Monthly Archives: June 2008

Kegged my ESB

I kegged my ESB that “I brewed three weeks ago”:http://troyandgay.com/blog/2008/06/01/brew-day-english-esb/. For the first time ever, I have both of my beer taps with beer. Now I just need someone to drink it all.

My ESB

George Carlin

“George Carlin died”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/arts/24carlin.html?ex=1229832000&en=1f672e3af00a503d&ei=5087&excamp=GGGNgeorgecarlindied&WT.srch=1&WT.mc_ev=click&WT.mc_id=GN-S-E-GG-NA-S-george_carlin_died yesterday at 71. I remember the first time I saw his standup act on TV. Our family went on vacation to the beach with another family and me and my friend were watching HBO, which was novel to us at the time (mid 1970s). The adults sat down on the couch to watch too, me and my friend were on the floor right in front of the TV. Everything was fine until one joke, when the adults gasped and one of them quickly got up and turned the TV off. I’ll never forget that joke.

Some good Carlin quotes:

bq. I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.

bq. Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.

bq. Religion convinced the world that there’s an invisible man in the sky who watches everything you do. And there’s 10 things he doesn’t want you to do or else you’ll go to a burning place with a lake of fire until the end of eternity. But he loves you! …And he needs money! He’s all powerful, but he can’t handle money!

bq. By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.

bq. Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.

bq. Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.

bq. Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

bq. Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.

bq. Scratch any cynic and you’ll find a disappointed idealist.

bq. People who say they don’t care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don’t care what people think.

bq. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

bq. Here’s a bumper sticker I’d like to see: “We are the proud parents of a child whose self-esteem is sufficient that he doesn’t need us promoting his minor scholastic achievements on the back of our car.”

bq. Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself.

bq. I’m always relieved when someone is delivering a eulogy and I realize I’m listening to it.

bq. I wanna live. I don’t wanna die. That’s the whole meaning of life: Not dying! I figured that shit out by myself in the third grade.

bq. Life is a zero sum game.

Woodland Park Zoo

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We took Havana to the “Woodland Park Zoo”:http://www.zoo.org today. She wasn’t much interested in the animals, though, she just stared at them. I guess she’s still too young. After the park, we tried to go to the “74th Street Ale House”:http://www.seattlealehouses.com/74th/default.htm which is just down the street from the Zoo, but no one under 21 is allowed in (idiotic law). So we went to “Tangletown”:http://www.elysianbrewing.com/tangletown.html, one of “Elysian Brewery’s”:http://www.elysianbrewing.com/ three restaurants, for a mediocre dinner.

My Imperial Stout

My Imperial Stout is pretty good. It has a chocolatey taste, which you’d expect in a stout, but also has a slight cherry taste.

My Imperial Stout

Father's Day 2008

Technically, this is my second Father’s Day but Havana was only 6 weeks old at the time. This feels like my first one and I was looking forward to it. And the weather was great, all weekend was beautiful. Gay and Havana woke me up and Havana had put her “I Love Daddy” shirt in honor of Father’s Day and gave me a bag of gifts. I got three books to read to Havana and an “Amazon Kindle”:http://amazon.com/kindle! I spent the day in the hammock in the sun reading on the Kindle and finished the afternoon with a “Lagunitas IPA”:http://www.lagunitas.com/beers/ipa.html, one of my favorite IPAs.

The Kindle is a great device. I agree with a lot of the reviews that mention its design flaws. The screen is easy to read and can be read in direct sunlight. It’s light enough to hold for long periods of time and can hold lots of books, 200 supposedly. That alone makes it an improvement over books. All in all, I highly recommend it.

For dinner, we had barbecued Rib Eye steaks with chimchurri sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed corn

Father's Day Dinner

The wine was a 2005 “PlumpJack”:http://www.plumpjackwinery.com/plumpjackwinery/ Cabernet that we got “while in Napa Valley”:http://troyandgay.com/blog/2008/03/13/napa-valley/. For dessert, we had a homemade strawberry shortcakes with whipped cream while watching “Talk To Me”:http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/07/13/movies/13talk.html.

Kegged my Imperial Stout

I kegged my Imperial Stout that “I brewed 3 weeks ago”:http://troyandgay.com/blog/2008/05/25/brewing-day/.

Kegging my Imperial Stout

We’re going to a graduation party tonight so tomorrow I’ll taste it after it’s had a chance to carbonate and get cold.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale

Friday’s beer, “Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale”:http://www.sierranevada.com/beers/harvest_southern.html:

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale

Lots of hop aroma and flavor in an otherwise pale ale.

Maker's Mark is for rednecks?

I get monthly marketing emails from Maker’s Mark which talk about happenings at Maker’s Mark. In May, a Democratic Party in Kentucky invited Hillary Clinton to the Maker’s Mark distillery for a tour. Maker’s Mark welcomed her and they mentioned it in their monthly email. Apparently, they were bombarded with hate mail for allowing Hillary to visit. They got so much that they had to issue an apology on “their blog”:http://blog.makersmark.com:

bq. As you know from the email we sent out Friday, one of the presidential candidates paid us a visit over the weekend. We’ve gotten some pretty passionate emails from a few of you and wanted to make sure you knew we weren’t endorsing anyone.

bq. The Marion County Democratic Club invited Mrs. Clinton to Marion County and to our distillery. We extended her the same kindness we would any visiting dignitary, be it a political person or other celebrity, including Ambassadors.

bq. Anyway, we hope we didn’t offend anyone. We have always promised to let the Ambassadors know first about new and interesting things happening with us and the distillery. We thought letting y’all now about her visit fell into that category.

Commenters on the blog demonstrated their intellect:

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Dogfish Head Burton Baton Imperial IPA

Continuing to feed my new addiction for Dogfish Head beers, I tried the limited-release “Burton Baton Imperial IPA”:http://www.dogfish.com/brewings/Occasional_Rarities/Burton_Baton/22/index.htm. Gay found this again at “Esquin”:http://www.esquin.com/ and bought me two 4-packs, since it’s only $2.99/bottle, not the $8.99/bottle ($90/gallon!) that some of their beers get.

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This one is interesting because it’s their 90 Minute IPA aged in oak casks. I don’t know how long it’s aged and they don’t say. It’s also interesting to me because it is an Imperial IPA, probably my favorite beer style. Simply put, it’s a fairly traditional Imperial IPA with a nice woody flavor to balance out the bitterness. Quite tasty.

The label reads: “This special ale is a two-thread blend of young and wood-aged Imperial IPA. Please share it with loved ones and hoard it from the non-believers.” I did share a sip with Gay, a loved one. But thanks to her pregnancy, a sip was all she got. It’s hard to beat a wife (no pun intended!) who finds and buys her husband exotic beers that she can’t even drink.

Hear Coldplay's new album now

“Coldplay”:http://www.coldplay.com has released their album for streaming online at I♥Music.

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