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$6 Water: A Vegas Story

Once upon a time Ebony and Ivory thought it would be an awesome idea to venture across the country to Las Vegas for a Backstreet Boy concert… in July. Have you ever been to Vegas in July? Pre-heat your oven to 375°, turn up thermostat in your home to 85°, and change into your warmest sweats. Once the temperature is set have a seat in front of the open the oven door for a few hours. That’s Vegas in July. Despite the extreme weather and the aggressive Hoover Dam sales people on the Vegas Strip I managed to add a few more beers to my list.

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA (ABV 7.5%) @ Park on FreemontIMG_0310

 

Flight @ Sin City Brewing Company

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IPA, Weisse, Sour, Amber, Oktoberfest, Stout

 

 

In one the greatest teen dramedies of our time 10 Things I Hate About You, Chastity (played by the ageless queen Gabrielle Union) asked “I know you can be underwhelmed, and you can be overwhelmed, but can you ever just be like, whelmed?” The answer is yes, you can be just whelmed. The beer at Sin City isn’t good or bad… it’s just there.

Ellis Island IPA (ABV 5.8%) @ Ellis Island Casino and Brewery

The beer costing only $2.50 was a obvious warning sign that we chose to ignore. I never write with intent to diss any beer or brewery, but this is hands down the worst IPA I’ve ever drank in my life. I can usually power through a beer I don’t like, but I couldn’t stomach this one.  Instead of torturing myself I politely slid it over to the bf who will drink almost anything with alcohol. I don’t know if it was bad batch, if the draft line wasn’t clean, or if it’s always gross. So bad I didn’t even bother to take a pic.

To recover from the tragedy at Ellis Island we took a sad, 105° stroll over to Pub 365 for the beer redemption we deserved.  Great beer selection, good atmosphere, no Ellis Island IPA.

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Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion (ABV 5.9%), Big Dog’s Underbite IPA (ABV 8.7%), Garage Project Death From Above (ABV 7.5%)

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Moody Tounge Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Poter (ABV 7%)

 

According to Untappd I also drank Firestone Walker 805 Blonde at some point during the trip, but I forgot to take the pic.

Overall, Las Vegas was fun trip. We balled on a lavish buffet at Caesar’s, saw The Beetles’s Love at Mirage (I feel asleep for 15 mins, but it was still awesome), gambled just to drink free water, ate at the restaurant of Vin Diesel look alike ( YO CUZ!!), and VIP status at Taco Bell Cantina. Thinking back on the trip I didn’t have as many beers as I hoped, but it was just too damn hot to think about anything other than water.

 

High Fives and Shout outs

  1. Google for instructing a playa on how to make the degrees symbol. Alt + 248, btw.
  2. The state of Nevada for legalizing marijuana on the weekend of our visit. The live news feeds of people standing in line, the fireworks (yes, green fireworks went off at midnight), and the politician who claimed to be buying weed for his dog was everything I needed and more.
  3. The Backstreet Boys for putting on an awesome performance despite the 15 min intro medley and me wanting to cry from stomach pain throughout the show. (see WTF #3)

 

Thumbs Down and WTF’s

  1. The water situation in Las Vegas Strip. The tap water has a hint of dirt and chicken broth and the cost of bottle water ranges $4.50-$6. You might be balling or I might just be cheap, but that’s an insane amount of water for bottled water. The bf and I found 36oz of $1 at the ABC store on the LAST DAY.
  2. RIP to The Carmichael Show. Also on the list of shows that were taken too soon- Freaks and Geeks, How to Make it in America, and Dead Like Me.
  3. (In reference to S/o #3) The “stomach bug” that wiped us out the night of the BSB concert. I’m not sure if it was from dinner or the weird tasting water at the restaurants. Just know that BSB only got 65% of me that night.
  4. The lengths that people will go to uphold evil and injustice in America against minorities. It’s disgusting.

 

Cheers Y’all!

