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33 Books – Craft Beer Journal Review

I have loved craft beer for a while, but it’s really in just the past 1-2 years that my appreciation for it has matured. A few years ago, I could have told you that I like stouts and other bold, full-flavored beers, but I couldn’t have told you what I like about them. Now I know that I like the grapefruit flavors of an IPA made with Citra® hops and that Belgian witbiers often taste of coriander. Recently, I found a very simple product that has stepped up my beer awareness several notches.

This past April I was in Portland, Oregon for the 2015 Craft Beer Conference. This was an industry-only trade show with over 600 vendors and more than 11,000 attendees. As a budding beer geek, I was in heaven. While I was exploring the Expo, talking to bottling line manufacturers about patentability of their innovations and brewers about the importance of trademark protection (and sampling some damn good craft brews), I stumbled across a little booth with the most understated of products.

The company is called 33 Books Co. and they make tasting journals for beer, wine, and whiskey and even hot sauce, chocolate, and cigars. The booth was staffed by the owner of the company, Dave Selden and his wife. The company is essentially a one-man publishing operation based in Portland and he makes his books from 100% recycled paper and US-grown soy ink that includes a little beer, wine, or whatever is the subject of that journal (it even identifies the type of beer/wine/etc. that is included in the ink on the back cover).

They gave me a sample of the “33 Bottles of Beer” book and I’ll admit I was a little skeptical about how useful I would find it. After all, I’ve grown so accustomed to computers and smart phones with great apps like Untappd and BeerMapper that I doubted I would want to carry around a little book of my beer critiques. To that point I will say that the books are perfectly sized and designed. They fit comfortably in the back pocket of your jeans, your suit jacket, or even your dress shirt.

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That night, after the Expo was over, I went to Tapalaya for dinner. The chef of Tapalaya had been on the Food Network cooking show “Chopped” and her food looked amazing, so I thought I’d go check it out. Yeah, their jambalaya was the best I’ve had since I was in New Orleans 10 years ago. Awesome. But, more to the point, I ordered a couple beers while I was there and thought I’d try out my new journal from 33 Books.

The first beer was a S’more Stout from Base Camp Brewery. After filling in the vital statistics for the beer (ABV, IBU, etc.), I looked to the “Flavor Wheel” in the book. Essentially a radar plot, the flavor wheel identifies 16 different characteristics of a beer and has you rate them on a scale of 1 to 5. You then connect the dots to reveal the plot for that beer. Immediately, the charm of these books came to life. Before, I would have described a beer in terms of being more or less bitter versus sweet. The flavor wheel guides you into considering each nuance of the beer, distinguishing between bitterness and hoppiness, dark fruit and citrus fruit, herbal and floral notes, spiciness, dryness, malt, toffee, etc.

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As I completed the wheel, I thought “they should add this kind of wheel to Untappd.” But, then as I began to fill in the notes section in the book, another revelation took hold. There is something about the process of putting pen to paper that forces you to be a little more deliberate. In an app, if you don’t like what you’ve typed, you can always edit before submitting it. With pen and paper, your words are permanent, so it makes you really think about the beer and what you like or dislike about it.

I’ve since ordered more of the tasting books, both for myself and for gifts, and having nearly completed my first book I find that it has become not just a repository for my notes about different beers, but a chronicle of my beer tasting experience. This is not a product I’m going to use in a crowded bar with a group of my friends. But, if I go out for a quiet drink or sit down with a craft beer at home, there is something very relaxing and enjoyable about taking out my beer journal and a nice pen to record my impressions.

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– Brian Kaider

TWITTER: @bkaider
Website: kaiderlaw.com
Pinterest: briankaider

What The F*** Is Wrong With Me: The Elusive 911

For the last four years, I have been on the hunt for one of the most iconic, well-known, and divisive vehicles on the planet: the Porsche 911. Specifically, I am looking for an air-cooled example from any era of its nearly 35 year production run (1964 to 1998). This post is not meant to narrate the history of the car, but rather offer some simple insight into my experiences, my chase, and ultimately my frustration.

