#SippyTimeBeer Review – Elk Creek, @NewHollandBrew, @OskarBlues and Southampton Publick House

Elk Creek Penn Valley PilsnerElk Creek AleworksPenn Valley Pilsner – I’ve almost cleaned out last years beers. Two more to go after this post. This beer will make the review short and sweet because they don’t have it listed on their website even though I know it’s the correct brewer. No ABV or IBU for this beverage. I’m not sure it needs it either. If you happen to wander into central Pennsylvania and don’t quite feel like drinking a Budweiser or Miller Genuine Draft, this beer is for you. It’s a pilsner! It’s plain jane and does the trick.

New Holland IchabodNew Holland Brewing CompanyIchabod – I went to my lady’s office Christmas party and lucky enough for me, they had two beers I hadn’t tried before. Surprisingly, New Holland still had some of their pumpkin ale on the shelves to be served at the event. Now, I’m not my older brother who tries to constantly drink pumpkin beers but I do love the flavor. They suggest having this beer with dessert but I’m quite sure you’d go into a sugar coma if you did that. The cinnamon and nutmeg helped to push this beer into the overwhelmingly sweet territory. Those flavors marry well with pumpkin but it’s easy to over do it. New Holland doesn’t help you out either as this is a very sessionable beer since it has a 4.5% ABV. You can go into sugar shock before getting drunk. As you can imagine with all of the sweet talk, this beer has a 26 IBU rating. If you’re like my older brother and try any pumpkin beer, here’s the area of availability.

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale AleOskar BluesDale’s Pale Ale – This company is well known for putting their craft beer in cans which they started doing in 2002. This beer is their biggest seller. I can understand why. For those of us just getting comfortable in the deeper end of the hops pool, pale ales are a nice middle ground. They aren’t too hoppy but there’s more than enough of a bite in them to make you realize it isn’t a pilsner. This beer fits perfectly into that mold with a 65 IBU. Oskar Blues makes it easy to remember the ABV because it is 6.5%. This company is expanding almost as quick as New Belgium so if you like the pale ale, go and find it because this one is worth indulging in.

Southampton Double WhiteSouthampton Publick HouseDouble White – Double, aka Imperial, Stout and Double India Pale Ale are both familiar to my palate. A Double White is not something I had tried before wondering into the Knick during the Altoona Christmas trip. I like white beers so I figured it was worth a try. Double White gives you the wheat that you want along with that friend of the Belgian styles, that peculiar yeast. They toss in orange and lemon, with the later not coming through as much as the former. Southampton throws in entirely too much coriander which is a very assertive taste even with Belgian yeast and wheat swimming in your mouth. The one thing that doubles do for anyone is pump up the alcohol content. Though it isn’t double your standard beer, the ABV is coming in at 6.7%. Southampton doesn’t list the IBU but it is pretty low. This beverage is worth taking a swig of, unfortunately you can only get it on the east coast and Idaho.

Go out and enjoy a #SippyTimeBeer this weekend. I know I will be. – Kevin

Jeremy’s One Paragraph Movie Review: Death Race 2 (2010)

death-race-2The remake of Death Race is a lot of fun. It may not be the greatest flick but it is pure Statham. Death Race 2 is actually a prequel as it deals with the origin of Frankenstein and just how he came to be. Ving Rhames’ stature continues its decline as he has a small part as the evil misogynistic corporate man. Joan Allen has been replaced by The Walking Dead’s own Lauren Cohan as evil female corporate lady. This certainly won’t be at the top of her resume. The film is total camp and if it was made in the 70’s we may possibly be hailing it as grindhouse magic.  -Jeremy

@ImpactWrestling – Total Nonsense Analysis

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From money.cnn.com

Dixie Carter and Magnus complained about MVP who came out with Samoa Joe.  I couldn’t concentrate on the promos because of the hideous outfit of Rockstar Spud. You can go crazy with design and still look good. Those pants above are a perfect example. Plus, I watch entirely too much curling during the Olympics and needed to find a way to put this picture on the site. Gunner was an idiot for telling Magnus in advance when he’d take advantage of his briefcase. The end result of all the wrangling was Gunner having to put his brief case up against EC3, who has to put his briefcase, that is for the tag team championships, up too. After five minutes of a match, Magnus comes down to interfere so James Storm evens the odds. Then MVP comes back out and makes it a tag team match for the briefcases. Now if you just had a give and take for match stipulations to start the show, why didn’t Dixie counter this change? Will she get a unilateral change later? Gunner ends up taking down the briefcases which makes the most sense. They seem to want to have a break out star in Gunner so he needs the win to retain thre World Title opportunity. It seemed entirely too short of a match because of the stakes.

– I’ve got to say I like MVP as a character so far in his very short time in TNA. He’s still got it on the mic. It won’t make a cent of difference in the long run if they keep him in flummoxing stories like above. The Bromans get a match against The Wolves, Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards, and a mystery opponent. I FF to find out simply because I’m behind. Samoa Joe is their partner. I get the significance of having Joe the partner of his friends from ROH but shouldn’t they be featured by themselves for their first in ring appearance in TNA? Doesn’t seem like a hard thing to accomplish. Make it a non-title match with Robbie E & Jesse. Zema Ion tapped to the Rear Naked Choke. Again, shouldn’t the Wolves get the victory here? I know Joe is going for the title but it’s all the more reason to not have him in the match!

Dixie Carter got her unilateral decision by upholding the Velvet Sky versus Chris Sabin match. Because that’s a fair match up. Ugh. MVP gets berated by Rockstar Spud so MVP schedules a match against him. Huh? Why didn’t you save Velvet then? I’m so confused. I liked MVP’s mic skills but again the story makes no sense so it won’t help. Abyss calls out Eric Young. I’m disappointed that Abyss is walking away after developing his character so much. Realize you’re a combination of the two characters and we’ve got a nice mix.

– My favorite part of the MVP versus Rockstar Spud match was when Mike Tenay tried to make it sound like he had called MVP’s matches before. Taz politely corrected him. I’m not sure how he pulled that off but it was perfect. Best thing Taz has done in a long time.

– We get it, Bobby Roode is turning face. In my best Wade Keller voice: Does he have to intimidate a woman though? I haven’t seen any spoilers so the Willow character is Jeff Hardy, right? Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky have their match. TNA decided to invest in another large woman who can’t wrestle. Yep, spending money more wisely after getting rid of Hulk Hogan, AJ Styles and those other schlubs. Bring in new schlubs. That’s the answer.

– Just as I start to type about not being interested in the main event involving Mr. Anderson and Bully Ray, the crowd started chanting “This is awesome.” Jeremy & I talked about it on the audio this week, the athleticism shown on WWE TV these days is through the roof. This match showed none of that. Even the “extreme” aspects seemed plodding to me. Then just to cap off this awful match, Ken Anderson Mic Checks Bully Ray into the casket out of the blue for the victory. Bully Ray had just been stomping the tar out of him. How does that type of finish resolve a blood feud? You need a defining win. They also decided to air another skit with MVP and Dixie Carter fighting for power. We didn’t need it, it served no purpose and a blood feud main event match really could have used another five minutes of beating the hell out of each other. Jiminy cricket. – Kevin

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