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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Beer of the Week: Olde Frothingslosh

Beer score: 2.6

Company: Pittsburgh Brewing Company

ABV: 4.7

This is a joke beer. No, really. Apparently this beer started as a joke on a radio show back in the 1950s. The joke apparently focused around fat women, and there's always a picture of a fat woman on the can, and just for kicks, the can's style changes every few years.

Anyway, this stuff tastes like a sweetened version of Bud Light without as much beer flavor. It's a novelty item and nothing more. The can's label calls this drink a "pale stale ale," and that's about right.

As this is put out by the same folks who brew Iron City, there's probably a decent chance this is just Iron City repackaged in the joke cans.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Books read in 2020: No. 8 -- The Book of Exodus, KJV

published by Zondervan

Started: March 20
Finished: March 30

Notes: Continuing my quest to read the whole Bible.

Mini review: The first half of this book is the literal Exodus tale, that of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt and into the desert. The second half of this book are God's rules for creating the Ark of the Covenant and its tabernacle. Interesting from a historical point of view. Also interesting from a religious point of view, but it raises many questions.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Beer of the Week: Ayinger Urweisse

Beer score: 4.7

Company: Ayinger

ABV: 5.8
IBU: 12

Brewed in Germany, but I've had better Ayinger beers over the years.

Pouring this one into a glass, you'll get a solid amber color with just a touch of cloudiness and a thick head of foam.

Goes down very smooth with a light sweetness that builds the more you drink, almost turning into a sourness as it hits the back of your throat. Being that this is a wheat beer, you'll get plenty of that wheat taste, with hints in the scent and flavor of fruity bread.

Nice to try, but I wouldn't drink it regular. Still, other Ayinger beers are worth seeking out.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Books read in 2020: No. 7 -- Uppity Women of Medieval Times

by Vicki Leon

Started: March 14
Finished: March 19

Notes: I'm in the mood for some relatively light history reading, so though I'd give this book a try.

Mini review: An entertaining but also informative read. I had heard of maybe a quarter of these women, but most were new to me. For historical and fiction writers, this could provide a treasure trove of character ideas.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Beer of the Week: Mississippi Mud Black & Tan

Beer score: 5.0

Company: Mississippi Brewing Company

ABV: 5.0
IBU: 65

Despite the name, this one is actually made in New York state. The bottle says this particular black and tan is a mix of a pilsner and a porter, and I have to say, it's a pretty decent beer even though it's also the weakest black and tan I've ever had.

It's a little watery, but has a decent burnt taste to it not unlike roasted nuts.

The bottle is cute, shaped like a moonshine jug.

You can drink this. It's not the greatest beer in the world, but it's not bad.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Books read in 2020: No. 6 -- Comus

by John Milton

Started: March 9
Finished: March 14

Notes: Earlier this year I read a biography of John Milton, so now I thought I'd turn to one of his early works written long before his famous Paradise Lost.

Mini review: Beautiful poetry in a play-like form. Worth the read for those who enjoy period poetry.