But first, why an old Porsche 911? In my book, it checks all of the boxes of a car that would interest me:

Is it peculiar? It has a horizontally-opposed engine cooled by air and oil that is conveniently located on the complete wrong end of the vehicle. Throw in the fact that it’ll more than likely be older than I am, and we have a winner.

Is it sporty? Porsche has been involved in nearly every type of automotive racing class and the lessons it has learned have been generously passed onto its street cars. Speed and handling prowess was instilled in its DNA from the first day on the drawing board. (Please disregard the inexperienced yuppies occasionally throwing a 911 into the hedge.)

Is it historically significant? The 911 has been in production for more than half a century. It is the benchmark that every new sports coupe is compared against. Ultimately, the influence it has had on the entire automotive industry is immeasurably substantial.

Now, I was well aware of the 911’s existence, but first realized my desire of the ass-engined go kart four years ago when a boss drove his to work. Sitting in the parking lot was a 1974 Carrera with a Weber-fed 2.7L engine and factory ducktail spoiler. He had just finished up restoring the interior of the car and spent the weekend flogging it around back roads. My first thoughts were about how small the car actually was. Small is good. Very good.

Being behind the wheel of a classic 911 is an experience all its own. Before you start the car, you realize how basic of a vehicle it actually is. The cabin seems airy with just you in the driver’s seat, but as soon as a passenger joins, you realize how tight the quarters actually are (and don’t even think about using the rear seats for anyone larger than a gopher). Amenities are limited, to say the least. There is no power steering, power seats, or power locks. If you’re lucky, you may have powered windows and perhaps a sunroof, but overall, it screams of simplicity.

But then you start the car, and the raspy flat-6 engine comes to life. Because it is located 2 feet behind you and is barely insulated from the cabin, the engine feels as if it’s sitting in the back seats. It has as much personality as an animal. Personality is good. Very good.

Because the car weighs nothing in comparison to a modern vehicle (earlier models barely weighed more than a metric ton), the lack of power steering becomes a virtue as soon as you start rolling. Feedback through the steering wheel through turns is exemplary, although a tad numb in a straight line. Driven around town, the 911 is as amenable as a Honda. Clutch take-up is relatively lightweight and the throttle delivers power linearly. The shifter is sloppy, but clicks through gears in a satisfying manner that is unsettled only when rushed.

Floor the accelerator and something marvelous happens: the car comes to life. The nose lifts up as the rear tires bite into the pavement. Nearing the redline, the engine wails and shouts, encouraging you to go faster. The torque output is fat and is most rewarding in the upper half of the tachometer. The amount of grip the chassis delivers in the turns is incredible, with limits that are difficult to reach in even spirited driving. Overall, the experience is immensely satisfying.

Then, after you park the car, step out and close the door with a heavy “thunk,” you look back and realize that the tiny little basic stripped-down tourer is the best toy in the world at that moment. I was bitten by the bug. I had to have one.

So, the search has been going on for four years. Unfortunately, the timing could not have been worse, as the classic Porsche market has been exploding and values have been climbing towards unattainable heights. Sellers who have absolute basketcases are asking the price of a brand new Ford Focus ST. Rare examples, running or not, sell regularly for more than the median price of an American home.

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CHART: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe Value; Source: Hagerty.com

In my search for the right 911, I have chased down potential leads from friends, set up automatic notifications on key online marketplaces, and scoured every Craigslist in a 350 mile radius on a near daily basis. Whenever I would get in touch with a seller, the car was either an involved project or had been sold for an exorbitant price to some wealthy buyer who had cash on hand. Sellers were empowered to ask for arms and legs for a rotted shell that was in nowhere near a drivable condition. Worse yet, people are willing to pay for these examples. Although I drank the Kool-Aid, I was not completely crazy.

