Friday, March 26, 2010

Aren't We All Winners, Really. No? Not So Much?


Before you get any further, you need to know that tonight (Friday) we are tapping a cask of Terrapin's new black IPA, Capt'n Krunkles, at Taco Mac Metropolis, 6 pm. Last weekend was all about getting retarded, and tonight is about getting Krunkled. This cask will go fast, so if you want to be a winner and Krunk-ify your life, then get on down*. I tasted this beer on tap at The Fred yesterday, and it rocks. Tomorrow the Mall of GA store is tapping the last of the Rogue Double Mocha Porter casks we have had. This beer is great too. The one we did last week in Kennesaw could not have possibly tasted any better. They will also be pouring regular drafts of the previously mentioned Krunkles, Rogue John-John Dead Guy (whiskey barrel-aged Dead Guy) and Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout. If that is not enough to get you out of the house on Saturday, please stop calling yourself a beer drinker. I will be at Metropolis tonight but not at G Mall on Saturday, sorry. There is an Abita Oyster & Crawfish Fest thing with live bands at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park that sounds like fun. If the weather stinks though, I just might turn up in Buford. Founder's KBS is not an easy draft to find.

The big SweetWater Brew Your Cask Off was last Saturday. It was a great event, even if some of the beers were made by, well, amateurs. That was sort of the idea. The Full Retard did not win, place or show, but that is OK. We had a good time and it was free, so who's complaining? The t-shirts were a big hit though. From the minute I walked into the 5 Seasons West for lunch until it got too dark out to see, people seemed to love the shirts. Hey, I am just here to bring joy into your world in whatever way I can. The 5 Westside had some tasty beers too. What a cool place.

Anyway, the winners of the BYCO were:
  • 1st Place: Fontaine's with a beer called Hop n' Spicy
  • 2nd Place: Gibney's (a bar that nobody I know has heard of) with ELT Ale
  • 3rd Place: Taco Mac's own Tim & Donald (of Canton & Metropolis stores respectively) for PNS Reserve. Congratulation guys. You saved our reputation.
  • People's Choice Award (this means the fest-goers voted for it, but the "expert" judges did not): Cypress St. Plate & Pint with Knobzilla Vanilla Oatmeal Stout

I have finished slide shows of days 2 & 3 of my trip to England. Expect one or both of those this weekend. I spent so much time getting those dialed in that I don't have time now to give you the commentary to go with the photos. Thank you for your continued patience. I think I understand the slide show making process now. You're safe now, computer.

I also wanted to thank those of you who have recently mentioned my radio spots on 790 The Zone. I am amazed at how many people don't change the station during commercials. I did a new one of those this morning, and this time I wasn't hung over. You should notice an increased lucidity in my speech patterns. I know I did. Have a great weekend, and enjoy whatever it is that you plan on getting into. If you don't have anything planned, then for god's sake, get into something.

*Inspired by The Meters "Funkify Your Life (Get On Down)". If you don't know it, check it out. It will do what is says it will do. Get funky y'all.

From My September Trip-Sierra Brewhouse

From My September Trip-Sierra Brewhouse
This is the top floor of the brewhouse, with buckets of fresh hops about to go into the kettles.