Category Archives: Beer

A Bit of Michael Jackson on Bad Beer

Michael Jackson on Beer

Reveling in the Revenge of the Fifth

The success of the Star Wars Day has been phenomenal since its inception in 2011. In fact several minor league baseball teams wear special Star Wars inspired uniforms to mark the ersatz holiday. One never knows where people can see Storm Troopers strutting about.

 Some people want to extend it from “May the Fourth Be With You” to “Revenge of the Fifth”. Of course, this conflicts with Cinco de Mayo.  And this year Star Wars Day was the day before the “Run for the Roses” at Churchill Downs, which usually is associated with many mint juleps.

Thus it might be prudent to revel in Revenge of the Fifth by succumbing to the Dark Side.

Guinness Extra Stout is only 3.4% ABV and 210 calories a pint.  But if you quaff it in a 12 oz. portion, Guinness has fewer calories than orange juice. And it’s quite popular all around the Empire (as well as the former British Empire). 

Now Uecker Is Always Charitably in the Last Row

The last row of Section 422 in the upper deck at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are under the pivot of the retractable roof.  These nosebleed seats which are obstructed by the support girder

which sell for $1 on game days have long been referred to as “Uecker Seats”, referencing a funny Miller Lite ad in which Uecker thinks that he “must be in the front row.”

Now there is a good reason aside from fanatical frugality for fans to choose to sit in the Uecker Seats.  Brian Maughan, a sculptor who has created four bronzes for the Brewers (including a “Mr. Baseball” statue of Bob Uecker) outside of the park created another bronze for the last row of Section 422 with Uecker.

The artwork depicts a smiling Uecker sitting down wearing a blue shirt and tan pants.  The unique aspect of Maughan’s sculpture is that it includes an extra seat so that fans can donate to the Brewers Community Foundation and the Make a Wish Foundation and take a photo next to the bronze of the Hall of Fame Brewers announcer.

When the Brewers first thought about having another statue to Uecker in the ballpark, the legendary 81 year old announcer rejected it as he jocularly claimed “I thought that they wanted me to work up there.” But it was a project championed by local media movie critic Gino Salomone, who prepared a tribute video for the event. 

Uecker quipped about the Terrace Level spot for the statue: “They had to make sure it was the worst seat.”  But Uecker warmed up to the statue by intimating that when he shakes his mortal coils that he might come to rest “up right and above ground.”

It is remarkable that a player who played only two of six seasons in Milwaukee (for the Braves before they moved down the Atlanta highway) and left the majors with a .200 batting average merits two statues at Miller Park.  That shows the esteem which Wisconsinites hold for Mr. Baseball.  His honest, happy-go-lucky, jocular personality serves as a great icon for the land of Cheeseheads, brats and brewskies for 43 seasons.

The wisecracking Uecker was one upped by one of his guests at the “Last Row” statue unveiling.  The ceremony included Brewer Hall of Famers Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers, current Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke, several current Brew Crew players, family, friends  et ali.

Bob Uecker [third from R] at the “Last Row” Statue unveiling ceremony April 25, 2014

The statue was unveiled at the top of Miller Park but the ceremony took place on the field.  This allowed Yount  to observe: “God, this is unbelievable. Fifty thousand empty seats. What a ceremony.”

Despite the friendly ribbing, the Last Row statue is so popular that the Brewers organization limits access to the “Uecker Seats” statue during the game, so the obstructed view fan can enjoy the ballgame.  The statue is even covered late in the game and afterwards so that fans will egress from Miller Park. For now, pictures are only permitted in the pre-game.

Well, how about that.

Johnny Cash on Sunday Morning

Johnny Cash Sunday Morning



A God Forsaken Beer Commercial?

A new advertisement campaign by Samuel Adams Brewing from Boston, Massachusetts has an “Independent” take on our founding fathers declaration:


The namesake of this brewery would certainly have qualms about this God-forsaken omission. Samuel Adams opined: 

But the brewery was not the first to lop off “endowed by their Creator”.  President Obama was infamous for not reading those lines about our Creator  off the teleprompter when reciting patriotic phrases.

Capitol Visitors’ Center,Washington, DC

This advertising omission is just another instance of secular humanists trying to re-write history and claim that our Founding Fathers were atheists and to deny  the importance of a God centered revolution to bestow liberty upon America. The $621 million Capitol Visitors Center initially tried to pass off “E Pluribus Unum” as the national motto instead of “In God We Trust”.   This was corrected only after 108 lawmakers backed Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA 4th) protested to the Architect of the Capitol for this historical inaccuracy.  

Washington Monument Capstone Replica, Washington, DC 

There was considerable controversy in 2007 when the “Laus Deo”  inscription on the replica capstone of the Washington Monument was   obscured.  The National Park Service promised to correct what it characterized as a stupid mistake. Praise God that that they felt the heat and then saw the light. 

Perhaps the Samuel Adams Brewing  ad was just another isolated incident of forsaking the faith of our founding fathers.  But as Independence Day approaches, we ought to toast the unalienable rights granted by our Creator for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. 