Case in point was my latest prospect, which you would have seen had you followed me on Twitter. It was a 1978 Porsche 911 SC in Guards Red with an aftermarket whale tail spoiler and 172,000 miles on the odometer. Mechanically, the car was pretty well sorted, with a documented engine and transmission rebuild that included tasteful modifications (Carrera chain tensioners and aluminum valve covers). The engine pulled strong and went through gears without much protest (although the bushings in the shift linkages were clearly perished). The body was free of rust and looked great from the outside (although, the paint respray looked to have been done on a budget). Clearly, this car was loved and had never seen salt in its life.

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The bad news really began to crop up during the pre-purchase inspection at a knowledgeable shop. Although I was well aware of the missing hot air blower and air conditioning compressor, the list of recommended remediations became expensive rather quickly. The car needed exhaust headers/heat exchangers, key HVAC components including support brackets, all new engine oil hoses and breather tubes (oil was leaking everywhere), shocks, and window seals. It would not pass inspection at a thorough shop, as the fog lamps would not work, the parking brake did not engage, and the air pump and plumbing (for emissions) were removed. Additionally, the interior had 172,000 miles of wear as well as the typical crashed dash. The headliner was stained and the seats had tears in the vinyl. The door panels were falling apart and the driver’s side door stay had ripped itself from the sheet metal. In all, it easily needed five figures of restoration expense (don’t forget about the Porsche tax).

Negotiations fell apart shortly after that. The seller had a floor that was $5,000 higher than I was willing to spend. I admit that I had inflated my offer somewhat because I was sick and tired of looking for a decent example, but could not swallow paying show-car price for a project. After all, there were over 170,000 classic 911’s produced between 1974 and 1989 (the only production bracket that I can afford). There has to be one out there with my name on it.

And so the search continues. I’ve become more and more frustrated as the years go on. Perhaps I’ll find a classic 911 that I’ll cherish for decades or maybe I’ll regain my sanity and purchase a mint-condition supercharged New Edge Ford Mustang SVT Cobra for the same price. Only time will tell.

CheeRS.

 

– Dave Carson

TWITTER: @CarsonLikesCars

Watkins Glen

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Hopefully we don’t run out of gas this week and are the first to cross the checkers. I’m at the track this week so here is my trackside knowledge…

Kyle Busch has been fast, but extremely loose. Proceed with caution.

AJ Allmendinger is a no brainer after grabbing the pole.

Gordon is flying but doesn’t always deliver great fantasy value.

Kurt Busch and Martin Truex are a no brainer if you have them cheap.

Speed on the cheap: Tony Stewart is Very Fast for not a whole lot of money for quality talent.

Caution: Kyle Larson wheel hopped in the 4th lap of the Xfinity race and blew his tranny. Doesn’t bode will for tomorrow.

 

Ideal lineup:

Kyle Busch

Kurt Busch

AJ Allmendinger

Martin Truex

Tony Stewart

 

– Adam Dulski

Twitter: @adamdulski

Friday Night Recipes

We had a great time celebrating our heroes and enjoying some delicious Crown Royal cocktails at the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard!

Here are a few of the great drinks they were serving so you can enjoy this wonderful Friday night in style!

 


Crownberry Apple

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple

4 oz. Cranberry Juice

Garnish with fresh apple slice

1


Crown Royal Sour

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Deluxe

.5 oz. Lemon juice

.75 oz. Simple syrup

Garnish with lemon wedge

2


The Northern Buck

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

.5 oz. Lime juice

Top with Fever Tree ginger beer

Garnish with mint sprigs

3


 

 

– Candice Mercer

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DudeLine Ep. 18

We here at Stuff Dudes Like are always interested in trying new things and taking chances on fresh new ideas.

When Dakota Wheatley came to us with the idea of a late night talk show monologue on a website, we jumped at the idea! So without further adieu… Heeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Dakota!!!

