Archive for 2020

Cellar Dweller: 2015 Begyle Brewing "Dr. Dreidel's Imperial Chanukah Porter"

Cellar Dweller: 2015 Begyle Brewing "Dr. Dreidel's Imperial Chanukah Porter"
This cellar dweller pulled out a special beer for the church book club discussion of How To Be An AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi. A bomber of Begyle Brewing’s “Dr. Dreidel’s Imperial Chanukah Porter, from 2015.” I wanted something big enough to stand up to the tough conversation that lay ahead, but approachable enough for... Read more »

Release Radar 4/03/20: Rolling Blackouts vs Public Enemy

Release Radar 4/03/20: Rolling Blackouts vs Public Enemy
Every Friday morning comes, thank the gods for that. More new music and another chance to impact someone’s life with that song. Last week it was Butch Walker with “Pretty Crazy,” this week it’s the Rolling Blackouts CF with their new single, “She’s There.” The album is due out in June. Born Ruffians continue to... Read more »

"Love Doesn't Make It Easy On Us" Is Classic Ocean Blue

“Love Doesn’t Make It Easy On Us” is classic Ocean Blue, and I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the single, and video, they released a few months back. It harkens back to their second record, Cerulean, and conjures memories of my childhood with every strum. I wasn’t sure how I’d felt about their... Read more »
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Cellar Dweller: 2013 Half Acre Brewing "2023m2 Soft Sour"

Cellar Dweller: 2013 Half Acre Brewing "2023m2 Soft Sour"
What was once a mildly tart collaboration ale with New Belgium, way back in 2013, is now, essentially, a peach lager. Why did I wait so long to drink this bomber of 2023m2 Soft Sour Ale? I don’t know. But with the shelter in place, I’ve been saying “Yes!” to opening anything. The first, 2023m2,... Read more »

Release Radar 3/27/20: Butch Walker vs Day Wave

Release Radar 3/27/20: Butch Walker vs Day Wave
We need more Butch Walker these days, and fortunately, we get word that he will have a new album out on May 8th, called American Love Story. His new single is “Pretty Crazy,” and it’s a lot of fun. He’s saying it’s a departure from his normal style of pop, calling this release a rock... Read more »

The Killers Join Jimmy Kimmel To Talk New Album, Sinatra, & The Coronavirus

The Killers joined Jimmy Kimmel to talk about their new album, Imploding The Mirage, Frank Sinatra dying and the Coronavirus. It made for an interesting conversation, and I really wanted to share it. They also played their new single, “Caution,”…in a bathroom, and it sounded unbelievable. #ShelterInPlace Subscribe to my blog below.
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Cellar Dweller: 3 Floyds Brewing 2018 "Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter"

Cellar Dweller: 3 Floyds Brewing 2018 "Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter"
Billed as Alpha King’s festive cousin, this seasonal porter from 3 Floyds is nothing like its pale relative. Initially, there’s a cloud of light smoke, followed by a lot of chocolate. As it warms there’s a charred marshmallow flavor that is elicited in each sip. No graham crackers, for that s’more trinity, but that chocolate... Read more »

Cellar Dweller: Epic Brewing 2017 "Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist"

Cellar Dweller: Epic Brewing 2017 "Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist"
Today DDB (dontdrinkbeer) was fanboying about the $50, 12 oz, bottle of Toppling Goliath’s BA Coconut Assassin, that resells to the tune of $450. Yep, you heard that right. Some people will pay for $500 for a 12 oz bottle of beer, huh? Mindblowing… He described in great detail this “depressing masterpiece” and how it... Read more »

Cellar Dweller: 2015 Darkhorse Brewing "Maple Bourbon Barrel Black Bier"

Cellar Dweller: 2015 Darkhorse Brewing "Maple Bourbon Barrel Black Bier"
Darkhorse Brewing’s 2015 Maple Bourbon Barrel Black Bier gets better with time. I drank it five years ago and it was good then, but now I feel like it’s even smoother. A little toned down, with great barrel effects that allow the adjuncts to shine. It ages well. Like the Dixieland below. Hit play and... Read more »
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Release Radar 3/20/20: Morrissey vs Alkaline Trio

Release Radar 3/20/20: Morrissey vs Alkaline Trio
Morrissey has returned this week with his finest work in 20 years. Some of the songs, on I Am Not A Dog On A Chain, harken back to The Smiths, and early Moz, pre-Viva Hate. It’s an album chock-full of great songs, with barely a weak one in the bunch. His California Son album was... Read more »