Super Seducer and Genesee Dark Chocolate Scotch Ale

In our most romantic (maybe) episode to date, Casey and Jackie review RLR Training Inc’s Super Seducer an educational game that hopes to show prospective ladies men how to meet girls and not get arrested.

We pair that with Genesee’s Dark Chocolate Scotch Ale, which hit shelves back in November, just in time for the holidays.

Will the couple make it to a second date, or will it crash and burn before love gets a chance? Listen and find out.

 

 

Five Beers and Ciders to Have This St. Patrick’s Day That Aren’t Guinness, or Green

(Picture Credit: Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash)

 

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, which means that you’re probably planning to start early. Very early.

 

Don’t fall for the green beer trap yet again – we all know that anything that can be turned into a shamrock-colored hue isn’t good, or Irish. You won’t be judged by us if you ignore this advice, but we can’t speak for everyone. There’s nothing that says you are an amateur at St. Patrick’s Day like a green mouth.

 

We have a couple of recommendations to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day like a true craft beer connoisseur while also not dishonoring any Irish heritage you may claim:

 

1) Southern Tier Thick Mint Imperial Stout – 10% ABV, Stout, Seasonal – It combines dark beer with mint (more like a Thin Mint cookie than a Shamrock Shake, both of which are also perfectly acceptable to consume on St. Patrick’s Day.) Admittedly, yes, it’s 10%, so you can’t have a lot of it, but having one or splitting a big bottle with friends is sure to enhance your relationships.

 

2) Blue Toad Paddy Green Hard Cider – 5.5% ABV, Hard Cider, Seasonal – This dry yet refreshing cider is available in two places – Rochester, NY and Virginia. No, it isn’t green but it is available this time of year. While you could probably toss in a little green color for festiveness, I’d encourage you not to. It’s got a bit of sourness to it, which I quite enjoy. It may also be a great option for anyone in your life who “hates” beer but you are required to invite to your party despite their poor taste.

 

3) Harpoon The Craic – 6.9% ABV, Irish Red IPA, Seasonal – If yours will be a Hoppy St. Patrick’s Day – give this new seasonal from Harpoon a shot. This is the only one on the list I haven’t personally tasted, but think you might enjoy since I haven’t had a Harpoon beer I didn’t like. It promises hops with a delightful maltiness and falls on the hoppier side of the scale than, say, CB Craft Brewing’s Big Irish Rover Red Irish Ale (which is delicious but harder to find).

(And hey, as it turns out, we did a podcast about Big Irish Rover too, check it out here. )

4) Great Lakes Brewing Company Conway’s Irish Ale – 6.3% ABV, Irish Style Ale, Seasonal – While it’s been on the shelves for a little while now, this is a sure-fire sign that Spring is on the way. It’s not too heavy, not too hoppy, and definitely deserves a place on the beers you should drink for the holiday. And if you’re out in Cleveland – the brewery is worth stopping into all year round.

 

5) Genny Bock Beer – 5.2% ABV, Bock Beer, Seasonal – This beer arrives on shelves and taps with much fanfare every year (at least in Rochester). And, as it’s canned, you stand a better chance of finding it well outside the area. And the can is green, so it’s festive. And yes, it’s a Bock, which isn’t an Irish style beer at all, but for only 5.2% ABV, it’s the lowest alcohol on the list and the goat is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

 

Honorable Mention (AKA Only Available at the Brewery and Not Available Elsewhere) 

 

Harpoon Boston Irish Stout – 4.3% ABV, Stout, Year-Round – Only available at the Boston and Windsor, VT breweries of Harpoon, this stout does great honor to Boston’s Irish Heritage and also is right up there with Guinness in terms of great stouts (it actually tastes very similar to, and I’d argue better than, Guinness. Prove me wrong). Fret not – if you don’t catch it for St. Patrick’s Day, it’s available year-round. If you’re at the brewery, you may as well try the Harpoon Dark too, which is also only available at the Brewery and a handful of places outside of it.

 

Genesee Brew House Michael Shea’s Irish Amber – 4.8% ABV, Irish Amber, Seasonal – Using the original recipe (with one slight deviation, made with 100% malted barley) this one was released for the first time in forever by Genessee Brewery in time for St. Patrick’s Day. If you’ll be at the Rochester Parade, make the pit stop to pick up a pint, a crowler, or growler and let us know what you think.

 

Resurgence Brewing Company Irish Breakfast Ale – 5.2% ABV, Irish Red Ale, Seasonal – The creators say that it tastes like a McGriddle with notes of maple syrup, smoked bacon and coffee. It’s canned this year as well, so if you have a good friend in the Buffalo area, you may be able to snag some yet.