The Most Interesting Woe-Man In the World?

It is amazing how Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s official story has changed about the Saudi so called student who was guarded as a person of interest before the Obama Administration dropped all concerns about an individual due to be deported as a terrorist.

In a fluid investigation of an atrocity like the Boston Marathon Bombing, it is understandable the investigators might have false leads.  But it is curious how Napolitano’s story has changed. On April 18th Big Sis sarcastically refused to answer any questions from Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC 3rd) about any person in custody.  Napolitano said on the record: :“I am unaware of anyone being deported for national security reasons
at all…again, I don’t think that he was
technically a person of interest or a suspect that was a wash”.

Less than a week later, Janet Napolitano testified before the Senate that the Saudi “student:

He was not on a watchlist.  What happened is — this student was,
really when you back it out, he was in the wrong place at the wrong
time.  He was never a subject.  He was never even really a person of
interest.  Because he was being interviewed, he was at that point put on a watchlist, and then when it was quickly determined he had nothing to do with the bombing, the watch listing status was removed..

Obviously, there was double speak from the Secretary in the DHS in that utterance as he was not on a watchlist before he was put on a watch list.   And now the U.S. government officially does not know where this material witness to the Boston Bombing has gone.

Napolitano also relied on the student visa, where he was supposed to be a student at the University of Findley, except this foreign exchange student never showed up for classes in Northeast Ohio, yet managed to be front and center for the Boston Marathon when there was a terror attack.  The government claims that the Saudi student transferred to Boston.  The problem is that the University of Findley has no records of the transfer.

There continues to be a hub of strange activity about the Boston Marathon bombing, but the bizarreness continues to emanate from between the beltways in the District of Calamity. But if America is still has the rule of law  instead of a rule of men, it might be woe for the most interesting Woman still in the Obama Cabinet.

h/t: The Blaze 

R.I.P. Jonathan Winters (1925-2013)

Johnathan Winters, an improv comedian who’s career spanned over seven decades, died at age 87. 
Jonathan Winters’ stand-up comedy  was full of non-sequiturs and surreal jokes, influenced generations of comedians, notably including George Carlin,  Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. 
Winters was the first comic to recognize the video stunt, which utilized  videotape to allow one comic to play two characters bantering about apparently on the same set.   In fact, Albert Brooks tweeted “Beyond funny, he invented a new category of comedic genius.”  In 1999, Winters was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Jonathan Winters accepting Mark Twain Award in Washington, Oct. 1999
While Winters may be remembered for his slew of comedy albums, movie appearances and as Mork and Mindy’s Orkan son, Winters’ ought to also be remembered for a couple of heroic virtues in this day and age. 
Jonathan Winters was a Hollywood entertainer who was married to his wife for sixty (60) years, including 20 years when his wife was battling with breast cancer.  
Early in his career in the spotlight, Winters suffered two nervous breakdowns.  In 1958, he was institutionalized for eight months and also again in 1961 for what was later deemed manic depression.  Winters did not let these mental health setbacks keep him down, nor did he play the victim for sympathy.  Winters referenced not wanting to go back to “the zoo”  on his album “The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters” (1960).  A couple of years ago, Winters participated in a small comedy  film “Certifiably Jonathan”  (2007) which plays off his depression as well as his painting, which had been deemed the missing link between Joan Miro and Salvador Dali.
Perhaps the best way for a humorous surreal zymurgist to honor Jonathan Winters passing his mortal coil is to share an “out of this world” 1962 Utica Club Beer video, one of the hundred of talking beer stein ads where Winters voiced Schultz and Dooley. 

Peeps Awaiting a Confectionary Resurrection

As the Easter Octave has come to an end, and most of our baskets are empty from the confectionary delights which celebrated the Feast of the Resurrection.   So it may be a good time to highlight the winner of the Washington Post’s seventh Peep Diorama competition.

Leslie Brown and Lani Hoza of Charlottesville, Virginia cooked up a tongue in cheek memorial  for the loss of a beloved mass market treat:  “Peeps mourn their Peeps: Twinkie Rest In Peace”.

This dirgeful diorama also honors other tasty treats involved in the union killing of Hostess in November 2013.

It is unclear what relation the Peeps were to Twinkie the Kid.

But in the spirit of Eastertide–the Twinkie will also be resurrected.  Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. bought the rights for Twinkies for $410 million.  Dean Metropoulos is  renowned for repositioning tired brands like Pabst Blue Ribbon.  The problem with Hostess is that the bankruptcy wiped out Twinkie manufacturing and distribution.  They promise that the Twinkies and other snacks will return to store shelves by the summer 2013.

Until then, we can appreciate the Peeps diorama.  After all, if one hasn’t consumed a Peep for a day, it is so stale that it will seemingly  last forever like  Twinkie, so it well suited for diorama art.

h/t:  Washington Post

W.C. Fields on Beer

W.C. Fields Beer

The Limits of Interest