How Obama Got Here...

Friday, August 29, 2008

...and How He Can Win in November

A few days back, I read a six-part series on the primary battle written and well-researched by Roger Simon at politico.com.

Relentless tells how Obama and his team won, how they thought outside of the box, and provides a pretty harsh look at why Clinton lost. While there is no point in beating a dead horse, the series is a good read, especially for political wonks, which is why I am posting a link to it here.

The article lays out how Obama and his team are well prepared, have contingency plans, and are disciplined. It discusses the strategies and smart-thinking that gave Obama the primary win, which gives me hope and confidence that this guy can take the general.

For example:

-When the pundits and professionals told Obama to wait his turn, his team talked him into running.

-When the usual team of campaign insiders were trying their best to pick a winner and jumped on the Clinton bandwagon, others resisted and saw something different in Obama.

-When Clinton was raising an "insurmountable" amount of cash from the Clinton high-dollar donor list, Obama went to small-dollar donors, shunned political action committees, and blew away Clinton's' fundraising.

-When Clinton campaigned in big primary states, Obama and his team campaigned in nearly all states, including caucuses ignored by Clinton.

-When people said there weren't enough Democratic primary voters, who could give him the nomination, Obama went after voters that everyone said would not show up to the polls.

-When the McCain campaign started calling Obama a celebrity, and the party insiders told Obama to go with a smaller convention venue, he and his team did not shrink or get defensive like previous Democratic candidates would have. Instead, they basically gave McCain the bird and held the thing in the largest venue they could get. (Which they probably could have been filled twice.)

photo: Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times

-When media hacks told Obama to not even mention McCain in his convention speech, he instead hammered the guy.

-At the beginning of last night's speech I thought he was probably going too negative and maybe his speech was not as high-minded and lofty as convention speeches should be done. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but my analysis was wrong. The media coverage has been spot on to his message and he has walked away from last night looking tougher than any Democratic Presidential candidate in the last 40 years.

These people seem to know what they are doing and have the guts to fight. Every time the pundits say think they are doing something stupid, it turns out it is a calculated, smart move.

This guy may just pull it off.

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McCain Chooses...who?

McCain has chosen Sarah Palin, Two-year Govenor of Alaska as his running mate. This might be a bold move. Choosing a woman is a likely a smart choice, but who is this person?



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Watching a Guy Speak

Thursday, August 28, 2008

So, apparently there's a guy giving a little chat this evening. It seems to be getting some hype.

While we've never done this before, I'm wondering if there are going to be enough people watching this AND reading Around the Keg to do an open thread.

If so, just start the commenting. If not, I'll just post my thoughts into the ether.


9:55- Pat Buchanan just called this speech "one of the most important moments ever". Yeah, no hype here.

10:00- This speech is apparently an hour long, and will be given in front of 80,000 people. Meanwhile, John McCain is having trouble filling out a 10,000-seat arena to introduce his running mate tomorrow.

10:07- Nice little clip in the intro video about the Barack/Michelle Obama love story.

10:12- Obama enters to what seems to be the theme music from every 80's movie staring Michael J. Fox.

10:14- At some point, people are going to have to stop the applause. It's a long speech, people. Settle in.

10:22- Doesn't look like there will be any pulled punches this evening.

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Obama's Place in History


Before I comment, I wanted to get some stuff out of the way.  I don't consider myself a Democrat.  I did go door to door for Mondale back in the early 1980's and have voted for some Democrats over the years, but I mostly lean to the right.  Frustration at where the Republican Party has been moving has caused me take a harder look at Democratic candidates.  While I still don't agree with a good number of their positions, I agree with many and I also think the Republican Party needs to rid themselves of their current leadership and reorganize.

I don't normally watch conventions.  The candidate has already been picked and the speeches are usually of the rah rah, repetitive, get the party faithful fired up variety.  Yesterday seemed different.  Maybe it was the historic aspect of the first black candidate for president.  Maybe it was that the quality of the speeches seemed better.  Maybe it was Obama's surprise appearance.  Most likely, it was a combination of many factors, but it was genuinely exciting when he took the stage with Biden and spoke.  There are plenty of substantive questions and issue that need to be hashed out, but for now, I am content to let the events sink in and enjoy watching the ride.

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Growing Pains

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

So again, there have been some nice changes here at Around the Keg. We have a niced cadre of Contributors and a loyal following of "regulars" who post thoughtful, well-reasoned comments. We changed the picture on the top and added more links to our friends, some significant sites, and lots of beer-related links.

