Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Red Brick Peachtree Pale Ale

Last night around 8pm I got a call from an 877 number. I NEVER answer those calls unless I'm in the mood to fight or tell someone off on the other end. Last night was just such an occasion as we've received a bunch of those calls lately.

So I politely answered with a gruff "hello". Finally a sales call from someone who clearly and cheerfully identified herself and her company, DirecTV. Now I've been their customer for a while, so I played along and said yes when she asked to confirm it was me, the account holder. Don't get me wrong, I was still super skeptical and ready to end it shortly and possibly nastily if provoked. But then the unbelievable offer: NFL Sunday Ticket + Cinemax + HBO for five months for just $2 more per month, and I can cancel at any time after that with no penalty. Now you know I made her repeat that like 8 times, but for two bucks, who would say no? That "trial" is not even really a trial considering it takes me past the Super Bowl.

Anyway, I am still skeptical as to what the catch is, but DirecTV has been good about being truthful and has been pretty helpful when I needed something. So I'll be watching a bunch of games this Sunday (mainly the Eagles) from my big comfy chair with continuous beer in my hand. Follow that up with a Skin-a-max flick and I'll be all set. And if anything goes wrong, like it's some fake NFL package or my bill is more than $2 more, they will hear from me. And so will you! BTW, DirecTV, I'd have said yes to $5 more per month and I think your price point should be a little higher, but I guess that's why I don't work for you.

Today I'm drinking Red Brick Peachtree Pale Ale brewed by Atlanta Brewing Company in Atlanta, Georgia. This is my first beer from this brewery. The label suggests you "Drink The South".

Fruity pear and apple aroma with a sweet caramel scent, too. The flavors are nothing like the aroma. Holy Fizzy Carbonation, Batman! The initial hit on every sip makes drinking this entirely too difficult, tough to even swallow. Citrus, hops, and a good dose of bitterness are all OK flavors, but they are completely buried behind that wall of bubbles. Tart too. I was completely surprised by the carbonation and the horrible mouthful it provides. Bitter and metallic aftertaste. Don't bother drinking this one, as I am not sure I can or even want to finish this one bottle.

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VanaBanana said...

My husband would have fallen all over himself to accept that "upgrade." Of course, I'm sure next year we would pay WAY too much to keep the same NFL channels.

We're considering switching to a satellite service instead of cable. It's a shame that we only have one option when it comes to internet service. I'd change internet providers as quickly as the husband would accept the NFL upgrade!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I won't pay some crazy amount for this package when the trial is over; I don't like football that much. I had to re-read your comment--I thought at first you said something about changing husbands the first time through.

And BTW, we have all the HBO and Cinemax and Starz and Encore channels now, so far so good. Sunday will be the test to make sure we have all the NFL games.

Venice Beach John said...

That's awesome about your Direct TV deal.

I have a friend who got a similar deal.

As happy as I am for both of you I'm a bit perturbed that I've been with Direct TV for the past five years years, have ordered Sunday Ticket every year, and am paying what I now have to consider way too much for it - about $350 (retail).

Unfortunately Direct TV has my back against the wall because there's a lot of time left on my contract.

Spending hours on hold and arguing with them doesn't sound like a very attractive option.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Venice Beach John. Good luck with arguing. I have a friend that got the exact same offer last week too, but his was for $0 more per month.