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The Cave of The Winds in Colorado Springs, CO

The Cave of The Winds in Colorado Springs, CO

Ken & Kevin are here to cover more unfamiliar and familiar territory. They start by talking about the NBA Draft which is on the TV. What does Kevin find peculiar about the NBA Draft? Why does Ken not believe him despite reading it on the TV?  After getting rid of the unfamiliar, they move to the familiar by talking about the World Cup. How is it that the US could lose but still move on to the next round? Could you do that in any other sport? What does Kevin like about the three point win system? Should they institute it in the NHL? How good are the Germans? What is the track record of European teams in South American based World Cups? How good is the Portugese Ronaldo? Ken & Kevin couldn’t get out of World Cup talk by at least talking about Luis Suarez biting Giorgio Chiellini. They move on to more familiar territory by talking about a Japanese game show in which two members of the Japanese World Cup team take on 33 children. How old are the children? Can they stop the National Team members from scoring a goal? What would have happened if one of these guys kicked the ball directly into one of the children? Why did the Olympic fencers have to face adults instead of children? Their final topic of the night is extreme caving. Did Ken pick this topic because Altoona PA is mentioned in the article? How deep is the Cheve cave system in Oaxaca, Mexico? How many entries are there to this space? How much packing is done before even entering the cave? Do they have to come back out of the cave after a certain amount of time? Who’s diet do they follow? How do they communicate with people on the surface? Do you want to wear anti-bacterial underwear? Did Ken forget to address the Altoona story? Kevin didn’t forget about his #SippyTimeBeer of the week. Join them on this expedition through sports and caving when you click the link below!

The #WWE Celebrates the World Cup

The WWE decided to celebrate the beginning of the World Cup today by having some of their Superstars and Divas give a Knute Rockne-esque speech for their home country. You can here what they say in the video but through a special futbol translator, I know what they really said.

Dolph Ziggler – Even the US’s head coach Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t think the US stands a chance in this “Group of Death” with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. That’s because he played for Germany and is still pissed at Spain for beating them in the quarter finals in 2010. Klinsmann threw our chances as soon as he decided not to include Landon Donovan. That’s why you can only trust manager’s from the USA! USA! USA!

Emma – We’re so great at football that we have our own version called Australian Football. The US isn’t the only country that gets these sports mixed up!

Alberto Del Rio – Mexico is so terrible that the last three World Cup qualifications we’ve played at Crew Stadium in Columbus OH that we’ve lost 2-0 to the USA. That makes it completely logical to think that we can beat Brazil in Brazil without any problems. We’ll just get our cartel to drop some dead bodies in their slums and that’ll scare them enough to throw the match. Hold on, their slums are worse than ours? We’re so screwed.

William Regal – England’s career in the World Cup is the same in mine in wrestling. A small, vocal amount of fans consider me/them great while the rest of the world craps on me/them. At least we have a chance of moving on from Group D since Costa Rica and Uruguay suck. England will then lose in spectacular fashion in the Knock Out Rounds. I’m depressed already.

Kofi Kingston – I’m creating an angle for myself because I can barely stay on TV. I can’t wait to be run down by Zeb Colter and then lose to the re-re-re-repackaged Jack Swagger. Come on Ghana, get me some air time!

Santino Marella – Since I was born in Canada, I got to celebrate a Gold Medal in Olympic Ice Hockey earlier this year. Since I’m Italian on TV, I get to root for soccer power house Italy. I can’t wait until William Regal has to wear an Italy jersey on NXT next week after Italy beats England on Saturday. Mayors aren’t the only one who can make these stupid bets.

Paige – Joe Hart is so hunky.

Cesaro – I can’t wait to say Switzerland lost in five different languages. – Kevin

#SippyTimeBeer Preview – @ZauberBrewing Maifest

maifestI have certainly moved coverage of beer from what anyone can acquire this beer, which is coming later today, but also to including the local brewers in the mix. The Maifest event is in town hosted by Zauber Brewing Company and will be featuring beers from themselves, Four String Brewing, Sideswipe Brewing and Smokehouse Brewing. (Which was renamed recently from Barley’s Smokehouse. See this article for the disambiguation from Drink Up Columbus.) There will be food at the event too supplied from Schmidt’s Sausage, ManBQue, Matt The Miller’s and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Since I am familiar with German traditions, having gone to Bockfest last year, I had some questions for Geoff Towne, brewmaster at Zauber, about their Maifest celebration.

