#SippyTimeBeer Review – Sour Beer & Russian River

Russian River Supplication

You have to drink it a Belgian beer glass.

At the beginning of the month, I posted an article tweeted by Michael Symon that was titled “A Brief History of Sour Beer” from The New Yorker. It was more brief than I expected. And the beginning of the story was more recent than I had expected. A batch of beer that was made in 1996 by William Reed impressed Michael Jackson, a British beer maker, and it helped make the style take off in America. The main differences between this beer and other are: letting wild yeasts infect the beers through the barrels they are aged in or through contact with open air. It is mostly a Belgian invention, around World War I, so that is where the Americans have learned from. It is also where I tried previous sour beers, but not known it. My ex-wife liked Lindeman’s lambics quite a bit and so did I. The price was an obstacle to drinking it more often. Recently though, I have gotten to taste two, authentic sour beers made in California from Russian River. I’m sure glad my neighbors like to drink too.

Russian River Brewing CompanySupplication – This beer happens to be aged in Pinot Noir barrels with cherries added. The article pointed out that the beer re-ferments when they add a fruit after the original fermenting. The beer itself starts as a Brown Ale but definitely morphs into something much different from normal. The cherry taste makes you pucker quite a bit. The comparison to liquid Sour Patch Kids in the article is appropriate. I’m not much of a wine expert since I mainly drink Chianti, which is from Tuscany in Italy. I’m not sure what flavors it brings to the beer but again, you can tell there’s a difference. The barrels are made of oak so that flavor is supposed to seep in too but I didn’t taste it. I know it can be tasted because Brothers Drake Meadery in town has a Honey Oak Meade and it has a very distinct woody flavor. Even though a lot of thought and time went into this beer, I wasn’t a fan of it. Too much pucker in it to be a beer I like.

Russian River Brewing CompanySanctification – I wouldn’t be able to write this column if it weren’t for my level of curiosity. I knew I didn’t like sour beer #1 but you need to try three to officially stop torturing your palate. This beer starts out as a Golden Ale but makes a less complicated journey to a final product. The sour taste was more pronounced, probably because there wasn’t the extra Pinot Noir & oak flavors tossed in there. It could also be because Golden Ales tend to have a less forceful flavor than a Brown Ale. It was wise to choose the stronger flavored beer to stand up to additional flavors and the less assertive one to take on less flavor. It leads me back to the point of it being more sour though, which I’m not looking for in my beer. I’m not really a sour guy though I do enjoy some Sour Patch Kids and lemonade from time to time. Strike two for sour beers. I’ll let you know when I try #3 before giving up on them. -Kevin

Russian River Sanctification

Or you can drink it in an old English pint beer glass.

#TotalDivas – She Said (He Edited) Episode 2

robie_house_by FLW

After a fabulous dinner at Villa Nova and a half a bottle of Chianti, we returned home to catch Sunday’s episode of Total Diva’s. I have to admit, it was better than last Sunday’s, but considering I drank a half a bottle of Chianti, I still kinda daydreamed through episode 2.

It began with a few highlights from last week and quickly went into The Bella Twins. Nikki and John along with Brie and Daniel took a trip to Florida to John’s massive yet humble abode. All the bells and whistles with a dressing room and an indoor pool with a slide. It made me think of Cribs from MTV. (Kevin’s Edit: I wouldn’t use the word humble in there. Just like Cribs, his house was huge and bland. All white everywhere because he’s got not taste in housing. Above is the Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright. That’s taste. Granted, he can’t design a house for you these days but John, you have the money. Find an architect who won’t give you the same bland shitty house every other famous person gets. Call Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, you get the point. They don’t even need to be famous like I just listed.)  Nikki gave the tour of the home, giving us insight of how at home she truly feels which is hilarious since in last weeks episode John said he wasn’t ready to commit yet, and yet she is driving around in his Maserati? I think the best part of this scene was Daniel Bryan in his Hawaiian swim trunks. Brie, yet overwhelmed by his home expresses how at home the house feels.

We then move onto Washington where John and Nikki visit Daniel Bryan’s home with Brie. Daniel lives in his parents house, and everywhere you look it’s his parents furniture, drawing and even a teenage picture of Daniel on the fireplace. Can you say, a little to close to your family? I’m all for keeping it in the family, but I agree with John and Nikki, this house screams makeover and making it their home and not Daniel’s home that he grew up in. (KE: How do I approach this one? Let’s just say my taste isn’t the same as my parents. I don’t know the story behind Bryan’s parents but they have done no work to their home. My Parent’s place looks nothing like the place I grew up in because of renovations. Break from the past man, get updated even if you like that country feel. Yuck.)  There is a semi funny wood splitting competition where the girls dress skanky and try to distract the guys …. in which John Cena says he already has wood….good lord! The girls end up winning, due to lack of effort from Daniel. Oh and just a side note, lots of bird crap in Washington so watch where you step.

