Archive for August, 2012

Brew Review: Laverstoke Park Farm Organic Real Lager

Today I’m going to review a brew from Laverstoke Park Farm, a brewery located in Laverstoke, England. I picked up this brew at my local brew shop and thought I’d give it a chance, which was a mistake. After tasting this beer I now know there’s two things you should never mix, organic and beer. If you could imagine what it would be like to wipe your tongue over a skunk tail look no further than this beer.

Laverstoke Park Farm Organic Real Lager:

ABV: 4.50%

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Pours a translucent yellow-ish straw color with lively fizziness and a slowly dissipating fluffy off-white head

Smell: Lightly grassy and metallic

Taste: Sour-ish on the palate, but not in a very pleasant way. Has a sulfuric twangy character that comes on particularly strong in the finish

Drinkability: Easy to drink one sip and know you will never drink this beer again

Overall thoughts: It leaves behind an odd bitter aftertaste that isn’t very appealing.  The flavor is full of earthy and grassy notes, with a ton of nasty. I am not sure how a bottled skunk would taste, but this beer has to be close.

Freshness Rating: 1/10

More brew next week. Until then Stay Fresh My Friends

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4 More Days Until The Tide Rolls In

I don’t know how many of you are from the South, especially the great state of Alabama. But ever since January 10th Alabama fans have only had one things on their mind and that’s dominating Michigan. With that being said we all know what happened the last time Alabama played a team from Michigan. If not let me recap the slaughter. Bama took out 3 quarterbacks, our 4th string running back was scoring touchdowns, and well lets just say Bama made Michigan State look like, well a team from the BIG 10.

Capital One Bowl

With that said lets move right along to the Michigan game. I hate to break it to all you Michigan fans out there but Bama will not lose this game. In fact we are going to dominate you from the first snap until the last whistle. Don’t be mad, we’re saving you the embarrassment of being undefeated and losing to a crap level BIG10 school later in the season.

Predictions of whats to come:

Denard Robinson rushes for < 100 yards
Michgan will have 3+ turnovers
Vinnie Sunseri takes a pick 6 to the house
Eddie Lacy + Jalston Folwer + TJ Yeldon rush over > 200 yards
Michigan fans leaving by halftime
Jesse Williams lines up at fullback on a goaline play
Bama will convert a 4th down off a trick play
With all that said my final score prediction is: Alabama 41 Michigan 13
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I’ve left you with a few hype videos to get you crunked up for your viewing pleasure:


Just remember at some places they play football at Alabama we live to dominate the BIG10.

Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends and Roll Tide!

The BIG 3…… The Only Way To Gym Freshness Part 2

Bench Press

Earlier last week I started the first part of my series on the Big 3 and taught you how to squat. Today the series continues and I’m going to talk about the Bench Press. Every guy in the world lives to bench. And I don’t see this changing anytime soon. I have nothing against the bench press, in fact it’s a great lift, but I DO have a problem with HOW MUCH emphasis the typical dude puts on this exercise. Since it’s overused so much, there are a lot of people who get injured doing this exercise… do it wrong… cheat while doing it (in an attempt to bump up their ego)… so this article will teach you how to properly perform the most coveted and respected lift in the iron game.

The Setup to Greatness

Lay down on a bench and line up your eyes with the bar

Put your feet firmly on the floor slightly tucked backed toward the bench

Pinch your shoulder blades together to avoid recruiting the anterior deltoid during the lift

Grab the bar with a grip a little wider than shoulder width and imagine squeezing it so hard that you leave handprints in the steel

The Descent of Glory

Movement starts by lifting the bar off of the rack and positioning it directly above the middle of your chest

Bring the bar down slow and under control, with shoulder blades squeezed tight and a crushing grip on the bar

During the decent the bar should be brought down to your nipple line, not your neck (this will help prevent major shoulder injuries)

Explode to the Ceiling

When you reach the bottom of your chest, drive your feet hard into the floor and prepare to explode the bar up

While exploding up make sure to keep the bar in a straight line and finish with your arms straight

Pause at the top, think to yourself that was easy and grind out several more reps

Now you know how to bench properly. Let the fresh pain greatness begin!

Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends

Brew Review: Good People Brown Ale

This weeks brew review features a savory brew from Good People, a local brewery located in the Magic City.  Good people is a small brewery that was established in 2007 and offer a lovely selection of good brews.  If you’re looking for a nice and tasty southern treat, look no further than Brown Ale from Good People.

