Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Week 9: 

Beers (ABV):
Rodenbach Classic (5.2%)
Samuel Smith Organic Apricot (5.1%)
Bear Republic/Fat Head's/Stone TBA (7.1%)
 Smuttynose IPA (6.9%)
Westbrook Citrus Ninja Exchange (8.9%)

Beers Already Tried From This Brewery: 
Rodenbach (none)
Samuel Smith (Organic Cider, Organic Cherry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Strawberry, IPA, Pale Ale, Pure Lager, Imperial Stout, Nut Brown Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Taddy Porter)
Bear Republic/Fat Head's/Stone (none)
Smuttynose (none)
Westbrook (none)

Another Sunday night at the Flying Saucer where I decided to get one of my blog beers knocked out and the Rodenbach Classic is the beer of choice. It was Flanders red ale which is a sour beer. This beer poured a darker amber color and had slight hint of cherry flavor with a huge tart flavor. I actually was a bit nervous to try this beer after the smell because it was overwhelmingly sour.

However, after tasting this beer, the bark was definitely bigger than the bite. Despite that it took quite a bit of time to drink, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Certainly not a session beer by any means but I would most definitely recommend this to anyone.

After thinking that my week of trying new beers was over, my friend surprised me with a few more to try that he got while on his trip to South Carolina.

The first beer of these was the Smuttynose IPA. My friend considered this to be one of his favorite IPA's ever, which is tall order. However, I'm not as big a fan of IPA's in general and this didn't change my mind. While not a terrible beer, it didn't wow me either. Clearly, it's the style and not the beer itself.

Next we tried a beer that is combined from three breweries (Bear Republic, Fat Head and Stone). This was such an interesting beer. Initially, the aroma and flavor came across hoppy but threw a curve ball and ended up like a brown ale. Certainly one of the more unique beers I've tried so far.

After that, we tried the Westbrook Citrus Ninja Exchange. I got very excited for this one because of the citrus but after first taste, I did not enjoy this one at all. All I could taste was the alcohol. At 8.9%, I'm honestly not surprised.

Thankfully, to wrap up the evening, we tried the Samuel Smith Organic Apricot which I had a feeling I was going to enjoy very much. Easily the best Apricot beer I've ever tried and very well could've been the best Samuel Smith beer that I've tried as well. 

Album: Millennium by Backstreet Boys (1999)
Length: 48 Minutes, 11 Seconds

I honestly have to say, I have no idea why I decided to go with this album. I guess it's just another example of getting out of my comfort zone and trying to take in as many different types of music and different eras.

When the boy band phase was taking over the world, I guess I had recently become a teenager and so as a male, it was very natural to immediately hate any of this kind of music, especially since it was so incredibly popular. With that in mind, I decided to go into this with a very open mind. Afterall, it is the 20th most selling album in history with 30 million copies sold.

The first three songs on this album (Larger Than Life, I Want It That Way, and Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely) are all huge hits and unless you weren't born until 2000 or lived under a rock, you've heard of these songs. Of these three, clearly I Want It That Way is my favorite. Easy to sing along and yes, I did.

Next song on Millennium is It's Gotta Be You. It's the shortest song on the album, just under 3 minutes, and it certainly felt like it. It was upbeat and went by quickly. Not terrible.

Song number 5 on the album is I Need You Tonight. I actually have to say that I really, really enjoyed this song. It's a slow song and it's pretty. Song number 6 is Don't Want You Back. Pretty catchy song. Typical boy band pop music.

Don't Want To Lose You Now is the next song on the album. Pretty bland song. Definitely forgettable. The next song after is The One. This song was much better than the previous one. After that one, there was another slower song with Back To Your Heart. This song just screamed what they'd played at a middle school dance where the couple is arms length apart swaying back in forth.

With only three songs left, we have Spanish Eyes. Honestly, I kind of zoned out on this song. Clearly didn't wow me. Second to last song on the album is No One Else Comes Close. I'm kind of surprised this wasn't a hit. Even though it's slower, I could certainly see it getting radio play.

Lastly, we've got The Perfect Fan. Apparently this song was written for one of the band members mothers. It's a cute song.

Overall, this album is about what I expected. Some catchy stuff, some duds, some average songs but I completely see why girls flocked to this. Five guys with voices like these singing songs like these, it makes complete sense.

Movie: The Big Lebowski (1998)
Length: 1 Hour, 59 Minutes
Main Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julienne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Tara Reid

That was fucking amazing.

That was the first words I said outloud as the credits started to roll. I want to kick my own ass for waiting 14 years to see that movie.

Seriously, every single part of this movie was hilarious. Dude, Walter, Donnie, Jesus...all so damn good.

It's hard to decide which is my favorite scene, whether it being the Jesus scene or the scattering ashes scene.

I'd assume most people that will read this have already seen this movie but if you haven't, GO WATCH IT NOW! After last weeks lame movie choice, it was so good to have something I truly enjoyed and will most definitely watch again (and again).

Food: Chicken Salad Sandwich and Deathrow Pimento Cheese from Young Avenue Deli (Midtown)

Another Monday in which we went looking for the list and Young Avenue Deli at Cooper and Young became the choice for the week.

In similar fashion to the week I went to Half Shell, I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to get going in. Also in similar fashion is how it turned out, by splitting two meals in half so we could try multiple items.

The item that my friend decided on was the Chicken Salad Sandwich, pictured on the right, which had chicken salad, tomato and lettuce. I enjoyed this okay, nothing great though and I probably wouldn't have it again. Honestly, I didn't even finish my half because I also had my other sandwich as well as an order of cheese fries, which were amazing as usual.

The item that I ordered was the Deathrow Pimento Cheese. I had no idea what I was getting into when I ordered this but went for it anyways. Oh my goodness, was this sandwich delicious! After the first bite, I knew I was in love. Biting into this sandwich gave me the same feeling and taste that I get when I eat an entire block of Colby cheese. It was so cheesy and wonderful. Simply made my tastebuds happy.

Overall, this trip was successful and I'll certainly be going back for more Pimento Cheese, as well as their cheese fries. Healthy, huh?

1 comment:

  1. Hey now as a 90's girl myself I have to say not all of us flocked to The Backstreet Boys... Some of us flocked to *Nsync. Lol. I can't lie though as soon as I started read names of the songs I started singing what I remembered. Definitely gonna check the movie out too