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Bourbonic Plague (2009) - Cascade Brewing (Portland, OR)

I’m not generally a fan of dark sours or sour stouts, but this one is interesting. [For similar reason I generally dislike dark & hoppy brews, I often find the astringent character of roasted malts to clash with the bitterness, or in this case the sourness. It’s more of a texture or palate sensation thing that I find grating (or sometimes just slightly unpleasant).]

With that disclaimer out of the way, this was definitely one of the highlights of the bottleshare/potluck we attended on Easter. Super rich beer on the palate, giving both malty and vinous impressions. The initial sweetness is cut mid-palate by a twinge of sour, before notes of baking spices lend a further drying sensation on the finish. Has to be one of the best dark sours (can I just call them ‘Black & Wilds’?) I have tried (and possibly one of the first examples of the style produced? 2009?).


This week in weird beer news…

Hahaha, because we’ve all been to a beer fest and thought to ourselves how awesome it would be if we could actually see the sweat beading beneath those beernerd’s manboobs, rather than just the sweat stains on his favorite beer drinking shirt/outfit.



Straight out of North Carolina, the Barbecue Bros are experts in this delicious pork concoction, bringing you some amazing reviews and recommendations on where to find the best BBQ. Monk, Rudy, and Speedy are the masterminds behind this one-of-a-kind blog, all three having extensive experience and knowledge in all things barbecue. Hailing from High Point, NC, and having attended high school together, the bros are actually now living in different places themselves (Monk and Speedy in Charlotte, Rudy in Austin, TX). However, their love for all things barbecue kept the trio together, and now they actually use this geographically diverse setting as a way to spread even more barbecue goodness on the site. As much as they love the delicious pork dish, the bros were getting frustrated with all of the unsatisfactory reviews they found of BBQ joints around their area, and decided to finally take matters into their own hands, thus creating the Barbecue Bros blog. Here, you can find fantastic reviews, recommendations, tips, and more on all things barbecue, both in North Carolina and beyond. You can start by clicking on the Charlotte Rankings tab, which gives you a hefty list of the top spots for BBQ in and around Charlotte; each review complete with great, insightful information as well as some mouth-watering photographs.  Otherwise, you can click on the Map of Joints to take a look at all the places that these boys have covered across the country. Another cool category is The North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail, which gives you a list of all the historic BBQ places in the state, all of which the bros are attempting to have eaten at by the end of 2014. Be sure you check out this wonderful site, especially if you love barbeque too!

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"Broadly speaking," Piketty writes, "it was the wars of the twentieth century that wiped away the past to create the illusion that capitalism had been structurally transformed."

(Source: emergentfutures)

"Another shocker is that those in the 25-to-34 age group are the best educated cohort in American history, with more than a third having a bachelor’s degree or higher. Education is important. But clearly, education alone does not create jobs and opportunities that lead to prosperity. For that, a fair and functional economy is needed-"

(Source: emergentfutures)



Designers: Arthur Schreiber, Galya Akhmetzyanova

3D: Maxim Kulikov

Country: Russia

Make democracy, not war As far back as in autumn, 2013 Moscow studio STUDIOIN created a new design concept of vodka Democracy. Designer`s sarcastic mind followed the way of logic which is not a surprise nowadays. The main tool of kindness is a power, the main tool of peace agreement is a danger, and the main tool of democracy is a bomb. Bottle is made in a shape of bomb and put into a case. Also, there is a small vodka glass included into the set and it fulfills a function of red start button inside of case. The most technic and unique detail in design is closure as it is seen from the picture. There are two varieties of vodka in the set – pink and orange and they symbolize two well known revolutions. And just one word`s written on the glass can neutralize all the warlike attitude of design. This word is Democracy! It is a political joker strong enough to stand up to any argument and common sense. Abraham Lincoln`s statement says “…of the people, by the people, for the people…” and let Democracy acquire any shape required. This concept happened to be a time – delay bomb and unfortunately it also turned out to be some kind of a prophesy, that proves present events which are taking place in fraternal Ukraine. This situation is the way too far from sarcasm and that is being kind. Taking this virtual bomb from its creative depot STUDIOIN is making a call for people to “switch on” their brain and open their eyes. Not a single revolution whether it is “pink”, “orange” or “brown” costs human`s life sacrificed for political struggle. How many masks should be thrown away from politicians` sleeky faces crying loudly about democracy and global equality? Peaceful life and sky is the sole purpose of ordinary people no matter what kind of citizenship, nationality or faith do they have. Don`t be led by the nose by shady leaders treating ordinary people like a stooge to accomplish their own goals. Take care of each other.

OMG I’M IN LOVE!!!!!! I salute Arthur Schreiber & Galya Akhmetzyanova

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Beers from Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, NC)


I’m jealous! My waitress at Wicked Weed told me (in hushed tones) that Burial is the best Asheville brewery. We immediately walked over, of course, but they were closed that day. Boo!

With all the new guys on the AVL brew scene, naming a fore-runner or favorite is a contentious task. Since WW opened, there’s now Hi-Wire and Burial as well as the recently opened Twin Leaf AND any day now, One World Brewing should be opening below Farmburger.

The Weed had a head start on the rest of these guys in multiple ways and I believe it shows in their production. None of the rest of ‘em are producing anywhere near the amount of beer WW does, especially Burial. Burial brews on a one-barrel kettle on wheels they cart out from the back when they need to brew. It’s a “nano-brewery”- and that, in my opinion, amounts to a pilot brewery without a real brewery behind it. [begin rant] They can make whatever they want, whenever and it might be good, but I don’t think that even translates to the scale that WW is on or even really what Hi-Wire and Twin Leaf are doing/trying to do. Making a good beer doesn’t make a good brewery- making good beer consistently does.

Not to pick on Burial specifically, but nano’s in general often give me the feeling that someone should have just been a more serious homebrewer, maybe invested more time and their own money in their home equipment, first. I know plenty of homebrewers with more precise and less labor intensive brew systems than some of these nano’s. The time it takes to build up (and re-design and re-build) your perfect homebrew system is commensurate with the experience and knowledge needed to brew on it. Or something. /rant

Beers from Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, NC)


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The Countdown
IRON MAN #150 (Sept. 1981)
John Romita Jr. (pencils), Bob Layton (inks) & Bob Sharen (colors)
Words by David Michelinie

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The Comté Cheese Association has updated their “Wheel of Aromas”, a handy guide to the 83 smells and aromas commonly found in Comté cheese. This is designed for Comté specifically, but it’s a useful reference for anyone looking to expand their cheese vocabulary and sensory evaluation skills. Via

The “Comité Interprofessionnel du Comté” has created a wheel showcasing the aromas of Comté. It counts 83 terms or descriptors that correspond to the most frequently found smells and aromas in Comté, grouped within 6 families. In a ripe Comté, tasters generally pick up 2 or 3 main families and mention 5 to 10 descriptors precisely. The 6 families are: Lactic, Fruity, Roasted, Vegetal, Animal, Spicy.

Tasting is subjective, and the aromas evolve/vary with the Comté’s terroir, season of production and length of time aging in the cellars. These families of aromas might help you to choose the style of Comté that you prefer. And, of course, the best Comté is the one that tastes best to you! Let’s taste and discover your favorite!

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