It Was a Wise Man or: Beer!

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As The Beer Dads embark on our first actual “mini-vacation” with each other to the nether regions of Asheville, NC, this weekend, I wonder if that will be enough beer for us? I mean, Asheville is the beer capital of the east. Several major breweries from the mid-west and west coast have built their “eastern headquarters” there.

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There are many reasons why, but it has boomed and we are all lucky to have them.

So, yeah, we’re going up there. We’re going to have a lot of beer and food and fun hanging with each other. I said I wonder if there will be enough beer. The good news is, we don’t have to worry because when we get back on Sunday, we will have even more beer to imbibe. Good beer at that!

Sunday, Willows Bistro and Wise Man Brewing from here in WSNC are teaming up to have a fantastical beer pairing dinner. This TEN-course meal will pair the culinary wizardry of Chefs Travis Myers and Brent Andruzzi with the liquid gold (and sometimes black gold) of Wise Man Brewing. Ten courses. Willows. Wise Man.

Man, that’s a lot of awesome at one time. And, The Beer Dads will be doing their return podcast from there and hosting the event. We can’t recommend it enough.

I know what you’re asking. Isn’t The Beer Dads presented by Hoots Beer Company? Why, yes. Yes, we are, but I’ve cleared it with the Hoots folk and they say it’s cool. We’re all good, here. Plus, those breweries are pals, too. I love our beer community here.

So, here’s the thing. Willows has some spaces left open. That’s where you come in. You and your pals/significant others/family (of drinking age of course), should all be there. You should experience this, too.

The cost of the event is $75 per person. But, it’s TEN courses with beer! The food will be amazing, the beer will be amazing, the fun will be amazing. Trust me. You’ll have a wonderful time.

If you’re interested in attending this dinner, contact Willows and make your rezzie now because the event is Sunday. You can call 336-293-4601. Willows is located at 300 S Liberty Street if you didn’t already know. I want to see your smiling and thirsty faces there. Come say hi and come hungry!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Great Food!! Great Beer!! Great Company!!” – Willows/Wise Man Beer Dinner

Waiting on the Man or: Almost Done

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So, the title of this post is two-fold, a double entendre, if you will. First, I have completed the first drafts of the video job. The copy, the VO, the splicing, it’s all done. Now, I just have to have the client sign off on them, which I’m waiting for him to do tomorrow. If there are changes needed, then I’ll make those and if not, then I will put it together and have it ready for next week. Right as rain, that.

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The other thing is I listened, again, to the Velvet Underground + Nico album. This time it was because of “procedure.” Because I play something that was released today, or I play something from someone whose birthday or deathday is on this day.

None of the releases for today did I have in the collection. No one’s birthday was today that I could find that mattered. Today was, however, the anniversary of Andy Warhol’s death. So, since that was my only recourse, I played it. I took one for the team.

I hate that album. I must say that today I found it more tolerable than usual, but I still didn’t enjoy it. I told someone that it is the auditory equivalent of eating cow dung for breakfast. Oddly enough, I really like Lou Reed solo. And, I don’t mind two of the Nico songs on the album.

But, overall it’s just a wreck of sound. I don’t like “raw.” I don’t like the lo-fi production value. I think it sounds like they were just goofing off, although I know they weren’t. I don’t like the off-key talk/singing that Lou Reed does in this. I don’t like the “artistic” side of it. But, I do like how the songs are written.

I think it’s kind of like Bob Dylan. Great songs but man I like hearing others doing them. I have some folks say that it’s one of the “finest” albums ever recorded and to that, I say it’s absolute bullshite.  You can be all hipster and claim to like it all you want, but it’s pure crap, at least in this album form. There, I said it.

And I’ll end up with at least two more VU albums because they’re on that darned list and I want all that I can get from it. I was asked why I do that and my answer was because I am a collector. Some disagree with me, but I don’t care. I do what I want. That’s how I roll. The BCPF likes it but she likes a lot of stuff that I don’t necessarily like to listen to. That’s okay. I have it here for her. Yeah… that’s it.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Hey, white boy, what you doin’ uptown? Hey, white boy, you chasin’ our women around? Oh pardon me, sir, it’s the furthest from my mind. I’m just lookin’ for a dear, dear friend of mine. I’m waiting for my man.” – “Waiting For My Man” (Reed)

Hi-5 or: The Less Desirables Beer of the Week

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City Beverage, the Official Beer Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents Hi-5 IPA from Terrapin Beer Company, The Less Desirables Beer of the Week.

