As many of you that know me personally are aware, I am a homebrewer. I have a love of good beers that span different categories. I also like recommending said good beers to friends, family, and strangers alike. So here’s the first installment of what I hope will be many about beers that will fill the void in your life.

Part 1: Brewery Ommegang!

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The Brewery Ommegang is a younger brewery based in Cooperstown, NY that specializes solely in Belgian style ales. The author holds a very special place in his heart for this style of beer, which is why it is the inaugural topic of this article. Belgian beers have a very distinct taste due to the yeast strain used in the fermentation process. The aromas and flavors that are associated with these ales are cloves, banana, orange, and other various fruits and spices.

You are probably saying, “There should never be fruit in beer”

In response I say that it is like champagne.

Again you say, “But Miller High Life is the champagne of beers!”

I will then look at you in the most Arrogant Bastard way.

Good description, another article however

Good description, another article however

What beers do I recommend most from this fine brewery? Here are a couple.

Rare Vos: This amber ale is a beer that has been touched by the hand of God himself. The smell of clove and spiced orange should be an indication of this. When poured into it’s glass you get the look of an amber ale with a very crisp looking head. The taste is phenomenal and is truly the point where you need to have a seat and think of how beautiful life is.

The God Beer

The God Beer

Hennepin: This golden ale is almost lager like in appearance and taste. If it weren’t for the fact that it’s non-filtered, you’d think otherwise. The taste is very crisp and clean and has the flavors of a typical belgian style with the clove and fruit flavor. A great summer beer or cigar beer.

Crispy!

Crispy!

There are other good beers by this esteemed brewery, these are just a couple of the standouts.

Cheers!

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Have nothing else better to do during the inauguration of Barack Obama?

Are you a compulsive gambler or heavy drinking game player?

If your answer was yes, the crinkling of money, or some profanity that reeks of bourbon, I have the perfect situation for you!

Knoxville, TN's entry for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Knoxville, TN's entry for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

In a recent news article, a Swedish online betting website has captured the hearts of it’s core audience by putting odds on certain words that Obama may or may not say during his inaugural speech on Tuesday. The two words with the highest odds against them as of now are, “Banana” and “Angela Merkel” (Chancellor of Germany). Both of these words weigh in at the hefty odds of 1000:1  While these are somewhat definite no-shows in the President-Elect’s speech, someone should tip Barack off to this wager so he can reward the truly daring people of this world. The more obvious words such as “Change” and “United States” had nearly 1:1 odds.

Here’s how Obama should open his speech, “I’d like to open by saying that I had a banana for breakfast this morning with Angela Merkel. For those of you who bet the longshot words, you know what’s coming to you”

College students and career drinkers all around will most likely be able to play the Inauguration drinking game. There is no need to explain much more than the words “Hope”, “Change”, and “United States” are the trigger words. This will most likely incapacitate a good portion of the population of college campuses, so why not make Inauguration Day a holiday.

Here’s to an intoxicated and potentially wealthy day for some folks!

Cheers!

Cheers!