 

 

 

 

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To Those Who Wait

Back in 2013 I bought a bottle of 2012 Goose Island Pepe Nero from Smyrna Beer Market.  It’s recommended to let it age for 5 years before opening and it had already aged for a year prior to my purchase. I hid it in the back of a cabinet for 4 years so I wouldn’t be tempted to open it. Checking the bottle once or twice a year wondering what the hell was going on in there. Finally 6/13/17 came and here’s how it went…

I didn’t know what to expect since I personally have never let a beer age before. Not on purpose anyway. For starters, I drank it from the wrong glass. I didn’t notice it was a Belgian style until after I poured it, tasted it, AND THEN read the bottle. Look: Dark brown, little head. Smell: I don’t remember and I didn’t right it down. Why lie?  Taste: Peppery, toasty, raisins, molasses, strong boozy finish.  I’m not wild about Belgian style beers, but I’m glad I tried it. IMG_0255

I wish I had release from a previous year to make the comparison, but I’ll jot that down for next time. I’m open to recommendations for the next “aging” experience.  I know this post isn’t as action packed as the others, but this one deserved it’s own special little post.

High Fives and Shout outs

  1. Me for having the patience to keep a beer for 5 years without opening it.
  2. Me again for breaking up with corporate America. I’m going to spend the next few months scaring the shit out of myself (Sorry Mom) and being happy as clam while doing so.
  3. The tennis and racquetball scenes on the Netflix show Friend From College. I got a hearty scream laugh from that.
  4. Another Round’s Tracy for Fort Night! I was just doing it for fun, but it turned out to be very therapeutic.

Thumbs Down and WTFs

  1. Sisqo for remaking The Thong Song. Live the classics alone!
  2. Tootsie Rolls. Still nasty af.

 

Don’t forget to hydrate.  Cheers y’all!

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That One Time In Tampa

Even though I’ve proven to be trash at keeping up with the blog monthly, with the help of Untappd (KitWill if you looking for a playa) I’ve been able to track beers over the past few months. While visiting the bf (Hey Bear!) in Tampa, FL it was only right that I also visit the home of Jai Alai, Cigar City. Let’s just be honest, it was the only mandatory place on my itinerary other than finding a dog park for my fur-son and a good cigar (duh!).

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For a Friday night it wasn’t crowded at all, which was fine because we were able to chat with the bartenders and get prime seating at the bar. For the first time EVER I took the bf’s “beer advice” and ordered flights instead of pints.

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Space Pope (7.3% ABV), Margarita Gose (3.4% ABV), White Oak Jai Alai IPA (7.5% ABV), Transient Artisan Ales Foeder #2 With De Chaunac Grapes (5.5% ABV)

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Perennial Artisan Ales Sump Coffee Stout Adola 2017(10.5% ABV), Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout (11% ABV), Florida Man (9.3% ABV), Invasion Pale Ale (5% ABV)

Not pictured: Puppy’s Breath (ABV 8%)

Overall, the visit to Cigar City was a success! The taproom offers both in-house brews and few options from other breweries, the bartenders were awesome, the beer was delicious (duh again!) and most important they’re dog friendly! I’m glad I ordered flights instead of trying to power through several pints, because I definitely would have tried. I would also like to add, this is the first time I considered buying brewery merch, but instead I bought more beer to take home. Honestly, if you love beer and happen to be in Tampa you would be silly not to stop by.  Side note: I chuckled to myself thinking about how I used to be on a mad search (and may or may not have sent a some others on a goose chase around Atl) for Jai Alai, but in Tampa it’s as easy as buying water. May the people of Tampa never take their luxuries for granted.

Shout Outs and High Fives

  1. Meditation! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to step away and turn on the Breath app for a quick guided meditation. It’s lifesaver! Someone on your nerves? Meditate. Your 5 mile/8 min commute turned to 35 mins (True story)? Meditate. Watching Married at First Sight causing you real life anxiety? Meditate.
  2. Adult Swim, specifically the people responsible for the promos. The commercials are both enlightening and scary AF, but I dig it! Sidebar: If I’m lucky enough to have someone from AS read this, the streets want new episodes of Black Jesus. The streets = Me and my dog.
  3. Animals on HBO. Cross dressing pigeons, cat gangs, tripping moths, drugged lab mice in love with a clump of dirt cage liter. You just have to see it for yourself.

