Folsom Rhythm and Brews

So you’ve probably never been to our little down just outside of Sacramento, but I bet you’ve heard of it.  At least I’m willing to guess you’ve heard of our prison.  Johnny Cash famously sang Folsom Prison Blues live.  Not much else important ever went down here.  However, last Saturday was the 2nd annual Folsom Rhythm and Brews festival.  A bunch of craft breweries from Northern California and some local bands got together and put on a pretty great event.  So my buddy Jeff asked if I wanted to go, and so sure I decided to tag along!!

Eric on left, Jeff on right

Eric on left, Jeff on right

The first thing you should know about me is I have very poor taste in beer.  I don’t really like a lot of beers.  Mostly lagers.  Here in Northern California, It is usually always too hot for dark beers.  Even mostly reds and IPA’s.  The darker the beer, the less I am interested.  I rarely even drink Sierra Nevada.  Which is brewed only a few hours away in Chico.  However, when winter rolls around, I do love their Celebration Ale.  I am usually only good for a 12 pack a year.  Then I’m good till next fall.  The most hungover I’ve ever been was on Celebration.  I went to Seattle to visit my friend Matt, and he was drinking it.  So I figured, when in Rome.  We weren’t really all that drunk, but I swear I was hungover for like 2 days.  Maybe we were more drunk than I thought.  I usually am more drunk than I think.

The other problem is I take medication for migraines.  It has killed some tastebuds and I can no longer taste beer or soda.  I can however taste the heavier, hoppier beers.  So do I drink beer that I can taste but don’t really enjoy, or drink beer that I like, but cannot taste?  My wife would say just stop drinking.  Come on.

Anyway, Jeff drinks IPA’s, and other beers that I don’t like.  And I knew that these craft brews were going to be everything I usually wouldn’t drink.  I feel like breweries now just shove as many hops into a beer as they can and call it a day.  There are other ways to make a beer.  Not every beer has to be the hoppiest on Earth.  But that’s another story for another day.

Hop City Brewing

Hop City Brewing

The first beer we hit was Hop City Brewing.  Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.  Great!  Hop City?   I’m sure they love hops!  But it was the first place we saw, and I had plenty of tickets for the day, and I didn’t want to just pass on something because I was sure I wouldn’t like it.  Plus, it was only like half a glass.  I can chug half a glass of a beer I don’t like.

The good news was, it was way better than I thought it would be!  I can certainly recommend this beer.  It was hoppy but not nearly as much as I thought it was going to be.  If we hadn’t found a beer later that was one we both thought was the winner of the day, this may have taken the cake for me.

So next we found our way to Jackrabbit Brewing.  This one was not at as good.  Neither of us liked it at all.  It was pretty fruity.  We don’t enjoy fruity beer.  We literally almost dumped it.  But we didn’t want to waste it.  We had to hurry and find another beer after it was gone to get the taste out of our mouths.  If you like fruity beer, you’ll like it.  If you don’t, stay away.

Jackrabbit

Jackrabbit

 

Fun story about Jackrabbit.  A little later on, we ran into some of Jeff’s friends who had just arrived at the event.  They were asking about what was good, and what to avoid.  I went on a rant about why we hated this one.  I am not a quiet person.  My wife believes I do not know how to whisper.  Anyway, we were standing not five feet from the Jackrabbit stand.  They heard every word.  They did not enjoy that.  Oh well.  I stand by what I said.

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21st Amendment Brewery was giving out this Hell or High Watermelon beer.  It was light on watermelon taste, but that could have been the dead taste buds.  This was pretty crisp and clean though.  If you’re ever in San Francisco, stop by.  I dig them.

Now I’m going to fly through the rest.  Mostly because I don’t remember much about them.  They were fine to us, but nothing that distinguished them from the rest.

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So we each had one of these.  I honestly have no idea which was which.  They were fine though.

 

 

 

There was a brewery that we each tried one of the beers and shared.  After we tasted each of the beers, we were convinced the beers were coming out of the same tap.  The glasses on top were clearly different beers, but the taste was so similar, we couldn’t distinguish them from each other.  That was Out of Bounds Brewing.  We liked them though.

