Asher’s Favorite Beers (Every Other Thursday)

Information about beers found on BeerAdvocate.com

Hello everyone! I have decided to spice things up a bit, and create a more personal Thursday post. Recently, I have been training to become a Cicerone. A Cicerone is like a sommelier for beer. They have the tasks of keeping and serving beer, knowing about the various beer styles, evaluating and describing beer flavor, knowing about beer’s ingredients and how to brew them, and how to pair various beers with foods. Yesterday, I took a beer bootcamp on the basics of being a Cicerone, and boy was it amazing! I have finally found out what I would like to do with my life, and it feels great! In order to celebrate this epiphany, I have decided to share with you my favorite beers. I hope you guys will enjoy this post as much as I enjoy writing it. Now, let’s dive into the amazing and delicious world of beer!

  •  Wells Banana Bread Beer 

Brewed by: Wells & Young’s Ltd England, United Kingdom

Style: Fruit/ Vegetable Beer

ABV: 5.20%

Availability: Year-Round

This incredibly unique beer first caught my attention when I saw it in the liquor isle of my local grocery store. It stood out among the rest, and I immediately decided to buy it. Upon opening the beer, I was met with a wonderful smell of Bananas. The beer was bright yellow, and reminded me of Cola Champagne. I took a sip, and was immediately engulfed in a banana paradise. The sweetness of the bananas combined with the bitterness of the hops was absolutely perfect. I cannot recommend this beer enough, and I highly suggest that you go buy it if you can find it in your area.

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  • Dragon’s Milk Stout

Brewed In: New Holland Brewing Company Michigan, United States

Style: American Double/ Imperial Stout

ABV: 11.00%

 Availability :Year-Round

I first discovered this gem of a beer when I was vacationing in Ojai. I was at a Tapas Bar, and I found this beer on the menu. I absolutely adore the bottle’s art, which depicts a black dragon on a beer barrel. This beer is aged in a whiskey barrel, and has an extremely dark color. The beer smells very chocolaty, and the contents look like root beer. It has a very unique taste, that reminds me of a bitter Bailey’s Irish Creme with hints of vanilla and coffee. It is a pretty strong beer, so it is not for everyone, but if you are interested, by all means, try it out. 

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Carlson Mondays (Every Other Monday)

All works found on larrycarlson.bigcartel.com and larrycarlson.tumblr.com

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some transcendent art pieces. Now, let’s dive into the amazing world of Larry Carlson!

  •  Alone and Unafraid- Part Three by Larry Carlson 2012 Digital chromogenic print

This is a large and epic work by “Surrealist Guru”, Larry Carlson. The overall presentation of the piece is awe-inspiring, and Carlson’s fantastic genius leeks through. Carlson has always had a way with cosmic elegance, and this painting is no exception. The atramentous sky reminds me of one of those old rainbow papers we used as kids. He has multicolored stars across a black background, and also curved lines representing the eight planets. As we descend down the piece, we see a cosmic, satellite-like, entity with a woman’s head. A roller coaster is attached to it, and we see it emitting brilliant white lightning. Diving even deeper down, our eyes meet a robed figure with two faces. It appears to be holding some sort of spherical staff, which is radiating with a purple aura. Lastly, we see the ground of the work,which seems to be made out of melting saxophones. I absolutely adore this piece, and I would love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.