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I actually enjoyed this IPA. Is it my favorite? Nah, but it’s pretty good. Terrapin does their beers right. And, this is absolutely right. It’s not too hoppy. The ABV is 5.9%.

BeerAdvocate has it as 3.88/5 (Very Good). Untappd has it at 3.76 caps out of 5.

Have you had it? What did you think? If you’ve not had it or just have a hankering for more, head down to City Beverage and grab your sixer. Tell them that we sent you.

Tune in now and hear what Danielle, Bethany, Josh, Richard, Andy, Led and I think of it. You can do that HERE.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“This IPA features 5 tropical, orange, & citrusy aromatic and flavorful hops, a medium body with biscuit and caramel malt notes that bring balance to the beer. This California Style IPA’s big citrusy aroma and huge hop presence will keep you in awe sip after sip.” – Terrapin’s Hi-5 page.

A Footnote or: Piggybacking

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This week on The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast, Kelly and I talk about Willows/Wise Man Beer Dinner, Restaurant Week in Downtown WSNC, Burger Batch and Famous Toastery opening additional locations, and Footnotes Event Space/Coffee and Craft Lounge. You can listen HERE. We appreciate it. And, if you know of important food, beverage or really any news of things happening around town, please send us an email.

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Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“High Point seemed like a great area. It’s near the Palladium. It gives us access to Greensboro and High Point. The students at High Point University suit our demographics. We love being here.” – Tim Meadows, co-owner, Small Batch Beer/Burger Batch

That Time Again or: Excellence Indeed

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Dear Reader, if you remember about this time last year, I was slowed in my posts. I posted every day but my content was slim. I guess you can say that it has been a bit thin over the last bit anyway, but now, we are at the biggest job of the year for me.

I don’t have to hide what it is I’m doing but I can’t necessarily tell you details. The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership’s 2017 Downtown Excellence Awards are next Wednesday and I am the one that puts the award videos together, along with voice-overs.

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Because the award winners are determined at the end of January and the Annual Meeting for the DWSP is end of February, that leaves little time to gather the info, write the copy (that’s The BCPF’s contribution to this), have it approved, do the voice-overs, have those approved, compile the images, put them in a video and have those approved. It’s not a simple process, not with the rest of my jobs taken into account.

So, we’re in the midst of that. Every minute that I’m not working on the podcasts this week (including not having a couple of them) and when I’m not with The Boy, 3B, I’ll probably be working on them. So, for the next week, just know that my posts will be, again, slim. Expect videos and songs.

I can still be creative without posting 350 words. Even this isn’t 350 words. I think I’ve said a good bit. You’re not on the backburner, I’m sure you understand the sitch. I appreciate your patience in this process, too.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“To make downtown a destination by creating a core of vibrant, intense mixed uses in a pedestrian-friendly environment with emphasis on major employment centers, restaurants, supportive and festive retail activities, entertainment, arts and downtown residential uses.” – DWSP Mission Statement

Silent Sunday or: The Haul 2/17/18

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Yesterday was misty and cold.  A near perfect day if you ask me. Why? Because I was with my best girl and I had records. I love records. And, The BCPF and I love us some Underdog Records. We got to see several of our friends whilst there and that’s always a plus. So, here’s the haul:

