The Freak King Ascends to his Rightful Heights; Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Freak Out! 1966

The Freak King Ascends to his Rightful Heights; Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Freak Out! 1966

Hey kids! Do you like sardonic musicalized distaste for the flower power generation? Do you get your rocks off all over the notion of warped doo-wap interpretation? Do you appreciate surgically precise musical execution no matter how odd it comes off as? But most importantly do you have a thing for iconic moustaches? Frank Zappa is ...

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Motörhead Pummels Listeners Under Steel Hooves: Ace of Spades, 1980

Motörhead Pummels Listeners Under Steel Hooves: Ace of Spades, 1980

The original incarnation of Motörhead may be the most badass rock trio of all time. Sincerest apologies to Rush, Cream and any of a number of other greats, but Lemmy (vocals and bass), Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor (percussion) and "Fast" Eddie Clarke(guitar)  as a unit put the boots to its listener’s eardrums like no band ...

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The Stooges Deliver a Punk Rock Warhorse: Fun House, 1970

The Stooges Deliver a Punk Rock Warhorse: Fun House, 1970

Iggy Pop. 67-years-old and still has more chiseled abs than any gym-rat half his age. The man is still kicking, his continuance a brazen sign of defiance from the oldest punk rock warhorse. I can’t assume anyone reading this even knows who Iggy Pop is, so here’s the lowdown. Mr. Pop “is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and ...

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Raise a Glass of Alesmith 394 in Honor of the Great Tony Gwynn

Raise a Glass of Alesmith 394 in Honor of the Great Tony Gwynn

The city of San Diego, and the baseball world is stunned at the passing of Padres Hall of Fame right fielder, Tony Gwynn. The eight time batting champion has been a staple throughout the community of San Diego, and just recently, he paired with the masters at Alesmith Brewing Company on a brew called San ...

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Alice Cooper Conquers America and Finally Stakes Flower Power: Billion Dollar Babies 1973

Alice Cooper Conquers America and Finally Stakes Flower Power: Billion Dollar Babies 1973

Most people, especially the younger generation know Alice Cooper as the mascara-sporting guy who makes a cameo in Wayne’s World. Tragic when you consider that in 1973, Alice and his bandmates (at this time the band and the singer were both known as Alice Cooper) had a number one album. Ten criminally underappreciated tracks, gorgeous production and ...

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AC/DC Led Fans Down Highway to Hell With 1979 Classic

There’s a reason you still see greasy youths proudly sporting that bolt-split logo on everything from black t-shirts to denim jacket back patches. AC/DC is Australia’s greatest export (sorry iron ore) and their songs blast out of classic rock radio constantly. For every radio staple the band has released, there is another twenty raunchy, booze-spilling ...

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Zlý Časy in Prague, Czech Republic

Into the Czech Beer Abyss

...where more than great Czech pilsners are waiting A dark, ominous hallway leads to a door. Silence. Not a sound. I open the door to find a series of steep wooden stairs spiraling downward. Is this a trap? My mind starts to wander. As I make my way down, my heart beats a little faster and I ...

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Hop-lined entrance to Brewery Ommegang

Brewery Ommegang is Haven for Beer and Beauty

The town of Cooperstown in Upstate New York usually conjures up images of the Baseball Hall of Fame, as the ghosts of baseballs past seemingly roam the quiet streets, but craft beer is making its mark on the small town. For one, Brewery Ommegang has found a strong foothold, nestled against the giant maple trees, ...

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The amazing A'u at Mahr's Brau

Beer and Beauty In Bamberg, Germany

The nearly four-hour train journey north from Munich whipped us past a landscape of farmland, old Bavarian villages and rolling hills. Our destination: the historic city of Bamberg. We booked a small room at the Arkaden Hotel im Kloster, at the top of a hill overlooking the old city, which came with a complimentary 8 a.m. wake-up call thanks to ...

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Smoked beer in Bamberg, Germany

Smoked beer in Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg: the home of Aecht Schenkerla Rauchbier After quickly settling into our hotel room in Bamberg, we exited the hotel into the cool, crisp air and made our way downward toward the center of town, we passed by colorful homes, drenched in pastel yellows, oranges and blues. Under foot, the cobblestone roads massaged the feet, while ...

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Lake George, NY: Upstate tranquility

July 29, 2014
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As I opened my eyes, and peeled my head from the pillow, I found myself surrounded by massive maple trees, juniper pines and a lush wilderness that made me feel as if I was lost in a far-off land that has forgotten about the existence of concrete jungles.  “The City” was a mere 220 miles from where I lay, yet the silence, serenity, and luminous stars that appeared to hover just above made me feel far removed from the existence of the massive metropolis. Despite the short physical distance, my mind had taken me millions of miles, and dropped me into the middle of this wonderful wilderness. The honking horns, swirling mass of confusion, and droves of people that make their way throughout the five Burroughs of New York City had disappeared somewhere in Upstate New York, and I found myself nestled into the town of Ticonderoga, just off of Lake George. The noise pollution of the bustling city had eroded, replaced only by the sounds of the gentle waves as they approached the shoreline, while massive skyscrapers had given way to the towering maple trees that surrounded the mountain lake. Never would I have imagined the beauty of what […]

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The Freak King Ascends to his Rightful Heights; Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Freak Out! 1966

July 15, 2014
Frank Zappa

Hey kids! Do you like sardonic musicalized distaste for the flower power generation? Do you get your rocks off all over the notion of warped doo-wap interpretation? Do you appreciate surgically precise musical execution no matter how odd it comes off as? But most importantly…

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“Cold Gin” and $15 Beers at KISS Concert

July 8, 2014
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Who doesn’t want to rock and roll all night and party every day? When KISS rolls into town, there’s no doubt that a party will ensue, and most certainly you can count on the music venue being filled with the some of the greatest people watching opportunities…

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Motörhead Pummels Listeners Under Steel Hooves: Ace of Spades, 1980

July 2, 2014
Motorhead

The original incarnation of Motörhead may be the most badass rock trio of all time. Sincerest apologies to Rush, Cream and any of a number of other greats, but Lemmy…

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How to Spot a True Beer Snob

June 23, 2014
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The Art of Spotting a Beer Snob Beer snobbery has finally come to the United States of America. As beer bars throughout the nation continue to pop up, American’s are…

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The Stooges Deliver a Punk Rock Warhorse: Fun House, 1970

June 21, 2014
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Iggy Pop. 67-years-old and still has more chiseled abs than any gym-rat half his age. The man is still kicking, his continuance a brazen sign of defiance from the oldest punk…

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