Eva Marie and Jojo, these two are just boring. We find out Eva Marie has a 2 month old boyfriend..um fiance? That’s right, after I discover a split error where we see her engagement ring before she gets it in the box of donuts, classy. Surprising, no. It’s the WWE. Let’s get real. Oh and she said yes, if you were on the edge of your seat.

I used to think of Creepers as guys that sit at the bar with tight pants, slicked back hair and that smirk on their face but then I saw Fandango and Holy Shit! A CREEPER! This guy exudes creepiness. So Eva Marie, the pre WWE Diva thinks that if she is Fandango’s ballroom dancer then she will be in, um, I knew there wasn’t a brain up there. Well, she tells the WWE she can ballroom dance, but newsflash, she can’t. No brainer there. So she goes to dinner with Fandingo, I mean Fandango and she tells him of the time she met him at Wrestlemania where he kissed his own hand. Good gravy! What a schmuck. I’ll skip the boring and just tell you, the lie came out, and Stephanie McMahon told her if she does it again, she’s fired.

The last are Ariane and Trinity. Ariane thinks she can get better costumes that are more sexy somewhere else. She gets this extremely short lime green outfit and calls Trinity all excited. We hear the conversation and let’s just say Jimmy Uso is NOT happy that Trinity’s ass is going to be sticking out, as it’s known that Ariane has no boobs or butt and Trinity does. Trinity tries on the outfit and we find out her ‘cookies’ are showing and it’s fuzzed out. I just sat there and thought, what the hell? They go back to their seamstress, where kudos to her, she say’s she’s not fixing it so they go out in some weird orange outfit. (KE: The seamstress gives a crap about the Funkadactyls as much as the WWE does. Go behind her back but make your partner give a shit about her outfit. If she knew her cookie & booty would be showing, go to the designers with Ariane. Dumb bell.)

Natalya doesn’t have much of a part in this episode, thank God no whining this week from her, and thankfully the DVR cut off so I didn’t have to sit through a preview for next Sunday. As with all WWE productions, nothing ends on time. As I feel I have wasted another 40 minutes of my time watching this disaster, it was at least a bit more comical. So if you want to see what happens next on this slightly more entertaining episode than this past Monday Night’s Raw, you can try giving it a try Sunday night at 10 on E! – M (& Kevin)

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

Florence is where I learned to love wine.

Tonight is not a night for a #SippyTimeBeer because I’m making tomato sauce. Any time I cook a sauce or usually when I make any Italian dish, I bust out the wine for the night. Every now and again, event the fellows at Stunt Granny have some level of sophistication. They make a killer wine in Tuscany (Florence’s state) that is called Chianti that is a mix of grapes and is my favorite. I used a California wine called Menage a Trois which is pretty much the same thing since it’s a mix of Zinfandel, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon. Good stuff. And remember tomato sauces = red wine and cream sauces = wine white. Time for wrestling. Let’s roll.

Evidently the Rock can only film from the same mountain top. Rock turns down Cena’s offer. Rock is looking really ripped. Glad the WWE finally put up an “Earlier Today” sign. The Rock is teaming with him for the people. The crowd even realizes how anti-climatic this announcement is. What the hell is the director doing with the long shot that doesn’t even show the video? It doesn’t make fun of children who root for Cena. Naturally it’s a threat to Cena too.

CM Punk takes on Mark Henry. Glad they waited a whole week to show the ring being broken. I’m so glad I didn’t order that PPV. I like the look of concern on Punk’s face. Even as much as I love Punk, he better get the “I can see it miles away” interference from Big Show to win. Ricardo assaults Henry to try and get him the DQ. The director fucks up again by not showing Ricardo getting the World’s Strongest Slam. Nice way to stretch out an eventual match.

We are privileged to have the Rock on actual program in two weeks. The Muppets get interrupted by “Excuse Me”. Jack Swagger gets to suck. Kermit & Piggy might pull him out of this. Santino gets in on the act. It’s a train wreck. The guy working the Muppets show more emotion than Swagger. Kelly gets to flirt with Kermit.

During the commercials, Emmitt Smith was hocking some foot insert then I got a Don King commercial. Continue the ridiculousness. The Divas Battle Royal was “hilarious” with the costume run down before the match starts. Alicia Fox wins this thing since she won last week? Nope. Eve wins again. They threw that match together so I can see stretching this thing out. I like the idea of a threesome taking on Beth & Natalya. Christian picks on poor Beaker. Sheamus acts like they’re in the same family.

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