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But the big winner for us, was this beer, Trumer Pils.  We ended up staying there most of the afternoon and spending the rest of our tickets there.  In fact, I liked it so much, I stopped on the way to my dad’s house on father’s day and picked up a six pack.  I am going to go to Total Wine and see if they sell a keg of it for my kegerator at home.  I really liked it.  IMG_1598[1]

 

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Holy crap.  I just realized it’s been almost a month since I posted.  I know, I know.  Lazy ass Eric.  And yeah that’s part of it.  Part of it is the kids were sick.  They are always sick!  And of course I got sick.  I never get sick.  I don’t believe in it.  But since I had kids, I’m always sick.  And then there are the migraines.  Super fun.

I was going to post last Sunday.  I had this big deal all set up.  Phil and I were going to play golf.  I was going to take pictures, post scores… Well not all scores.  The scores from the holes we did well on.  Not the final scores.  But, we both have a good hole here and there.  But no, Phil had to work!  Every weekend Phil has to go to work!  And of course, I was sick off my ass.  But I’m gonna blame Phil.

I haven’t even been able to get out and see any summer blockbusters!  The Amazing Spider-Man 2?  Nope!  Godzilla?  Not Yet!  Last night though, I got out and saw A Million Ways to Die in the West.  Which was good because it was the movie that came out in May that I was most excited to see.  I love Tuesdays.  I don’t know how it works where others live, but its $5 here.  I never want to go to a full priced movie again.  Or an opening night movie either.  Screw long lines, and paying $10.75 for a movie.  Although it was pretty crowded last night.  Stupid summer vacation.  Oh!  Holy shit was it freezing in the theater.  I swear I must have been right under the vent.  It was like 104 degrees here yesterday, so I get why they were blasting the AC, but damn.

Anyway, onto the movie.  It was written, directed, produced and starred Seth MacFarlane.  He plays Albert, a  sheep farmer who hates living in the western frontier.  After being dumped by his girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried.  In my top 5 by the way), he decides to move to San Francisco to start a new life.  Before leaving, he meets the newest member of town, Anna (Charlize Theron) who just happens to be the wife of the most infamous outlaw in the west (Liam Neeson).  After Louise starts dating the owner of the Moustachery, Foye (Neil Patrick Harris), Albert challenges Foye to a duel and Anna helps teach Albert how to shoot a gun.

As she’s teaching him how to shoot, they develop a friendship, which turns into something deeper.  Her husband finds out, and comes to town to find Albert and in turn challenges him to a fight to the death!  So much fighting to the death in the old west!

So as you can see, there are a ton of big names in this movie.  It also stars someone I love, Giovanni Ribisi along with Sarah Silverman.  As big as I some of these actors are, Seth MacFarlane actually does pretty well.  I know he’s acted before, but mostly he is known for his voice work on Family Guy.  So thumbs up, Seth.  Good work.  I was actually more surprised with Harris’s performance.  Let me preface this by saying I love NPH.  But to me, he seemed more like he was playing his character from How I Met Your Mother in the old west than Foye.  He even used the line “Challenge Accepted!” which for those of you who aren’t fans of the show, is something he said often.

The movie falls into the category of movies I found funny, but not amazing.  What I mean is, if you think of some of your favorite comedies ever, the jokes are ongoing throughout the movie.  Then there are movies that are good, but once the movie gets deeper into the story, the jokes slowly go away.  This was one of those movies for me.  There were still funny parts throughout, but I felt like the first 30-45 minutes was far funnier than the last 30-45 minutes.

If you enjoy Seth MacFarlane humor, you’ll like this movie.  My friend Mike does not.  I’ve tried and tried.  There’s little hope for him.  But, if you were thinking about spending the theater bucks, they can probably be better spent elsewhere.  (Looks at upcoming movies…..) Ok maybe not.  If you wanted to wait for DVD, you wouldn’t be missing anything.  But here’s a tip.  If and when you see this film, you have to wait till after the credits.  All the way at the end.  It’s a scene that’s less than five seconds.  And it’s totally worth it.