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- Wednesday, July 19, 2006

World Beer Cup 2006

I came across the winners list today. I have no idea when It took place*, but here are some notable results...

Category: 11 Specialty Honey Lager or Ale - 29 Entries
Gold: Redoak Honey Ale, Redoak, Sydney, Australia
Silver: Midas Touch, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
Bronze: McGuire's Millennium Ale, McGuire's Irish Pub #1, Pensacola, FL

Probably one of the greatest beers I've ever had. It's kind of a combination of beer and a mead. I have a recipe to make a clone, but it requires saffron which I don't feel like buying.

Category: 28 German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock - 19 Entries
Gold: JW Dundee's Pale Bock, High Falls Brewing Co., Rochester, NY
Silver: Barre Maibock, Privatbrauerei Ernst Barre GmbH, L├╝bbecke, Germany
Bronze: Blonde Doppelbock, Capital Brewery Co. Inc., Middleton, WI

I thought that it was a damn good Bock. High Falls came out with a Hefe and something else new that I still have to try.

Category: 41 French- Belgian-Style Saison - 21 Entries
Gold: Straffe Hendrik Blond, Liefmans Breweries, Dentergem, Belgium
Silver: Hennepin Farmhouse Ale, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY
Bronze: Barking Duck, Matilda Bay Brewing Co., Melbourne, Australia

Good stuff.

Category: 47 Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale - 18 Entries
Gold: Bonsecours Brune, Brasserie Caulier, Peruwelz, Belgium
Silver: Lozen Boer Abt, DeProef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium
Bronze: Three Philosophers, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

I have a bottle of this in the bottom of my fridge, now I can't wait to pop it open.

Category: 61 Oatmeal Stout - 24 Entries
Gold: Strom Bomb Stout, Bottoms Up Brewing Co., Pinedale, WY
Silver: The Poet, New Holland Brewing Co., Holland, MI
Bronze: Blackbird Stout, Hereford & Hops Brewpub, Wausau, WI

Good stuff, second only to Murphy's Stout as far as stouts go, IMO.

...mmm, now I'm thirsty...

*Update: it took place in April.

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- Monday, July 17, 2006

I know who barfed on Ms Jingleplunker's shoe.

I was reading a post earlier where the author was criticized for their incorrect usage of whom. One of the comments linked to a great explanation of when to use who vs. whom. Aside from the quirky examples, what's nice is that they show the correct usage of both within the first 2 sentences:

"If I spoke perfect English, to whom would I speak it?"

I forget who said that, but I really like the sense of it.


- Thursday, June 29, 2006

smart in 2008

smart cars I had thought they were coming in 2007, but I just got an email newsletter that says they're coming in 2008. I guess the deal with Zap fell through and now they're getting imported by United Auto (based in Michigan). So far they don't list any dealers in the US yet, but hopefully there will be one near Rochester.

- Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Suck it, Winos!

A beer specialist has told food scientists a swift ale is a better choice than fermented grape juice - soluble fibre, vitamin B12, folic acid, niacin and antioxidants, yum!

- Thursday, June 22, 2006

- Tuesday, May 30, 2006

That's IT! I've had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!

"Exclusive footage" below:

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I love it.


- Thursday, May 25, 2006

Cyber Nations

Damn Ralph hooked me on Cyber Nations. Like he says it's just as addicting as Real Thugz was, but there is much, much less time required. I only have to login once or twice a day to check up on it. The integration with google maps is kinda sweet. And it's interesting the roles that religion, government type, and resources have in the game. It was definitely well thought out and it looks like it is constantly being tweaked as well, so that's kinda sweet.

My nation is Super Happy Fun Land, my citizens don't seem to agree though. Those losers better shut up and get back to work, they'll pay their taxes and they'll like it. ;-) (Go Green Team!)

Update: I just realized that all of Cyber Nations website doesn't have a single banner - not even the forums - that's amazing.

- Saturday, April 22, 2006

What The Bleep Do We Know!?

How far down the rabbit hole to you want to go?

- Thursday, April 20, 2006

I love J.W. Dundee's Honey Brown, but...

Honey Brown...I f'n hate rebates.

Earlier this year I bought a 12-pack of Honey Brown which had a $1 rebate stuck on it. Honey Brown is usually pretty cheap compared to my other favorites, and I probably would've bought it without the rebate, but knowing that I'd save an extra dollar made me feel a little better.

A few weeks later I filled out the rebate form and started realizing that the rebate form only had the PO Box, and no City, State, and Zip code. I found two ways to contact High Falls Brewery through their terrible flash site and sent messages to both. I got the following response from them on March 17th: the day that the rebate was supposed to be postmarked by:

Good morning,

We apologize for any inconvenience that this mix up may have caused. We would like to thank you for bringing this to our attention since the rebate forms were printed by a separate company and thank you for your interest in Honey Brown. The complete address is listed below. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further inquiries.

P.O. BOX 4412
YOUNG AMERICA, MN 55558-4412

Thank you,

Consumer Affairs
High Falls Brewing Company
445 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14605
(585) 263.9446

I rushed home for lunch (after all this was for a whole dollar, or $0.61 after postage), and mailed out the rebate. Then in early April the letter with the enclosed rebate was returned with this message on it:

NIXIE	553	1	06	03/30/06
BC:	(my zip+4)35	*1913-14629-17-35

Of course all of this had to happen when I had been working over 10 hours a day 7 days a week for pretty much all of March. Needless to say my blood pressure was high enough without some BS like this. Now I know it was only $1, but it's the principle of the whole thing. I almost felt like sending it to Eliot, I think I have an idea of what would happen, and after all the lawyers got paid, I don't think I'd see my dollar. I've contacted High Falls since then but they've not even bothered responding to my emails, let alone try to rectify their mistake. (how about a $1 off coupon, jerks?) Maybe The Consumerist will save the day? Anyone else get suckered in by this one?

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- Tuesday, April 04, 2006

CSS Naked Day

What happened to the design?

To know more about why styles are disabled on this website visit the Annual CSS Naked Day website for more information.

Update: CSS restored.