We also own the domain name www.aroundthekeg.com. This ownership allows us to add more features to the site that blogger doesn't offer (for free) and play with things a bit.

So, to our loyal readers, regular commentors and half-blitzed contributors...what would you like to see on this site? A Beer Advocate-style beer-rating system? An easier way to look-up your favorite beer reviews? On-line brewing software for recipe creation and critique? Anything goes. We may make fun of some of your suggestions, but that doesn't eman we aren't listening and don't respect them. We make fun of everything here, including stuff we like.

I am inclined to keep the traditional blog you see right now as the "home" page, because that's why people come here (presumably). But there ar lots of links and tons of unused space on the left-hand side we can use for additional features to make this blog into...something.

So help us define what "something" is. help us figure out what else you'd like to see here, other than beer reviews and socio-political rants (which will still be the mainstay and "home" of the site).


Thanks for your input,

Mgmnt

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He's after me lucky charms.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Coming to South Bend, I figured I'd take my fair share of crap for being a Michigan fan. But today reached a new low (or high, I can't decide).

I was threatened by a leprechaun.

That's right, a leprechaun. Little green guy, guards his pot of gold, carries a shillelagh... a flippin leprechaun. In the process of purchasing season football tickets with some classmates, it was brought to the attention of the Notre Dame mascot guy that I was a Michigan fan. He told me flat out that I was not to wear any opposing team's apparrel or root for them from the ND student section. Apparently, they don't "react to that too well".

I thought he was all talk... until I saw this:



So, for the record. If I vanish from law school, the damn leprechaun did it. Especially if it follows a performance like last year:



Anyone else with any good mascot stories, please feel free to share them with the class.

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Ale Monk

Friday, August 22, 2008

Some time ago, I traded some beers with ATK regular The Infamous Roger (who, by now, should be brewing his ass off at Bear Republic, if I'm not mistaken). Roger sent me a thorough selection of excellent california beers and per his request I sent him some Michigan- and Midwest-made IPAs. Turns out there's a regional differenec in IPA construction.

I digress.

Over the next few weeks, I will post my notes on the beers I got from The Infamous Roger. This week's beer happens to be one I have wanted to try for a long time now: North Coast Brewery's Brother Thelonius.

My unlce, a jazz aficionado, got his hands on some rarer-than-rare Thelonius Monk stuff, and I came to enjoy Thelonius more than I ever did before. One thing leads to another, I see North Coast has this beer, funny name, I like Thelonius Monk, I like Belgian Dubbels, I want this beer. And Roger delivered. But enough of the wind-up. Here's the pitch.

The Monk poured into the glass a rich Grand Piano mahogany, replete with a gorgeous haze that seems to refract light and a light effervescence that crawls heavenward giving thefeeling of a complex light show to accompany what will surely be sweet music. The pour yielded a dense one-finger head the color of cream and the consistency of meringue. As I quaffed the elixir, it left a signature "Belgian Lace" all the way down the glass. The stage was set, the band was ready.

My nose danced to the tune played out as nuts, raisins, plums, roses and cloves pciked up. Alcohol was present just enough to make the dance a little less self-conscious. Toasted malt joined in as well as just enough funk to make it interesting. Top it off with a hint of chocolate, I didn't know if I could keep up.

And then things got hot. The club was hopping. Dried cherries, raisins, and chocolate kicked this tune into high-gear. The alcohol burn was enough to lubricate my bravado just enough to not care where the dance took me. Caramel came in at just the right moment, and got balanced with the pepper-and-rose I remember from the start of the song. This tune balances towards the malted side, leaving the hops as more of an afterthought - maybe that hint of a minor note in the chord.

This is as full-bodied as you get before you slip away from this jazz and get into some deep modern-era classical compositions. But for as much going on in here, it's smooth, not hot. Smooth and savvy.

This beer met all of my expectations as I sipped the very last drop and set down the glass. I was expended but felt satisfied, not tired or bored. Elated, not exhausted. Great music like this will do that to you.

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The Beauty of Google's Algorythms

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The talented and tenacious Rickey Henderson just posted the wacky list of Google keyword searches that bring people to his site.

Thanks to the magic of Sitemeter, we here can do the same. I get a weekly-or-so report from these folks, and don't spend nearly enough time looking at just what brings people to our lovely, tipsy corner of the internets.

