Archive for September, 2012

Brew Review: Rogue Chocolate Stout

This weeks brew reviews features a fresh stout from Rogue, a brewery located in Newport, Oregon. Rogue Ales brewery was started back in 1988. They operate brewpubs in Oregon, Washington, and California and brew mostly craft beer. I had tried several Rogue beers in the past so I thought I’d give this one a chance, which ended up being a excellent decision.

Rogue Chocolate Stout:

ABV: 6.00%

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Pitch black almost like a coca cola with a excellent brownish head that has decent lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, roast, slight hop bitterness, slight vanilla goodness

Taste: Creamy, almost milkshake like. A modest dose of chocolate up front. Not as much as you might think from the aroma. Mid palate has a pronounced smoke, pepper and woody/tobacco profile. Some bitter hoppiness in the finish.

Drinkability: Makes the mouth smile. Easy to drink and very enjoyable

Overall thoughts: A solid Amercan stout, one of the better chocolate stouts I have tried. There is a very pleasant flavor with just enough complexity. A very enticing aroma to bring you in. This is a chocolate explosion in a glass. You will truly enjoy this brew.

Freshness Rating: 8/10

Rogue Chocolate Stout

More brew next week. Until then Stay Fresh My Friends

My Venture Into Photography

Today is my first of many blog posts on photography. I wanted to get into amateur photography so I went out and bought a fresh Sony A65 DSLR. So far there’s been no regrets. This camera has everything you could want and more. Feels so good in your hands you won’t want to set it down. It shoots great, is a decent size, and I couldnt be happier with it. It truly makes taking pictures fun.
Sony A65 out of the box

One great resource I have been using to learn everything from aperture to shutter speed is Digital Photography School. They have everything and more. Tons of resources for the beginner all thew way up to the pro. Here’s a great link to alot of good beginner information that’s helped me out: Beginner Tutorials

Here are a few shots from my A65:

Sunset on the lake

Sun shining through in Sokol Park

Dusk in the Townes

More in-depth photography posts coming soon. Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends

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

Today I’m ending my series on how to perform the “Big 3” properly. In my past two posts I talked about squats and benchpress. Today will be all about the meanest baddest most crunk exercise you can do in the gym and that’s deadlifts.

If you are trying to get big but aren’t including deadlifts in your program you are wasting your time. There is simply no more effective mass building exercise than the deadlift. From your neck to your calves, nearly every muscle in your body gets activated and receives a powerful growth stimulus from deadlifts. Not only is the deadlift the most effective mass building exercise there is but it is also the most basic, and has the greatest carryover to the real world. There aren’t many times in life where you would lie down on your back and press a weight up over your chest like you would during a bench press. But hardly a day goes by when you don’t bend down and pick something up off the floor. And that is what you do when you deadlift. So it trains you for real life situations and helps to prevent the oh-so-common lower back problems that plague hundreds of thousands of adults due to incredible weakness.

Check out my guide below on how to deadlift properly:

The Setup to Greatness

Get your mind right. Think about dominating the exercise before it begins

Stand directly over the bar with your shins nearly touching it and feet approximately shoulder width apart

Grab the bar with a mixed grip. Left hand over, right hand under or reversed if you prefer.

Pull to your hearts desire

Squat down by breaking at the hips and pushing your glutes back.

Keep your back tightly arched, chest up and head in line with your spine. Keep in mind when you begin lifting the bar you should never try to explode it up

Now begin to pull up and back. As the bar passes your knees, drive your hips forward powerfully, push your chest out and pull your shoulders back to lockout the weight.

Lower to Glory

When you lower the weight, be sure to begin by pushing your glutes back before you squat down

After the bar clears you knees, squat down while maintaining a tight arch in your lower back

Let the weights touch the floor, regrip, and pull to your hearts desire

 

This concludes my series on the BIG 3. Get to the gym and start pulling some heavy weights!

“People do not lack strength, they lack will” – Victor Hugo

Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends

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