Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Some Brooklyn Brewery Brews

Being Brooklyn born (at Evangelical Deaconess Medical Something or other) how could I not try a case of mixed brews from the Brooklyn Brewery. I kind of figured they would suck and I was kind of, sort of, somewhat right but I have to say I was also more wrong than right. I loved two of the four offerings in the case and one was passable; it was just one of the four that sucked. The case consisted of a six pack each (all 12 ounce bottles) of Brooklyn Brown Ale, Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Pilsner and Brooklyn East IPA.

I tried a Brown Ale first. It, in my opinion, sucked. It was, without a doubt in my mind, one of the worst brown ales I have ever imbibed. Nuff said, nod, nod, wink, wink, know what I mean but if you want, go ahead and waste spend your money on it (bearing in mind that was my opinion of this swill brew and yours may differ).

Then I tried a Brooklyn Lager. It was pretty decent. Nothing special mind you, as far as I was concerned, but good enough so that I surely would drink it again without hesitation. I am not about to tell you it had a nutty flavor, enhanced by dingle berries, with a hint of apple-wood smoke or anything like those wine wussies tell you (and I like wine to but drink it because it taste good and gets me high and not because of fantasy bullshit illusionary flavors) but it was decent.

After the lager, I went next to the Brooklyn Pilsner and I was pleasantly surprised. It is not, the best pilsner I have ever tried, which has been and remains Pilsner Urquell (and I visited Pilsen in the Czech Republic just to try some of it there, it was wonderful there, on tap, just as it is here in bottles) but it is one heck of a good pilsner.

The last was best, the Brooklyn East IPA. If you have ever tried an IPA (as available in the USA) and thought it too strong tasting, why not try one of these. It is 6.9% alcohol by volume brew. Not as strong as some other IPAs but none too shabby in that regard. So, if you like IPAs, this is not too weak either. It was a pretty good IPA is all I will say, except for saying I liked it.

All are worth giving a try. I got mine at Costco and I suppose that the price there was much better than I would have gotten at a local distributor.

While writing this post and getting the links for the beers and the brewery, I found out that Brooklyn Brewery offers free tours on the weekends. I have already put the makings of a visit there in motion and expect I will soon be visiting it with my son and two brothers-in-law.

Finally, I'll note, I enjoyed the very last Brooklyn East IPA as I wrote this, it was delicious and hit the spot (as did a few moonshine cherries too).

All the best,
Glenn B

 

A Voice (or Pen) of Reason For All Sides In Baltimore...

...is to be found in Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano. The man makes a lot of sense and I agree whole heartedly with virtually all of what he says. Read it here:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/04/28/baltimore-riots-who-will-protect-rights-lives-and-property-city-residents/

Let me just add this, in answer to the question posed by the title of his article - If the people were armed as the Bill of Rights enumerates we should be, then government would be much more hesitant to allow police officers to get away with murder in the name of Justice. Don't get me wrong, I am not slamming the police or law enforcement in general but I must say I am sick of the so called Blue Wall of Silence that allows for deaths like those of Freddie Gray to go unpunished because one bad cop cover for the crimes of another. Hear me on that, any cop who keeps his mouth shut and does not give evidence freely and truthfully, when he sees another cop commit a felony even if the victim of that felony is a dirtbag, is a bad cop and a criminal himself. Of course, maybe this was an accident but withholding evidence in such a case is just as bad. Just look at the results so far.

All the best,
Glenn B

Imagine Taking This Along As Carry-On Luggage

TSA agents would have conniptions!


 
 All the best,
Glenn B
 

Woman In Baltimore Dressing For Riots

Just saying, if she lives down that way, she could wind up being the best dressed and most prepared woman near the Baltimore Riots.


All the best,
GB

Baltimore Burning - Screw That Here Is Some Real News

I am sick of cops all to often unjustifiably killing suspects, the ensuing protests that morph to riots, the looting, the arson, the assaults, the cries of racism by racists, the politicians seeking advantage in crises and so on.

So, I searched FoxNews for something really important and came up with this totally useless, albeit amusingly informative, piece of news about geekdom at its finest. And mind you, the guy who invented, and the those who addictively play with, study, adore and hold contests for Rubik's Cube are indeed geeks - or as we once called them - nerds, to the nth degree.

All the best,
Glenn B
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