#SippyTimeBeer Review – Flying Dog, Fortune Teller & Green Flash

Flying Dog Pale AleFlying Dog BreweryClassic Pale Ale – I’ve mentioned more than once that I’m not always the biggest fan of India Pale Ales (IPAs) but they are starting to grow on me. This beer dials back the hops and delivers quite a good balance of hops and malt. Their site says that there are grassy and citrus notes but I didn’t get those. I remember a failed beer from Great Lakes Brewing that was called Grassroots Ale. I felt like I was tasting a thinned out version of dirt. I got nothing of the sort from this beer. This beer out of Frederick MD is worth drinking.

Barley’s Smokehouse & BrewpubFortune Teller East India Porter – There is a Barley’s chain around that are serving house brews but as far as I understand this spot is unrelated to the chain. According to their website, IPAs were made for the officers on the ships sailing from England to India since hops are a natural preservative. The crew got a similarly hopped porter. Even with all of the hops, it isn’t heavy handed. It has a dark color but is thinner than most porters. It was another tasty beverage that I’d recommend. It helps that the food is good to boot.

Green Flash Saison Diego

Saison Diego with Sir Perry Berry in the background

Green Flash Brewing CompanySaison Diego – Saisons are quick becoming a favorite. They remind me of hefeweizens because they’re light, have just a hint of fruit and a noticeable spice note. For this beer, the citrus is orange (banana for most hefeweizens) and the spice is ginger (usually clove or cinnamon for the other) which makes for a light, crisp refreshing beer. This beer seems suited for summer so since it’s upon us, give it a try.

Here are a couple of links that I got to read today. Thanks to extra local brewers like Zauber, Hoof Hearted and Four Strings along with Cbus staples Columbus Brewing Company and Elevator Brewing, Ohio has become the #4 state for craft beer production. My liver is not happy with this news. The other link is about how one rates a local beer on the Untappd app, which I have but don’t use. Do I overrate local beers? I don’t think so but it could be a factor. Enjoy a #SippyTimeBeer this weekend! -Kevin

#ROH is the Worst Part IX

hoopla_shirtI know this image has already taken a tour thru the internet, most notably on a certain Facebook page not named Stunt Granny. I held off on commentary because how does this not scream “ROH is the Worst”? Jeremy had asked me to review it before I saw the post on Facebook but had forgotten about it until I started mowing through my back log of episodes. Jeremy & I had gone back and forth about whether this shirt was even worth buying for a goof but we both agreed we’d be feeding into the abyss of terrible that is ROH so we wouldn’t even buy it as a gag. Sure enough, in the first episode I watched from 1 June, some tool in the first row already had the shirt.

With my memory thoroughly jogged, let’s get on to breaking down this absolute train wreck. They’re going for a crass (I can’t think of a better word because it’s not outrageous or shocking or trying to appeal to the ladies) with this gimmick so one would think they wouldn’t be shy with the design. The Os in Hoopla scream to be used as a highlighter for her boobs. But ROH designers don’t even feel the need to put any type of definition into the silhouette. They need to at least highlight some of the curves if she’s going to be a hottie. The other option is to capitalize on the mini-hula hoop craze that hit Youtube last year and show the silhouette hula hooping. The word Hoopla Hottie could have even been used inside the hula hoop even if the font would have been smaller than the real shirt.

On the back of the shirt, it has the statement “Take Your Pants Off” which of course then shows a top hat. I understand that Truth Martini needs to be involved since it’s his gimmick and the Mad Hatter hat is part of his schtick but why are you using that image? This shirt is about the women that are around Martini. How could you not use a silhouette of women’s pants? Since we’re being crass, lingerie would imply you got a little more off than just pants.

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You mean to tell me they couldn’t get one of Truth’s Hoopla Hotties to pose like this?

