Showing posts with label beer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beer. Show all posts

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Shipyard Brewing Co. Melonhead

I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive about this post. I tend to look for stuff that I might enjoy drinking or eating, though it doesn't always turn out that way. I've never had any requests for product reviews, especially from folks that haven't even seen my blog before. But, that's what happened when one of my coworkers heard I like to try oddly flavored foods and beverages and write sentences about them. I was given the task of trying out Shipyard Brewing Co's Melonhead, with the warning that it was "abso-fucking-lutely awful". Of course, I agreed to do it. Crap. Hey, at least I get a free beer out of it, right?





Monday, October 27, 2014

Stunt Zombie's seasonal beer review



Okay, so let me say that I will no longer accept any alcoholic beverage challenges. Last night taught me that beer and technology do not mix, especially on an empty stomach. In case you don't watch the video, and I don't blame you if you don't, Eric at Toyriffic challenged me on Facebook to do a seasonal beer review. My task, if I chose to accept it, was to drink a six pack of seasonal beer, then immediately blog about it. Being the trooper that I am, I gladly accepted the challenge. Sadly, things didn't go as planned, and my ability to use the camera disappeared by beer six. I didn't realize that I had only been taking photos until early this morning, when I tried to upload the video from my phone. So, this is an attempt to appease the blogging gods, and at least partially fulfill my obligation to a fellow blogger.





Terrible, right? Well, stick around while I take a quick look at each individual label.




Magic Hat Seance

This was my least favorite of the bunch. I'm not really surprised, since I have yet to like any beers from Magic Hat. This is the one beer of the bunch that didn't claim to be flavored with pumpkin or spices, but don't think for a second I'll give it any leniency for that. The label is what I like to cal "Fall Psychedelic", It's awash in oranges and yellows and browns, and it includes a few seasonal items, such as the leaves and the owl. Beyond that, it's just a hodge podge of random scribbles. It was my least favorite beer, but surprisingly not my least favorite label.


The St. George Brewing Company Pumpkinfest

They say wine is supposed to improve with age, well apparently this beer is better when it's stale. I actually remember popping the top on this one, and watching it immediately start to overflow. It just had way too much carbonation, and I think that's what affected the smell and the flavor. I'm actually liking the label, even if it is one of the plainer ones. The Jack O'Lantern morningstar looks particularly vicious, and I can only imagine it's 47 times more frightening than a normal morningstar. Most weapons don't grin at you as they're about to smash you in the face.


Starr Hill Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter
One of my favorite beers out of the bunch, but my least favorite label. Sure, they're playing on the box car theme, but this is a seasonal beer man! Put a scary moon in the background, with a wolf riding on top of the train cars. It's hard to tell because of the perspective, but that looks like it might be one big ass pumpkin next to the railroad tracks. Still, it's not enough to make me like this label.


Saranac Pumpkin Ale

This beer claimed to have so many spices, yet I couldn't taste any of them. This one was middle of the pack as far as flavor goes, but it still beat out the Boxcarr because of its label. Sure, it looks like a normal everyday Jack O'Lantern, but add those trees in the background, and it definitely feels like a Halloween appropriate beer. The carved pumpkin alone was enough to make me like this particular design. It manages to look happy, yet sinister at the same time. I only wish they had let the trees take up a bit more of the label. I want to be able to get a better view of what's going on in that scary forest.


Terrapin Pumpkinfest

This is my second favorite out of the bunch. Not only do we get Farmer Turtle harvesting a bumper pumpkin crop, but he's managed to turn one into a keg and tap it for a cool evening brew. He looks completely at peace, with that wan smile of his, as a turtle with a pumpkin full of beer should. All he has to do is sit back and relax, while he waits for his next customer. He enjoys watching folks dig through his wagon, looking for the perfect pumpkin for their house, all while he savors a nice frothy pumpkin malt beverage.


Devil's Backbone Pumpkin Hunter

This label is easily my favorite. There's so much going on, I wasn't able to get it all in one shot. Unfortunately, I didn't get it all period. Let me lay it out for you: There's a headless redneck archer riding on the back of a crazed grizzly bear, going around killing all the rogue Jack O'Lanterns. You can see one pumpkin is ready to attack, while the bear has swiped the face off the one in the foreground. These don't look like your normal everyday pumpkins either, with random thorns jutting off here and there. The rider's clothes are somewhat tattered, leading me to believe he's had one hell of a battle in this pumpkin patch. Now I'm kind of worried about Farmer Turtle's crop. Hopefully he's not selling a bunch of possessed gourds.

So, that was fun. I'll have to remember to never do it again. Happy week before Halloween to you all.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Random picture post Summer edition.

One of the great things about the Eastern Shore in the summertime, there is no shortage of festivals happening around here. Even if it isn't listed in the newspaper, there's a safe bet that there's something going on involving food, music, and booze. Chelsea and I didn't make it to all the events this year, but we had a great time at the few that we attended.