With all the terrible shit (sorry, I couldn’t find a better word) going on the in the world I’m skipping the “Thumbs Down” on this post.  I’ll air my grievances another day.

Cheers y’all!

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Twosies

Waiting in my inbox was the same email I’ve received every May for the past 5 years. “Domain beerlaughlove.com is about to expire”. This year was the first time it hit me, “Damn, I have a website I don’t even use”. To be honest with you I wasn’t motivated to write and I was stuck on what my next “beer goal” should be. I finished 300 different beer before 30 with my liver still in tact. Now what?  At first I was going to set a new goal and continue to keep count, but writing about the same “citrus notes IPA spill” got boring. Stuck,unmotivated, and busy with work and other ventures ( Hey L.I.C.!) I thought about letting the website go. But I couldn’t just roll over and let that happen. With the help of my boyfriend (Hey Bear!) I came up with a new angle for Beer Laugh Love. Staring this month I will launch Phase 2 of Beer Laugh Love.  I will be focusing more on beer adventures around the Southeast and eventually around the country. What does that mean?  Breweries, specialty beer stores/sections, events, and all other fun things beer related. I’ll still keep track of my beer number (I’m at 386 by the way. Thanks Untappd!) and give the thumbs rating. What’s going to make this different from the thousands of blogs that are already out there? Well nothing, other than the fact that I wrote it and I’m funny AF most of the time.  Hopefully I’ll drink some good beers, see some cool places, and you get some entertainment along the way. Happy reading!

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A Productive Hiatus (aka L.I.C. plug)

Hey Hey Hey!

I know, I know. It’s been a while, but I have a really good reason. Over the past year I’ve been up to eyeballs in in flour and cream cheese frosting. Myself and two of my close friends launched our baking business Liquor Infused Confection. (You respond with “say whaaaat”) Yep, you read it right. Liquor infused. We have a variety of different desserts, from Rum Red Velvet Cupcakes (crowd favorite) to Drunken Peach Cobbler. Our concept is classic desserts with an “adult flair”.  I know what you’re thinking. How do you get these mouth watering treats?  Two ways my friends! 1. Kickstarter! You get to help our little business and get some sweet treats in return.  2.The website to check out the menu, prices and place orders. It’s just that simple!IMG_3762

You can also follow our adventures on Facebook and @dessertsbylic on Instagram and Twitter. Don’t worry, I haven’t slowed down on my beer adventures. You can follow on me at Willsss on Untappd (my plug game is bananas tonight). More new post coming soon!

High Fives and Shout outs

  1. Congrats to my #1 snow Elizabeth on her engagement! Fingers crossed you and Lindsey Lohan share the same wedding date!
  2.  Steph Curry for hitting 2 3 pointers within 30 seconds of my typing the first s/o.
  3. Puppies! Because they’re cute. Duh!

I’m too tired to have a specific “Thumbs Downs and WTFs”.

Cheers y’all!

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Seis Días!

6 days until the big 3-0. 10 beers until the big 3-0-0.