Good People Brown Ale:

ABV: 5.80%

Serving Type: Can

Appearance: Deep mahogany body with no transparency. Thin tan head that leaves no lacing.

Smell: Nutty, chocolate, caramel, bread with a hint of hop bite.

Taste: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of maple and caramel. Then some bready flavors of nuts and a hearty malt character follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, easy to have more then one

Overall thoughts: Very impressed by this brown ale. Personally I think brown ales are typically underrated, and this one is a great subtle representation of the style. Recommended if you want an Alabama brown ale.

Freshness Rating: 8/10

More brew next week. Until then Stay Fresh My Friends

Severed Limbs, Missing Flesh, and Dead Seals… Oh Yea! It’s Shark Week Baby!

The 2012 London Olympics has been a fun ride. I really enjoyed the fresh opening ceremony with Mary Poppins battling Lord Valdemort. I watched in awe as Gabby Douglas won her gold medal in gymnastics. It was awesome witnessing history when Michael Phelps broke the all-time record for Olympic medals. I caught the super cocky Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt reaffirm his status as the fastest man in the world.  I followed every detail of the Chinese Badminton scandal and I got a good laugh when that Judo fighter got kicked out for eating pot brownies – which he  claimed to have ingested unknowingly. Right.

In short the #Lympics were awesome.  Merica’ dominated and stole the show (as usual). We took home da golds and let the rest of the world know we failed P.E. cause Merica’ don’t play.

Now let us get onto more important things……such as the start of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.

Shark Week is a special time of the year. It’s an opportunity for the different nations to put aside their differences and unify around their shared love of shark-based TV programming. Conflicts and grudges are forgotten and we reconnect with what unites us as humanity – namely the fact that we are all horrified yet fascinated by sharks.

In light of the Summer Olympics and the 25th anniversary of Shark week coming up I think it is important to shed some awareness on the people who overly vamp the world up for these events.  Below you can see the differences and quite possibly even some similarities:

Olympic Fans: Have been preparing and promoting the Summer Olympics since the last Winter Olympics.  Most likely have had Facebook invites to their homes for their friends and families to enjoy veggies together while they watch the curling session.

Shark Week Fans: Besides the people that obviously are working for the marketing team. Shark week fans have no idea when it’s going to start until at least a day and half into the week. And then they act as if they have been waiting for this week ever since…. Wait how long ago was the last shark week? Do we have one every year?

Olympic Fans: Will set their alarms and wake up at 3am just so they can watch the diving match.

Shark Week Fans:  Will watch sharks diving their teeth into people’s throats all the way up until the bar closes and then… Go to bed.  I mean I can TiVo it or rent it when it comes to DVD.

Olympic Fans: Are intellectual human beings.  They actually care about culture and geography.

Shark Week Fans: Not so much into brains as they are into their beer.  But hey, we can at least name off 3 different oceans the sharks have attacked in.

Olympic Fans: Most likely athletes or were athletes at some point or have now just figured out that working out can make you look like you are an athlete thus meaning if you watch the Olympics you will look even more like an athlete.

Shark Week Fans: Hipsters or want to be hipsters.  People who just want to seem like they’re in the ‘know’ with what’s cool these days.  Couples or friends that think it’s cool to dress as a shark and victim for Halloween.

Olympic Fans: Care about team work, playing fair, and dominating China every opportunity they get.

Shark Week Fans: Don’t currr as long as a shark sinks its teeth into some fresh meat.

Ok, so maybe the simularities were a long shot.  What we can conclude with is that the Olympics fans are good wholesome people who care about the world USA dominating the world, and Shark week viewers just want to see more people die in the ocean…

Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends

Honey Badger Don’t Care……… To Play At LSU

Months after proclaiming he was changed, humbled and ready to lead, Honey Badger’s selfishness cost him his LSU career, as Les Miles announced his dismissal at a news conference Friday. LSU dismissed 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist  for violating school and team rules. Mathieu was suspended last year for one game for reportedly using synthetic marijuana but LSU never confirmed the specific reason of the suspension. HB let his team and a fan base down by once again thinking of himself first.

Below you can see how the LSU fans are holding up after hearing their beloved honey badger getting kicked off of LSU. Here’s reactions from the infamous Tigerdroppings forum. Enjoy.

LSU Fan Reactions:


“This is not happening, this is not happening, this is not happening”

“I’M FREAKIN’ OUT MAN!!!!”

