Time to kickstart this puppy

This damn thing has sat dormant for too long. Time to get this moving again. I’m working on redesigning and getting some new stuff added. But after all, this is my personal blog — it’s going to be disorganized just like I am. I’ll leave you with this thought — a new term for movies that is analogous to “Jumping the Shark” for TV — “Nuking the Fridge”. (Hat tip to Jeff L. for that one) If you haven’t seen the new Raiders of the Lost Ark movie that may not make sense. Cheers!

Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter, has died.

Very sorry to hear of the passing of perhaps the greatest beer writer in history, Michael Jackson. Mr. Jackson, better known as The Beer Hunter passed away last night in his home in London. I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Jackson a few times while working for Real Beer. He was a good and very knowledgeable man. One of his methods of beer writing others could learn from still, never say anything bad about a beer, just don’t say anything at all. That points to how revered a mention by Mr. Jackson was by all brewers. Some of his…

Toronado 20th Anniversary Celebration

The greatest bar in the country, hell the greatest bar in the world turns 20 years old this weekend. Toronado 20th Anniversary Celebration Come help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary, Saturday August 11th at the Toronado at 5:00PM. Some of the Beers: 1. The Toronado 20th Anniversary Beer, brewed by Russian River Brewing Company, on draught and for sale in cork finished 750ml bottles. I approached Vinnie two years ago about making a beer for the Toronado Anniversary, my guidelines were wood aged, big, and barnyard. We toyed with the idea of making six beers and blending them into one,…

Cincinnati Chili Batch 15 is Done!

And it’s pretty damn good. I reduced the spices by quite a bit in this batch. All the others, while on the right track, all seemed over-spiced. Some new additions this time (molasses, mace, onion, garlic) and some taken out (onion powder, vanilla, lemon juice, ginger). You may ask yourself “what happened to batch 14?” — well it wasn’t very good. I chose to dump most of it actually. Cincinnati Style Chili Batch 15 2.5 lbs lean ground beef (extra fine grind if possible) — 80% lean 2 14oz cans Swansen’s Beef Broth (less salt version) chilled 1 cup cold…

The 3 Way

Batch 14 is done. Recipe coming soon. It was pretty good, but a little too sweet. I think I will try adding more chili powder and tomato paste to whats left to give it a little more savory flavor. A picture for you.

Forget wine and cheese parties — the true soul mate for fromage isn’t made from grape juice

“As a longtime cheese aficionado, The Chronicle’s weekly cheese columnist and a nightly wine drinker, I’ve reluctantly concluded that many cheeses give wine, especially dry wine, a rough time. But after several weeks of “research, ” including two marathon tastings, I’m convinced that beer as a partner for cheese rarely stumbles. It takes some knowledge of beer and cheese to engineer the most harmonious marriages, but intolerable mismatches are rare.” — Janet Fletcher from “BEER & CHEESE – Forget wine and cheese parties — the true soul mate for fromage isn’t made from grape juice”

9,000-Year-Old Beer Re-Created

From NationalGeographic.com :: Sam Calagione of the Dogfish Head brewery in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, used a recipe that included rice, honey, and grape and hawthorn fruits to create Midas Touch Golden Elixir. He got the formula from archaeologists who derived it from the residues of pottery jars found in the late Stone Age village of Jiahu in northern China.

Get your beer, fast

“Just when I thought I was doing a good job drinking away my sorrows, Laminar Technologies has helped up my consumption of “Daddy’s Little Helper” with the new Turbo Tap. This beast can fill up a pint of brew in two seconds! The Turbo Tap really is revolutionary; it uses science—which is damn near to magic—to reduce the effects of gravity on beer. Gravity, velocity, forces, molecules, yeah they all have importance, but the real fact is that the Turbo Tap gets you beer, quick. Four times as quick. Now that is efficient alcoholism!” [via Gizmodo]

HOWTO convert canned Guinness to popcicles

“Here’s a HOWTO for converting cans of Guinness to popcicles by freezing them, slicing the bottom of the can, inserting a stick, cutting the top off the can, and sliding the can off. The results look beautiful and delicious.”  Just watch those sharp edges kids.

Indiana Sucks post of the day!

“65+ dogs and cats living in sin and 38 dead cats in a refrigerator”  [via FARK] MEXICO, Ind. — Investigators reported finding 38 dead cats in the refrigerators of two Miami County homes and have charged a woman with animal neglect. The owners of a rural home near the town of Mexico had asked Carla C. Randolph of Peru to occasionally check on their house while wintering in Florida, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department said. …

Count Every Vote!

It doesn’t matter what party you affiliate yourself with — all of our votes are equal. I believe that Americans deserve to know that their votes will count – and will be counted. It’s time to: * Provide a verified paper ballot for every vote cast in electronic voting machines; * Set a uniform standard for provisional ballots, so that every qualified voter within the state will know their votes are treated equally and will be counted; and * Require the Federal Election Assistance Commission to issue standards that ensure uniform access to voting machines and election personnel in every…