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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Beer Post: 2014 Gameday Beer-o-the-week - Hawai'i Edition

Each week throughout the football season I'm going to suggest a good beer for the ubiquitous pre-game tailgate. Let's be honest, with tailgates it's not always top quality that you're looking for. To steal a phrase from the heinous beer terrorists at Budweiser, you want "drinkability." (or what a real beer connoisseur calls "a session beer") So, be warned, these may not be "the best" beers around. But, in the words of Dave Chappelle as Samuel L. Jackson "IT'LL GET YOU DRUNK!"
 
I'd be a fool to not pick a regional style this week.  Playing the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors provides a unique opportunity to tap into Hawaiian brewing culture, and discuss some breweries that often get swamped by their mainland brethren.  In the past, however, I had featured Kona Brewing in this series, which was a massive error on my part.  That joint has gone all corporate, joining the InBev-backed Craft Brew Alliance.  Hell, the Kona stuff you find in stores isn't even brewed on the islands; it's from the Pacific Northwest, or even fucking New Hampshire. 

Fuck. That. Shit.


So, I'll have to dig a little deeper this week (not too deep, though).  Let's try one of the other islands, and a smaller, more craft-friendly brewery that actually brews in the 50th state.  Maybe feature a beer that mixes one of my favorite tropical ingredients with a vintage style, and throws it all into a can for your wanton consumption.  Yeah, that'll do. That beer, Maui Brewing's CoCoNut PorTer, is this week's gameday beer-o-the-week.

I love to feature canned beers in this series, because they make for such easy clean up when out and about.  You can even take them more places, as many tailgating and recreation areas frown on glass.

Actually brewed in Maui, CoCoNut PorTer is a lovely canned option for those looking for something on the sweeter side.  Sweet and roasted notes hit the nose before it finishes with a balance between sweet molasses and bitter chocolate on the tongue.  There's also some nice lingering notes of the titular roasted coconut to consider.  Damn fine!

For those interested, you'll be able to find a 4-pack of Maui's finest in most liquor stores with a deeper selection.  It's a hefty 6.0% ABV, so don't go too nuts, but I highly suggest a few of these as you toast the last vestiges of summer this weekend.


Happy Friday!  Go Buffs, beat the Rainbow Warriors!

2014 Hawai'i Football Preview

Short and sweet tonight, week 4 brings a visit from the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors.  Yep, 'Rainbow' once again, as the school brought the name back last year for the first time since 2000.  Legitimately one of the coolest team nicknames in all of sports, I'm glad they brought it back.  

Kickoff from beautiful Folsom Field is scheduled for high noon on Saturday.   Coverage for those out and about can be found on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday Grab Bag: The Rumblinmobile lost a wheel, and the Sun Devils got away.

Were you stuck in a traffic jam coming into Boulder yesterday afternoon around 5pm?  Yeah, that's my bad. You see, the Rumblinmobile suffered a blowout (doubtful for the rest of the week, btw), stranding me on the right lane of west-bound US 36, and backing up traffic for miles.
Haha, the sidewall disappeared. Wait, that's not funny...
On the plus side, no one was hurt, the rest of the truck is fine(ish), and courtesy patrol was relatively quick in getting me out of there.  I guess if you're going to wreck during rush hour on 36, that's the way to do it.

Hopefully, your wait time was kept to a minimum.  If not, I sincerely apologize, and owe you a coke.

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Today in the bag, I'm talking Saturday's performance against the Sun Devils, the upcoming football schedule, and the release of the full men's basketball slate.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Beer Post: 2014 Gameday Beer-o-the-week - ASU Edition

Each week throughout the football season I'm going to suggest a good beer for the ubiquitous pre-game tailgate. Let's be honest, with tailgates it's not always top quality that you're looking for. To steal a phrase from the heinous beer terrorists at Budweiser, you want "drinkability." (or what a real beer connoisseur calls "a session beer") So, be warned, these may not be "the best" beers around. But, in the words of Dave Chappelle as Samuel L. Jackson "IT'LL GET YOU DRUNK!"

Apologies for the lateness of this post, but I was stunned into indecision by recent developments.  My original intent was to name The Beast from Avery Brewing's 'Demons of Ale' series as my gameday beer of the week (really good, btw, you should try it).  The CU Athletic department, however, decided to take matters into their own hands.

In the weekly pregame email blast, it was announced that, for the first time in years, gen pop at Folsom Field will be able to buy alcohol inside the gates.  To repeat: YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BUY BEER AT FOLSOM TOMORROW!

