Tuesday, April 25, 2006

My Own "Semi-Private" Idaho

Just thought i'd throw out a quick reminder about the upcoming Mountain Brewers Fest. Aaahh... don't forget about the Mountain Brewers Fest. What? you were expecting some kind of all-inclusive, instructive packet? Well forget it!!! My ass is too drained and overworked to deal with your pissy, shriveled-assed needs. What about me? This shit aint easy. Do you know how hard it is being a celebrated award winning beer journalist? Do you know what it's like living in your own semi-private Idaho?(exept being 200 miles south and not actually being in Idaho) Well I do. Sort of... Anyway, i'm leaving. I've gone to live with the beer hippies in the forests of the Northwest.
Good bye forever. Mikey.
P.S. Honey,I never got a chance to return that sweater your mom gave me for Christmas. Umm, I left the receipt on top of my bureau. I'm probably over the thirty day return limit but umm… I'm sure if you make a fuss they'll at least give you a store credit or something. Umm.. It's actually not a horrible sweater. It's... It's just I can't imagine when I would ever wear it you know? being in the forest and all. Oh, I also left a button on the bureau. I'm not sure what it goes to, but I can never bring myself to throw a button away. I know that as soon as I do I'll find the garment it goes to and then it'll… Wait a minute, could it be from the sweater? Did that sweater have buttons? Hmm… Well I should wrap this up before I start to ramble. Again, goodbye forever.
P.P.S. You know, it might be a little chilly in Oregon, I'm actually going to take the sweater. I'll see you in all Idaho Falls on June 3rd.
P.P.P.S. If you watch Family Guy it all makes sence.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Utah Beer Holds It's own

Every Two years, Breweries from around the world gather to compete in the most prestigious beer competion in the world. 85 beer-style categories were awarded last friday during the World Beer Cup Gala Awards Ceremony in Seattle, Wash. Utah brewers stacked up an impressive stack of hardware, aquirering seven medals. Two bronze, four silver and one gold. Only six other states had better medal counts. So, get your collective lazy asses over to one of our award winning brewpubs/breweries and congratulate your local Sudsmeisters.
Here is a list of the medal winners.

Squatters Pub Brewery
Victory Altbier
Bronze

Uinta Brewing Co.
Cutthroat Pale Ale
Bronze.

Redrock Brewing Co.
Nut Brown Ale
Silver

Redrock Brewing Co.
Roggen Rock
Silver

Squatters Pub Brewery
Emigration Amber Ale
Silver

Utah Brewers Cooperative
Evolution Amber
Silver

Utah Brewers Cooperative
Squatters IPA
Gold

By the Way, I can't Pimp this Beer enough. If you havn't tried Squatter's IPA, do so now! This India Pale Ale is without-a-doubt one of the best beers made in the world. True to the classic IPA style. There's no reason why these shouldn't be flying off the shelves. Slainte!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Beer Geek Game

The other night I was hang'n out at the Bayou (I know honey, big surprise) and I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of nice guys who brought a board game to the bar. (Sorry Guys I sorta tied-one-on that night and forgot your names). Normally I would stay clear of people who bring board games to bars, but this one was kinda intriguing. Called Brewmaster, the object of the game is to brew the best beer and win awards for them. The player with the most awards at the end wins. Using mechanics similar to rummy, players combine cards to brew six beer styles including ale, stout and Belgian. In doing so players will use some of the 90 cards representing real beer ingredients. The game is influenced heavily by event cards, which players draw after brewing beer. The event deck represents some of the real triumphs and tragedies that have taken place in the microbrewery world. The game is great for two to five players and generally takes less than an hour to play. No beer knowledge is necessary, as this is not a trivia or drinking game. Indeed it is the perfect game for settings involving beer and non-beer fans alike.