Pace Car Racer: A Session IPA from Bear Republic Brewing that floods your tastebuds, not your BAC

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What if I just want to drink a few full-flavored beers and not commit to getting overly buzzed or burdened with thousands of empty calories?

It may be rare, but if you’ve ever stared down a beer aisle and contemplated this question, there’s good news: other people have too. In fact, there just so happens to be a killer beer style for this very conundrum, the Session IPA.

If there’s one thing we can take away from America’s craft beer revolution, it’s that commercial beers have generally became more intense, both flavor-wise and in terms of ABV. Many dejected lager drinkers welcomed this evolution, yet it’s undeniable that consuming much of today’s craft beer requires added restraint.

Don’t get me wrong, I love strong suds, but there’s something amazing about enjoying pint after pint of delicious brew and not getting sloppy — it’s like having superpowers.

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The Guinness BBQ Challenge is back

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Last year, we teamed up with Guinness to create a summer barbecue recipe using their new Blonde American Lager, and it must have been a success, because we were invited to participate again this year, albeit with a different beer as inspiration.

Guinness Nitro IPA is everything you’d want from an English-style IPA balanced with everything you’d expect from Guinness. Using a groundbreaking nitrogenation device that creates the same surge and settle effect of draft beer in a can, this India Pale Ale is comprised of a complex blend of hops and roasted barley with citrus accents. It’s smooth, creamy and rich with a pleasant bitter finish.

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Drink of the Week: The Band Wagon (TCM Fest Salute #3)

The Bandwagon.For fans of classic era film musicals, 1953’s “The Bandwagon” usually ranks somewhere just below “Singin’ in the Rain” in terms of sheer greatness. Devotees of director Vincente Minelli might even argue it’s somewhat better. At the same time, like it’s competition, the final film I saw at this year’s TCM Fest is not a movie that takes itself seriously. Indeed, the whole point of the film is that even just a little too much gravitas can have some pretty disastrous show business outcomes. It’s also a given by the conclusion that, when something isn’t working, it’s best to throw out your original idea and start something new.

Not unlike the behind-the-scenes story of an initially troubled Broadway musical, my road to creating a decent drink was beset by troubles. To start with, I was feeling a bit under the weather, so I decided to skip a few days drinking, leaving me only a couple of nights to work on this week’s drink.

My problem, once I finally got started, was that I was somewhat overly besotted with one of the lesser known numbers from the film, the adorably mock-Teutonic “I Love Luisa” and its intoxicating refrain, “More beer!” Indeed, I had so much luck with some previous drinks topped off with beer that I was sure my conception was sound. It wasn’t.

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Bag a Stone: Keystone Light’s “Hunt for the Great White Stone” with Chuck Testa

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To us, no beer pitchman was ever as cool as Keith Stone, patron saint of Keystone Light and role model to many. “Always smooth,” Mr. Stone was never harried in his approach to the ladies, and always had an answer for everything, predicated on smoothness, just like Keystone Light.

How could you not love Keith Stone’s “Smooth Musings?” It still makes me long for the taste of a cool, freshly-cracked, crisp, spot-hitting, proprietary blend of awesome that Mr. Stone has been peddling for years, right now, here in the office.

This winter, Keystone Light has come up with the coolest reason to slam light beer that you’ve never thought of – The Hunt for the Great White Stone. Here’s how it works:

You buy an orange 30-pack of Keystone Light. Each one contains three styles of cans:

1) Standard orange hunting cans
2) Cans featuring white antlers
3) The Great White Stone

What is the Great White Stone? The Great White Stone is an elusive white can with the head of a deer buck on it that’s hiding in select orange packs of Keystone Light.

After you bag a Great White Stone, you can artfully mix your orange hunting cans and cans with white antlers to create your own legendary mount that even Keith Stone would be proud of.

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Product Review: The Drinking Jacket

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Before I received the Drinking Jacket for review, I couldn’t even spell the word “neoprene.” But now, after imbibing in its sweet, sensual delights and the life-altering trajectory I’ve been on since we met, I can’t sleep in a bed if the sheets aren’t neoprene with a thread count of 1,000.

Having this jacket added so much fun to my tailgating experience, and made me much stealthier in my approach to entering sporting events with previously purchased libations.

But this isn’t just a jacket that will help you import your favorite export. It’s stylish, goes with anything and is extremely comfortable. Not only that, but it does an amazing job of keeping you warm and your beverages cold.

Let’s go over the highlights:

Bottle Opener Zipper: This was the feature that got the most compliments and the one I used the most. And it isn’t just another light, crappy zipper made by that YKK zipper magnate. This zipper actually has some weight to it for leverage purposes, is long enough to be useful and non-descript enough that no one will notice its true purpose.

Deep Inside Pockets: They are deeper, darker and bigger than you think. Think of them like your ex-girlfriend or ex-spouse – a bottomless pit that is vacant and empty, the depths of which no one can truly see from the outside.

Sunglasses Holder: You don’t realize how important something like this until you spend a cumulative total of over $500 on three separate pairs of shades that you lost at three separate Kansas City Chiefs’ games.

Foldable Drinking Mitts: The end of each sleeve has a hole for your thumb and is intentionally longer to cover your hand. Not only that, but they are lined with slip-resistant drink grips.

Neoprene Beer Koozie Pocket: Go ahead, stick a can or a bottle in there and watch your friends gawk when you whip it out at a choice moment. And, it’s still cold, gurrrl.

I.D. & Money Pocket: Located on the right sleeve just below the shoulder, this will help you “shoulder” the responsibilities of the day; namely, not losing your identification or your scrilla. It’s genius because it’s a pocket you won’t need for anything else (and that you can’t easily access once you enter “Full Retard” mode), and that you won’t mindlessly shove stuff into during your excursion.

In total, the Drinking Jacket has 12 features that you didn’t even know you needed, until now. You guys, you need this in your life. Buy it via the website here.

  

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