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  • Belle & Sebastian – How To Solve Our Human Problems – Belle & Sabastian’s 3xEP that was released one every month has come out in a box set. We traded in the old and got the box. Call us crazy. New.
  • Queen – Queen – The debut album from one of the most prolific bands in rock history. I’ll be doing the choir part in the opening track from this when the Ramkat opens next month, along with quite a few other songs. This was mostly overlooked for, as someone said yesterday, its lack of “hits.” I agree. It’s not what we’d come to know and love from Queen but it certainly had some glimpses of it. Someone named Dave Doolittle wrote his name on the front cover and that irks me, but the record is in really, really great shape. VG+.
  • U2 – The Unforgettable Fire – The BCPF’s first U2 album when she was but a youngster. We saw it come across the Instagram feed whilst eating breakfast. We got in the door and I went straight for it, to secure it for our collection. VG+
  • Love And Rockets – Earth • Sun • Moon – The BCPF also loves Love and Rockets and she even yelled at me (whilst I was in the bathroom, mind you), I LOVE THIS RECORD! I was in Underdog on Friday when he bought this. VG+.
  • Joni Mitchell – Ladies Of The Canyon – A VG+ copy of a classic. It has “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Woodstock” and “The Circle Game” on it. Great album.
  • Willie Nelson – Stardust – The lone RS list pickup for this week. It was there waiting for me to grab. VG+. Oh, and it’s #260 on the list. Right in the middle.
  • Pretenders – Pretenders II – The BCPF loves the Pretenders, too. So, this was there, we had to have it. It is VG+.
  • Dire Straits – Dire Straits – The debut album but now-Hall-of-Famers, Dire Straits. I’ve really loved listening to them lately. This is a VG+ version.
  • Various – Cocktail Piano Time, Music In An Intimate Mood – I love cocktail piano music. I couldn’t pass up this 5xLP box set. All of it in VG+ condition, too.
  • Ferrante & Teicher – Holiday For Pianos – I really don’t know what this is, but it was in the $1 bin. I went to wash it and it was in NM condition. Even the cover was immaculate. So, we have it.
  • Barbra StreisandSydney Chaplin – Funny Girl (Original Broadway Cast) – VG $1 bin find. I have “Funny Lady,” why not have both?
  • Siobhan McKenna – Irish Ballads Folk Songs And Lyrics Read By Siobhan McKenna – Again, no clue, we love international music and with a name like Siobhan McKenna, it’s gotta be good! A “G” $1 bin find.
  • Cliff Richard – Every Face Tells A Story – UK’s 60s/70s heartthrob, and it was a VG $1 bin find.
  • Randy Meisner – One More Song – The former bass player for The Eagles, he had some pretty big songs with them. This is a VG+ $1 bin find.
  • Neil Diamond – Serenade – I’m always amazed when I find Neil Diamond albums that I’ve never heard of, or have. I haven’t really taken the time to look at his discography, but it must be vast. $1 bin find.
  • Various – FM (The Original Movie Soundtrack) – I loved the film and the soundtrack is just chock full of great tunes. A VG $1 bin find.
  • The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot – Because I have a new-found obsession with the Alan Parsons Project, I had to grab this when The BCPF came across it. And it was only $1. Best I can tell is that it is at least VG.
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates – Voices –  A very good album, this. It has some hits on it and some throw-aways. It was enjoyable and it was only $1 and in VG+ condition. Why do almost all H&O albums have the slits in the top of the album jackets and not on the side? Weird.
  • Kingston Trio – The Kingston Trio No. 16 – As with Neil Diamond for me, The BCPF is on a constant search for a Kingston Trio album we don’t already have. Well, this $1 bin find was one of those. Best I can tell, it was VG.

There’s this week’s haul. We enjoyed listening to what we got to hear yesterday (not all of these, for sure). Again, we’ve become like a family there at Underdog Records. When we see each other, we smile and talk and catch up and it’s like we’re all part of a clan or something. I really love it. I’m there several times a week, usually, and someone’s always coming through. It’s so much fun to collect and listen. It’s so much better when you’re part of that community. We’re welcoming, too. Come in and see us!

As you can tell, I use Discogs to document my collection and I have another K-Tel record coming this week that I purchased from the Discogs Marketplace. Check it out. I can watch my friends’ collection, as well. Again, it’s just fun.

Until tomorrow, happy spinning…
Scorp out!


“You cannot go against nature because when you do go against nature, it’s part of nature too. Our little lives get complicated. It’s a simple thing. Simple as a flower. And, that’s a complicated thing. No new tale to tell.” – “No New Tale to Tell” (Ash/Jay/Haskins)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Yuki Koshimoto

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This instrument is very peculiar but in a good way. It’s called a “hang.” It’s made by a Swiss couple and they don’t like it being called a hang drum because it’s not what it is.

It uses some elements of a steelpan but it’s not the same. It’s designed to act like a resonator. Anyway, here’s Yuki Koshimoto doing her thing. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“As of December 2013 [sic] PANArt announced that the Hang would no longer be made, as the PANArt tuners are completely concentrated on a new different instrument, the Gubal.” – Hang Wikipedia page

pLese Use Ur Autercorret or: WTF!?