 

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day – Dissembler by Ian Maclarty and CB Craft Brewers Big Irish Rover

Just in time for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities – Dissembler from Ian MacLarty paired with the new brew from CB Craft Brewers – Big Irish Rover Red Ale.

Dissembler is on iOS and Android now – pick it up on the App Store or Google Play!

Find out where you can get CB Craft Brewing Big Irish Rover here.

Check our Facebook page for updates, along with our Twitter and Instagram. We also have an UnTappd account where you can see what we’re drinking; and you can catch us on RadioPublic for your listening pleasure. (Every listen helps support the podcast!)

Any ideas you have for a game to play and a drink to go along with it? Email us: brewelist@gmail.com.

Stay Thirsty and Play Indie!

Party Hard Tycoon and Campfire Stout by High Water Brewing

Party Hard was one of the best games we ever reviewed, in fact we did a whole video about it which you can watch HERE. TinyBuild decided to take the fun of Party Hard and turn it into a party planning simulator. Who were we to NOT try it? So we did and drank some Campfire Stout by High Water Brewing along with it. Find out what happened on the latest episode below!

You can check out the game now on STEAM. The beer is available in stores that have beer from the Spring. If not, then you may need to wait till it’s brewed again next year and check their website for updates.

Check our Facebook page for updates, along with our Twitter and Instagram. We also have an UnTappd account where you can see what we’re drinking; and you can catch us on iTunes for your listening pleasure.

Any ideas you have for a game to play and a drink to go along with it? Email us: brewelist@gmail.com.

Stay Thirsty and Play Indie!

Stranger Things Mobile Game and Archdruid Clown Shoes

This episode is a spooktacular pairing of the ages. We team up the Stranger Things mobile game from Bonus XP with the Archdruid Red Ale from Clown Shoes. Get ready for all the nostalgia in this edition of Brewelist!

You can check out the game now for free on both iOS and Android. The second season of Stranger Things, meanwhile, will debut on October 27th. Since the beer was only brewed once, good luck finding it.

Check our Facebook page for updates, along with our Twitter and Instagram. We also have an UnTappd account where you can see what we’re drinking; and you can catch us on iTunes for your listening pleasure.

Any ideas you have for a game to play and a drink to go along with it? Email us: brewelist@gmail.com.

Stay Thirsty and Play Indie!

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island and Big Jake Warthog Spiced Hard Cider from Warthog Cidery

We’re back, again…for the first time! We have a brand new episode that matches up the adorable-ness of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island and Big Jake Warthog Spiced Hard Cider from Warthog Cidery. Why did we pair them? What does the cider taste like? Will we be able to save Baby Mario? Find out the answers to these questions and more in the newest episode!

You can pick up the game on most Nintendo devices. Visit the Worthog Cidery website to see where to get your hands on this brew.

Check our Facebook page for updates, along with our Twitter and Instagram. We also have an UnTappd account where you can see what we’re drinking; and you can catch us on iTunes for your listening pleasure.

Any ideas you have for a game to play and a drink to go along with it? Email us: brewelist@gmail.com.

Stay Thirsty and Play Indie!

A Very Berry Beer To Savor This Summer – Not Berry Hefe – Knucklehead Craft Brewing

Fun fact – 40 lbs of raspberries were added to the fermenter to give Not Very Berry Hefe a noticeable berry hue. The brew is light and effervescent but not sweet, as you may guess from the name. Heck, my husband even liked it and he’s not a fan of fruit beers.

I love raspberries, I love beer – the choice wasn’t difficult.

Knucklehead Craft Brewing has a flagship lineup of the usual stouts, IPAs, a cream ale and a scotch ale year round but they regularly release a limited batch/seasonal offering. The last time I’d swung by was for their Blueberry Muffin Ale, which they served with some blueberries and cinnamon sugar on the rim (I declined that garnish and kind of regret it). It actually tasted like a blueberry muffin.

The Not Berry Hefe, though, I had never had before because it has sold out wicked quick the last couple of times they’ve brewed it.

I can now see why.

The brew is a lovely blend of berry flavors and the light refreshment of a witbier. We’re not talking the sticky, icky sweetness of something like Founders’ Rubaeus or Shocktop Raspberry. The closest equivalent is, not surprisingly, my perennial favorite, Harpoon’s Raspberry UFO.

The biggest difference between the two is the smell and taste. Their use of a traditional Weissbier does give it a bit of that smokey flavor you get with those beers over more commercially available Hefeweizen style beers. However, if you can’t get to Knucklehead before it sells out, again, the Harpoon one is your best bet. Then plan better next year.