Great googly moogly, that is fantastic news.  The suds will only be served at two beer gardens located in the southwest plaza and the fieldhouse, and you won't be able to carry your brew back to your seat, but DAMN has this been a long time coming.  In fact, it's the first time since 1995 that beer and wine will be sold outside of the club level in the football stadium (the CEC, of course, poured up to 2005).

Accordingly, in lieu of an official beer pick, I'm naming CU Athletic Director Rick George my gameday beer champion of the week.

What a big damn hero he is.  In one fell swoop of Rooseveltian greatness, he has ended prohibition and brought joy back to the masses. For a state known for it's brewing industry, it only makes sense that you can once again imbibe some of the bounty at the flagship university.  On gameday, when you finally lift that first glass on hallowed Folsom concrete, think of Rick, and toast his name.  Also, donate, why not, to send the appropriate message of gratitude.


Thank you, Rick!  Happy Friday, go Buffs!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 ASU Football Preview

The start of the season has been nice and all, but it doesn't really count until the first fall day in Folsom.  Say what you will about the football program, but that stadium is a special, special place.  Any opportunity to visit the old girl is worthy of celebration, and Saturday night's matchup with Arizona State is no different.

With the season's first date in Boulder also comes BuffNation's first up-close and personal look at Phase I of the improvement project, the first major upgrades to the stadium since my sophomore year.  In case you don't understand my meaning, they're long overdue.
Starting to come together! From: CUBuffs.com
Athletic Director Rick George says the premium seating options at the north end of Folsom will be ready to go by gameday.  While I see plenty of work that needs doing when I peek at the construction cam, I have no reason to doubt his veracity.  Assuming the areas are up to code by kickoff, we'll have honest-to-Tad evidence that this program is headed in the right direction.  I almost don't care what the score ends up being against the Sun Devils, that construction schedule already baring fruit is enough of a win for me.

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Kickoff from beautiful Folsom Field is scheduled for 8pm Saturday.  It's a BLACKOUT game, so those with tickets need to remember to don their darker finery.  Coverage for those out and about can be found on ESPNU, with the radio call on 850 KOA.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quick Post: On Chauncey Billups' Retirement

It's not a huge surprise, but the great Chauncey Billups made it official yesterday when he announced his retirement from the NBA.  An unrestricted free agent since the Pistons declined to pick up his $2.5 million option in July, Billups had quietly mulled continuing his career with other teams, including the reinvigorated Cleveland Cavaliers, but decided that 'it's just time.'

The 17-year NBA veteran and Colorado basketball immortal leaves the game having accomplished what few can claim.  A five-time All-Star and 2004 NBA Finals MVP, he was legitimately one of the best players of his era, a smooth point guard known across the country for his clutch shooting and measured control of his team.  He won numerous honors, both collective and personal, while being a model citizen and ambassador of the game.  There were few like him.

After successful stints with seven different teams, it's easy to say Billups had national reach, but it's hard for me to think of him as anything other than Mr Colorado.  I'm not just talking about CU, he defined the pinnacle of the game from the high school ranks on up through the professional in the Centennial State. You'd be hard pressed to find of another athlete from a major sport who can claim to be a state's singular icon in the way Chauncey stood for hoops in Colorado. For basketball fans on the Front Range, his exploits were a source of continuing pride. 'Absolutely, we belong - just look at the King of Park Hill!'

But the wear of all those miles as a leading man had begun to show, as the star had only seen action in 61 games over the past three seasons.  With nearly everything possible accomplished in the game he loves, I imagine he retires with a clear mind and few regrets.

I'm sorry to say, but my CU fandom is purely ex post facto Chauncy's tenure in Black and Gold.  I have no direct memory of the Big Shot era in Boulder, no personal connection to the heroics that sent Bobby Knight on a cold, rainy walk home.  To me, Chauncey was always a professional athlete.  But even from my more neophyte view, it would be impossible to discuss the history of basketball at the University of Colorado without devoting volumes to #4.  Accordingly, there is simply no amount of gratitude that I can express that would live up to his contributions to the game in Boulder.  The best I can say is 'thank you Chauncey,' and hope he gets the successfully peaceful retirement that he has earned.

... also, a big damn statue outside of the CEC.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Grab Bag: A win's a win?

Straight to the action today...

In the bag, I'm talking CU's comeback win over the Minutemen, the status of Colorado's next three opponents, and the NFL's opening week.

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