Beside the image, we get a picture of a tuxedo jacketed, hot pants wearing Truth Martini. He isn’t wearing his own shirt which is the point of a model. Let’s go back to my theme of this being crass. Don’t you think that the same tool that already bought this shirt would like a picture of a Hoopla Hottie wearing this Daisy Duke style and knotted at the stomach? Or they could go “Pants off” and have her wearing the shirt without any pants on. ROH can’t even get a t shirt design right. ROH is the worst. -Kevin

News You Can Use: The Briscoes, CM Punk & Zack Ryder’s Buddy

Big_OI’m sure I will be spoiling a total of one person’s day by linking to a report on Prowrestling.net with the ROH spoilers from their most recent taping. Jay & Mark Briscoe are officially gone “indefinitely” from ROH. Mark is gone because of wounds from fighting Jay at Best In The World and Jay is gone because of an attack from S.C.U.M. I could turn this paragraph into another “ROH Is The Worst” article for letting a second champion walk off with a belt but I’m going to look at the silver lining. We’ll either get Fat Hardy or fat Kevin Steen as our new champion.

Another report says that CM Punk has filed a restraining order against his mother because she has harassed him for money. If you’ve ever seen Broke in the ESPN 30 for 30 series, you know Punk did the right thing. The guy has already handed her $100,000 according to TMZ. If you start dropping cash like pipe bombs, she’s never going to stop asking for money. After he cut her off, Punk says that she threatened to kill herself on several occasions. The restraining order wouldn’t be needed if that happens. She is also threatening to release information about Punk’s arrests from his time in high school. Isn’t that called blackmail? Punk wishes that he could just block her like some slob on Twitter who keeps telling him he wouldn’t have been champion for 434 days if it weren’t for The Shield.

In the last piece of news, Adam “The Big O” Ohriner will be on Gut Check tonight. Considering that TNA likes big, immobile men like Rob Terry, “The Big O” will be perfect for their roster. Unfortunately for him even if he wins Gut Check, he’ll get less air time on Impact Wrestling than he did on “Z True Long Island Story”. -Kevin

#PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 11

The show kicks off with a match between Bobby Shields and Aiden Veil. Joe Dombrowski informs us that Veil’s tag team partner Logan Schulo is on the shelf with a knee injury. Shields gets the upper hand early. Veil catches him with a leg lariat. They exchange arm bars and counters. Dombrowski tells us Matt Cross is gone for a while. Shields starts to work over Veil’s shoulder and stomach, both of which are wrapped. Aaron Maguire calls Vic Travagliante’s fans Vic Heads. Veil comes back with a monkey flip. He nails a pair of clotheslines and an enziguri. Veil nails a standing senton but only gets two. Veil gives Shields a spinning neck breaker for the win.

Analysis: Wow. I didn’t see that one coming. That is a bit of a head scratcher unless Shields isn’t coming back. The match quality was fine. A neck breaker isn’t much of a finisher even if you run before it. Score: +1.

Vic Travagliante is directing Justin LaBar on where to mount what looks like Aaron Maguire’s senior high school picture. Vic names Ricky Shane Page the number one contender. Nickie Valentino comes in and asks to be number one contender. Vic shoots him down because he’s not part of the Megalomaniacs. Vic tells him to hit and the gym and get a personality. Vic asks Nickie to find Krimson by the end of the night. Analysis: The start was standard heel GM stuff. The end is ordering around what could be a lackey even though the Megalomaniacs don’t need one. Score: 0.

Nickie Valentino is looking for Krimson with a flash light in the bowels of the building. He found Bryan Castle pooping. Analysis: Woof. Score: -1.

Benjamin Boone comes out with N8 Mattson. Boone bellows about his accomplishment at Pressure Rising. Jay Flash accepts the challenge even though he lost at PR. Boone gives him a free shot. He drop kicks Boone. Flash went for a spring board but got clotheslined. Boone dropped a knee. Flash jaw jacked Boone. Beautiful Disaster Kick followed by a spin kick got him a two count. Boone gave him a spine buster. Boone nails a splash for the win. Analysis: Not a fan of Flash losing again because I think he’s got some potential but I’m guessing they didn’t have a fresh opponent for Boone to squash. Benjamin Boone rebuild part 2 in full effect. Score: +1.

The cameras catch up to Michael Facade who is writing on the bathroom walls. Facade doesn’t care who the commissioner is but he thinks Vic and him don’t see eye to eye. He’s going to keep defending his belt regardless of who’s in charge. Analysis: I like the attitude and he came off more confident than he has in the past. Score: +1.

