#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.

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

I had to lead off with one of the more ridiculous things my room mate has ever said to my girlfriend. Really, he has a whole lot of those but this one happened on Saturday. We were getting ready to go see Jim Norton over at the Funny Bone so I was making some pasta and tomato sauce. If anyone has read this column before, you know it’s a regular practice. As the sauce was cooking, I went up to take a shower leaving her down here to keep things in order. Roomie shows up plowed out of his mind (thanks to his brother in law. The one attached to the baby momma and the only reason he’s living in my basement. We’ll get to that insanity some other time.) and tells my girl that he taught me everything I knew about wine. Evidently he invited me over to his place to take informal classes and was taught how to pick my wines. He then decided to give the tomato sauce a little stir and told her “It wasn’t thick enough.” I was told this while we drove to the Funny Bone and I had quite a hearty laugh. I didn’t ever go over to his place for wine classes. I got most of my wine knowledge when I lived near Tuscan vineyards. We actually had a class on it while I was studying in Florence. As for his critique of my tomato sauce, he was correct but that’s only because it hadn’t cooked the proper length of time yet. What a dolt. Let’s roll.

Two referees in two weeks. What the hell is going on in Vince’s world? Is he that stuck on the NFL’s terrible referees? After a brow beating by CM Punk, Paul Heyman does it too. Vince is stuck on the NFL. Their ratings aren’t in the toilet. My girl doesn’t think the short shorts are GM leg wear. I beg to differ. AJ Lee sends him the ref to the back. I am pretty tired of the employees running things in wrestling. Punk re-shows the video of AJ proposing to him. Punk is being a real creep. That’s a good thing. Paul, you’re not going to trump any of those power couples. Just knock it off. Does the board not watch when sexual harassment is going on?

We get more referee TV time. The WWE keeps forgetting how many wrestlers they have on the roster. AJ promises to fire him while looking out into space. I like her acting but still don’t care for the story line of “Let’s fire every GM every show.” We have a Twitter fight turned into a wrestling match. Dolph Ziggler is taking on Kofi Kingston who is apparently still in a tag team since R Truth comes to the ring with him. Can’t someone take this loss to Ziggler that isn’t in a big tag team? From the tweets, it looks as made up as any bad WWE story. All story, little match before the break.

I want to break my lap top when Criss Angel weighs in on Lil’ Jimmy. Kofi is not helping out the quality of the match. Ziggler seems to be a little out of place on some of these moves too. Kofi is one of the few guys who could get the rise out of the crowd that he did since it’s believable he could win. Zig Zag for the win after a couple of near falls. Jim Ross & Mitchell Cool tell us about John Cena‘s injury. He’s going to give us a live update.

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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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