Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dead Guy Ale, Rouge Brewery

This beer makes me proud to be an American and makes me want to visit Portland, Oregon even more.

This darker colored beer is brewered in the style of a German Maibock. Dead Guy Ale has a bit of spice as well as a sweet malty taste that makes you want more.

It has won many awards for more than two decades but here are some of the ones in the last 5 years.

2010 Australian International Beer Awards—Silver
2010 Asia Beer Awards—Silver
2010 BrewNZ - Bronze
2010 Northwest Conference (Thirsty Beagle)—2nd
2009 World Beer Championships—Gold (Best of 2009)
2009 Australian International Beer Awards—Bronze
2008 Great International Beer Festival—2nd
2008 International Beer Challenge—Top 50
2008 World Beer Championships—Gold (Best of 2008)
2007 NWBN Reader's Choice Award—Best Bock
2007 Great International Beer Festival—2nd
2007 World Beer Championships—Silver
2006 World Beer Championships—Silver
2005 World Beer Championships—Silver
2005 21st Beverage Dynamics Pkg Awards—2nd Wearables

Can the world be wrong?

I saw this at Costco a while back but you might be able to find it at Kroger.

How it was tasted: From the bottle.

Rating: 8/10 Great

Friday, November 25, 2011

Spaten Oktoberfest

Even though it has been over a month since the beginning of Oktoberfest I am still enjoying this Bavarian beer. In fact I have been pushing my father's beer boundaries lately and I had him try this extraordinary beer. The verdict was he loved it. This means a lot from a man who usually drinks Shiner beers if he even has a beer at all. So good on ya Dad.

This beer has a smooth crisp kick which welcomes in the colder weather. Unlike most beers I drink this has a light taste but still exciting for the taste buds.

I know it is late in the season for an Oktoberfest beer but if you haven't tried it yet go buy it now before the season is over. Every beer lover's 2011 is in need of a traditional Oktoberfest beer.

How it was tasted: Out of the bottle while working on computer programs

Rating: 9/10

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dead Zach Day 4

So I am still busy... but here are some more super cool links.
This is a site that has a lot of free techno music. Our gaming group will be using some of the songs from the site.

Here are a few that will probably make the cut.

In other news...

Why Is China Building These Gigantic Structures In the Middle of the Desert? 

The Fantasy game

Serenity Valley Fireflys 6  Alderaan Rebels 4
Vulcan Velocity 11  Canton Jaynes 2
Qo’noS Raiders 3  Arrakis Barons 2
Mordor Crows 8  Coruscant Empire 0

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In Time Review

 In Time stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Galecki, and Vincent Kartheiser. I knew this film could go one of two ways. It could have been the next Inception or it they could have wasted my time. Sadly this was the latter.

In Time had way too many time puns to be considered entertaining. Some of the puns are TimeKeeper, Your time is up, lets clean his clock, and many other puns that I am trying hard to forget.

Also the movie tries to be cute by having the two renegaded characters quote each other from a previous time in the movie as if it is an inside joke. "You can do a lot in a day." and "You can't steal what has been stolen" is the two I remember. This came across as trying to hard besides cute.

This movie was way too long as well. I don't think it would save the movie if they made it shorter but it sure would have helped. The movie is 115 minutes.

Another problem with the movie is that it was too preachy. I get it people in other countries are practically slaves living day to day. You can see this at . That is a pretty cool site and gets you thinking. On the other hand, this movie just makes you think "Why did I waste my time with such a below average movie if my time is so valuable?" Maybe if they didn't bluntly hammer this point constantly I would have been alright with it. I mean it is on of the messages behind the movie and it is an important message but use some more grace or art or something.

Also there is a scene in the movie where the daughter quickly guesses her father's safe combination. She says something like this "Well it isn't my birthday. You always regretted that day didn't you daddy?" That line was sort of out of no where if you watch the movie. In fact there is a time where her dad tries to save her a few times. She continues with her thought "Try 02-12-18-09. It's Darwin's birthday". Of course it is right. Who would need a second guess? The father has said that the rich and poor gap is a survival of the fittest once during the movie... obviously it is Darwin's birthday. You know all those fat cats justify their actions via Darwin's quote so why not base your safe combination on it?