#281 Goose Island Sofie (ABV 6.5%)
Raisins, wheat, banana, vanilla. Thumbs Up!
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#282 Victory Brewing Co. Summer Love (ABV 5.20%)
Not sure if I was palate hacked from drinking Sofie, but I was not a fan. Extremely heavy wheat flavor and nothing else. Side Thumb.
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#283 21st Amendment Hop Crisis Imperial IPA (ABV 9.7%)
Limited release. Hops, hops, hops! light A hint of pine, but mostly hops. Thumbs Up!
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#284 Knee Deep Brewing Co. Hop Shortage Triple Hopped IPA. (ABV 11.3%)
Love! Love! Love! Strong floral and citrus aroma. Heavy on the hops, pine, caramel notes, grassy/earthy finish. Will definitely goes on the list of my favorite IPAs. Thumbs Up!
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#285 Dogfish Head Aprihop (ABV 7%)
The verdict is still out on this one. I’m a fan of the apricot, but the apricot and hops mash-up wasn’t as awesome as I hoped it would be. 2 o’ clock Thumb for the idea and for not being terrible.
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#286 Evil Twin I Love You With My Stout (ABV 12%)
Smooth almost silky. Coffe, raisins, hints of both chocolate and vanilla, mild hoppy finish.
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#287 Anderson Valley Summer Solstice (ABV 5%)
Honestly… it tastes like coors light. Sorry. Floppy Fish Thumb.
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#288 Three Taverns White Hops (ABV 6.5%)
Heavy lemon, mild hops, tart finish. Thumbs Up! Side Note: If you’ve never eaten at True Foods at Lenox… Do it!
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#289 Terrapin Rye Cubed Triple Rye India Pale Ale (ABV 8.3%)
Citrus hops and sweetness from malts. Thumbs Up!
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#290 21st Amendment Monk’s Blood (ABV 8.3%)
Raisins(the can says figs), cinnamon, hint of vanilla. Good stuff. Will be an awesome beer for the winter. Thumbs Up!
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No specific “Thumbs Ups and High Fives” today. Everything is awesome!

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Somewhere in America

2013 (and the end of 2012) came and went and apparently so did my will to write. To make the situation even worse, I lost ALL my notes and pictures from the past year, then miraculously recovered the first set of notes I lost from 2012. With the help of Instagram and the magic of screenshots I was able to put the pieces together for the first post of the year. Warning: This post will look kind of dicey due to the lack of pics and descriptions, but the numbers are all that matter right now. Enjoy!

#180 Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat (ABV 5.2%)
My first pumpkin beer (I think). Light pumpkin and hint of spice. That’s about it. 11 o’clock thumb.
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#181 Highland Brewery Black Mocha Stout (ABV 5%) and #182 Green Flash Hop Head Red (ABV 7%)
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#183 Sam Adams Oktoberfest (ABV 5.3%)

#184 Jailhouse Breakout Stout (ABV 7.8%)

#185 Thomas Creek Brewery Up The Creek Extreme IPA (ABV 12.5%)

#186 Founder’s Breakfast Stout (ABV 8.3%)
One of my favorite stouts EVER! Strong chocolate flavor, a hint of oats, with a coffee finish. It sounds crazy, but I almost wanted to chew it, I think it was the oats tricking me. Thumbs Up.

#187 Sierra Nevada Harvest (ABV 6.7%)

Honestly can’t remember if it was the Northwestern or Southwestern.

#188 Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (ABV 8%)

#189 Samuel Smith’s Brewery Organic Best Ale (ABV 5%)
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#190 Bridgeport Hop Czar Imperial IPA (ABV 7.5%)
Complete balance of hops and citrus. A house favorite. Thumbs Up.
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#191 Samuel Smiths Brewery Oatmeal Stout (ABV 5%)
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#192 Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA(ABV 7.2%)
This was the first beer I drank last year. Yes, I’m that behind. Another house favorite. Thumbs Up
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Beers 193-194 are compliments of the Bloomington, MN Double Tree
#193 Summit Brewing Company Extra Pale Ale (ABV 5.2%)
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#194 Odell Brewing Company IPA (ABV 7%)
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#195 Fulton Street Child of Vine IPA (ABV 6.4%)
My farewell beer at the Minneapolis airport.
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#196 Bridgeport Brewing Company India Pale Ale (ABV 5.5%)

