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Beer Review: Arrogant Bastard Ale

Posted by Mike On August - 17 - 2009

So, how did you guys do with your homework assignment? So far I’ve developed a small yet deeply disturbed following. If you’re one of those, you know that your assignment was to go to the place you buy beer and try something new.

Following my own advice I went to the supermarket today to get some beer and found myself almost reaching for something familiar. Then at the last second I remembered my assignment. (Is it bad that I had a hard time finding something that I’ve never had before?) I’m ashamed to admit that I found A beer I had never tried in the form of Arrogant Bastard Ale.

I’ve seen this beer many many times but I don’t think I’ve ever tried it….until today! The name didn’t do much for me but after reading the bottle I had to try it. Seriously folks, look for this beer and just read the entire bottle and enjoy. This American style strong ale is brewed by Stone Brewing Company in San Diego County California. The 1 pint 6 FL.Oz bottle is packed with attitude and confidence in their beer. Let’s give it a taste.

Appearance: For this one I pulled out a large glass beer mug and poured it on in. From the talk on the bottle I expected it to punch me in the face on the way in. It poured dark brown with a light haze. When I held it out in the light (while walking out to the BBQ) it really did look almost almond or blood red stained. The head was about an inch and had a creamy look to it and lighter in color then expected.

Smell: HOPS! Lots of hops is what I smelled with a bit of sweetness in the background.

Taste: Just like it smells…only this time picture a sweet tasting beer that just got the hell kicked out of it by some bad ass hops. The sweet taste is still there, only now it’s curled up in the fetal position bleeding in the corner. Have to admit it that I like it a lot. Strong ale is my beer of choice so this is right in my wheelhouse. For most I would say that it would be a bit too much in the hops arena and the aftertaste may bother some, but not this kid. If you the like beer with…,well simply put, arrogance, do yourself a favor and try it.

Alcohol by Volume: 7.2%

Cost: The bottle costs me $3.99

Final Breakdown: I’m going to give myself more homework assignments! I’ve seen this beer so many times and yet never tried it. I really like it a lot. This being said, not sure if it is the best tailgating beer. It has the traditional problems of being a dark beer that frightens many away. Also it has a higher ABV% than most beers and more then twice the macro light beers. Some tailgaters may find it too much for a long day in the sun drinking. Will I bring this beer to my next tailgate…..NO! I’m not running the risk of wasting this on potential tailgate moochers. I’m loading up the fridge at home and keeping it for myself.

Beer Review: Moose Drool Brown Ale

Posted by Mike On August - 12 - 2009

Before we jump into this week’s beer review, I wanted to hand out your homework assignment.  No, spelling doesn’t count and of course there will be no math involved.  What will be involved is you drinking beer!  (Wouldn’t I have been a great teacher?)

Your assignment is to go the the beer aisle of your local grocery store or perhaps a BevMo or someplace like that and select a beer off the rack that you’ve never had before.  My suggestion for the timid would be to find a store that sells craft beers in singles. The reason is if for some reason you don’t like it you are not stuck with a bunch of it.  If you end up having left over beer, send it on to tailgatingideas.com for proper disposal.  Not that I don’t love imported beer, (because I do) but nothing is better than finding a local craft brew and supporting what I refer to as “the arts”.  If you find a good one, let me know about it by emailing [email protected].

Today I will be tasting a beer out of Missoula, Montana called Moose Drool Brown Ale. This beer is made by Big Sky Brewing company that also produces beers called Trout Slayer as well as Scapegoat to name a few. Hate to say it but the furthest east that I found this beer distributed is Illinois. In the future I would love to tackle some east coast craft brews and look forward to hearing suggestions from you guys. The first time I saw Moose Drool listed at a pub I just had to have it. The label even shows a picture of a big moose standing in a stream drooling away.  It’s available to purchase in bottle, can, tap, or growler. Enough talk…..let’s drink!

Appearance:  Not sure what a moose’s drool would look like but the color of this beer may in fact have been the inspiration.  It’s a brown ale that almost looks cola like but with a almost red tint in the light.  The use of a blend of pale, caramel, chocolate and whole black malts gives this beer its color. For my tasting, I’ve selected a Moose Drool pint glass that I happen to own.  Of course this isn’t necessary but I collect beer glasses and it happened to be clean.  The head was about an inch in length and hinted brown like the ale below.