 


– Dakota Wheatley

Twitter: @dakotawheatley
FaceBook: dakota.wheatley.73

Funky Gorilla Fist – Chapter 8

CHAPTER 8

Imagine this, here’s the scenario. Your twenty, you’ve been working the door at the

top “Gentleman’s” Club in your major city of choice for two years now.

You grew up on the streets of the inner city of that particular major city of your choice, but in the

last two years have been thrown into more violent survival situations than you and all the guys

that you survived on those streets combined.

You’re working the door for Bobby for two years and in the past year you have gotten

pretty heavily involved in some of the shadier, behind the scenes, extracurricular activities that

orbit around that type of atmosphere. You are collecting money for Bobby’s bookie cousin,

Jimmy, and you act as courier between two of his other even shadier business associates.

So, it’s 7:30 a.m., Monday night / Tuesday morning. Your at Jennifer’s place and you’ve

been going at it since you got out of your cars three and a half hours ago.

You’ve been trying to get your hands on this girl for………….

Wow, I guess it’s really only been a week.

But anyway, you have your hands on her now,

You have your mouth,

Your eyes,

Your mind,

on her. You’ve been here for three and a half hours and you’ve come three times already.

You’ve broken two rubbers already,

You both decide that it’s too late to worry about now and now you are bare, inside her and

working on number four when……..

Your beeper goes off.

Only 3 people have that number and Allison isn’t one of them,

Neither is your Mother,

Or your best friend,

Or the local Boy Scout troop.

Three people have that number and in the two years that you have it, this is only the sixth time

that it has gone off.

What do you do?

What do you do?

You stop what you are doing and you pick it up.

It reads 333-3333

Codes

3 is like a B without the back = Bar

0 is like a C just complete = Club

4 is like an H missing a leg (or h upside down) = Home, Jimmy

1 is like ‘I’ period = Bobby

2 is like a fucked up S = Steve (fucked up Steve)

So it’s all 3’s

No 911

There is never a 911 on this beeper. If this beeper is going off, 911 can’t help. This beeper

doesn’t say, “ Call back.”, “Hey, what’s up?”

This beeper means, come, now, how come you’re not here already?

So, what do you do?

I’ll tell you what you do, you get dressed in the car while you drive. You get dressed in

the car as you drive but you take the time to yell over your shoulder as you run out the door (still

naked).

“I’ll give you a call as soon as I get a chance.”

And she says, “I know.”

– Anthony Pepe

TWITTER: @AnthonyMFPepe
FACEBOOK: anthonyfpepe
EMAIL: FunkyGorillaFist@hotmail.com

 

2015 Fantasy Island Football Draft Guide

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We are closing in on football season and as such our good friends Andy Olsson and Chris Pokornowski have come up with the 2015 Fantasy Island Football Draft Guide for everyone here at SDL (hopefully we can all make a few bucks this season…).

So please feel free to download, enjoy and tell your friends!


2015 Fantasy Island Football Draft Guide


 

 

– Andy Olsson & Chris Pokornowski

Matt Forte Vs. Adrian Peterson-Who would your choose?

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Not talking Fantasy Football here, talking about AP vs Forte if you had to choose one of the great running backs to be on your NFL team who would you go with? Check out this old article from KC Joyner, NFL Insider has some good points and I feel that he is correct that Forte is on the Matt Forte is jack-of-all-trades skill set has led to the idea that he isn’t an elite running back (he has no Pro Bowl or All-Pro nominations in his career), but a closer look at the numbers shows that he can actually go toe-to-toe with Adrian Peterson for the title of best running back in the NFC North.

Really.

Before getting into the specifics (and arguments) of that last statement, consider this: Over the past three years, Forte has gained 4,731 yards from scrimmage.

Only four other running backs have bettered that mark during that time frame: Chris (5,606), Peterson (5,343), Maurice Jones-Drew (4,795) and Steven Jackson (4,783).

