Monday, October 5, 2009

Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

There are some really dynamic shows that I've attended over the past several years, and others that I'd love the opportunity to see. Part of what makes some of them so great is their unique content and absolutely freakish (real or perceived) entertainers.

I mean, really, let's start with Cirque du Soleil. From the guy who can perfectly whistle entire songs so awesomely to the chick that was doing one-handed push-ups while her legs were bent backwards past her head to the acrobatic clowns flipping each other around, I am glad I am not the person that needs to staff these shows. And the amazing costumes and make-up and music, just terrific. I signed up for their newsletter a few years ago, which gives you access to tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Because of that, my wife and I have sat in the front row at three of their shows down in Miami. There is nothing like being so close that you feel like you're part of the show.

De la Guarda was another show I saw when I was living in NY. I couldn't find a better video than that one, but basically you enter this small theater, get shuttled to a dungeon in the basement for a little while, then walk into a dark room with a few hundred strangers only to find there are no seats. So you're standing around when you hear rain. Some lights on the ceiling, some music, and you're to the point of asking yourself why the hell you paid for this crap. Then all hell breaks loose, and you're in the middle of it. People dropping from the ceiling, water, jumping, running on the walls, and a ton of audience interaction. It was a fantastic show, so go if you can!

I'd love to see Blue Man Group and Stomp, too, at some point. And probably a lot of others.

Today I'm drinking Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale brewed by Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California. Apparently, this is the eighth in their Vertical Epic series with the first being released on 02.02.02. I'm guessing you get the idea here. The label also says that each Vertical Epic beer has a detailed home brewing recipe available at their website. LIMITED RELEASE is also noted.

The aroma is sweet with lots of malt, raisins and other dark fruit. You start with some caramel and chocolate flavors, nice and malty, too. But you will certainly not miss all the roasted coffee, raisin and toffee flavors. This beer is a little spicy and the 8.6% alcohol, while nicely blended, is not a hidden stranger. You will feel its warming presence. The texture is creamy and buttery smooth. There is a full body with a medium-low carbonation. Everything really goes well together with this beer, and I suggest you check it out. I haven't finished big 22 yet, but will shortly. So much for the label note that says it's designed to be aged. C'est la vie!

Cirque du Soleil: The Anniversary Collection - 1984-2005

De La Guarda En DVD - PerĂ­odo Villa Villa

Blue Man Group - The Complex Rock Tour Live

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