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Stunt Granny Audio Show #223

Chun-Li_X-Men_vs_Street_Fighter_Char_Select--article_imageJeremy & Kevin start off by talking about Impact Wrestling. Yes, indeed there are other wrestling shows on TV and sometimes they’re worth talking about. How much time do the wrestlers have until Bound For Glory? Which host likes the concept behind this annual event? Does it help Impact that they only have four pay per views a year? Is it a good idea to have Destination X on free TV? Who wins in a battle between the Knockout’s Division and the Diva’s Division? Okay, that idea isn’t explored but they do talk about the poor quality of both even though they’re getting plenty of time. Impact Wrestling had some other poor decision making with the Main Event Mafia. Why are they banding together people that already hung out Sting to dry a mere two weeks ago? Who is going to be the fourth member? Who’s betting on Hulk Hogan and who’s got Jeff Hardy? Jeremy & Kevin start talking about the WWE and they start with someone they skipped last week, Alberto Del Rio? Can you smell the desperation on him? Is Dolph Ziggler ever going to get mic time to establish himself as a baby face? They move on to talk about follow up from Mark Henry and John Cena. How did Henry follow up his grand slam from last week? Did Cena go cheese factor or serious for his promo? Jeremy & Kevin finish by talking about Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. Did they have a good match? How much did Orton have to exhort the crowd? How many segments did Daniel Bryan get himself into? How definitive was his win? They close by not talking about two important people? Find out who when you click on the link below!

 

Stunt Granny Audio #223

Stunt Granny Movie Review: World War Z

World-War-ZOne thing I noticed about zombie movies is that they tend to follow a particular script – a small group of survivors in a relatively tight area dealing with the post-outbreak effects of a ruined society.  Although many metaphors can be and have been made (commercialism, group think, Darwinism, etc), it usually boils down to 6-8 people looking to find refuge from both the undead and their fellow man.   The zombies may follow different rules in regards to infection and movement; the quality may wildly vary – but the stakes normally remain the same.  And for better or worse, it’s been an enjoyable ride.

World War Z breaks those rules.  It’s not a zombie movie, so much as being a suspenseful action movie featuring zombies.  Unlike other films, it’s a true global movie, with an attempt to compare the differing attitudes and measures taken to combat a rapidly growing outbreak.  It also stands out in that it basically takes place during the actual outbreak, instead of focusing on the aftermath.  Unlike a typical zombie movie, it invokes its thrills and scares through tension instead of gore, and for the most part it’s moderately successful.

This is the type of movie in which common sense is rewarded, and idealism is brutally crushed.  This is a fast paced movie – within the first 10 minutes, the plot and stakes of the movies have been firmly established, with little fluff and less filler.  This is a film in which the main hero is told to assist in a mission to find the cause of the viral outbreak, or being thrown back into the wild, for better or worse.  North Korea decides that the best way to prevent infection is to remove the teeth of all its citizens, and presents this plan as rational and logical. A key character built up as a key to solving the zombie outbreak, is dealt with in a hilarious and shocking fashion. You will see zombies form a human tower to climb walls.  They will take down helicopters, and exist as an undead force of nature overwhelming any obstacle in its path.  These aren’t your Walking Dead zombies, or even your 28 Days Later infected humans with Usain Bolt speed.  These zombies are akin to soldier ants, beautiful and terrifying in its simplicity and tenacity. Above all else, the best way to describe World War Z is a superhero movie.

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Kevin’s Blog: Almost Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of #WWE #Raw

stumped-me-big-timeI pulled a stump out of my brother’s rental property this past weekend. It made me think that I’m stumped about a lot of things these days. How come Baby Momma Drama isn’t living here but still has all of his stuff here. I’m stumped as to why Idiot Intern didn’t say anything today after an impromptu vacation which screwed one of our fellow employees. Or why my employer didn’t say anything for such a blatant disregard of protocol. I’m also stumped as to why we haven’t had a post since my article about local beer. Oh well, fresh content. Let’s roll.

Daniel Bryan comes out to talk about his rubber match with Randy Orton which was weirdly introduced by the announce crew who got jammed in after the walk down and before Bryan started talking. Orton finally comes down. They start the match with a quickness. A promo and match in the opening segment. The WWE can break the cycle sometimes. Of course the match ends shortly after it begins. This match is too big to be on free TV. First time I’ve been interested in Orton in ages.

