Month: June 2014

Thirstday Brew Review – Grolsch Premium Lager

grolsch-premium-lagerThe Thirstday beer review is a little late because some friends and I were reviewing it until the wee hours of the morning. I know Grolsh isn’t a craft beer but you can taste the craftsmanship in every swallow. So here goes…

First, the satisfying pop of the caged stopper signals that a celebration is forthcoming. I found no need for a glass because there is some unknown quality that makes drinking Grolsch from a bottle a very pleasant experience.

What we all noticed is that the slight skunky aroma didn’t affect the taste in a negative way. No pretentious notes to get in the way of enjoying a nice lager without all the fuss of determining lacing and head and what color pour it happened to be. It’s a beer to be enjoyed along the likes of Stella or Duvel.

We found no snobbishness in the aftertaste but after 9 or so of them it was fun to order them while trying to pronounce the name correctly. Also nice to enjoy a brew that’s not an IPA and have to comment on the “hoppiness“. Just enjoy the brew and the happiness without breaking out a beer journal to copy down every hint or trace of flavor that people go on about for hours, even though most of it is for the benefit of beer snobs that make beers sound like something you put on a horse or ride a horse through, or find on an island. – i.e. “hints of leather and winter wheat,” or, “graceful barley notes with a touch of papaya and dragon fruit.”.

Supreme Court Says NO to Obama in a 9 to 0 Decision

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From The L.A. Times:

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Obama exceeded his power under the Constitution by filling three federal positions when the Senate was on a brief break, but justices upheld the right of the president to make recess appointments during longer breaks.

Unfortunately, it’s not enough to drive him out of office but it’s a start. At least someone in authority noticed that the POTUS acts more like a king than an elected President. Let the left-handed hand wringing begin. Off to read more on the “IRS, Oops, we had a crash that selectively deleted emails pertinent to an investigation but left others intact” line of BS. Seems more facts are forthcoming.

Monday Mixer – Vodka Gimlet

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Summer is here and so is the heat and the Mondays come, once a week. So next Monday treat yourself to a classic, the Vodka Gimlet.

You’ll need:

1 1/2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Lime Juice
1 tsp. Sugar, powdered

Shake ingredients well in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain into a Cocktail glass and garnish with a lime slice or for something a bit more fancy, peel a lime curl and float in the glass or drape from the edge of the glass in a spiral. Simple, refreshing and pleasing to the eye. Come back next Monday for another Mixer and feel free to add your own spin on this classic in the comment section.

Beer Software – Brew Target – Take the Guesswork Out of Brewing

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Want to brew your own? Tired of chasing down scraps of paper you jotted recipes on? Want to experiment BEFORE you brew?

Brew Target is free, open source and loaded with features.

It automatically calculates color, bitterness, and other parameters for you while you drag and drop ingredients into the recipe. Brewtarget also has many other tools such as priming sugar calculators, OG correction help, and a unique mash designing tool. It also can export and import recipes in BeerXML, allowing you to easily share recipes with friends who use BeerSmith or other programs. All of this means that Brewtarget is your single, free, go-to tool when crafting your beer recipes.

Visit their site for your free Brew Target download. Let me know what you think.

It’s Thirstday – So every Thursday I’ll Review A Brew

sculpinThis week it’s Ballast Point Brewery’s Sculpin IPA. For everyone that just groaned as soon as they saw “IPA”, don’t go away yet.

It’s true that many people are turned off by a hoppy brew but there’s no need to fear this beer. It very well balanced, smooth with a light finish. No bitter beer face with this one.

With a 7% ABV it packs a little punch to go along with the slightly fruity, lemony goodness. The hint of pine doesn’t overpower the traces of pineapple, banana and caramel. Copper pour with small head and thick lacing.

If you have tried an IPA and didn’t like it, give this one a try. Not overpowering and is perfect for a hot summer day. This would be one of the first IPAs I’d give to someone that has never tried one.

Why The American Flag Is Upside Down – A Nation In Distress

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From the Flag Code

(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. (Link)

Are we in extreme danger to life or property? I believe we are. The current administration made a deal with terrorists, the economy is in shambles and other nations perceive us as weak. That puts the lives and property of all Americans at risk. If you believe the same, Snag the Flag and put it on your blog. It’s time to protest, one of the rights we are guaranteed.