Jeremy’s Blog: 15th Annual Charlotte Oktoberfest 2013

This is usually Kevin’s bag so I stay away from posting anything beer related but after he assured me it was cool if more than one person talks about beer on this site I figure why not. (Kevin’s Edit: Everyone knows you drink more than me so why shouldn’t you post about beer? In other news, look forward to a year end round table which will include Jeremy and a variety of guest contributors.) This past weekend was the fifteenth annual Charlotte Oktoberfest which just so happens to be a craft beer festival as well. Seeing how I just moved to Charlotte it was a no-brainer decision to attend. Actually, I had the tickets well before I moved here but whatever.  The girl and I arrived for our special VIP entrance and we were off. Oh, VIP meant we got in an hour and half earlier than what we continually called, the commoners.

Commoners

Commoners

As we waked through security were handed our complimentary 5 ounce Fifteenth Annual Charlotte Oktoberfest shot glasses and were left to figure things out on our own. What we found was the equivalent of a Catholic Church festival minus the gambling, rides and children. It cannot be over stated how nice it was to walk around and not hear one infant or some brat whining and crying. No protective mothers using their kid filled strollers as battering rams. Just a calm and festive environment.

It would be dishonest to give full account of all the beers we, my girl attended as well, tried through the day. We were so excited by the idea of free beer we immediately went to the first brewery that we recognized and tossed back a few. Before it became a forgone conclusion I did make the conscious decision not to write any beers down unless they stood out. No matter how much we may have consumed, if the beer stood out it was going on the list. It just so happens that I only took note of five. The perfect list number. Hmm, go figure. So here they are for your perusal. Oh and if you are interested, the Charlotte Oktoberfest and Craft Beer Festival is back for a sixteenth year on September 27, 2014.

Green Flash Bullett

Green Flash Bullet

Green Flash Bullet from Green Flash Brewing was the first standout beer of the festival. It is a 10% Triple IPA. IPA is my usual choice of beer but I am not a fan of double IPA’s. They feel too much like a simple syrup and lack the crispness of your standard IPA. So it was with a great reluctance I tried it but seeing how this was the first Triple IPA I had heard of it had to be sampled. Boy was it a surprise. It had three distinct flavor changes with the final bite taking a few seconds to hit the taste buds. When it did it was impossible to miss. The brew was much crisper and cleaner than a double IPA and retained the smoothness and bitterness without going overboard like a true IPA. At 10% it is not a mass consumption beer but it warranted a few trips back to the tent.

After the Green Flash Bullet we grabbed a sausage or two and decided to try something other than our comfort ones. She gave up the stouts and browns and I went away from the IPA’s. Part of our plan to maintain ourselves and not overindulge was to try a brew or two on one side of the festival grounds and then crisscross our way around. This way in between different length of walking and waiting in lines we would naturally pace ourselves. Let it be known, that idea is bullshit. It doesn’t help.

Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild

Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild

Anyway, this brought us to one of my favorite breweries, LagunitasLagunitas has become the default IPA of choice whenever Terrapin Rye Ale is not available. So it as with great excitement that I noticed a new brew from them. It was a variation of their Lil Sumpin Sumpin Ale, this one was called Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild. It is an 8.8% flavorfest with a smooth body. I was assured there is no fruit involve in the brew so it must have been the hops that provided a heavy aroma with a sweet aftertaste. It was a shock to find a better beer produced by Lagunitas that tasted better and was more enjoyable than their flagship brew. Little Sumpin Wild Ale is a limited release apparently so if you can find it snatch it up.

Weeping Willow Wit

Weeping Willow Wit

As per the process we waked back across the festival and we came across The Mother Earth Brewery booth. Mother Earth Brewery is not a company I am familiar with and cannot recall ever trying one of their beers. After we perused their selections I denied myself an IPA and went with my secondary beer of choice; a good wheat or wit beer. This turned out to be yet another good decision on my part. What I chose was the Weeping Willow Wit. It is a relatively low alcohol content beer, clocking in at a mere 5% was a late, definite refreshment. Wit beers are usually light and sweet and lack a proper body; this did not. It was a cloudy brew with a load of flavor and finished with a mystery flavor. I still have not figured out what it is and their website is no help. Even after dulling the taste buds with countless IPAs and a scorching hot spicy brat the flavor from The Weeping Willow Wit was plentiful.

Red Oak Helles. I think. I couldn't find an image.

Red Oak Hummin’Bird. I think. I couldn’t find an image.