“Mathieu is a fool”  -Michael Dyer

“Who wears the #7 now? maybe Landon Col…… nevermind!”

“Jeepers, I hope that all the academic credits earned by this fine young student/athlete will transfer so that his educational goals remain on track lolz”

“Why? There is a pattern here. Les should be used to players doing whatever they want”

“TM7 transfers to Penn State”

“I made the cutest Honey Badger dress last season and it’s useless now”

“We just cant have nice things”

“This sucks, can someone bring me a gallon of crown and keep me company?”

“I’m jumping out my window. it’s not worth it anymore”

“hes like our own ricky williams”

“honey badger really doesn’t give a shite”

“Well look on the bright side, at least we’re not Penn St.”

“FOR SALE: Honey Badger takes what he wants. T shirt. Cheap”

“#FreeHoneyBadger”

“Smokers gonna smoke”

“I blame Lane Kiffen. He definitely had something to do with this.”

“Popeye needs his spinach yo”

“Frick drug testing 20 year olds for weed. Weed never hurt anyone. If their was drug testing in 70’s. No one would of played.”“It hurt TM!!! But you are right not doing illegal drugs is a bit much to ask of people”

“My un follow button is going ham”

“Anyone know if it’s too late to get any penn state dbs?”

“It’s like the National Championship all over again”

Here’s a fresh YouTube video I found summarizing life as honey badger.

It is true the honey badger don’t care and takes what he wants, with the exception of staying on the LSU football team and winning National titles.

2012 National Champions

Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends and Roll Tide!

The BIG 3……The Only Way To Gym Freshness Part 1

Today I’m starting my series on how to perform the “Big 3” properly. First up is squats. A serious but fresh old-school lift, one of the Powerlifting Big 3 along with the bench press and the deadlift. To express the importance of squats, if I was going to the gym and only had enough time to do one exercise it would be squats of deads. There’s no other movement that can compare to it’s muscle building capabilities aka freshness. The squat activates all the muscles in your legs, strengthening your hips and lower back. And your upper body/core is used to stabilize. Not to mention the testosterone boost you get from it.

Check out my guide below on how to squat properly:

The Setup of Greatness

Grab the bar with a grip a little wider than shoulder width and squeeze it with a death grip.

Get under the bar and pull your shoulder blades as far back as you can. (This should be uncomfortable)

The bar should sit on your mid traps, not the top of your spine or your neck.

With your head straight, chest up, and back arched, unrack the weight and take two steps back. Your feet should be a bit wider than shoulder width apart.

The Descent to Glory

With your chest up and back arched,  push out on the sides of your feet like you are trying to spread the floor.

To begin your descent, break at the hips by pushing your glutes back and then squatting down as low as you can go without allowing your lower back to round or butt to tuck under.

On the way down you need to consciously drive your knees out. Remember squatting takes place BETWEEN the legs, not above them.

Getting Out of the Hole

When you can get to parallel without spinal flexion the freshness is just beginning. Now you have to get back up.

When coming out of the hole be sure to lead with your head, driving backward into the bar but NOT looking up.

Your chest should be high and you should drive your elbows forward. Push your hips forward while engaging the glutes.

Pause at the top, gather yourself, look in the mirror and remind yourself how fresh that rep was and do it again!

Now you know how to squat properly. Let the fresh pain greatness begin!

Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends

Macbook Pro w/ the Freshness of Retina Technology

Last month I said goodbye to my ole trusty Blackbook and hello to my new Macbook Pro with the freshness of Retina technology.  I have been really patiently waiting to replace my old Macbook and glad I did. This new Macbook Pro w/ Retina is pretty much the best thing since sliced bread.

My pride and joy

The wife and me with our pride and joy

My Mac Build:

Display: 15.4-inch Retina display
Processor – Intel 2.3GHz quad-core i7 processor,
Memory – 16GB RAM
HDD – 256GB flash storage
GPU – Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated graphics as well as the Nvidia GeForce GT 650M

My thoughts on my new Macbook Pro w/ Fresh Retina Tech:

Screen: The new retina screen is absolutely stunning. It’s 5.18 million pixels is quadruple the resolution of last-generation’s baseline MacBook Pro. Picture going from SD to HD TV, it’s basically the same experience. The other amazing number worth mentioning here is the 178-degree viewing angle, which which means you can see the screen from basically anywhere.