At times the plot is too obvious or just straight up unbelievable. I understand it is fiction but things like when the daughter of a rich man stocks a poor guy who just received a lot of money is odd. Then by some chance Timberlake plays a few hands at one table and meets that same person when she beats her father at a poker table. Then this stranger is invited to their home where Timberlake takes the 25 year old daughter (Though she could be anywhere between 17-40 because of the physics of the world) skinny dipping outside her fathers house where he is having a party. This woman, who has never swam nor has gone in the ocean before, follows this stranger naked into the ocean. Maybe she wants to die or has mental issues but odd character actions/reactions like this takes you out of the fantasy of it.

On a similar note it was hard to provoke emotion when a persons clock stopped. I am sure a lot of directors would have this problem as well but it was another bit that was annoying enough to take me out of some of the moments.

I expected more form the guy who wrote/directed Gattaca. That movie is pretty cool if you have never scene it. I tried to give the movie the benefit of the doubt by assuming it was ruined by Hollywood suits who forced the writers or directors hand. Or maybe by a director who only like the idea of the script went on a random movie tangent but after seeing the final scene of this movie,

 SPOILER ALERT that doesn't affect the story line or matter too much

They continue to rob banks for the rest of their lives...


You realize that it was directed and written by the Andrew Niccol.

I have so much more to say about this movie but I am sure this will do.

Rating: 3/10 Not worth the time

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Dead Zach Day: Remember remember the 7th of November

With so much work to do I need some more buffer for this week. So here are some super cool things I have found!

I decided to be part of the next Batman movie. You know. It isn't a big deal.

Dark Knight Rises Needs Your Voice!Composer Hans Zimmer wants your chant for the upcoming film.

I am very happy that I got into the University of North Texas Graduate School pursuing a Masters in Computer Science!

Dick move Brolly.

This song was in the american version of the movie

It is pretty cool but the following video is probably my favorite non-Super Bowl commercial ever. 

Alright back to the grind stone. Hope yall found a small chunk of Zen in here. I know I left it somewhere...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale

This Amber-colored ale is one of the better beers I have had from Blue Moon. I think the original isn't that great but this beer makes me more interested in visiting their brewery.

Harvest Pumpkin Ale doesn't taste like a pumpkin nor does it have a strong spicy taste. According to the bottle it has both plus a sweet taste. Flavor beers are never easy to make. If it taste too much like the ingredient you put in the beer you start to lose some of the other qualities that can make a beer great. Shiner Holiday Cheer is a little to fruity for me but just fruity enough for some people (fruitcakes?). The same thing can be said about Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat.

Blue Moon was able to mix up all the spices, cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin, and sweetness to make a fine fall beer. Harvest is only around from September to November so pick up a 6-pack today and tell me what you think.

How it was tasted: from the bottle.

Rating: 8/10 Great

Friday, November 4, 2011

Shiner Kosmos

Shiner Kosmos is named after the man who founded the Shiner Brewery. Kosmos Spoetzl was born in Bavaria, which is where most of the most savory beers come from.
Luckily for Texas Kosmos ended up building a brewery here in Shiner, Texas. Kosmos over came Prohibition and as of As of 2010, it was the fourth-largest craft brewery and tenth-largest overall brewery in the United States. If you have ever tried their beers you would know why.

This lager has an aromatic dry  taste with a slight hoppy taste. I would encourage anyone who has never had a Shiner beer to buy the Shiner family pack to try out all of the different beers. I wasn't a fan of the Shiner Blonde but my other friends love it.

You won't find Kosmos on tap anywhere but Shiner beers are something everyone should try.

As they say, prosit!

How it was tasted: out of the bottle from the family pack

Rating: 7/10 Good