The next beer on the list and the most surprising came from Red Oak Brewing just down 85 south here in North Carolina. Red Oak is a fairly popular beer and it has a presence at just about every pub or beer garden in the Charlotte area. So, we weren’t all that excited to stop by but once we saw they had three taps we investigated a little closer. It turns out they had their standard choices but one stood out. The Red Oak Hummin’Bird, as it was described to me by their rep, is the Red Oak version of a light lager. Apparently my enthusiasm showed as I was reassured it was not a Miller Light or Bud Light and to give it a shot. I was handed a half full shot glass and with an open mind enjoyed their “light” beer. There was no loss of flavor and it had a strong body while not being heavy at all. There was no sinister aftertaste as the flavor was even throughout. From lips to stomach this was a total surprise.

Frog Level Brewing Catcher In The Rye...fantastic.

Frog Level Brewing Catcher In The Rye…fantastic.

Hands down the best beer I consumed at the entire festival. So much so in fact that I now have in my possession their booth sign. Why? I don’t know. It seemed like a good idea at the time but after five straight power hours of beer sampling drinking an actual frog may have been negotiable. So taking a generic red and white sign with generic Frog Level Brewing, block #12 and Waynesvile, NC was the least damaging idea I had as the day wore on. Anyway, as for the beer itself Frog Level Catcher in the Rye was the best beer I had during the day and it may e in the top five beers I have ever tried.

If you couldn’t tell it is a The Catcher in the Rye is a Rye Ale but without the bitterness and strong bite of most Rye or Pale Ales.  It also only clocks in at a reasonable 5.3% alcohol content. Normally Rye Ales clock in a bit higher but even with the smaller alcohol content there is no loss of flavor or potency. I blame this brew, along with the Green Flash even though they were consumed hours apart, for pushing us over the edge. No one forced me to go back over and over but it was such a refreshing Rye Ale no that is not a mistake I did mean refreshing. It is perfect for nursing or consuming while binge drinking. This should be regarded as high praise no matter how terrible that sounds. This single beer also motivated me to finally throw down some hard earned money, well, the girls’ money, on my very first beer shirt. A nice yellow t-shirt with the company logo on the front and frog foot on the back. Pretty sweet I thought and it wasn’t black so that was also refreshing.

So hopefully some of these brews are available in your area. If not check out their web sites and see just where you can find it or order from them direct. You may not agree with what you read here but it will broaden your taste just a bit. At least that s the goal. The craft beer market is so large now it is impossible to sample them all but then there is still plenty of time to try. -Jeremy

Matt Hardy is getting married

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You know how I know that? That thing I wrote, above, in the headline? It’s because there exists a website called http://skyhardwedding.com/, that’s why.

And so I’ll let you peruse that site at your leisure, and you can form your own opinions on the contents therein, but please allow me one split second on my soap box, just for one second.

Ahem.

All athletes who get married are idiots. You’re roaming around the countryside, going from town to town, state to state, you’ve got rats in every town (I’ve seen Bull Durham, it’s not just wrestling that that happens), there is almost a zero percent chance of a marriage working when you’re a “famous” professional athlete. Ask John Cena, he’ll tell you that there’s no way he would consider getting married again. Oh. Oops.

So, not that I would expect any sparking brain cells from that drug addled small penised belt collecting, job refusing fuckhead, but at least he’ll be able to afford a nice ceremony on that ROH money he’s bringing in.

And PS, fuck Bull Durham. Bad movie, and I love the DH. Makes baseball more exciting. Suck it. – Dusty

Interview with Nancy Benoit’s sister

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I found this on The2count.com.  I find her to be very well spoken. – Dusty

He did seem to love Nancy very dearly. We know that, unfortunately, their relationship started to get rocky at some point. When did you first get wind that things were turning complicated between them?

I lived in Atlanta and my sister asked me home almost every one of my days off. I want to be clear: Chris was not an abusive husband. But there were, what we call in the industry, though don’t often talk about, “high spots”. She had been there, in that position before, and refused to put up with it at all, especially with Daniel in their home. So I went with her after one of these “incidents” to file an order of protection.

What do you mean by “high spots”?

Yelling, screaming, name calling, shoving, pushing, breaking stuff.

Did Nancy ever mention anything about fearing for her or Daniel’s safety?

Yes, when she first filed for divorce.

In 2003, Nancy filed for divorce citing cruel treatment and an irrevocably broken marriage. She also filed a restraining order against Chris. She later dropped the proceedings as well as the restraining order. Why did she do that?

Because, like with any marriage where there are issues, they made up and wanted to reconcile, especially for Daniel.

It was reported that Daniel suffered from Fragile X syndrome and that he was being given human growth hormones. Was Daniel’s health an issue in Nancy and Chris’ disagreements?

Daniel did not have Fragile X. I have his medical records. He was NOT sick.