So thanks for the idea, Rickey, which I will unabashedly plagiarise.

German barmaid
What kind of site would we be here at Around the Keg is you couldn't search for German Barmaids and wind-up here? And fortunately for the searcher, it did not wind up with a picture of one of us in a barmaid outfit.

South Bend Keg Prices
I really don't remember this discussion here, other than to rip on ATK Contributor B Mac for quitting the state of Michigan to go to law school in..South Bend.

Oxyclean homebrew
I am pretty sure that if the oxyclean beer didn't kill you, that weird dude with the beard who screams for the entire commercial would.

vintage aluminum beer kegs
What, and not get my $75 deposit back???

best beers
This one appears several times. I am proud that Google thinks to send people to our site for a sampling of the world's best beers.

Styx "The Grand Illusion"
I'm at a loss here.

buy kegs of macs gold lager
I promise, I don't get any money from mac's.

blog Scarecrow-John Cougar Mellencamp
I am not sure if I'd be a fan of reading JCM's blog...

dave chapelle singing 5th amendment
One...two...free...four..FIF!

best keg beer advocate
Again, it's a public service we provide here at ATK.

kegs in jackson ca
ATK...your one-stop shop for kegs and keg pricing.

I work at michelob brewing company
I am soooo sorry for you. That must be hard.

eminem lifetime album sales
Again, I'm at a loss.

And there you have it. Around the Keg: our German barmaids do album sales and keg pricing.

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Bob's Best

Sunday, August 17, 2008

This post has nothing to do with beer, politics, or Smitty's testicles, but I figured that ATK's 1.8 million readers might enjoy a forth topic of conversation.

I enjoyed reading Rickey Recommends, a list of a few of Rickey's favorite things over at Riding with Rickey, so I completely ripped off his idea and decided to come up with a little list of recommendations of my own. I am so shameless, I even ripped off the alliteration.

Here are five of the best things in life, new and old, that bring joy to my little world.

Old Tools
Old tools, including antique tools, are often way more useful than that laser-guided, carbon tipped, nutron-powered, wonder saw you have been eyeing at Home Depot. There are hand drills, planes, saws and other cutting tools built a hundred years ago that often out perform their modern, electric counterparts. They can often be found cheap at garage sales too.

My Dad gave me an old hand plane that was his Dad’s. My Dad remembers going into the store with my Grandfather to buy the Fulton, 3710 when he was a kid. I cleaned it up, sharpened it and have been using it as often as possible. While I am no pro at using it, it has gotten me out of a bind more than once, when power tools failed me.

I also have a forty-year-old, Senco pneumatic stapler. I picked it out of the trash, ordered a rebuild kit for it for $26 off the internet and now I have a great stapler that would cost $400 bucks new. It’s as dangerous as hell, because it was built without all the safety gear. You can shoot it rapid fire in mid-air without pulling back a safety. It also randomly shoots off a round whenever you hook it up to the air compressor, so its best pointed away from the important, lower regions whenever setting it up.

The Kitchen Aid Mixer
This list could’t just include just guy stuff. That said, the Kitchen Aid mixer is one of the manliest kitchen appliances ever. These things pull more amps than the average table saw. If you stuck your hand into it while it is kneading dough, it’ll twist your hand off at the wrist. It is also rebuildable. The contact points in the motor (brushes) can be replaced if the motor wears out and the professional models are still all cast aluminum and steel, so you know they will out last you.

I recommend buying one when you get one of those 20% off Bed, Bath and Beyond Coupons in the mail. It’ll save you 70 bucks or more.

Lie-Nielsen Planes and Saws
All of their hand planes and saws are made in America from designs centuries old. The planes start at $75 to over $500. The handsaws start at $125.

Yep, these are hand tools. They are as expensive as hell. But with this shit, you don’t need electricity and the tools are works of art in themselves. The planes can shaves wood so thin, it looks like paper. The finish on the wood is so smooth, it is ready for finish without sanding. The saws cut like lasers.

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

The Chevy Small Block V-8.
"The V-8 is dead, the future as all hybrid cars"…Blah. Blah. blah.

Nothing matches the durability, compact size, light weight and performance of these engines, whose ancestors started rolling off a Flint, MI assembly line in 1955. These aren’t dinosaurs though. The modern Chevy V-8 gets the best mileage out of its applications and powers the one of the fastest, best handling cars in the world, the Corvette ZR-1. The Chevy small block is simple, has less moving parts, and is more cost-effective than the competition and now can run on ethanol.

