Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Put the Punk Back Into Punctured Lung...


Ricky on the drum riser....
Originally uploaded by Minimalist.
Saw the Kaiser Chiefs at Maxwell's in Hoboken on Tuesday, March 29, 2005. Shelly thinks it is one of the best shows she's seen. Ricky Wilson was jumping around, his ankle showing no ill effects from the ligament damage he suffered a few weeks ago. The only bad thing was the asshole who got all pissy when Ricky came into the crowd and accidently spilled this guy's drink. Dude, lighten up and enjoy the show.....

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Blind Tiger Alehouse

I recently blogged that I thought Philadelphia was a better beer city than NYC. I neglected to mention, however, that my favorite beer bar (within 100 miles of my house) is the Blind Tiger Alehouse in NYC. Blind Tiger Alehouse I was there on Good Friday and they had an impressive range of vintage ales on tap. I had a Blue Point Howling Bastard '02 on cask, followed by a Sierra Nevada Celebration 2003, a Heavyweight Baltic Porter 2003, and a Smuttynose Maibock 2003. These were followed by non-vintage Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA and Chelsea Imperial Stout.

Coming up on April 20, 2005 is their Extreme Beer event with the following beers:

Weyerbacher Heresy
Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier
Cantillon Grand Cru
Lagunitas Hairy Eye Ball
Allagash Bourbon Cask Triple
Avery Maharaja
Avery Czar
Chelsea Scotch Ale
Hair of the Dog Fred
Smuttynose
S'muttonator
Sixpoint Triple
Rogue Imperial IPA
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale (Cask)


Who needs Brewtopia when you can get a selection like this at a cool bar with great atmosphere where the beers are poured at the right temperature and in the appropriate glass.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Movie Rain

I am in the midst of a pretty crazy stretch of days. Last night saw The Bravery, again, this time at Rothko in the East Village. The show was sponsered by K-Rock 92.3 FM so the tickets were $9.23. For that I got to see three bands, got a free t-shirt, and two free beers. Unfortunately the beers were Miller Genuine Draft, which might be the worst beer I've had in about fifteen years. The Bravery played a short set, most likely because Sam was sick. They ended with a terrific cover of my favorite INXS song, "Don't Change". So here it is, the obligatory Bravery photo:

The Bravey @ Rothko 3.24.05

On the way back from the show we stumbled upon a location movie set that was filming a rainy scene. They had an array of sprinklers above the streen and fake lightning. I took this photo just as the rain was being shut off:

Movie Rain

Monday, March 21, 2005

I am a "grassroots leader"!


Letter from RNC
Originally uploaded by Minimalist.
It's been a long time since I laughed this hard. I came home from work tonight to find a letter from the Republican Committee addressed to me. I figured it was probably a subpoena. Imagine my surprise when I learned they are asking for money. From me. He he he he he he.

From the letter: "As the Treasurer of the RNC, I know our Party's success depends on grassroots leaders like you." I'll be happy to help. Right after I tape the postage paid reply envelope to a brick and send it back to the RNC on their dime. It's nice to know that these idiots are spending their money on such well vetted mailing lists.

I really need to get a scanner so I can post the whole letter instead of the crappy digital photo I took of the first few paragraphs. I do note that according to the letter, President Bush's "comprehensive plan" includes "saving and protecting Social Security". That's good to hear because I was under the mistaken impression that he intended to destory social security. I stand corrected.....

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Good Karma

I've started using Karmadownload.com to purchase a lot of my music. Here's why:
  • They have a lot of cool indie bands available.
  • The price is $0.99 per track or $9.99 per album.
  • The music is mp3 and encoded at 192 - 256kbps.
  • No DRM!!!!!!!!!!!
So far I've downloaded stuff by Charlotte Hatherley and Sons & Daughters. Very cool!

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Brewtopia, nein!

I have removed the Brewtopia info and banner from the sidebar of my blog. My friends at Ratebeer.com have withdrawn their support and posed the following message on their website:

BECAUSE OF OUR CONCERNS WITH THE ORGANIZER’S ABILITIES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF BREWERS, VOLUNTEERS, GUESTS AND SPONSORS, RATEBEER IS NO LONGER AFFILIATED WITH BREWTOPIA.

That's good enough for me, so I shall not be attending nor volunteering this year. Instead I'll spend the day drinking at the Blind Tiger and/or d.b.a.

I've also removed the link to David Copperfield's in NYC for similar reasons, especially because of the way the owner treated my good friends who blog at Deboned!

Singlehanded Sanitation


Singlehanded Sanitation
Originally uploaded by Minimalist.
This sign was posted in the men's room at the Green Grill Rodizio Brazilian B.B.Q. in Hackensack, New Jersey. Always remember, the right hand is for eating and the left for wiping. Either that or they only hire amputees.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Philadelphia Beer Crawl

While I was in Philadelphia for the Ash/Bravery concert, I decided to do a beer crawl of Center City. I can now say, without hesitation, that Philly is a better beer town than NYC.

