Years ago I was really into cigars. It was around the time I started playing golf with some friends from work. We played 9 holes of golf after work on Wednesdays, and a full round of 18 on weekends. Golf led to cigars on the course, and cigars led to whisky at the 19th hole. That’s three fairly expensive hobbies all at once. I look back now and miss those days.
I don’t golf as regularly anymore, and don’t smoke cigars nearly as often either. I still have a fairly decent collection of Single Malt Whisky, mostly Islay Malts, but haven’t poured myself a dram in a while. Why? The Craft Beer Revolution, that’s why!
Ever since I started exploring craft beer, I’ve put my other hobbies on the shelf. Slowly I’ve been integrating them back into my routine. For example, I play beer soaked golf now and then with the guys thanks to canned craft beer. And I’ve popped the cork on some Single Malt Scotch after enjoying a really bold IPA or a barrel-aged stout. What’s next? Cigars! So when I heard about the Gray Cloud event I was intrigued. Beer and Cigars? At a local golf course? Really!?! Yes, really.
Okay, so this is what I get for googling myself. Well, not really myself, but my beer soaked blog. I got an invite for Google+ about a month ago and haven’t really had the time to set it up. So this weekend I decided to get it going. I wasn’t sure if I had posted a link to BeerSoaked.com on my Google+ account yet, so I searched for “beer soaked” and got quite a few hits, but none from me. As I scrolled through all the Google+ links for “beer soaked” one really caught my eye. Dwyle Flonking
I followed the link, which pointed to the following YouTube video about a game where folks dance in a circle around a bucket of beer and when the music stops the person in the middle throws a beer-soaked rag at someone in the circle. I instantly knew I just had to share this. Enjoy!
A full-bodied India style Pale Ale, Knee Deep IPA is brewed with six malts and four hop varieties, delivering a smooth finish and mild bitterness, balanced with an intense piney and floral aroma.
7.5% ABV, 75 IBU
Remember the movie “Rock Star” a few years back starring Marky Mark (Mark Wahlberg to you kids)? Not a bad movie, but nothing I’d watch more than once either. I think HopStar is in the same class, and that’s unfortunate because I wanted it to be good with a name like that. It’s really not a bad beer, but for my tastes, it’s just not enough. I like beers to have at least one thing that stands out and makes me want to drink it again, but I didn’t find that here. Hops and malt were there, but not in abundance. I didn’t find a distinct hop note either; be it pine, citrus or floral. Maybe I set Hopstar up for failure by drinking a couple Ballast Point Sculpins earlier in the day while grilling dinner (salmon and veggies), but I don’t think so. Again, it’s not a bad beer, just not enough to pull me away from a good game to head to the man fridge (and that Eagles/Falcons game was good). Just like Marky Mark’s musical prowess, Hopstar didn’t leave me with good vibrations. Beer Soaked Scott says…
How to play golf and drink beer at the same time. Things you’ll need: Sucktitude, Cheap Golf, Cooler Bag, Canned Craft Beer.
Okay, so you don’t have to suck at golf to play beer soaked golf. But you shouldn’t be working on improving your handicap either. I started playing golf when I was a kid, but I sucked, so I quit playing. Continue reading →