Anything Made Out of Titanium
I have owned a whole bunch of bikes made of aluminum, carbon fiber, and steel. I like carbon a lot, but there is just something cool about a bare metal titanium bike, or other product for that matter. My bike is almost 12 years old and looks as good as new. Newer bikes still haven’t caught up to combination of characteristics that makes this thing cool. The material offers great shock absorption, light weight, its tough as hell, and as bare metal it doesn't corrode. It even has a cool, nickel-like grey color. Titanium is just an awesome material, as you have probably seen in golf club heads, hammers, bolts and more.

That's it. I have started my first post of "Bob's Best" things out there. I'd love to hear from the other contributors at ATK on their recommendations.

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From McCain to Russia with Love.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

You may have already seen this as it is about a day old. It requires no set up. Please listen and comment.

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Like Sherman's Invasion of Atlanta...

...just the other Georgia, half a planet away.

I have been trying to figure out what to say about the whole Russia/Georgia thing when lo and behold, Mr. Furious put up a post and a link to The War Nerd. This guy provides a bunch of historical perspective on where this came from, why it's happening, and why Putin knew he could do this without consequence. It's not that long of an article, about 5 to 10 minutes of your day, and is well worth the read. You have to pick through just a small bit of his Armchair General-style editorial comments and callousness towards war victims, but I'm callous enough myself that it didn't get in the way of a good historical perspective.

Relevant to today:

This time [in regards to whether or not Russia would swoop in to help an ally], the Russians came through. For lots of reasons, starting with the fact that Bush is weak and they know it; that the US is all tied up in that crap Iraq war and can’t do shit; and most of all, because Kosovo just declared independence from Serbia, an old Russian ally. It’s tit for tat time, with Kosovo as the tit and South Ossetia as the tat. The way Putin sees it, if we can mess with his allies and let little ethnic enclaves like Kosovo declare independence, then the Russians can do the same with our allies, especially na├»ve idiotic allies like Georgia.
Yes. We are all tied up in that war in Iraq. I think what adds to Putin's assuredness that this would go his way is that a lot of our allies...U.S. allies...in Europe really like Putin's oil. They, in the form of NATO, are not exactly clamoring to fight this out either.

And now the mighty U.S., police to the world, can't intervene:
The fretting and fussing and sky-is-falling crap about this war is going to die down fast, and the bottom line will be simple: the Georgians overplayed their hand and got slapped, and we caught a little of the follow-through, which is what happens when you waste your best troops—and Georgia’s, for that matter—on a dumb war in the wrong place. We detatched Kosovo from a Russian ally; they detached South Ossetia from an American ally. It’s a pawn exchange, if that. If it signals anything bigger, it’s the fact that the US is weaker than it was ten years ago and Russia is much, much stronger than it was in Yeltsin’s time. But anybody with sense knew all that already.[emphasis added by me]
I have not heard what either of our Presidential hopefuls have said about this, but I assume Obama has had the good sense to leave it alone and give McCain the rope he needs, or said something harmless and trite. I'll assume McCain said something uninformed but tough-sounding. But this is not a post about Obama or McCain. I just wanted to get that out of the way. This is a post about this fascinating little war and what it means for us, Russia, and Eurasian stability.

***UPDATE***

From Mr. Furious again, pulled from Publius over at Obsidian Wings:
For me, it’s been fascinating to watch the militant anti-Russia critiques from McCain and the neocon usual suspects. What’s interesting is not so much the intensity of the critiques, but the underlying similarities between the neocons and the Russians. More precisely, what’s interesting are the parallels between neocon thought and the thought that led the Russians to attack (or counter-attack). In short, both are motivated by militant nationalism.
Read on. Well worth it. Discuss.

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And then there were two...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ok, so I've totally bogarted this space becuase I have some awesome news to tell to the 1.2 million ATKdaily readers, and the rest of the billions of lurkers out there...

I'm going to be the newest Apprentice Brewer at Mountain Town Station and Mount Pleasant brewing company! Woohoo!

I don't have any specific dates for when I start, as I've got some "business" that I need to take care of before I go, but in the next 2 months to 2.5 months, I will be moving to Mount Pleasant to start brewing with the pros! I'm so totally excited... I talked (rambled) a lot more about this on "Beer, My Universe, and Everything" if any of you care to read.