#197 Budweiser Black Crown (ABV 6%)
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#198 Boulevard Grainstorm Dark IPA (ABV 7.7%)
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#199 Miss Fancy’s Tripel (ABV 9.7%)
Sunday Funday trip to Avondale Brewery.
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#200 Nero’s 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale (ABV 8%)
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#201 Lagunitas Maximus Ale IPA (ABV 8.2%)
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#202 Goose Island 25th Anniversary (ABV 6.4%)
If never had a Goose Island beer that I didn’t like. The awesome mac n’ cheese at Keystone and hanging with my snow made it even better.
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Side Note: If I was on my game at the time I would’ve written a post about the Cincinnati beer scene and Jungle Jim’s Beer Festival. The Jungle Jim’s Beer Festival put every beer festival (I’ve attended) to shame. Slightly cheaper and a meal, pretzels, and water were included in the price. Step it up, Atl.


#203 McGuire IPA (ABV ??%)

Mini vacay to P-cola. Decent IPA.
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#204 Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor (ABV 8%) and #205 Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail (ABV 13%)
Mid-week trip to Brick Store Pub with CB. We met a few creeps, but the beers were great as usual. Sorry, no pic.

#206 SweetWater Brewery Lowrider IPA (ABV 6.2%)

#207 Flying Dog Brewery Snake Dog IPA (ABV 7.10%)

#208 Samuel Adams Double Agent-IPL(ABV 5%)

#209 Tap Room 21 Amber Ale (ABV 4.8%)

(Beers 206-209, along with a few favorites)
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Thanks to CB for the birthday presents, beers 210-211.
#210 Ommengang Three Philosophers (ABV 9.7%)
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#211 Urthel Samaranth Quadrium Ale (ABV 11%)
Made the mistake of drinking this entire bottle in one night. Wooo!
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#212 Mother Earth Sunny Haze (ABV 5%)

#213 Monday Night Brewing Eye Patch Ale (6.20%)

PLEASE SEE PREVIOUS POST FOR 214-216

#217 Evil Twin Brewing Yin Imperial Taji Stout (ABV 10%)
Exceptional stout. Thumbs up!
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#218 21st Amendment (collaboration with Elysian Brewing) He Said Baltic-Style Porter (ABV 8.2)
Awesome beer for the fall. Pumpkin, spice, and cinnamon. Thumbs Up!
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#219 Three Taverns Craft Brewery A Night In Brussels IPA (ABV 7.5%)
Decent. Yep, that’s about it. 10 o’ clock.
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#220 Evil Twin Brewing Ryan and the Beaster Bunny (ABV 7%)

I bought it, because of the name. It took 220 beers for me to realize that I’m not into farmhouse ales. With that being said, it was just ok.
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#221 21st Amendment (collaboration with Elysian Brewing) He Said Belgian- Style Tripel (ABV 8.2%)
I had to try both styles of He Said. Another hit! Thumbs Up!
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#222 Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Seventeen (ABV 10.5%)
The first beer I’ve ever poured out. I gave it the side thumb, because I dug the banana and spice notes. Other than that, no thanks. Another farmhouse fail for me.
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#223 Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA (ABV 7.5%)
One of my new favorite IPAs. Heavy with sweet fruits, with a citrus and hoppy finish. Thumbs Up!
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#224 Red Brick Brewing Co Brick Mason Series #8 Vanilla Gorilla
Heavy vanilla aroma and flavor, slight smokey finish. Nice job! Thumbs Up!
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#225 Good People Brewing Company Snake Handler Double IPA (ABV 10%)
Citrus, grass, and pine with bitterness from the hops. Thanks, Good People! Thumbs Up!
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#226 Good People Brewing Company Brown Ale (ABV 5.4%)
I couldn’t get a good taste of the beer, because it was ice cold. 11 o’ clock thumb, just cause it wasn’t bad.
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#227 Oskar Blue Brewing Ten Fiddy Imperial Stout (10.5%)

