GABF Hangover 2017: AKA Dispatches From The Biggest Beer Festival in America
Another Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is in the books! The biggest beer festival in North America brings 60,000 people from all over the globe for unlimited samples of 3,800+ beers. With only 4 hours and having limits you can only do a small smattering of the available beers on tap. Every year I plan a battle plan of where to go….which usually falls apart after a hour or so of sampling. However I do find myself visiting a lot of favorites and looking up buzzworthy beers to taste. As I often do, I like to report on what my takeaways were from “America’s answer to Oktoberfest” (aka the 2nd biggest beer festival in the world)
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Beer is pretty great. People have been drinking it for centuries, empires were built around it (look it up true story) and if you’re of the age to drink, it’s pretty tasty too! Some fans may enjoy beer enough to want to make some! This is my guide to making beer at home. While there are far, far more qualified resources out there, I’m doing this because it’s an activity I like to do and I have a blog that I haven’t updated since mid-summer. For my pop-culture readers, I’ll talk about Spider-man, 80s/90s nostalgia or Halloween candy soon enough. But for now I wanted to post something new. For those still with me, this is a bit long but future posts will be shorter and to the point. I’ll add fun photos of my dog along the way….So here’s a quick-ish read on how to homebrew:
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Spider-man has been my favorite comic book character for as long as I can recall. Being born in the 80s but a child of the 90s, it was mostly Bat-central growing up with the Michael Keaton movies, but due to some old tapes I was able to pledge my early allegiance to Spider-Man by watching Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends. Shortly into the 90s the animated series would debut on Fox Kids on the heels of the successful X-men series and near the end of High School the first live action films with Tobey Maguire debuted. The movies lined up perfectly with my own life: The first movie I was a senior in High School like Mr. Parker, Spider-Man 2 was while I started college and the 3rd movie in 2007 was when I too was post-college figuring out life. Much like Batman, Spider-Man has had both highlights on the big screen (Dark Knight and Spider-man 2 respectively) and lowlights (Batman and Robin for Bats, Spider-Man 3/Amazing Spider-man 2 for the web-head). With this month’s release of Spider-Man Homecoming we are like Batman seeing the 3rd attempt to launch a film series.
Similar to my Civil War review I wanted to briefly talk about things I liked about Spider-Man Homecoming but since the movie hasn’t been out long, I will be careful about spoilers. Here we go! (Twhip!!!..…that’s me shooting a web to swing into this review):
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Giving Cable TV The (Not-So) Hard Goodbye: A guide to cord-cutting
Last week I finally pulled the trigger on something that has been debated, considered and argued over in my household for the past 3-4 years (my wife may say longer): We finally cut the cord on Cable TV!! While I don’t watch a lot of TV, I was always the holdout in talks with my wife about finally cutting the cord.
I’m not the easiest at embracing change, so as a defensive mechanism I often would make excuses like giving an expiration date on our TiVo service commitment a bit further out than it really was or put a lot more stock into a show that I was mostly indifferent over.
However, continued negotiations for HBO pricing with our cable provider and routinely changing fees and service charges I was more ready to make the change now than I was 2 or 3 years ago. After all, things aren’t quite the same as they were back when cord-cutting started to pick up momentum with customers and some of our friends. So while this isn’t anywhere close to being an innovative or even new and exciting guide, this is more or less what I’ve discovered a week into cutting the cord.
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17 years ago from the moment we saw him in that cage fight in Canada in the 2000 film X-Men all the way to this weekend’s release of Logan, Hugh Jackman spent the better part of the next 2 decades bringing Wolverine to life.
Before the films even launched the golden age of superhero movies, Wolverine was a well beloved character in the X-men comics as well as the 90s X-men animated series that still holds a special place in many 80s/90s kid’s hearts. Hugh Jackman just brought us a new standard to the character over the course of 9 movies. While Jackman had claimed a few times that he’d be retiring from portraying Wolverine only to pop up in another X-men film, there’s a good chance this is the last time we’ll see him pop on the claws (unless in his words he can play with the Avengers, which would be incredible but doubtful). Similarly this is very likely the last time we’ll see Sir Patrick Stewart in the role of Charles Xavier as well according to recent interviews. While we have James McAvoy portraying young professor X, it’s going to be hard to picture anyone else but Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. However the character is larger than any one actor so I think we’ll see Wolverine again possibly after letting a X-film cruise without him for a movie or two (Next X-Men movie is rumored to be Dark Phoenix and/or taking the mutants on a cosmic adventure) .
As a salute to Jackman’s near-20 year portrayal of Wolverine I thought it’d be fun to highlight my favorite Wolverine moments from each film….including Origins:
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DIY Kegerator Build: How To Easily Let the Beer Flow in the Comfort of Your Own Home
After homebrewing for roughly 4 years or so I have finally made the transition to kegging and this past weekend I hosted my first keg tapping ceremony with a kegerator that I recently built. You can easily buy one already assembled but doing this method I was able to get everything done for about $320 but with some discounts with loyalty programs and conveniently timed gift cards I was able to bring that cost down to around $270. Here’s how the progress went.
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Stranger things was the breakout show for me last year. It was arguably probably the best part of 2016 as evidenced in my best/worst review of 2016 So it was more than a little exciting to see the SuperBowl ad last night….for the most part. Here’s my 20 second journey
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2016 might have been the worst year in quite some time. It’s really hard to defend the year as being great when everyone can agree it was abnormally terrible.
In fact, I’m breaking a tradition with this recurring post and eliminating the “in-between” section from my annual list because very few things were redeeming enough to lift our spirits this year.
If there’s anything to end the year on a good note for me, it’s writing my annual Best & Worst look back at the year. Keep in mind these are things that I thought were awesome (or bad) but feel free to weigh in on your personal best/worst of 2016 either on here or on the Facebook/Twitter talkback! Onto the list! (READ MORE)
Last Friday Metallica released Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. Now that a week has passed and the “newness” has worn off and I was able to listen to it a few times I feel now I can accurately review it. I feel that since St. Anger, Metallica has made it a mission to return to form. With Death Magnetic, they took a step in the right direction and while this album is a better return to form it does seem at times that this is Death Magnetic part 2. With a few interesting projects between Death Magnetic nearly 10 years ago such as the odd Lou Reed collaboration album LuLu and the concert film/ action film mashup of Through the Never. It was pretty fun as a fan to see Metallica return with a new album. (READ MORE)