Beer of the Week 38: Red Seal Ale

North Coast Brewing Company’s Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale

From the bottle:

Malt & hops are beautifully married in this copper-red pale ale. Generously hopped for a long, spicy denouement. Water, malted barley, hops, yeast & that’s all.

From my notes:

Pinkish rose colored beer with a thick tan head. Smells of malt and hops hints of cherry. Tastes of hops and citrus. Too much bitter on the finish. Very smooth to drink.

It looks pretty in the tulip glass. Though I think ale’s just go into pint glasses.


Considering how much I enjoy North Coast Brewing Company’s other beers Ruedrich’s was a let down. It’s a perfectly serviceable Red but seeing how their other beers were so much more than ‘serviceable…’  I need to learn to not let my expectations spoil a beer. Red Ale’s go well with chicken, seafood, and ground beef. A little spice won’t hurt either!

Rating (out of five):

Beer of the Week 37 Lagunitas Pils

Lagunitas’ PILS

From their website:

Czech Style Pilsner. Like Adam and Eve, Issac and Ishmael,Mao and Confuscious, Good and Evil, Day and Night, Hittites and Visigoths, John and Lorena, or Groucho and Moe, Ales and Lagers are as different as can be. Still, we must love each other for who they are, seperately but equally, with liberty, and justice, for all. Cheers!

From my notes:

 Wheat coloring very clear beer. Thin white head. grain, grass, and malt on the nose maybe a hint of citrus. Crisp, crisp finish. medium hop aftertaste. good example of a Pilsner.

It’s a thing of beauty, no?

Pilsners are   fairly light on the alcohol (4.5 to 5.5% ab. They pair really well with lighter foods: chicken (okay to spice it up), sandwiches, and seafoods. Or you can just drink them unaccompanied.

Rating (our of five):

Memorial Day

I thought of including a picture for this post but all of them seem to be plastered with American flags. But, Memorial Day isn’t about America it’s not about flag waving, it’s not about feeling good. It’s about loss and remembering that loss.

Thanks to my father and my grandfather, for giving up of themselves to something greater, for the loss of their youth and innocence to war. Thanks to all the other young men and women who did and do the same. Thanks to those who gave everything to a country that rarely deserves the sacrifices it asks of its soldiers.

Thank you. Thank you.

Mind Sweeps – What Mine Looked Like

So close to an entire page... Click it to see it more clearly

I don’t do a lot of productivity or lifehack stuff on here because the internet is teeming with the stuff and most of it isn’t helpful. Your wallet can’t make you productive and the best set of stationary and pens isn’t going to get you to write. Most of it seems to be centered around making you feel better for not delivering to yourself and to others and the rest is to sell product… That is a different rant though. I have found a few things useful in my own life and professions (pomodoro technique, with a little GTD).

I had been feeling overwhelmed recently, and as David Allen talks about in GTD, whether you are aware of it or not you are capturing ideas and referencing them. If not on paper then in your subconscious where they can sit there and make you anxious… Read this post by Merlin Mann for a better idea of what I’m talking about. I knew I had a lot of ideas on my mind and that I had committed myself to a lot of projects. Projects that were just sitting there taking up mental real-estate. So, I sat down and took 20 minutes to write it all out. The page above was the end result.

No wonder I was anxious and stressing myself out?! Look at all the things I had committed to myself to do?! Some of them are trivial, some won’t make sense to anyone but me, and some of them are major tasks that would require a substantial commitment of time and effort. Writing it all down did get it out of my head and I immediately felt better. But, now I have to sit down and ask myself which of these am I actually going to do, which I’m never going to do and can go away, and which should go in my “maybe someday” file.