Flight of the Conchords


Well, Sundays seem so empty now, with Tony Soprano gone and all. But I was pleasantly surprised when Brenda & I sat down to watch the premiere of Flight of the Conchords. Not really knowing anything about these two kiwis or how they were gonna make their "funny folk" act into a TV show, we went in blind. But fifteen seconds into the intro I was hooked. Exactly four minutes in though, the protagonists broke into song at Dave's party and I was laughing so hard at the lyrics and the presentation that Brenda thought the neighbors were gonna call the cops. And when you're on the street, depending on the street, I'll bet you are definitely in the top…

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Surf's Up (or, Sopranos Finale)


So, after eight absolutely fantastic fucking seasons, The Sopranos run has come to an end. The finale was a mixed bag, and the salt in the wound is that the lame-ish ending is followed by the premiere of a fucking surfer show. The Sopranos has entertained me on so many levels it will take much more than a blog post at this hour to explain it. Suffice to say, the lingo brings back memories of my youth and my quote database is proof of that. The first time Brenda & I watched the show we were in a hotel room with HBO and after 15 seconds of the opening sequence, where Tony drives through the Lincoln Tunnel, past the Hoboken…

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Beer Review: Hercules Double IPA (Great Divide Brewing Company)


The Stats: Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver, CO Style: India Pale Ale abv: 9.1% The Beer Hercules Double IPA (India Pale Ale) is an exercise in excess. India Pale Ale, already a full bodied, hoppy and high-alcohol beer style, is taken to a whole new level in this rich, chewy brew. Golden in color, it pours cloudy with a nice medium head, and the beer clears nicely over time. The aroma is full of barley and you can almost taste the beer before ever taking a sip. And once you do take a sip, look out. The alcohol is always at the forefront, but so are all the flavors one would expect in an IPA -- primarily, hoppy…

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Beer Review: Hog Heaven Barley Wine


The Stats: Brewery: Avery Brewing, Boulder CO Style: Barleywine abv: 9.2% The Beer I first tried Hog Heaven back in New Jersey, long before I ever entertained thoughts of living in the same town where the magic elixir is brewed. The reasoning was simple: it was a new barleywine ale on the shelf at my local New Jersey liquor store. What with strong ales of all stripes being my preference and barleywines in particular, I immediately grabbed a bottle. The flying pigs on the label didn't hurt any, either. The beer is dark ruby red in color, with a nice dense head and intense hop aroma. Dipping a nose into the glass, you can't help but take several long…

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