Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ricardo's Red Rocket Ale

I got the email to the left from DirecTV a few weeks ago but didn't read it until yesterday. It's a little like the TV commercial where Ben Franklins are walking throught the guy's door because he got all of his friends to sign up.

But if you've ever considered signing up for DirecTV, I haven't seen a better deal than this. Yes, I will get that Ben Franklin credit if you are kind enough to use my account number, but you will get $100 in bill credits and a $100 Visa Prepaid Card.

There are some terms, like it being a CHOICE package or higher and how long you have to keep your service, but likely nothing you haven't heard before. Just ask the phone rep.

If you're not convinced about DirecTV as a product, I have only good things to say about them. I've been with them for over 5 years, all the years I've lived in my house. Yes, I've called to complain about stupid crap (usually after too many beers) and yes hurricanes cause outage, but these dudes always come up with a solid solution. They called me a few months ago to thank me for my loyalty, and I ended up with every movie channel and the NFL Sunday Ticket for the rest of the season for just $2 dollars a month more, no strings attached. I don't stick my neck out for shitty businesses! DTV has great service and programming!

If you decide to go for it, the phone number there is 1-800-507-4045 and since my account number is in 1 sized font, it is 25066170 (I verified with my real bill). Somewhere there it says this offer expires on 2/8 so you have a few weeks. Thanks a lot!

This afternoon I'm drinking Ricardo's Red Rocket Ale brewed by Bear Republic Brewing Company in Healdsburg or Cloverdale, California. This is the brewery's flagship beer, although it is currently being outsold by Racer 5. The label has the beer's name in bold and catchy red lettering and goes on to call this beer "a bastardized Scottish style red ale". At the bottom is the phrase "SONOMA COUNTY ALES". OK. Here comes my BROWARD COUNTY REVIEW!

The initial aroma has some pine and grapefruit, but those give way to some caramel and maltiness--very nice. There is a good little bitter grapefruit bite to start things off, but that is accompanied by very flavorful fruity pear and apple flavors. Juicy and quenching. Creamy and smooth in the mouth. On the back side of the flavor profile, spicy black pepper adds some kick to this beer, and the medium carbonation is just right to make sure you notice. The 6.8% alcohol is completely hidden. You are left with bitter on your palate, a nice and clean ending. This beer is a winner. I really liked it! Seems I'm on a roll of terrific beers these past several days.

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Cooking Asshole said...

Bear Republic is pretty solid. I don't buy their beer enough and my local markets carry a fair number of their brews. Thanks for the reminder.

I love comcast because of the on demand feature but I really want sunday freaking ticket.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I have a Racer 5 in the closet for pretty soon, too. I think that has a pretty big following.

I've had Comcast before and it was fine. But I hate those Fuckers because they own Versus and there is a major fight over price. = NO Hockey.

Anyway, GE just sold NBC to Comcast so that could change the game.