#228 Green Flash Brewing Green Bullet Triple IPA (ABV 10.1%)
On point! Thumbs up!
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#229 Good People Brewing Company Fatso Imperial Stout (ABV 9.3%)
Robust, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Amazing stout! Thumbs Up!
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#230 Terrapin Beer Co. Wake N’ Bake Coffee Oatmeal Stout (ABV 8.6%)
Recommendation from the bartender at Hop City Birmingham. Black coffee, oats, and a hint of cocoa! Another amazing stout! Thumbs Up!
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#231 Rouge Captain Sip’s Northwestern Ale (ABV 6.2%)

It was just ok, nothing great. 10 o’clock thumb.
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#232 21st Amendment Brewery Back in Black Black IPA (6.8%)
A hodgepodge of an IPA and a stout. Thumbs Up!
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#233 Green Flash Brewing Co Palate Wrecker Imperial IPA (ABV 9.5%)

LOVE! Thumbs Waaay Up!
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#234 Left Hand Brewing Co. Milk Stout Nitro (ABV 6%)
Since this is America’s Stout, I’m going to compare it America’s Team the Dallas Cowboys. You expect it to be good, but it’s a total let down. Side Thumb.
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#235 MOA Brewing Co Imperial Stout (ABV 10.2%)

Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels! Heavy pinot noir flavor with hints of malts and cocoa. Better than I expected. Thumbs up!
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#236 Brew Dogs Libetarian Black Ale (ABV 7.2%)

Hoppy stout is the best way to describe it. Nice! 11’o clock!
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#237 Kasteel Rouge Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck (ABV 8%)
Belgian ale brewed with cherries. It wouldn’t be a beer that I drink all the time, but it is pretty good. Thumbs Up!
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High Fives and Thumbs Up
1. The beginning of what hopefully is another fun filled year.
2. The return of Workaholics on Comedy Central.
3. Smyrna Beer Market! That place is going to get me in trouble.
4. Al Rocker for going in on the local and state government for their lack of preparation before the “ice storm”.
5. The Good Samaritans that pushed my car up the ice Cumberland Blvd hill 2 weeks ago.

Thumbs Down and WTFs
1. The Atlanta “Ice Storm” of 2014… or as I like to call it FAilTL. I’ve already gotten on my soapbox about this issue, but I’d like to state again how ridiculous this whole thing is. I put quotes around ice storms, because I have driven in worse conditions. 2 inches shut down a whole city? C’mon!
2. Myself, for failing to rate most of the beers in this post.
3. Sharing beer when you don’t really want to. I offered my uncle beer without thinking and had to fork over a Bell’s Expedition Stout. He didn’t like it, but finished it anyway. S/o Uncle Rick!

Oh, and s/o to the IG handles featured in the post!

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The “Pro” in Procrastination: Part 2

My peeps, what’s up! I took a couple month… heck who are we kidding… it was a year hiatus.  In the mist of this break. I lost my beer list. I have no idea what number I’m on or half the beers I’ve had in the past 8-9 mos, so I’m out here wing’n it. I found this lost post that I never published

#170 Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale ( 6.9% ABV )
Lemony hops is all I have note. Thumbs up. Warning: Do not pair with Fireball Whiskey! It won’t end well.
Karaoke night with the bf courtesy of Comcast OnDemand.

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#171 Lagunita Lucky 13 Anniversary (8.80 % ABV)
Lemons, hoppy, bite, brassy. I’ll let you be the judge. Thumbs up.

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#172 Chattanooga Brewing Company Imperial Pilsner ( 5.50% ABV)
I usually stray away from pils, but this one was better than I expected. Lemony, malts, slight hops. No pic, but mid-thumbs up.

#173 Brooklyn Summer Ale (5.0% ABV)
Kinda watery. I think it was suppose to be a citrus, hoppy number, but that didn’t happen. I’m going to assume there were some issues going on. No pic. Mid-thumb down.

#174 Oscar Blue G’Knight (8.70% ABV)
All I have written for this beer is the word “Bold”. I gave it a thumb up, so I guess it was good.
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# 175 Clown Shoes Stupa Hero India Pale Ale. (8% ABV)
I planned to publish a post on IPA day. Clearly that didn’t happen. No description listed in my phone, but the pic indicates that I enjoyed it. Thumbs up!