Smell:  The smell is mostly of the strong malts that are used with a bit of hops.  Although the smell is light, it gets you ready for something different.

 Taste:  Have to admit that the first time I tasted this beer I was relieved more than anything else. With a name like Moose Drool and that brown ale look, you have to ready yourself for anything. Once you break the seal on it you find it to be much more reserved than expected.  If you’re at all familiar with brown ale then the taste will not surprise you.  For those that appreciate brown ale, you will find it to be light drinking with tastes of sweet malt and a bit of a roast quality.  For all of you that are thinking that all dark beers are thick and filling, this one will be different.  Moose Drool isn’t what I would call a dark beer and has a light taste to it that leaves you ready for another when done.

Alcohol by volume: Depending on the source, anywhere from 5.1 to 5.3%.

Cost: Sad to report that this week’s addition wasn’t free!  Locally the price of Moose Drool is 7.99 a six-pack.

Final Breakdown:  Moose Drool is a nice brown ale that would go great at a poker game or shooting pool.  Its flavor may clash with certain food pairings and its mere color and image could keep the faint of heart away from the cooler.  Although it tastes much lighter and smoother than one would think, when buying for the masses at a tailgate, it may not be the best choice.  If you are a fan of brown ale then by all means give this one a try.


iPod DJ Mixer

Posted by Dave On August - 12 - 2009

Have you ever been tailgating and someone wants to play the music that is on their iPod or iPhone? Now you can play amateur DJ with a portable music mixer from Urban Outfitters. Plop both iPods in the mixer and switch back and forth between the two.

It lets you combine music from 2 iPods or mp3 players, or one of each. Comes with an AC adapter; spin option; 2 effects programs with reverb, flange and filter and cross-fade slider; recording option and speaker system connection with a stereo audio cable with in-line jack;. Charges your iPod while it plays; compatible with a microphone. Folding headphones included. Compatible with: iPod Touch, iPod Nano 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations, iPod Classic, 4th and 5th generations and iPod Mini.

The only negative I can see in taking it tailgating is that it needs an AC power source. It’s shouldn’t pull too much juice  so a solid power inverter to draw off your car battery via your cigarette lighter should do the trick. Sells for $120 over at Urban Outfitters.

In previous posts we have told you all the different ways to go “green” and tailgate with the environment in mind. We have introduced you to the FireJel Charcoal & Firewood Starter, The FlameDisk and even did a “How To” guide on Tailgating Green with the Environment in Mind. Now you can add The EZ Grill to that list of products that help you tailgate while not destroying the environment.

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The EZ Grill is a recyclable instant grill that comes complete with a foil pan, grill grate, stand and 100% natural charcoal. All the materials provided are completely recyclable including the packaging, metal grate, stand and charcoal. The charcoal used in the EZ Grill is made up of carbon from rice, corn and wheat stalks, corn starch (acts as a binding agent) and mineral oil (for ignition). It is just like those pre-soaked briquettes with lighter fluid but this charcoal is all natural. According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, it takes 10 lbs of wood to create 2 lbs of conventional charcoal. Also, 366,000 tons of conventional charcoal comes from unsustainable sources annually.

The EZ Grill comes in a regular size (1.81 lbs) and larger party size (3.31 lbs) for $4.99 and $9.99, respectively. The EZ Grill lights with just one match and consistently cooks for up to 1 ½ hours. I had a chance to test out the EZ Grill for myself and I am pleased to say it performed as expected. The taste of the food tasted as if I was using regular charcoal.

The EZ Grill can be purchased at Winn-Dixie stores and at www.ezgrill.com. Additional retail outlets are being added.

Video: How To Make A Cornhole Bag In 3 Minutes

Posted by Dave On August - 11 - 2009

Seeing how cornhole is still the king of tailgating games in the parking lot (beer pong is gaining on it though) here is a great tutorial on how to make your own cornhole bags. The maker of the video suggests using duck cloth canvas with a lockstitch for best results. Also, remember that official cornhole bags should contain 1 lb. of whole corn to comply with standard cornhole regulation play.

If you watched the above video you probably heard a song playing in the background. That was “The Corhole Song” performed by Rhett & Link. I have provided it here as well. Enjoy!

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