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Jeez o’Pete!! I don’t care if it’s gun control, mental health, worms in fish or other food, or any other topic on Facebook today…
 
It is evident that no one can spell, use spellcheck, autocorrect or take time to proofread their posts.
 
There is no argument that I can take seriously on here because I can’t read any of the posts without getting a headache. The posters’ responses and arguments make not a damned bit of sense.
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I’m okay with the abbreviations and all that mess, but dang, y’all!! Get your lack of grammar etiquette under control. Literally, I can’t understand what half of the posters are saying.
I would like to believe that they are, at least, somewhat intelligent. But, reading this crap, it sounds like there are three brain cells in their heads and those three cells are all having a staring contest. 
I don’t care what side you’re on when it comes to just about any issue. I will at least listen to your argument, but if you can’t at least make sure the argument is legible and/or decipherable, then get the heck off of your soapbox; you don’t deserve to be heard.
Yes, I’m with the Grammar Police. Yes, I proofread my posts. If I find a mistake, I go back and edit it to correct those mistakes, usually. Some get past me, I get that, but when every. Single. Post these people post makes no sense, it is mind-numbing and no one’s point gets taken into account. If someone has long drawn-out ramblings (on all sides of any argument), it’s already hard enough to follow what 90% are even talking about. Add in the horrible spelling or completely wrong words…? You have yourself a full-blown cluster-mess of baloney. Even if I agree with your stance, you come off as stupid.
Does this make me pretentious? Maybe. Does it just rake every last nerve I have to see people butcher the English language? Yes. Do I hold someone’s ability spell (or at least get close!) against them and their intelligence? Yes. Am I allowed to do that? Yes. Are they allowed to spell incoherently? Yes. But, I reserve my right to think them dumb.
Am I perfect? Am I infallible? Heck no! But, usually, I can get my point across legibly. These aren’t plain mistakes by the posters. These are one of the highest forms of negligence. You want me to listen and understand you? It’s your responsibility to convey the message, not the other way around. My lack of a working attention span notwithstanding, I will soon stop giving a shite about what it is you’re saying. Communicate with me, properly, and I’ll give you a chance. Okay?!?
No wonder we have problems in this country. No one knows how to communicate any longer. Verbally, orally, written or inflection. Pay attention to what you’re saying and how you’re saying it. We could cut, in my estimation, about 40% of the miscommunication in this country if we just paid attention.
Okay, soapbox back under the bed.
Until tomorrow, using spellcheck and Grammarly…
Scorp out!

“When our spelling is perfect, it’s invisible. But when it’s flawed, it prompts strong negative associations.” – Marilyn vos Savant

Sounds Like… Thursday? or: Strange Instruments

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Yeah, I had nothing to post about today, so I went looking for some things to play for “Sounds Like Saturday” to get some built up and I came across this about odd instruments. Many are more funny than strange. I mean, passing gas or slapping butts? Okay. Here.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“It is a pretty odd profession – tickling people – but it can be lucrative.” – George Miller

Cherry Tart or: The Less Desirables Beer of the Week

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City Beverage, the Official Beer Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents Cherry Tart from Bull City Ciderworks, The Less Desirables Beer of the Week.

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We have had many ciders from Bull City Ciderworks on The Less Desirables. We’ve had this cider on The Less Desirables. But, it’s red/pink and today is Valentine’s Day, even though 2/3 of the show doesn’t really celebrate that “holiday.” I have never been a big fan of ciders, but almost every single cider from Bull City, I love. And, this is my A-1, top of the crop, #1, favorite of the lot. I love this cider. I will drink this over most other beers, even, when given the chance. And, it’s 6% ABV. AND… it’s a local company (Lexington).

Somehow, I can’t find an entry for Cherry Tart on BeerAdvocate. That’s a first, I think. Untappd has it at 3.84 caps out of 5. Because of my love for this beer, I’m rating it a 5 out of 5. I love it!

Have you had it? What did you think? If you’ve not had it or just have a hankering for more, head to City Beverage and grab yours. Listen to the latest episode of The Less Desirables to hear what Danielle, Bethany and I think of it (although I’ve already told you my rating) and you can hear that by listening HERE.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“The BULL doesn’t play by the rules.” – Bull City Ciderworks