Brickie is excited. Bryan is pissed about the double DQ. Vickie gives him the match with Orton. Vince McMahon shows up. He makes confusing remarks about Bryan. Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow are waiting in the ring. Sheamus & Christian are their opponents. My woman is not pleased by the match up because it is repetitive. I’m paying more attention to the announcers pontificating about their online shows. I’m not watching your extra shit. Brogue Kick. Snooze.

Is CM Punk rocking Beats by Dre? Yes he is. Punk has a match but against an unnamed opponent. Kaitlyn is taking on Aksana. They’re on a tear showing. Hey, funny what a concerted effort can do (Edit: For the women’s division. The WWE has featured them since right before Payback). AJ Lee goes for the fake outfit. I guess it’d be redundant for her to use a midget. Kaitlyn with a spear. AJ’s taunt backfires. The reenactment (Edit: of Kaitlyn’s gullibility) is lame until AJ cracks the joke about Kaitlyn’s voice. I’m not sure why Layla isn’t letting Kaitlyn beat the hell out of AJ. All of this content is being made by the WWE but the Wyatts’ can’t get a fresh vignette?

We go back thru Henry’s promo. I still don’t know how people bit on that segment. They started it with a Tweet! Damn fine work anyway. Chris Jericho comes out. Alberto Del Rio comes out after the break. Nothing happens even on the mics before the next break. They both love the enziguri. Jericho is really working up a lather. He isn’t looking like Bon Jovi right now. I don’t know if I still see what the WWE does in Del Rio, but he’s been marginally better so far in this heel incarnation. Jericho turns a cross arm breaker into the Walls of Jericho. Slick. Ricardo attacks. Dolph Ziggler attacks Del Rio as Jericho attacks Ricardo. Ziggler Zig Zags Del Rio & Jericho. What does happen to the AJ & Dolph partnership? No mention if they stay apart? Brickie is talking when HHH arrives. The power struggle continues. HHH does make a good point, Brad Maddox wears his dress shirts awfully tight.

My woman and I wonder about the Sheamus commercial which has the old lady trying to molest him? I mean, assault is too strong. There isn’t any other way to construe that, right? Kid’s programming, right? Vickie Guerrero & Jerry Lawler bicker over their sponsor that is getting a big old commercial right now. Vickie has all three McMahon’s on her cover. Maddox presents himself with John Cena & CM Punk. Nice. Of course it’s the Rock. Good for him.

Ryback gets to beat the king of main event jobbers, the Great Khali. Only interesting part of the match is the double march before his weak ass Shellshock.

John Cena comes out to give us a history lesson. It leads to his point that Mark Henry made a mockery of people who had to retire. I liked it but the ending was weak. My Time is Now? Really? I know it’s on your shirt but it’s a bad catch phrase. Some paid gave money to Sandy Relief to be part of the Funkasaurus entrance. Good for him.

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#SippyTimeBeer Review – @ZauberBrewing and Local Beer

Zauber Kolsch

I love local beer. Whether it’s just from the same city or state. Local doesn’t always mean better especially when you go to Tennessee. In the case of my Friday adventure though, it was definitely great. Zauber Brew Master Geoff Towne decided to do a little experiment. He took the same ingredients for their new Kolsch style beer and only changed out the yeast used to create four distinct beers. As a primer, he gave me samples of their Myopic Red, a German Red Alt, and Vertigo, a hefeweizen. Then he poured out the four different styles of Kolsch. We talked about, go figure, beer while I drank the different styles. I haven’t had too many Kolsch style beers so I was concerned. As far as I know, the total has been one (which I haven’t review yet) but since it is German, there’s a solid possibility that I had one while I was in Germany. After tasting all four, I gave him my reviews as had anyone who wondered in to get a growler. Geoff wrote down what I had liked and since they were almost finished with the test batches, he gave me my favorite taste in one of the two growlers I brought, which is pictured above. You’re not going to get much of a choice if you go to some gigantic brewer like Budweiser to sample anything like this. Sure, I didn’t like two of the four. One was tasted like yeast a little too much. But I’d rather test beers out and figure out what I do like which requires some failures. Support your local brewers, whether they’re in town or a few miles around. They’ll get you a libation you love.