Forte is a beast last season Matt Forte breaks single-season catches mark for running backs. Forte ended the 2014 season with 102 receptions and 808 receiving yards and 4 receiving touch downs. And for his 2014 rushing stats he rushed for 6 TD’s and 1,038 rushing yards. And for whatever reason he did not make the Pro Bowl. Before the draft there were so many rumors and predictions that many NFL teams would give up a first round draft pick and much more for the 30 year old running back who only played 3 games last season. And Mr. Forte well hell Football analyst predicted that the bears would only get a 2nd rd. draft pick if that for MF. I feel bad for Forte and feel that the 29 year old running back is only getting better and is 51% of Da Bears Offence. The RB can block, run, catch and make a sandwich and build you a house while killing defenders on that field.

Backing up look AP is one of the best RB in the game and any team who had one of these RB’s would be in Great Shape. But damn let’s give some more credit to Forte I mean the kid can do it all and then some. Hell if Chicago would have a better blocking O line for Forte, you would see him rushing for 1,600 yds.’ or more every season. Instead of 1k or a little over. So NFL fans if you had to choose, who would it be? AP or MF?

 

 

 

– Ricky James Crisp Jr

TWITTER: @DJRickochet714
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One of Our Favorite Heroes is Back Once More

Lately there has been so many movies out involving saving the world and super heroes. I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t had the chance to go to the theater lately but there is one film I know I am surely not going to miss, especially since this movie will only be in theaters for one week only. I am talking about the upcoming Dragon Ball Z film titled, Revival Of F/Resurrection ‘F’, aka, Revival of the most controversial nemesis, Frieza.

The film takes place a few years after the events from the previous film, Battle of Gods, occurs. Two of Frieza’s soldiers, Sorbet and Tagoma, manage to find all the dragonballs and wish Frieza back to life, after his last death was in the hands of future Trunks, whom trained and travelled to the past to defeat Frieza in his re-built form, Mecha-Frieza. After Trunks defeated him, Trunks travelled to his normal time in the future. Not only is Trunks now missing from Frieza’s return during this time in the movie, but Goku and Vegeta are gone training intensely in a far away planet, too far to be contacted. That leaves the remaining Z fighters to fend off Frieza and his 1000+ army of soldiers.

Though if you watch the trailer, you know eventually Goku makes it in time, of course. I mean, what movie would this be without the main superstar. (Not that he doesn’t deserve it, sometimes I wish Vegeta or even Piccolo would be the hero in the end). Once Goku and Frieza confront each other, Goku in his nature wants no one to hold back and both to fight with their full potential this time around. Thus Frieza immediately transforms into his final form, or so everyone thinks. From then on the story vastly escalates even more. Could this be the final time Frieza makes an appearance for good? There are spoilers online, but I am NOT going to post any here and do not wish to know what they are. I’ll let the trailer speak for itself. Dragon Ball Z: Revival Of ‘F’/Resurrection ‘F’ will be in theaters August 4-12, 2015 in select theaters nationwide.

 

 

 

– Fernando Martin
TWITTER: @WeLoveMetalFern

Dynasty Sell High and Buy Low Quick Hits

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Adrian Peterson is BACK! He’s also 30 years old. So buy Jerick Mckinnon for pennies.

Joseph Randle is going to carry the rock a ton for Dallas, but who will on 3rd down? Buy Lance Dunbar for pennies in PPR leagues.

Deandre Hopkins is going to become a PPR monster starting week 1, but his value doesn’t seem to reflect that. Try and go for the low ball offer with “he has a bad QB” narrative.

Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb had perfect seasons last year. I beg you to sell high as replicating last season seems impossible and doing even better certainly is.

Jamaal Charles turns 29 in December, sell high before anyone checks out a calendar.

Eli Manning has the best offensive weapons in years and gets no respect for it, underpay for a QB with top 5 upside.

Josh Hill was all the rage for TE waiver pickups when Jimmy left for Seattle. But word has it he hasn’t even caught a pass in training camp. SELL before anyone else notices.

More to come next week! Be sure to check back. I’ll do some redraft league quick hits in the next few days.

 

– Adam Dulski

TWITTER: @adamdulski