It definitely tastes and smells like summer should and will refresh your body and soul during the few hot weeks we have left.

Not Berry Hefe – Knucklehead Craft Brewing – Hefeweizen – ABV Unknown

Beholder from Warm Lamp Games and Briefcase Porter from Exhibit A Brewing Company

It’s been a long time, too long honestly and we’re very sorry for missing you; but WE’RE BACK! It’s a new year, new Summer, and Jackie and Casey decided to get on the mic to drop a brand new episode of the podcast. Today, we paired up Beholder from Warm Lamp Games and Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company’s Briefcase Porter. Find out what happened below!

You can pick up the game on mobile as well as on Steam. Visit the Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company website to see where to get your hands on this brew.

Check our Facebook page for updates, along with our Twitter and Instagram. We also have an UnTappd account where you can see what we’re drinking; and you can catch us on iTunes for your listening pleasure.

Any ideas you have for a game to play and a drink to go along with it? Email us: brewelist@gmail.com.

Stay Thirsty and Play Indie!

Throw One Back Thursdays – Kingdom/Kingdom: New Lands

Heya everyone! Yes, it’s been a really, really long time. Yes, I missed you. Yes I am sorry. Now that the days are longerish and it’s Summer, I hope to provide you with some new fun things in the land of craft beer and indie games.

This week, I’m trying something new with Throw One Back Thursdays, in which I will highlight a game I’ve played recently (probably an older one because that’s what I do these days, the sweet smell of nostalgia is strong) or a beverage you may find appealing.

I’ve decided to kick off the series with Kingdom and Kingdom: New Lands. The two games are mostly the same, but Kingdom: New Lands is available in the Steam Sale for dirt freaking cheap. (No, seriously, it’s 70% off, GO NOW: http://store.steampowered.com/app/496300/Kingdom_New_Lands/) I personally play it through gog.com, where I picked up Kingdom originally. New Lands adds some features and refinements and is more readily available, so it’ll do just fine.
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The game is in the pixel art style, which, if that bothers you, stop right here and return to what you were doing.  If you’re still with me and don’t mind this, you’ll start by selecting if you will be a queen or a king and what color variant you will embrace. This will also influence the banner that will appear as you grow your settlement, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Keep in mind the tutorial will not tell you HOW to pick your poison so you will need to use your up and down arrows to pick it before the loading screen finishes.

You begin by galloping across an expanse and collecting some coins. These will be your seed money to start your Kingdom, be it ever so humble at first. Find your settlement and press down to fill the empty hole above you with a coin. Congratulations, explorer, you’ve got yourself a town.

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As night falls you will be assailed by these troll things that want your gold and ultimately, your crown. If they get your crown, you fail and you have to start all over. The more coins you have on your person, the less likely they will succeed, mostly because they will take those.  During the day you must “recruit” the beggars in the countryside and provide them with weapons, tools and other accessories, which will assign them to roles.

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In turn, the recruits will either defend, build/repair or do menial jobs around the settlement, which result in cash or protection. If you stop by some of them long enough, you’ll get even more coins that you can invest in people and expansion.

The further out from your initial spot you wander, you will encounter treasure chests, odd monuments, new horses, more beggars, etc, etc. The goal is to expand as far as you can without getting robbed by the greedy little trolls.

If you fail, you just start again, learning where you should invest your money, your people and your time. If they get attacked by the trolls, you’ll have to recruit and equip them again, but you’ll learn what’s best as you go.

That’s pretty much it. It’s a simple but sometimes frustrating title, but I kind of enjoy it. It’s something you can throw a few minutes into, or a few hours, depending on your time and attention span.

Again, right now it’s on sale in the Steam Summer Sale, and if you think you’d enjoy it, you have until July 5th to grab it at a fantastic price. If you miss out, it’s around  $14.99 list.

TL;DR:

Title: Kingdom: New Lands/Kingdom

Developer: Raw Fury/Licorice

Type: Strategy

Platform: PC/MacOS/Linux

Brewelist Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 15 – Super Mario Run Arrives!

When it was first announced that Nintendo would be entering the mobile business, Jackie and I couldn’t contain our enthusiasm. Really, listen to our MiiTomo episode if you don’t believe me. At that time, we also knew that everyone’s favorite plumber would also be getting a game called ‘Super Mario Run‘ and today it’s being released.

Look at this adorable video below and be sure to head over to the iTunes Store to get your hands on the addicting hit of the Winter! (Sorry Android users, but I’m sure it’ll be soon!)