I met the owner of Drink Up Columbus, Cheryl Harrison, a couple of years ago at a Twitter meet up for a group called Cbusr. They have some good drinking content that is very local. While I do prefer to expand the scope of my beer intake so that it is more accessible to a larger audience, DUC does that too. I liked their article on the possibility of nutritional information on beer, wine and alcohol. -Kevin

Stunt Granny Audio #222

Donald DuckJeremy and Kevin are back for more because WWE Raw was hitting on all cylinders according to the former. How many cylinders did Kevin think it was running on? They try to focus on the good but start with the bad, which was the McMahon family power struggle? What exactly is the point of this angle? Will the reveal make sense when they get around to it? Jeremy & Kevin tie in talk about Stephanie bigfooting the Divas. Or did AJ Lee & Kaitlyn get a rub from her? Vickie Guerrero & Brad Maddox got their screen time because of the McMahons. Are they finally finally using Brickie right?  The guys move on to the positive by talking about CM Punk and Brock Lesnar. Has Punk ever been in a feud like this one? How many people on the roster could feud with Lesnar? Jeremy & Kevin talk about a real injury that Daniel Bryan during his match with Randy Orton. Did the WWE adjust well? The big segment of Raw was the retirement angle from Mark Henry? Did Kevin think it was a good segment? How about it’s predictability? How did the internet bite on this retirement talk when it originated on Twitter? They move on to talk about the double switch by Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler. How will the crowd react to Del Rio? How violent was Dolph Ziggler? Last but not least, Jeremy & Kevin talk about the long injured Christian and his come back. Did the WWE do a good job with it? Find out whether we did a good job on this audio by clicking the link below!

Kevin’s Blog: Almost Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of #WWE #Raw

going-up-and-down-john-babisI can’t stop watching the Pirates at Reds game to start this blog. The umpire gave Russell Martin a walk in the top of the 8th with Andrew McCutchen on first. Pedro Alvarez came up wanting to mash the ball and whiffed. That sucked. Let’s roll.

Anybody that said Alberto Del Rio is better as a heel didn’t watch him as a heel. Del Rio is terrible as a baby face and heel. He’s not good at professional wrestling. I don’t care if he brings in the Latin audience. Are you listening to this promo anyone that said that? The audience is shitting on him not in a good way. He can’t get a USA chant going for pete’s sake. Everyone in pro wrestling can get that chant going. CM Punk saves us. Punk blows him out of the water just being a dick and asking Paul Heyman how many days he was champion. Punk and Heyman start to disagree. Punk wants a non-title match tonight. After a refusal by Del Rio, Punk asks Ricardo to fight. Vickie Guerrero makes it a match.

Punk and Heyman are continuing the miscommunication. He rips on Brock Lesnar and Curtis Axel. Wade Barrett is going for a record for how many times you can lose a meaningless title in one calendar. Vickie introduces her big surprise, Christian. Ha. Jeremy & I talked about not missing him last week. Kind of funny. Barrett is still going to continue his fall down the depth chart. Killswitch and Christian wins in his return. People are mildly excited.

Sheamus is taking on Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. JBL is consistent with his point as he talks about this match being unfair for a baby face. Mitchell Cool even added the point of it not being a tag match. Lawler chimes in with a dragon joke that I laughed at but his pals were confused by. Sandow gets the roll up pin on Sheamus. Awesome camera work as you didn’t see Sandow until he was rolling up Sheamus.

Brickie was talking to HHH. Of course he asks what the main event was going to be tonight. Christian had been medically cleared for a month and a half. HHH brags about signing RVD. HHH wants Vickie to make an example out of the Shield. Brad Maddox is killing me. Kane talks to Daniel Bryan. He is still the weak link. Kane wants to get them back together. Bryan wants to be Team DB. Kane goes with a douche bag line. Kane wishes him good luck which sets off Bryan.

Randy Orton comes out first. Daniel Bryan is ready to steal the show. This crowd seems gassed already. Bryan isn’t getting as big a reaction as recently. Bryan crashing into the barricade looked ouchy. Not much happened before the break. The announcers agreed by talking about anything but the match. Why is No DQ trending? Really fans? That’s all the better you can do? Christ on a pony. Orton kicks Bryan in the rib cage as he tried to skin the cat. The doctor stops the match. What’s with the injury finishes recently? I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing. Orton & Bryan make up after the match.

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