think about that $20 until the year is over.  Anyway- Sierra Nevada Hoptimum was one of my picks.  CRAZY HOPS! Almost out of control (in a good way).  Crisp, slightly bitter.  Very good beer for the more experienced beer drinker.  Would not promote this for the beginners.  Thumbs ups!!!! Especially for the ABV.  I made myself finish the bottle, because I didn’t want to go to waste.  I recommend sharing it with a friend (or a stranger).  Shout out to Sherlock’s clerk guy for the selection.
#57 The Lost Abbey Judgment Day (ABV 10.5%)
The slogan for The Lost Abbey is Inspired Beer for Saints and Sinnners Alike (fancy and scary). This was another limited release pick.  The clerk made it seem like this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy, so I went for it.  It’s a Dark Quad (Google it) Belgium Ale brewed with raisins.  I had to use a wine opener thingy to get the cork out of the beer (wish I had a video of that).  I was semi afraid to drink it… It’s not every day you drink a beer with a picture of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse on it.  Despite the fear of Jesus coming back at that very moment, it was pretty good.  I could really taste the raisins (still not sure how I feel about that).  I give it a thumbs up.
High Five to everyone and their dream/ goals for 2011! I have feeling that this going to be a year of major changes.  The only person that promotes my recklessness is getting married (tear), the kid’s dad is (finally) finishing school, and I’m on a downward spiral to 30.  It’s geting real out there!  Hopefully, I can provide you with a lot of laughs this year.  I promise to do a better job with cranking out the posts. Cheers!
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