Question: Will you have a Maypole at the event? If so, will there be a procession before it is erected as they do in Germany? Will there be any traditional dances around the Maypole?

Answer: Yes there will be a May-Pole, dancing around it is optional. We are just trying out a lot of these ideas for the first time, as we do more in the future we hope to do as many German/European ideas for fun.

Question: During Bockfest, bock beers are celebrated. Is there a traditional beer connected to Maifest? Also during Bockfest, Germans started lagering beers for Oktoberfest. Is there a beer that starts being made during Maifest for later consumption?

Answer: MaiBock might make sense to celebrate with this event. Wish I’d thought about that myself. MaiBock is an interchangeable name for Octoberfest style. They are very similar.

Question: Will you start celebrating other traditional German festivals like Bockfest & Oktoberfest?

Answer: Yes our intention is to do some other German/European inspired festivals.  And make them our own. Americanize them, if you will.

Question: Which of your beers will be featured during this event? Will there be any new beers debuted? Do you know which beers Smokehouse Brew, Four String & Sideswipe will be supplying?

Answer: Buxom Blonde, Stodgy Brown, Berzerker Belgian IPA, Magnum Copper Ale. Not new for now. I don’t have the list of the other brewers, but I would suspect Smokehouse’s Scottish Ale, Blood Thirst Wheat,  Four String Brass Knuckle and Back Stage Blonde. Sideswipe not sure. (I haven’t reviewed it yet but their Elegant Hoodlum Smoked Stout is my favorite smoked beer.)

Question: When will your large tanks be ready to use?

Answer: Large brewery is about a month (3/4wks) out.  Beer by July 4th?

It’s a bummer to not be in town for this party as it sounds tasty in the food and more importantly beer department. I will be touring a brewery in Colorado Springs though so I will get a column out of this weekend. I’m glad I’ll be in town for July 4th. More Zauber beer equals a happy – Kevin

#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

#SippyTimeBeer Review – What I Drank During The Super Bowl

Elevator Thirsty Dog Tommyknocker

Elevator Brewing CompanyWicked Goat Barrel Aged I.P.A. – This beer is a departure from the normal I.P.A. because of the barrel aging. It dulls the taste of the hops or they don’t put in as much as normal. It tastes like they’re using an oak barrel because it definitely has a hint of it in the flavor. This beer is out of Columbus. They have a fabulous brew pub that was the earliest I had heard of aside from the Columbus Brewing Company. I have a vague story about my bachelor party from Elevator but I’ll save that for another time.

Thirsty Dog Brewing CompanyWhippet Wheat – This is my favorite beer from Thirsty Dog. As you can imagine names all of their names have a dog reference in them. The alliteration should not dissuade you from trying this beer. It is extremely smooth German Weizen beer. You can definitely taste the banana in there with something else surrounding it which ends up being clove and vanilla. You can check to see if it’s in your area here. I suggest finding it if you’re in one of those states. It may be out of Akron, but it has solid distribution.

TommyKnocker BreweryButt Head Doppelbock Lager – I’ve got to admit, I didn’t actually drink this one during the game. I like keeping a trio of reviews at a time though. I had this one for my dad’s 70th birthday party. As far as I know, this beer has been sitting in my parent’s fridge for two years. I’m not sure if that changed the taste at all. Although it was a lager, it was thicker than normal and the tasty were more like a porter. It does use caramel malt like the Founder’s Porter. It was tasty for a possibly skunked out beer. I’ll give it another taste from a fresh bottle just to be sure. This beer is the only one on this list not from Ohio. It’s out of Colorado. Here’s their distribution so taste one and make sure it isn’t skunky too. -Kevin

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