Monk's Café

Immediately after the show ended (around 11:30 p.m.) we hailed a cab outside of The Theatre of the Living Arts and headed to Monk's Café, at 16th & Spruce Streets. The kitchen was open until 1:00 a.m. and I ordered the Monk's Mussels, cooked in Cantillon Gueuze, and served with frites and bourbon mayonnaise. After drinking Yuengling Lager at TLA I was need of a good Belgian beer and ordered the Monk's Café Flemish Sour Red Ale on draught. It is brewed by brouwerij Van Steenberge in Belgium. Tart and refreshing... exactly what I need at the time. This was followed by De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva. Once the mussels arrived I ordered an Beersel Oude Gueuze. This was followed by a 't IJ Struis. Which was followed by a cab ride back to our hotel.

Monk's is a great place. The food was excellent and the beer list extensive and of high quality. Highly recommended.

Eulogy Belgian Tavern

The following morning we hit the Eulogy Belgian Tavern right at their 11:00 a.m. opening. It is located at 136 Chestnut Street, which is only a few blocks from the Liberty Bell.

Liberty Bell

I started with a Stone Arrogant Bastard on draught which really took the edge off the hangover. The beer list was big and deep. Very few crap beers on the list. When you go there on a Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. the atmosphere is hard to judge. There is an upstairs that was closed when I was there. Lots of brewerania on the walls. The food menu looked good but limited that early in the day. I had an Andouille Sausage Sandwich and ordered a Bell's Kalamazoo Stout.

Andouille Sausage Sandwich
Eulogy Belgian Tavern

Partial Beer List at Eulogy Belgian Tavern

Eulogy seems like it has a lot of potential. I'll have to go back some evening to get a better feel of the place. Recommended.

Tria

Next stop was Tria at 123 South 18th Street. This is a wine, cheese, and beer cafe. Only one word can describe this place: Amazing! The interior is classy and comfortable and the staff unbelievably knowledgeable. Our server recommended beer and cheese pairings that complemented each other. I had a Stone IPA on draught and an aged goat milk Gouda. I then had an Ommegang Three Philosophers on draught. My friend ordered the Smoked Chicken Sandwich which he swears is the best chicken sandwich he has ever eaten.

Stone IPA
Cheese Plate

Ommegang Three Philosophers

This is my favorite of all the Philly beer bars I visited. If Tria was in my neighborhood I would be fat and broke.

Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant


Next stop was the Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant located at 1516 Sansom Street. First beer up was the Nodding Head Grog which I was told was in a firkin and served on a handpump. Very beguiling beer as it tasted really good at first but by the third or fourth sip seemed not so good. Pretty much an average brewpub beer. The place was packed with an after-work crowd and was very loud and uncomfortable. Next up was the Nodding Head 60 Shilling Ale which was thin and had a cereal taste with no discernible bitterness. Last up was the Nodding Head B.P.A. which was unbalanced but had good bitterness. I ordered their thermonuclear chicken wings and the bartender warned be that they weren't kidding around. They packed a lot of heat with great flavour from what I was told were chipotles. My only complaint was that the wings were not separated at the joints which made them impossible to eat with your hands.

Overall, a typical brewpub, not great but not bad either. In any other city it would be worth a stop but not when you have Monk's, Eulogy, and Tria to choose from.

Ludwig's Garten

Our final stop was Ludwig's Garten at 1315 Sansom Street. It is a German restaurant that has an extensive German beer list. I had the
Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Dunkel was exactly what I expected from a dark alt beer.

Lugwig's Garten

Unfortunately I'm not a big fan of most German beers. They are usually well-made but not very adventurous. I was only here for one beer so I can't really objectively rate this place.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Ash setlist....


Charlotte Hatherley
Originally uploaded by Minimalist.
Meltdown
Girl From Mars
Evil Eye
Clones
Shining Light
Renegade Cavalcade
Detonator
Goldfinger
Starcrossed
Kung Fu
Vampire Love
Walking Barefoot
Orpheus

Encore:
A Life Less Ordinary
Burn Baby Burn

I was standing right in front of Charlotte Hatherley but despite yelling "Bastardo" at least three times inbetween songs they did not play any of her solo stuff. Guess I gotta wait until her solo tour.....

Anyone have the setlist for The Bravery?

Ash & The Bravery


Tim Wheeler
Originally uploaded by Minimalist.
I just got back from a crazy 24+ hours in Philadelphia that started with a blistering show by Ash and The Bravery at the Theatre of the Living Arts. I'll post later with more photos and details. If you can't wait, check out my flickr stream for more photos.