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Stunt Granny Sports Show #5

130317230217-tx-madness-t1-wideWell we ended up taking the week off after all but we are back, albeit a day or two late, with another edition of The Stunt Granny Sports Show. This week Eric2 and Jeremy break down the obvious story of the NCAA tournament selections. How do they feel their respective favorites will do and how far can they actually get this year? Is it fair that a team like Liberty that lost twenty, yes twenty, games make the tournament? What is the point of having a play in game for an 11 seed? How the hell do you acquire three technical fouls and lose a tournament game when things are seemingly in hand? They also go back to the well and talk about a total halftime failure for one lucky basketball contestant. The NHL has finally done pulled the trigger and has agreed to realignment. Do the new conferences make sense? How about the playoff format? How did they draw up the geographic lines? Really; Florida and Detroit are in the same division? They then decide to argue the difference between play fighting, slap fighting and boxing glove dexterity. Obviously they discuss more but this is just a preview after all.  In order to get it all you simply need to download the show and listen.

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Matt Hardy Breaks His Silence

As our friend friend @MissieBird put it, Matt Hardy is the gift the keeps on giving. Not only did he break his silence, I am too. The story of Matt Hardy is getting to be terribly sad. According to Prowrestling.net, it was announced yesterday that Matt was kicked out of WWE sponsored rehab after failing a breathalyzer test. He claimed it was mouth wash that caused him to fail. I don’t know the rules of a rehab facility but mouth wash would seem to be on a no no list considering it does have alcohol in it. Needless to say, the facility didn’t believe his story. Matt was arrested by the Moore County (no confirmation) police upon exiting the rehab facility because of judge’s order for a million dollar bail if he didn’t complete the rehab. I could goof on this guy but it truly a sad story at this point. Matt, even your biggest detractors didn’t want you to fall into a tailspin of epic proportions. Find the strength to go back to rehab and get better. -Kevin

Jeff Hardy guilty, gets jail time and massive fine; TNA smells like rose-scented roses

"MMM, DRUGS!"

According to Prowrestling.net, TNA star Jeff Hardy pleaded guilty to three felony drug charges in Moore County, N.C. today.

Hardy pleaded guilty to two counts of intent to distribute a controlled substance, and one count of conspiracy to traffic in a compound containing opium.

Seriously, people still do opium? What is this, a basement in the ’50s? Anyway, it’s obvious that members of Hardy’s “inner circle” love drugs, so it’s not hard to imagine that he was going to distribute them in some way. According to one North Carolina indy wrestler, that way is by throwing huge parties and offering everyone with two nostrils a little bump. (According to me, that way is putting pot in his brother’s gigantic stack of brownies.)

The consequences here are 10 days in jail, a $100,000 fine, and 30 months of probation. Ten days in jail is easy when the wrestling company you work for tapes two weeks’ worth of TV in two days; the $100,000 will be easy to come by since Matt has made two lifetimes’ worth of money (just ask him, he’ll tell you); but the 30 months of probation will probably turn Jeff into a ticking time bomb. If this backwoods shit head could go 30 *minutes* without licking a toad, I’d eat my hat. -Eric

Matt Hardy (or Matthew, or Matt Brand, or V1, who cares) leaves YouTube suicide note

In an effort to disprove the six-year-old theory that “Matt Hardy will not die,” Matt Hardy posted what appears to be a suicide note on YouTube. It reads:

Dear Hostess: How dare you discontinue Chocodiles…

Oh, no, wrong one. Here it is:

Goodbye, World… My time here is Almost complete… I only have a few hours & minutes… I loved you all… Regardless of how you felt about me… I’ll miss you all… September 23, 1974 – August 31, 2011.

Well, it just goes to show you that bullying works, and if you make fun of someone long enough, they’ll go away.

Wait, what? “Suicide” means he’s gonna kill himself?! Oh… hold on…

Hey, Bob Holly, nice bald spot, ya prick. -Eric

DUSTY EDIT: But wait, there’s more!

Jeff Hardy’s Wife Pissed Over Matt Hardy Hoax

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 11:50 Written by Ryan Clark Tuesday, 30 August 2011 11:50

An apparent suicide note Matt Hardy released this evening via YouTube has been confirmed as a hoax.

Jeff Hardy’s wife, Beth Britt, is steamed with Matt’s latest attempt ‘to work the Internet’ as police showed up to her North Carolina residence this evening on a suicide call.

She angrily wrote on her Twitter account, “When the cops show up to our house at 11 pm, for a “suicide call” the fucking joke is over @MATTHARDYBRAND. Stop trying to work the Internet.”

A fan wrote to Britt, “Who the hell calls 911 and sends them to the wrong f’n house?” She responded, “Apparently someone that believed the stupid video.”

She then wrote, “I guess you got what you wanted @MATTHARDYBRAND. Everyone is talking about you, again. But it’s not in a good way.”

Apparently Hardy feels suicide is a joking matter. Again, we appreciate all your concerns and calls regarding the video and tweets. Something like that needs to be taken seriously. It’s better to at least check and be safe rather than have it be to late.

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