And btw... Roger, hows things going out at Bear Republic?

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The Obama Veepstakes - ATK addition.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The morons in the media are all weighing in, so the brain trust at Around the Keg might as well sound off.

Who do you think:

1) Obama's Vice Presidential pick WILL be?
2) Obama's Vice Presidential pick SHOULD be?
3) Who would be a complete, unmitigated, f*#@ing disaster of a V.P. pick?

Your thoughts in the comments section.

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A Public Service Announcement

This isn't scary at all. Nope. Not even a little. Notttttt a bit.I get that when you make a video like this, it is designed specifically to be alarmist. It is made to create a shock factor with the viewer. But even through all of the hyperbole, the nuggets of truth here about things that "could be" are scary enough.

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Mass Beer Tasting

Friday, August 08, 2008

Sorry no beer review the past 2 weeks. This damn herd of kids...work business...primary elections...blah blah. Excuses are like assholes; everyone has one and they all stink.

At any rate, a few weeks ago I attended the Summer Beer Festival put on by the Michigan Brewers Guild. It is a fantabulous event and is among the best-run and most organized festivals I have ever attended. That's quite a feat, considering the huge potential for utter chaos that a festival with a cheap ticket price, an open invitation and loads of high-alcohol drinks can yield. The key seems to be tons and tons of bathrooms. Port-a-johns everywhere. A "relieved" people is a relaxed people.

47 breweries. 330 different Michigan beers. 60 different styles of beer. My stomach was full of carb-heavy foods. I was ready to go.

Before I go on, I will note that no, I didn't hit all 47 breweries. Remember that kid in east Lansing who died on his 21st birthday because he took 21 shots? I have a wife and kids to think about. So I will settle for "trashed" so long as it's not "dead." And several breweries I visited multiple times. I will give you a rundown of what I remember tasting. After a while and a certain level of inebriation, I couldn't taste much any more. And for three days afterwards I could barely even taste coffee.

Not from memory, but from notes scribbled on various and sundry items and crammed in my pockets (but with editorial comments added for the blog today):

Arcadia (Battle Creek, MI)
Hop Rocket Imperial IPA. Extremely well-done brew with a bog malt backbone. The hops weren't overdone...it was a pleasant IPA with higher ABV than most.
Cereal Killer 08 Barleywine. Big huge malty flavors like tick syrup on top of a bed of aggressive hops. Should have let this age more; it was a bit young. But still, I have had much worse and this one had real potential.

Atwater Block (Detroit, MI)
Voodoovator Doppelbock. Nice chocolate and toasty notes. Alcohol spice. A simple, well-rounded doppelbock that would be a nice session beer in winter.
Vanilla Java Porter. I have this in bottles all the time; it's one of their gold standard beers. I wanted to try it on tap. Kegged, it really brought out more of the coffee/toasty notes and toned-down the vanilla a bit, making it even more drinkable and balanced than the bottled version.

Dragonmead (Warren, MI)
Earl Spit Stout. Meh. A stout. Nothing wrong with it. Fits the category pefectly. Just nothing that "popped."

Fort Street Brewery (Lincoln Park, MI)
Secret Stash Barrel Aged Stout. Gasp! A barrel-aged stout at a beer fest? No way! It was...exactly what I expected. I really like barrel-aged beers. I think they impart a nice flavor to the beers and a new level of complexity. But it is nothing new any more...every damn brewer does it, so unless it has something else special to it, I'll like it, but any more it's like drinking any other average beer.

Grand Rapids Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI)
Farmers Daughter Saison. I am on a huge saison kick right now. To me, it's a more-perfecter summer beer than a hefe. This was a really nice saison. Bordered on sweet rather than cirtus, with that nice yeasty funk barely in the background. Nicely balanced and very refreshing.

Right Brain Brewery (Traverse City, MI)
CEO Stout (Chocolate, Espresso, Oatmeal). It wants to be Founders Breakfast Stout when it grows up, but is a very good shot at the title of "king of the beers I like." The C, E and O were very present, the latter being the silky-smooth mouthfeel.

Sherwood Brewing Co. (Shelby Twp., MI)
Very Cherry Trippel. Big huge Belgian cherry trippel. I brew a Belgian cherry dubbel and it is a fave among my friends and tailgate compatriots. This tasted very similar but with a bigger alcohol burn to it. Heavier malt taste with a sour cherry bite, it was a great offering that IO went back to several times in hopes to figure out how to improve my own recipe to match this one.