Retina Display

Hardware: It’s super thin. The thickness measures in at 0.71 inches (about as thick as a usb port) and it only weighs 4.46 pounds. In exchange for weight, you’re not being asked to give up all that much. The optical drive was left out but there is a convenient SD and HDMI slot on the right. Also gone is the Ethernet port, replaced by a Thunderbolt adapter (It’ll cost you $29.99.) Likewise, the FireWire 800 port has been removed, replaced by a separate Thunderbolt adapter. The new MBPR comes standard w/ USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt ports. (Interestingly, Apple chose not to make the USB ports blue, as they’re both 3.0 and, therefore, there was no need to differentiate like the PC’s.) There’s the now-standard single headphone jack on the left side and the soon-to-be-standard MagSafe 2 connector.

Performance:  Any laptop that can run Diablo 3 and not be considering a gaming laptop should blow your mind. It runs Diablo and any other apps with ease. When you turn the Mac on it boots in less than 10 seconds thanks to the flash HDD which is very nice. I have finally found a computer that is faster than I can keep up with. No more waiting around for the computer to process. You’ll be on the next screen before you even click the mouse.

Sound: Amazing for a computer that is so thin. To sum it up the sound on my mac sounds better than my Samsung LCD TV I have in my living room.

Battery life, noise, and heat: I tested the battery life and the system lasted around 7 hours (which was advertised). Heat, yes it gets hot and you can burn yourself if you touch where the GPU is located but there’s no cause for concern. The GPU averages temps of 60° C and the CPU 50° C under stress. Also the fans are so quite you wont’ even notice when they come on.

Verdict: There is no one word to sum up how fresh this Mac is. Simply put it’s amazingly fresh. I mean when you’re holding a computer that is as thin as an USB port and can do everything a desktop can it’s simply amazing. If you in the market for a new mac you can get $200 off with the education discount through Apple. On top of that you get a free $100 Mac App store gift card, mine is yet to arrive (be looking for a post of what apps to get when it does). All in all this laptop is the best I’ve ever laid hands on. If you want a laptop that is fast, thin, light, and will last for several years look no further than the new Macbook Pro w/ Retina.

More fresh tech coming soon. Until then Stay Fresh My Friends

Alabama’s new brew debut

As many of you Alabamians know the Alabama house passed Senate Bill 294 (Craft beer bill), allowing the sale of beer containers up to 25.4 ounces. This was effective as of last Wednesday, August 1st.

After work I decided to swing by the local brew shop and pick up a couple new refreshments. I went with the Andygator and the 25th Anniversary Doubledog brewed by Abita. You can check out my brew review below:

Andygator:

ABV: 8.00%

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: clear, light golden. Virtually no head.

Smell: Sweet aromas of lighter fruit and a bit of citrus meet the nostrils.

Taste:  Not nearly as sweet as it smells but still fresh. You get a bit of bitterness from the hops and a little bit of a sweet finish. Warming the mouth and body in a very nice way.

Overall thoughts:

I think I saw this one first on the show “True Blood”. Intitial pour releases a very nice arouma, lets you know it’s there. Average head and gets down to business. Overall very nice beer. Better when poured around and drank while with a group.

25th Anniversary Doubledog:

ABV: 7.00%

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark brown with a robust inch of foam.

Smell: Aroma is very similar to that of a nice brown ale.

Taste: More like a light stout at first. Nice dose of chocolate and mild crystal malts. Very smooth flavor throughout. Aftertaste is savoringly fresh yet mild.

Overall thoughts: This guy is pretty refreshing. It could taste a little thicker but it’s a good all year around beer. You could say it’s a vanilla-lover’s delight.

More brew coming soon. Until then Stay Fresh My Friends.

The freshness has returned

So I fell out of the blogging routine several months ago and now I’ve decided to give it another chance. Here’s just a little bit of what I’ve been doing  to catch you up:

Went to a fresh Blackboard Transact conference for work:

Went to a Luke Bryan concert w/ @sanfordrobby at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater:

Had a awesome bachelor party with: @sanfordrobby @christiandan5 @whitakercaleb @brettsnotontwitter

I got married to the lovely @Ashleighbeth on May 12 in Montevallo at the American Village.

Had an awesome honeymoon in the Conch Republic:

Watched Rose Towers get demolished:

Went to my first Braves game in 10+ years with @ashleeamoore @jacobtucka @ashleighbeth:

That’s pretty much a quick summary of everything fresh that’s been going on in my life the past few months. Looking forward to starting back the blog. Hopefully I’ll be posting weekly but we’ll see.

Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends!

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