I had the opportunity to play the new ascension release at Pax East. It has a new game dynamic where you have a random "character" of sorts who powers up and then goes into your deck. It's interesting but also kind of distracting from the core game.
Some good new cards, and the new ability called "Rally" which lets you acquire cards without the cost if certain conditions are met.
Only did one play through, but it didn't make me want to jump up and buy it. Hope to play it again now that I know the rules/new dynamics.
Lots of wild ass experimental beers, tons of bourbon barrel finishes as lots of coffee flavored this and that at this year's Extreme Beer Fest. The standout beers for me were:
Smuttnose / Smuttlabs:
Granite State Destroyer American Double/Imperial Pilsner w/ Corn in Mash 8% - nothing short of fun with the corn shining through the mash and light hops topping it all off. This is a tongue in cheek malt liquor and was yummy.
The Stallion - American Double/Imperial Stout 11%. I don't know why Smuttnose doesn't consider themselves a stout company. Their Rye Stout that I tried in their Smuttlabs collection is one of the better Stouts on the market and The Stallion is absolutely delicious. Fantastic balance between sweet and bitter and that 11% drinks more like 6%. These guys need to do more stout widely, they are very talented with it.
Funky Buddha Brewery:
No Crusts - American Brown Ale 6.4%. Of all the flavored beers I had, this one is the most spot on. It's PB&J in a glass but still very much a beer. A light touch in a fun beer that shows off the better side of the experimental beer scene.
Tree House Brewing Co.
Good Morning - American Double Imperial Stout 8.4%. Very strong coffee flavors, but they do work. A little dense and a slog to get through but the nailed the coffee flavors.
Cigar City Brewing.
Da Un Beso A La Botella - Foreign/Export Stout 10%. This was a BIG beer, much bigger than I prefer, but bursting with flavor and fairly lush in character.
Dogfish Head Brewery
Beer For Breakfast - Milk/Sweet Stout - monster coffee and cream, lots of flavor a solid entry in the coffee stout space.
Kentucky Breakfast Stout - American Double/Imperial Stout 11.2%. I don't think i've ever had a beer that had so much whiskey barrel presence as this one. The must use a VERY wet barrel. Tasty, but hard to get through even a taster, it's just a lot to take in.
I also HAD to try Trophy Brewing Co's Mezcal Barrel Aged Heavyweight Champ an American Double/Imperial Stout at 14%. Interesting concept, but it didn't work. Too dark a beer for the mezcal and the flavors didn't compliment.
I also tried Heavy Seas Beer who had Holy Sheet, A Brandy Barrel Dubbel at 8% and Yule Tide a Weizenbock aged in Jamaican Rum Barrel at 9%. Both were kind of train wrecks.
But if I had to pick 1 beer of the bunch I'd actually go out and buy and drink it would, hands down be the Smuttlabs Stallion Imperial Stout.
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This play has been on my radar screen since The Public announced it last year. It's a musical rendition of the life of Alexander Hamilton done by the amazingly talented Lin-Manuel Miranda who did the show "In The Heights".
This play seamlessly integrates musical styles from Hip Hop to Pop Ballad to classic Musical and beyond. It's a fresh take on history, well staged, well performed and exceptionally choreographed. The run at The Public was extended till May, but I'd be shocked if this show doesn't move uptown for a long Broadway run and then eventual national tour, it's that kind of show.
Hamilton is one of those rare plays that makes you want to run out and learn more about the historical figures in the play and is a view of history so visceral that it truly humanizes people who have become such an abstraction through history.
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I am the founder, and managing editor of Drink Spirits and online magazine that helps people figure out what to drink. Beyond writing reviews, I enjoy going behind the scenes of notable brands around the world.
This year I caught the Vlogging bug and began to shoot video companions to most of our key articles. All our videos can be found on the Drink Spirits YouTube Page. One of my favorite ones up there is the series I shot in Trinidad for Carnival. While there are 5 videos in that series, the one that seems to have captured it the best is Episode 5.
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Geoffrey Kleinman is the founder, and managing editor of DrinkSpirits.com, an online magazine dedicated to help people explore the vast world of distilled spirits. He is a nationally recognized spirits columnist, and has contributed to Playboy Magazine, Black Book Magazine and Essential Homme. He is also currently on the review team of Whisky Advocate Magazine.
As a leading expert on spirits and mixology, Geoff is often cited and has appeared in the Wall St. Journal, Business Insider, Yahoo Finance and Esquire. He jas also served as a judge for many spirit and cocktail competitions throughout the country.
Prior to Drink Spirits, Geoff founded and managed DVDTalk.com, one of the top 1000 web sites on the Internet. He was one of the early podcasting pioneers with DVDTalk Radio and an early mover with RSS and email newsletters. He first connected with the net in 1988 under bitnet and has hooked ever since.
Geoff is the founder of the Society of Modern Journalists, is Bar Certified by the Beverage Alcohol Resource Group, and is a Kentucky Colonel. Read him at http://www.DrinkSpirits.com.
In 2012 I moved my family from Portland, Oregon to Marblehead, MA. It was a massive life change and one which has completely reshaped my life and my family. I grew up on the west coast but have always had a deep love for the east coast. While the move was tough, settling in has been easy and I've loved being a part of all the great local sports that Boston has to offer (#GoBruins)!
I have two daughters (one of them a teenager, thus the emergence of grey hairs on my head) and one son. My wife Heather is the co-editor of Drink Spirits and the source of great inspiration and sanity. Parker, my dog is a labradoodle and one of the goofiest and most loving dogs I've ever met.
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