Stunt Granny Audio: OHPA 10

Ken and Kevin have made it to double digits for OHPA. They start off by talking one of their favorite movies that is celebrating it’s 28th Anniversary of being released, Big Trouble in Little China. Why did they not do this movie for the Retro Movie Review? Does it still hold up to what they thought it was when they saw it as children? Which movie were they trying to beat out that also has an Asian theme to it? Has Hollywood changed at all since the Eighties? Which movie was banded in the Phillips household but was allowed in the DiFrango household? How did Bugs Bunny come up in this conversation? Is this Kevin’s favorite Kurt Russell movie? Which Sci Fi standard did Ken bring up as a Kurt Russell classic? Did this movie influence Mortal Kombat? Ken & Kevin finally move on to a planned subject, the United States soccer team’s loss to Belgium. What went wrong? What went right? How big was the miss by Chris Wondolowski? What can’t Tim Howard save? How much progress is the US Squad making under Juergen Klinsmann? What are with his tactics of burying his team prior to the World Cup? Would either of the hosts be motivated by the negative thinking? They continue in the soccer vein by talking about Lionel Messi of Argentina. How many ways did FiveThirtyEight prove that he is great? How much soccer does Kevin watch? Is Cristiano Ronaldo even close to competing with him? Would the US Squad been able to solve Messi? Is it just his shooting that is great or is his passing superior too? How many statistics can you track in soccer? Can they extricate his data from that of the teams he plays on? Is it a good idea to break up reading this article? It’s never good to break up the drinking of the weekly #SippyTimeBeer. What is it this week and where is it from? Find out when you click on the link below.

#SippyTimeBeer Review – Cincinnati’s #Bockfest Part II

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On Sunday, we were slated to go on a Prohibition Tour of the Over the Rhine area of Cincinnati. I’ll explain that in a moment. Taste of Belgium was packed so we went to a bar that was supposed to be serving breakfast. The bar tender then told us he could order from Belgium or Coffee Emporium. We decided to walk down to CE since it was on the way to Bock Hall. This was unfortunate because they were showing international soccer including my beloved Fiorentina. The staff had never heard of the sandwich we ordered despite the fact that it was on their menu. The order took absolutely too long. It was worth the hassle though because we got a grilled peanut butter squared (smooth & crunchy), jam and bananas. Nothing fancy but a tasty way to start the day.

The Over the Rhine (OTR) area of Cincinnati is where the majority of German settlers came in the 1840s. At the time, the Erie Canal separated that part of the city. The canal no longer exists but the name remains. On the tour, we learned some factoids that were interesting to me. Cincinnati was hard hit from Prohibition because of the amount of beer produced and consumed locally. The average consumption in the US at the time was 16 gallons per of age adults. The average consumption in Cincy was 40 gallons. This fact is no surprise considering that Germany is number 2 in consumption of beer today. There were 36 breweries in the OTR are at the time with 9 of them being on McMicken Avenue.

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We went into Crown Brewing Company, one of the smaller breweries, to start the tour to look at their lagering cellar (pictured above). Lagering is German for storing. These were used from the 1850’s until the 1890’s when refrigeration became widely used. The rusted piping above was used to cycle water thru to help cool the cellar. The average temperature in these cellars was 42-48 degrees. The tour guide at this station told us that lagering is a different process than making ales but they didn’t get into them much. We also learned that you weren’t allowed to bottle your beer in the same building that you brewed it in. We walked the tunnel where the old lines pumped the beer across the street into a second building. Most full kegs are 31 gallons but because of a tax on the number of barrels by the city government, they were normally made in 36 gallon kegs.

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The next stop was the old Hudepohl Brewery. They had some period actors tell the story of how the brewery was founded. It was cheesy but they also gave a lot of good information. Hudepohl was one of the larger brewers in town making about 100,000 barrels a year.They survived Prohibition. Hudepohl supplied mini canned beers to the troops in World War II. Unfortunately, they still closed shortly after the lifting of Prohibition.