Walldorff Brewpub (Hastings, MI)
Strawberry Rhubarb Cream Ale. Chicks will dig this beer.
Old Woody Imperial Stout. Now we're talkin'. Left wine-like legs in the tasting cup. Massive roasted and toasted flavors, a bit of "burnt" in it. Big hop attack of an earthy quality. Big alcohol burn. Loved it. Had seconds. And thirds.

Arbor Brewing Co. (Ann Arbor, MI)
Uskratsch Mai Bock. Such a nice Mai Bock. Malts in great balance with a spicy hop tinge. It's like springtime in a bottle!

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. (Warren, MI)
A few shillings too many wee heavy. Huge sweet malt with a bit of toasted bread. Bitterness not so much from hops but from toasted malts. Great wee heavy. Went back for repeats.
Ninkasi Ancient Ale. This was one of two beers they had there bittered with something other than hops. I picked this one because it reminded me of "ninja." For the life of me, I can't remember what they bittered it with, and a trip to their web site was fruitless; the whole site is broken links. It is, however, named after the Sumerian Goddess of Brewing Beer. Whatever it was, it was extremely sweet and ginger-y and I liked it a Hell of a lot.

The Livery (Benton Harbor, MI)
Maillot Jaune French Farmhouse Ale (saison). Perfect saison. Game over. Had this like 5 times.
Trippelweizenbock. A wheat bock mixed with a trippel. Big alcohol, wheat spiciness, round malts, agressive trippel sweetness...I came back to this one 3 or 4 times. Almost like gingerbread cookies.

New Holland Brewing Co. (Holland, MI)
Golden Cap Saison. More spicy and citrusy than the Grand rapids one listed above, which made it great in its own right, different from the Grand Rapids one. That's the magic of this style; slight variations give each beer its own character and subtlety but it's still consistently refreshing.
Dragon's Milk Oak Aged Ale. A personal favorite I purchase all the time. Sometimes, you go with what you know 'cause you crave it.

Founders (Grand Rapids, MI)
Kentucky Breakfast Stout. My favorite stout of all time aged in bourbon barrels. To. Die. For. Coffee, chocolate, toasted malt, with a shot of bourbon in it.
Backwoods Bastard. Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale (sweet, malty, syrupy) aged in bourbon barrels. Makes me like this style of beer even better.

Dark Horse (Marshall, MI)
Plead the 5th Imperial Stout. Huge coffee aroma and flavor atop a bed of both spicy and earthy hops. Huge body, low carbonation. Barely any sweetness, this is all toasted and burnt-roated goodness.
Perkulator Coffee Doppelbock. Shoulda been a stout. Oh well. Lost the doppelbock under all the coffee roastiness.

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, MI)
Luciernaga Saison. Jolly Pumpkin ages all of their beers in French Oak Barrels. It imparts a sour note that really really works for some beers and is dismal for others. It...kinda worked for the saison, but it had just enough of a sour note to make it puckeringly-tart and funky. A bit much.

So that's what I remember having and what notes I could find in my pockets. I am sure I had some others, but with repeat trips to some of the beers I really liked, I wanted to make sure I could make it back to the bus. This was a great festival, and I'm looking forward to the winter beer fest on February 28, 2009 in Grand Rapids!

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Paris Hilton's Revenge on McCain

Thursday, August 07, 2008

As you may or may not know, Senator John McCain has claimed that Senator Barak Obama is nothing but a celebrity empty shirt.

In a recent ad, he claimed that Obama is no better than Paris Hilton. So, Paris retaliated. If you haven't seen this, you have to watch it. It is awesome. She has my vote!

See more funny videos at Funny or Die



Or you can go here to view this:
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/64ad536a6d

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Wednesday Blogwhoring

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Okay. ATK Newcomer Christian has a site up and running and he's decent about a nearly-daily post (necessary according to blog posting rule #9482). It's called "Is This Supposed To Hurt..."

Christian is a former Marine, like yours truly, with all of the latent alcoholic and homocidal maniacal tendencies that reside therein.

Go check him out and increase his readership so it's not just me telling him that his ideas are fucking stupid. We need to nip his insanity in the bud, people. It takes a village. So please, go encourage him and egg him on.

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