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#176 Unita Detour Double India Pale Ale (9.5% ABV)
Ditto from previous beer. Thumbs up!
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#177 St. Bernardous Prior 8 (8% ABV)
I remember this being boozy. Possible hints of dark fruits. Not going to lie, I can’t remember the details. Thumbs up.

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#178 Bud Light Platinum (6% ABV)- No pic, same ol’ attempt from Bud to compete with craft beer. Keep trying guys! (No pic)

#179 Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat (5.30% ABV)
I only remember that it was cherry and delicious. Guest staring thumb (and fabulous accessories): A. Stone

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Shout Outs and High Fives
1. 18 days til the return of Alabama Football! (pop locking)
2. CB for gifting me with my first set of “adult glasses”. I’m growing up one day at a time.
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Thumbs Down ans WTFs
1. Myself. I recently turned 29 and have over 110 beers to drink in 357 days. Pressure is on!

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The ‘Pro’ In Procrastination: 1

In typical BeerLaughLove.com style, I drink more than I write which leads to posts, such as this.
#159 Red Hare Imperial Red IPA (ABV 9.4 %)
Nah, it was ok.  Nothing fany to remember. No pic. Mental side thumb.

#160 Country Boy Brewing Lazy Rye Pale Ale (6.2%)
Hoppy with slight caramel taste. Thats all I wrote in my phone. Thumbs up.
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#161 Country Boy Brewing Brown Chicken, Brown Cow (ABV 4.8%)
Water, chocolate, and toffee. I don’t know if that was a bad batch or what, but I was not a fan. No pic. Thumbs down. All the way down.

#162 O’Fallon Brewery Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale (ABV 5.50 %)
Decent. Mid-thumb.

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#163 Southern Tier Eurotrash Pilz (ABV 5.2 %)
I was intrigued by the name “Eurotrash”. I should’ve left it on the shelf.  Not bad, but not impressive. Side Thumb.

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#164 Bluegrass Brewing Company Saison (ABV 4.9%)
Awesomeness in a bottle.  You can never go wrong with a saison. Thumbs Up!

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Originally there was suppose to be a sepearate post just for  my trip to KY and the breweries. Clearly that didn’t happen, but here are a few scenes from the tour.

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Samples after brewery tour at Alltech’s Lexinton Brewing and Distilling Company. Hands down one of the best brewery tours I’ve experienced so far. Awesome beer!

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Flight at West Sixth Brewery. Top: Dead Heat Wheat (ABV 4.5%), Right: Deliberation Amber (ABV 5.5%), Bottom: Smithtown Brown (ABV 5.5%), Left: West Sixth IPA (ABV 7%).

#165 5 Seasons Centennial IPA (ABV ???%)
Floral and grassy with bold orange and grapefruit flavors. Smelled bread and my burps smelled like flowers. Love! Thumbs Up!

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#166 Oscar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale (ABV 6.5%)
Lemon, orange, grapefuit, and hops. Surprisingly good. I would have taken a pic, but we were at Sound Table observing the snobs. Thumbs up.

#167 Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (ABV 6%)
90 Minutes little brother. Still just as good. Thumbs up

#168 Red Brick Brewing Company Hoplanta (ABV 6.7%)
Pretty good. No details written and of course I can’t remeber any deatil. Thumbs up I guess.

#169 Unita Brewing Company Hop Notch (ABV 7.3%)
It got a thumbs up so I guess I liked it?
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High Fives and Shout Outs
1. University of Alabama Football is back baaybee! Prepare for domination. Roll MF Tide!

2. Newman’s Own has wine! I haven’t tried it yet, but I love almost (the frozen meals were not a hit for me) anything made by the company. Plus, all profits go to charities. Drinking for a cause? Yes, please.
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3. Lindsey’s first craft beer! Leikengule Summer Shandy was a semi-winner.
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Thumbs Downs and WTFs
1. The price of premium gas. You regular gas peeps are living the dream.