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We  visited one last brewery, Kauffman. They mainly showed us these to see larger lagering cellars. They held around 300,000-400,000 barrels. The most interesting part was finally the reason behind all of the goats around Bockfest. It turns out that Bock is German for goat. We also learned that bock beers were used for their nutrition during Lent by monks. I’m not so sure about that one but the Catholics can always find a way to drink. The largest brewery before Prohibition was Christian Moerlein. It didn’t survive Prohibition but it was resurrected in 1981 by new owners. Moerlein is using the Hudepohl label on some of their beers. Moerlein was the main influence to start Bockfest in 1993. Time to finish off the column with a couple of more beers.

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Schoenling Bock was the only beer I had in Bock Hall. It is made from a home brewer’s recipe who won the previous year’s Bock contest. My girl’s brother in law is considering entering the contest next year. I’m still waiting for the oatmeal stout we bought him for Christmas.  It’s made but needs to be kegged or bottled. It was better than the Moerlein special but was the fifth best bock of the weekend. After that one, it was time to tap out of the bocks. I stuck with Moerlein because I haven’t seen it much up here. I went with a  Moerlein Helles. It was a nice change of pace to go with something lighter and less complex than a bock.

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I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Lavomatic Cafe which we stopped into for lunch before heading back to Cbus. She went with the Indian Spiced Hummus that was served fried pita wedges. It was fantastic with the peppery raita & arugala. I went with the Boss Grilled Cheese which had sun dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, goat cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon and tomatillo. It was served with potato wedges cooked in duck fat with rosemary and a spicy remoulade. It was a fantastic lunch. I also had one more beer. It was the new brew from Great Lakes, Alchemy Hour Double IPA. I have no grasp on this beer. I think I was flavored out. I’ll do a  full review some other time.

This weekend was brought to me by my lovely girl and my friends. Get to Cincinnati with some friends and enjoy a good time. -Kevin

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

I’m empty for news aside from sports. It’s not a good weekend when the highlight is my alma mater, the Kent State Golden Flashes, wins 24-21 on Friday evening on ESPN2 because of a shanked 20 some odd yard field goal. It was down hill from there. Pitt lost a close one to Cincinnati. Sunday was a train wreck. Fulham (English Premier League soccer) lost 3-1 after several near misses to tie it up late when it would have been 2-2. Fiorentina (Italian Serie A soccer. They are Florence’s team.) lost 1-0. To top off the shit sandwich, the Steelers did their best and bungled up a late lead. The defense being the main culprit since they were on the field last. Yuck. They’re still 6-3 with a fairly easy schedule. Just get into the playoffs. I suppose I did forget about the Penguins winning 3-2 in a shootout Saturday in Los Angeles but it’s too early in the season to start rejoicing about that.

I barely paid attention to Cena‘s pandering and shilling. Miz wakes me out of my slumber. Cena’s new shirt will continue to suck donkey balls. I stopped paying attention to them too. How can you take them seriously when they have nothing and continue to get slapped around? Zack Ryder helps out Cena. Hilarious that the guys are digging Zack but he’s teaming with Cena.

My boy Dolph Ziggler gets to beat John Morrison. Cole mentioned Twitter already. Let’s start a count. I may be wrong already with Cole & Lawler talking about the losing streak. Morrison messed up in the ropes but recovered fairly well. Ziggler gets another commercial break match.

Ziggler is showing some good offense. They really seem to be setting up a Morrison come back trail though since the announcers again are mentioning putting him away. Some fans chanting for Ziggler. Morrison executes the slowest ever tornado DDT. Yep, even the Vickie interference doesn’t work. This seems like a lot of commercial breaks for the beginning of the show.

Wow, they are trying to get me to tune out. Mason Ryan takes on JTG. I’m not sure if showing their Twitter handle counts for my game. The crossword puzzle joke was terrible but at least Lawler was trying. The crowd is bored stiff. The WWE should take notice that’s he’s not evening getting a pop in favorable territory.  More Wrestlemania hype. Look at all these dumb asses waiting in line. It’s called a computer. If you don’t have one, use one at a library. You do know where those are, right? Zack gets a cheese dick spot with the Bella Twins. He needs that on TV for those that don’t watch his show.

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