Back in June, we made it to the Tall Ships Festival in Cape Charles. It's a yearly event, where historical sailing vessels dock in the harbors and allow people to take tours. Unfortunately, the two that showed up this year wanted about $45 a piece to take a look around. In the end, I was only able to grab a few shots of the ships before we went back to eating.






Every year, the Wachapreague Volunteer Fire Department sets up and runs a carnival in, well, Wachapreague. This year it ran from June 18th to July 12th, and it helps them raise funds for new equipment and operations. The Wachapreague Carnival used to be a regular summer destination when I was growing up. My cousin and I would spend hours riding the rides, and blowing our money on the somewhat shady games. Now, I mainly go for the food, since it's one of the only times of the year that I'll be able to enjoy a fried soft crab sandwich. 


There's my sammich in all it's glory. Soft crabs are definitely an acquired taste, and I can see how most folks wouldn't like them. It blows my mind that I've liked these things since childhood, since you're basically eating a whole crab. I know adults that would rather starve than put one of these in their face. Maybe it's the legs. It can be a little hard getting over the legs.

The fries were pretty good this year, though I always find it nearly impossible to finish them. This was a small, and Chelsea and I both gave up halfway through. It wasn't until I got up to toss them out, that I discovered the vinegar had soaked through the container and the paper, and into my jeans. I got to walk around the rest of the night looking like I had a very strange "accident".


I've never actually ridden the Spider. I have problems with rides that go in too many directions at once, so I tend to keep my butt off of them. I think it's best that I don't do my impression of a sprinkler, and shower the crowds with my recently eaten soft crabs.


The ferris wheel is still one of my favorite rides there. It used to be because it was one of the few rides that didn't make me nauseous. Now I appreciate it for the view it provides. It also allows me to escape the oppressive heat of the crowds, and enjoy the nice cool breeze blowing off the ocean.


Here's a shot of the carnival from one of the several parking areas. It's funny how much bigger it used to seem when I was growing up. I even remember getting lost a couple of times. Now, the whole area just seems cramped and overcrowded. I guess that's what happens when you get bigger; everything else looks smaller.


August 9th found Chelsea and I attending the Eastern Shore's Own Craft Beer and Music Festival. This took place in the lovely town of Belle Haven, next to the ESO Arts Center. This is only the second year they've had it, but if the turnout was any indication, it is going to continue to be an annual event. It helps to raise money for the ESO, which holds classes for everything from dancing to watercolor.


You get 10 different tastings for your admission price. There was a rather large selection of microbreweries to choose from, so you had to pick and choose which ones you wanted to try. Near the end of the evening, however, they stopped marking our wristbands. So, I ended up with a few extra tastings before the day was over.


Here's Chelsea modeling the mugs and the jugs.


I love these little mugs, if only because they make me feel like a giant. I like to use mine when I feel like stomping on a village.


The last even we went to this August, was the Church Creek Wine Club meet and greet. This is a shot of Chatham, the main house on the vineyard property. I've know the owners for a long time, and I actually worked inside Chatham, helping with the restoration. Once that was completed, I moved outside and helped Jon Wehner, owner of Church Creek Wines and Chatham Vineyards, start building what has become one of the best vineyards in the state. This event was sort of a "thank you" to the folks that joined their wine club. It was a great opportunity to meet some of the other members, and to try some wines that will never be available to the public.


Here's another shot from behind the house, this time over looking Church Creek. This is where Southeast Expeditions lands when they take people on their kayaking and wine tasting tour. It's also where we're planning on taking some of the pictures on our wedding day.


Why does it seem like there's almost always alcohol present in our photos? Hmm..


Here's a shot of the sitting room in Chatham. I wish you could have seen what this place looked like 16 years ago, because you'd never believe that it would look like this today. Every room is painted based on samples taken from the walls and woodwork.For the most part, it looks just like it would have back in 1818. Depending on your tastes, that may be a good thing or a bad thing.


Whenever Chelsea sees a piano, she can't help but sit down and give it a play. It's a shame she didn't discover it sooner, she could have provided some light music for the evening. 



August also saw the release of what has become my favorite comic book movie. I actually went into this movie knowing very little about the Guardians. I knew there was a raccoon and a sentient tree, but that's about it. It had the usual comic book movie plot issues, but they were easy to overlook because the movie was just....so...damn...fun. It also has the best soundtrack I've heard in ages. It's the first movie in a long time that I would be willing to go see in theaters again. That's about the best endorsement I can give any film. 

September is going to be another light month as far as posts go, but that's only because I'm trying to get some stuff together for October. Things haven't worked out for the past couple of Halloweens, so I'm hoping this year will be the one where everything goes as planned. Thanks to Eric, I already have an idea for one post this season, though I'm still trying to decide if it should be a video or a written post. A video post would probably work better, but it could go so very, very wrong. I guess we'll find out in October, won't we? 



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