  

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  • Colorized Afternoon by Larry Carlson Pigment print on metallic paper

Here we have a vibrantly brilliant work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. The colors of the piece really “pop out” at the viewer, and transport them into a surreal world of intense serenity. Everything about the painting incorporates the senses, whether it be the multicolored sky, or the floral-patterned grass. While not being one of Carlson’s biggest works, it still aims to blow the viewer’s mind. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Paintings found on various websites and books

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Art Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some wonderful works. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Sleep by Salvador Dali 1937 Oil on canvas

This is a fascinating work by “Spanish Surrealist”, Salvador Dali. It depicts a very grotesque figure with an incredibly long neck. It’s being held up by Dali’s signature crutches. The background is a beautiful blue with an abstract castle in the distance.  I like the the overall strangeness of the piece, and I believe it really adds to the aesthetic. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • The Birth of the Tear by Edgar Ende 1947 Oil on cardboard 

This is a very beautiful work by “German Surrealist”, Ende. It’s a cosmic piece with a mysterious vibe to it. There’s also a holy figure with multicolored strands surrounding her. We see a star of David as well that covers the figure’s arm. The figure could be some kind of deity that the painter worships. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

More Tasty Food From Around The World (Fridays)

Foods found on en.wikipedia.org

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Es teler is a fruit-based cocktail that comes from Indonesia. It’s made from jackfruit, coconut meat, avocado, grass jelly, and other fruits. The fruits are submerged in coconut milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt. 

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  • Jian dui is an incredibly delicious sweet that comes from China. It’s a fried pastry that’s created from gluttonous rice flour. The pastry is covered with sesame seeds and filled with sweet black bean paste. Jian dui is sold in various Chinese bakeries and street fairs.

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Asher’s Pub (Thursdays)

Drinks found on various websites

Hello fellow Mixologists! It’s Thursday, and my Pub is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome drinks. Now, let me fix you up something special!

Frozen Pine Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Canadian Mist® whisky
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz grenadine syrup

Directions: Pour all ingredients into a blender with 1/4 cup of crushed ice. Blend until smooth, and transfer into a tulip glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve. 

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  • Tokyo Rose Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 part Grey Goose®vodka
  • 1 part sake rice wine
  • 1 part Midori® melon liqueur

Directions: Mix equal parts in a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

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Asher’s Pub (Thursdays)

Drinks found on various websites

Hello fellow Mixologists! It’s Thursday, and my Pub is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome drinks. Now, let me fix you up something special!

  • Texas Rattlesnake (Alcoholic Shot)

Ingredients

  • 1 part Yukon Jack® Canadian whisky
  • 1/2 part cherry brandy 
  • 1 part Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
  • 1 splash sweet and sour mix

Directions: Mix all ingredients and shake well. Sweet at first, with a BITE at the end.

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  • Purple Motherfucker Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
  • 1/2 oz amaretto almond liqueur
  • 1/2 oz DeKyuper® Razzmatazz liqueur
  • 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix
  • 1/2 oz 7-Up® soda

Directions: Combine vodka, southern comfort, amaretto, razzmatazz, and sour mix in a mixing glass half-filled with ice. Shake, and pour into a Collins glass. Top with 7-Up, and serve.

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Hall Of Shame: The Strangest Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

Characters found in various DC and Marvel encyclopedias, and on comic vine.gamespot.com

Hello fellow comic book lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at the most bizarre comic characters. Now, grab your favorite Graphic Novel, and let’s begin!

  • Kite-Man Real Name: Charles Brown Status: Villain Creator: DC First Appeared: Batman #133 (1960) Powers/Weapons: Various Kite-Based Gadgets

As a child, Charles was always fascinated by kites. When he became an adult, he became the pathetic Kite-Man. He used a variety of kites to commit crimes, but was stopped by Batman on many occasions. He eventually met his end at the hands of the “Psychopathic Cannibal”, Bruno Mannheim.

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  • Codpiece Real Name: N/A Status: Villain Creator: Rachel Pollack of Vertigo Comics First Appeared: Doom Patrol #70 (1993) Powers/Weapons: Power suit and groin cannon (PFTTT)

When Codpiece was a high school, he asked a popular girl out. He was denied and told he wasn’t big enough. Thinking that she was taking about his dick, Codpiece made a power suit with a groin cannon. As an adult, he started committing crime and breaks into a bank. In an awesome turn of events, he meets his end at the hands of the Transgender superhero, Coagula. (WTF!)

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