“Beer” Is Good? Occulto

I fell for the clever marketing. It had a cool label and I never saw it before. Upon closer look I saw the “blue agave infused” blurb. Pulling the pack off the shelf I saw that it was in clear bottles. Almost put it back but decided, the heck, might as well try it. Pours a clear light yellow with small head that dies down quickly. Aroma? There’s so little detectable hops that being in a clear bottle is maybe not a problem. That also keeps it low on bitter. There’s another blurb on the label, “blended with beer aged on tequila staves”. “With beer”. That’s right, this isn’t beer. If you try really hard you might detect some beery grain notes lingering in the middle. As for the barrel staves part? I can’t tell. There might be some tequila like notes there, or its just the marketing placeboing you into thinking so. Light mouthfeel. At 6% ABV its middle of the road for beer, enough to feel it on an empty stomach. Yes folks, this is not beer, it’s a malt liquor quite like Zima, remember that? You might call this a beer cooler, what wine coolers are to wine, this is to beer.

As a beer this gets one monkey, as a alcoholic drink maybe a generous 2 monkeys. It’s not abjectly horrible, I can actually finish it. There have been a few beers in my lifetime where it was so bad I could not finish them and threw it away. But on the other hand, why waste good money and time on this when there’s many other better alternatives. And yes, the pricing was in line with other microbrews. I’d much rather have a case of Speights for a couple bucks more than a six pack of this as a knock back while manning the grill bevy kind of thing.


Buri Daikon

Kinda amusing that an anime would influence my meal choice for tonight. Ala Kofuku Graffiti I made buri daikon tonight.

Beer Is Good – Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

In the Guinness variety pack. It’s a pub draught can with the nitrogen capsule so pours with extremely strong creamy head, initially looks a light amber but that’s from all the bubbles. As it calms down, it becomes a clear brown with amber tint. Perhaps my sense of smell hasn’t recovered yet, but there isn’t a very strong aroma signature. There’s some of the roast and subtle hops that comes in the middle leaving a slight bitter to linger on the tongue. Medium heavy mouth feel. Smooth and easy drinking.

3 out 4 nitro monkeys.

Non-snow Days

This SLC trip we took two non-snowboarding days, not counting arrival and departure days. Park City discontinued their free day pass with same day flight ticket deal so no incentive there. on Tuesday we went to the Hill Aerospace musem. It was pretty neat, lots of aircraft including a SR71 Blackbird and A10. Thursday we took a long drive to Nine Mile Canyon, which actually is somthing like 40 miles. We only got through maybe half of it. The main attraction are the numerous native petroglyphs and rock art sites. We couldn’t find a couple that had us hiking around in search of, but we found a bunch of others, pretty cool!

i will update with pictures later.


Saturday at Powder Mountain turned out to be good. Flurries broken by periods of sun throughout the day. Not deep powder as exclaimed by some skier who rode past, not even close, but it was welcome and good.

woke up this Sunday morning to see our flight has been delayed. Hey we could go ninja in a few hours at Brighton which reports 8″ over last day in addition to the previous 12. I’m sure it’s all tracked out though. Looks like we’re going to be hanging out at SLC airport.

Snow, finally

Friday at Brighton was actually not bad. Not powder pounding by any stretch, but enough to have some freshies. The snow showers continued through the night, then web reports brighton had 8″ over the day, 12″ total. So the debate this morning was to hit Brighton again, or pound PowMow which reports only 3″. In the end, anti-crowd has won out. We figure all of Utah is going to be at Brighton as it reports the highest snowfall, it’s been over a week since last snow, and it’s the weekend. We had a good day at Brighton so figure give PowMow another chance.

Breakfast mayhem

Man, there’s all the kids here. Thankfully it families not school group so they weren’t running up & down the halls. Making late breakfast today quite chaotic. No new snow and its a holiday so we’re taking the day off from riding to avoid crowds. Slim chance of maybe  a dusting over crust in the forecast today. Slim. Maybe they’re forecasting is good as Hawaii where last week there was that 90 percent chance of rain day, but it ended up being a beautiful ride night? Unfortunately they’re pretty good forecasting here.

Hill Aerospace Museum

Beer Is Good – Moab Brewery Dead Horse Amber Ale

yes, there are breweries in Utah. Pours clear medium amber with medium head. Floral hop aroma and initial flavor, but not overpoweringly strong. The hop carries over into a bitter but then a nice nuttyness finishes. Fairly light mouthfeel. This is actually a pretty nice drinking ale where the hop doesn’t overwhelm and offend me.

maybe it because it’s a half day of snowboarding beer therapy, but this gets a solid 3 out 4 monkeys.

Sunday sunny sunday

forecast is for it to get cooler today. We’re not in any rush, it’s not like conditions are stellar or get better. Just finishing the typical freebie continental hotel breakfast at 9:00 this morning. Prob going to see how things are at Solitude.

Can you say, "tracked out!"


The Fab & I arrived in SlC uneventfully today to be greeted with sunny 60 degree weather and dishearteningly Sno bare mountains.

we visited a couple stores. Highlight so far I thnk was lunch at siegfried’s. Flight to seatac was so fast only got a couple hours of fitfull sleep. Having trouble staying up, time for power disco nap.