2. The Rep/Dem, Mitt/Obama Facebook Beefs. I’m all about freedom of speech, but some people need to chill. In the words of Bad Boy’s former golden boy Mase… “East, west, every state, c’mon bury the hate.”

Oh… and special s/o to Tammy! An amazing lady I met at the Great Atlanta Beer Festival who tried to convince me that Montgomery isn’t a scary place. Roll Tide, girl!
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Good Problems

So, I have been so engulfed with playing Dope Wars on my Android and complaining about my life that I published a post in over a two months. I’m so far behind that I forgot about most the beers and relying on the Inkpad app and the pics saved in my phone. With that being said (or written), here goes beers 153-158.

The Place: My Apt
The Peeps: SGC, Star, and Honored Guest CB
The Beers: #153 Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock (ABV 7.5%) and #154 Widmer Pitch Black IPA (ABV 6.5%)

#153 Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock (ABV 7.5%)

Caramel and malty. That’s all I have written down in my phone, so I guess that all I felt about it. Thumbs up!

#154 Widmer Picth Black IPA (Abv 6.5%)

Ha! I don’t have anything written about this one. Too much fun and pizza I guess? I gave it a thumbs up though.

This was my  first time purchasing a growler and the very nice man working at Moondogs Growler made my first experience an awesome one. Check ’em out!

The Place: CB’s Crib and Mi Casa
The Peep: GA Snows and Bear
The Beer: #155 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA (ABV 7%)

Forgot the details, but I do remember that I liked the beer and the can. Oh well… Thumbs up!

The Place: Terminal Brewhouse- Chattanoooga, TN
The Peep: Toyo
The Beer: #156 Belgian White (ABV 5.3%)

I had to shoot up to Chatty to volunteer at my church’s annual health fair and I met up with Toyo (The BFF) for lunch. Even though she doesn’t like beer (I’m still working on that), she was kind enough to take me there so I can get a new beer under my belt. The Belgian White was the suggested beer that went with my sandwich (The Fru Fru. Its to die for) so I went for it.  Surprisingly, I actually remember this beer. Light hint of hops and wheat and (word) orange peel. Thumbs Up! Toyo tried it.  Still a “no go” for her.

Terminal Brewhouse has an impressive list of in-house craft beers. It’s awesome to see Chatt progressing in the brew world!

The Place: My Humble Abode
The Beer: #157 Sweetwater 15 (ABV 10.0%)

Hints of fruit, spice, hops. That’s all I got.

The Place: Noddle- Midtown, Atl
The Peep: CB Coupon Queen
The Beer: #158  Allagash White

As written in Inkpad for Android: Lemons, zest, wheat, yeasty, spice. Thumbs up. No pic  😦

High Fives and Shout Outs

  1. The University of Alabama Women’s softball team winning their first NCAA National Championship.
  2. The University of Alabama Women’s golf team winning their first NCAA National Championship.
  3. THe University of Alabama Gymnastics team on their sixth NCAA  National Championship

Thumbs Downs and WTFs

  1. ABC for canceling GCB. Not ok!
  2. The closing of Mulberry Street Pizza.  I mean, the owner couldn’t send a public notice in the mail to let me know it was going out of business. Now  I have to go down the road to NY Pizza Exchange for overpriced pizza. Not ok!

Side Note: I had the pleasure of attending the Atlanta Summer Beerfest.  Amazing beer. Food Trucks. Decent cover band. Need I say more? While I was out boozing it up in the sweltering ATL heat I met some cool peeps. S/o Nicole Willis living it up at O’Dempsey’s booth. Check out her blog thewitofahophead.com. Another s/o  Ari Fleisher the founder and president of Frozen Pints, delicious craft beer flavored ice cream.

My peeps!

S/o to all the craft beer loving black women out there! We’re coming up in the world! High Five!

This is by far the absolute worst post I’ve ever published in the history blogging. I am more than ashamed of myself. I pledge to do better… maybe.

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